New York, NY (August 21, 2006) – Scholastic Education, a division of Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, announces the release of Lesson Connections(™), K-3 leveled reading programs that align to and complement popular core reading programs, including Open Court Reading, Harcourt-Trophies, Houghton Mifflin Reading, and Scott Foresman Reading. Each Lesson Connections program contains a variety of literature and nonfiction trade books, including award winners, classic titles and contemporary favorites, which tie to the themes and skills in each reading program.

“Research has shown that reading ‘real books’ is an essential part of learning to read,” said Akimi Gibson, Vice President and Publisher, Read to Learn. “Each book in the Lesson Connections program has been carefully chosen to motivate students to practice reading, while providing educators a cohesive, yet flexible, teaching experience.”

Leveled books help teachers to reinforce key reading skills, such as decoding, comprehension, phonics and vocabulary, while scaffolding instruction for students.
Each library includes:

* 180 Trade Books (30 titles, 6 copies each)

* Instructional Teaching Cards for every title

* Teacher’s Guide

* Teacher’s Resource CD that includes comprehension practice sheets and graphic organizers with and without annotations

* Lesson Stickers

* Display Box

For more information on Lesson Connections, visit scholastic.com/lessonconnections, or call 1-800-SCHOLASTIC.

About Scholastic Education
Scholastic Education, a leader in the education marketplace, provides learning solutions through research-based technology products and multimedia supplemental instructional materials that support student achievement in grades pre-K through high school. Grounded in the most current scientific research, Scholastic Education develops technology products and services that include intervention, assessment, instruction, data management and professional development.

About Scholastic
Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books and a leader in educational technology. Scholastic creates quality educational and entertaining materials and products for use in school and at home, including children’s books, magazines, technology-based products, teacher materials, television programming, film, videos and toys. The Company distributes its products and services through a variety of channels, including proprietary school-based book clubs, school-based book fairs, and school-based and direct-to-home continuity programs; retail stores, schools, libraries and television networks; and the Company’s Internet site, www.scholastic.com.

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