We are saddened to report the sudden passing of Dick Robinson, the Chairman, President, and CEO of Scholastic. He was 84.
Scholastic, which was founded in 1920 by Mr. Robinson’s father, originally published children’s magazines and moved on to books in 1926. Their revolutionary Book Club was launched in 1948. In 1974 Dick Robinson became President and under his leadership Scholastic grew into one of the largest and most influential publishers of books for children. In 1981 he oversaw the development of the Scholastic Book Fair, which now hosts more than 100,00 events every year. By bringing affordable, entertaining books to schools, he helped turn generations of children into avid readers. Under his leadership, Scholastic published many of the leading children’s book franchises of our time, such as The Baby Sitters Club, Magic School Bus, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Captain Underpants and Dog Man, 39 Clues, and Goosebumps, just to name a few.
Innovative, intelligent, and celebrated throughout our highly competitive field, Dick Robinson devoted his life to the children’s book field, making both a creative and commercial difference. Though children may not know his name, he will be there in spirit whenever they find themselves reading their way through one of the hundreds of books he ushered into this world.
The SCBWI mourns his loss and sends condolences to his family, his associates, and the authors and illustrators whom he mentored and befriended.