Some of you may have noticed the book Oil Spill: Disaster in the Gulf on September’s Arrow and Lucky clubs. What you may not know is that this is the first book, children’s or adult, to be published on this unfortunate disaster. You may also have seen something about this by our friends at On Our Minds who recently posted about how our Scholastic Kids Press Corps reporters are covering the oil spill. Oil Spill: Disaster in the Gulf was the result of a lot of hard work and long hours, but it was worth it to have a book out in the market for kids so they can understand the effects of a tragedy such as this. Our Editorial Director David Allender wanted to share some thoughts on how this book came about and why we felt we had to publish such a book.
Dear Teachers and Parents,
Nonfiction is invaluable because it connects children to their world. When catastrophe struck in the Gulf of Mexico earlier this year, we knew we had to offer a book about this subject in September Book Clubs so that kids could learn about it in a way that would be meaningful for them.
The only problem was that there was no book available. So we decided to make it ourselves. You might say this is how Book Clubs spent our summer vacation—three intense weeks in June and July creating this book.
Oil Spill: Disaster in the Gulf tells what happened and explains how and why. The book was thoroughly vetted by experts, and is profusely illustrated with photographs, diagrams, and illustrations. As you’d expect from Scholastic, the book supports the curriculum in so many ways, including inspiring kids to conduct their own inquiries into the science of energy.
We are very proud to publish the very first book about this environmental catastrophe. It helps us fulfill a central part of Book Clubs’ mission: to provide a connection between young minds and information. And that connection can truly change the world.
Editorial Director, Scholastic Book Clubs