James Patterson Encourages Student Literacy with a $1.5 million Gift

Author James Patterson has just pledged to donate $1.5 million to support school libraries via the Scholastic Reading Club program. Patterson holds the Guinness World Record for having the most books on The New York Times' bestseller list.  

It makes sense for a man who cranks out books by the dozens to ensure there’s a market for them. Last November, he launched a national campaign to promote reading that ties into his website readkiddoread.com, which is packed with strategies to get children to read. His latest initiative is designed to encourage reading at the age when it hasn't yet become a habit, from pre-kindergarten to the 12th grade.

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School libraries can obtain grants between $1,000 and $10,000, by applying at scholastic.com/pattersonpartnership between now and May 31, 2015, unless the money is exhausted before that date. Grants will be rolled out as the applications come in. All U.S. schools that teach students from preK through 12 are eligible. Practically anybody can apply, including teachers, administrators, parents or students, but the requests must be on behalf of a school.

All of the applications will first be examined by Scholastic Reading Club and then submitted to James Patterson himself for the final decisions. Remember what he is looking for: programs that cultivate a love of reading or those that foster community literacy and a love of books. He is particularly interested in fresh ideas that will encourage new young readers.