James Patterson's Giveaway to Support Classroom Libraries


  • Type: Corporate
  • Category: Competitive
  • Source: James Patterson and Scholastic


  • Award Min: $500.00
  • Award Max: $500.00
  • Quantity: Not Stated


  • Deadline: Jul 31, 2017
  • Funding Available: Not Stated
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All teachers in grades pre-K through 12 in U.S. schools can apply

The purpose is to enhance and supplement classroom libraries. The Patterson Pledge program was launched in 2015 as part of an ongoing effort to keep books and reading a priority for children in the United States. Scholastic Reading Club will administer funding questionnaires to their network of 800,000 teachers and will match each dollar with 'Bonus Points' which can be used to acquire books and other materials.

The 2017 program will launch with $1.75 million in grants that will be awarded on a rolling basis throughout the year. All teachers in grades pre-K through 12 in U.S. schools can apply for a $500 grant. Patterson hopes that teachers and students will share their experiences in their communities using #pattersonpledge. All funds are being personally donated by James Patterson.

Additional Info:
To date, James Patterson has donated $3.5 million to school libraries. These grants have been used to purchase new books, add bookshelves, make improvements to catalog systems, and expand programming. With this third round of donations, Patterson and Scholastic aim to give even more children in America access to books, whether or not their schools have a functioning central library. The need is dire – on average, classroom libraries across the country contain only half the recommended amount of books per class size, and are often funded by teachers themselves. Findings from the Scholastic Teacher & Principal School Report: Equity in Education reveal that regardless of school poverty level, 31% of teachers have fewer than 50 books in their classroom libraries and more than half of teachers (56%) use their own money to purchase books. Moreover, the most-needed types of reading materials for their classroom libraries are culturally relevant titles, books published in the last 3–5 years, multiple copies of popular titles, high-interest, low-reading-level books, and magazines.