“We are delighted to be part of this initiative working with Pathways to address under-representation. We know that children are inspired when they see themselves in the pages of books and mentoring and championing more diverse writers and illustrators to provide those books can only enrich the whole publishing ecosystem.”
Supporting schools and libraries for over 90 years, Scholastic publishes and sell award-winning children’s books and education resources. With support from teachers, parents and schools, children choose from Scholastic the books they want to read, and discover the pleasure and power of reading. Finding the right book at the right time can light an emotional spark within children that motivates them to read more, understand more and read joyfully. When that happens, the world opens and everything becomes possible.
Meet the Scholastic team involved with Pathways.
Andrew BiscombCreative Director
With a degree in Graphic Design at Leicester, Andrew kick-started his career by moving to London to design album covers for some of the major bands of the time. But the music industry soon had him disillusioned and after answering an ad for a designer at Macmillan, he moved into children’s publishing. He soon learnt that designing books for children was no easy task. Children never accept anything at face value, constantly challenging things, and it’s a market that evolves rapidly with trends changing almost weekly. It was, however, one of the most rewarding and truly creative processes he had ever been involved in. Now, as Creative Director for Scholastic Children's Books, Andrew gets to work with one of the most inventive teams in the industry today – committed to making great products for children of all ages – always on the lookout for innovative new formats, the latest trends and discovering talent fresh from colleges and nurturing them as illustrators. There is nothing more satisfying than pairing them with great authors, knowing that they are a perfect match.
Elizabeth ScogginsPublisher Non Fiction and Licensing
Elizabeth started her career as a bookseller for Waterstone's – she still really likes the apostrophe, so even though her degree was actually in illustration, she was probably destined to work in editorial. After pinging around bookshops for a few years as a specialist children’s bookseller, she took two weeks off to go and do a work experience placement at a small independent publisher. A few months later, this turned into an actual real job as their office manager, but she soon made the switch to their children’s editorial department – becoming the world’s oldest editorial assistant at the age of thirty. Since then, she’s not looked back and accelerated her career working on a number of bestselling non-fiction titles before arriving at Scholastic ready to discover what working for a global organisation was like (time-zones are hard). She now works on Horrible Histories both as Publisher and Licensor, and has temporary specialist knowledge in everything from space to kids’ mental health, dinosaurs, Pokémon, key stage one maths, the films of Harry Potter, plastic, WW2 and beyond.