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Literary Licensing: Scholastic Partners With JK Rowling To Donate Thousands of Books

Scholastic is celebrating Christmas by donating 110,000 children’s books, in partnership with Harry Potter author JK Rowling.

The global children and educational publisher says it will donate 100,000 assorted children’s books to 100 Title 1 schools (1,000 books each to 100 schools) across the United States. Additionally, the company announced that 10,000 books will be donated to Toys for Tots, an organization whose goal is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters.

The program is being undertaken as part of a program with Harry Potter author JK Rowling, and will include an online event on YouTube on Dec. 8 called The Christmas Pig: A Virtual Event with J.K. Rowling & Friends.  In an intimate conversation, Rowling chats with a group of children from across the U.S. about the spirit of giving and the meaning of hope, inspired by her latest novel The Christmas Pig.

The cover of JK Rowling’s latest novel The Christmas Pig, illustrated by Jim Field.

Five children ranging in age from 8-12 years old from Massachusetts, New York, Indiana, Arizona, and Texas, all nominated by their teachers as super readers, spent 30 minutes virtually with the author to ask questions, enjoy a read-aloud, and share their hopes and wishes for the holidays.

The Christmas Pig is a heartwarming adventure for the whole family about one child’s love for his most treasured thing and how far he will go to find it. Jack loves his childhood toy, Dur Pig (DP). DP has always been there for him, through good and bad. One Christmas Eve something terrible happens – DP is lost. But Christmas Eve is a night for miracles and lost causes, a night when all things can come to life… even toys. Jack’s newest toy, the Christmas Pig (DP’s replacement), has a daring plan and together they embark on a magical journey to seek something lost, and to save the best friend Jack has ever known.

The Christmas Pig, released in the U.S. and Canada on Oct. 12, debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and has held the top position for six consecutive weeks. JK Rowling’s latest novel follows up The Ickabog, which was published in November of last year with all book royalties donated to the author’s charitable trust to aid vulnerable groups affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The book debuted at #1 and has clinched a spot on the New York Times bestseller list for 50 weeks since publication. The Harry Potter series, which launched in the U.S. twenty-three years ago, continues to hold its position on national bestseller lists.

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