Scholastic offered school book fairs the option of its regular, inclusive selection of books, or a restricted selection for anti-diversity parents.
In a recent statement, Ellie Berger, President of Scholastic Trade Publishing, addressed the concerns surrounding the Book Fairs Share Every Story/Celebrate Every Voice case. The statement served as an apology and clarification regarding the company’s decision to segregate diverse books in an elective case.
Berger began by expressing her sincere apologies on behalf of Scholastic. She acknowledged that even if the decision was made with good intentions, it was a mistake to segregate diverse books. The company understands the pain and disappointment caused by this action to authors, illustrators, licensors, educators, librarians, parents, readers, and other stakeholders. Berger emphasized that Scholastic recognizes the trust they have broken within the publishing community and their broader audience. She stated that the company is now focused on regaining that trust.