In high-income communities, books are common. However, in high-poverty communities, there was about one book for every 300 children. Hence, the term “book desert”—a vast area... Read more
Tonya Leslie, Ph.D., is Vice President, Professional Learning: Family, Community and Integrated Learning Supports for Scholastic Education. Her doctoral work explored issues of academic resilience among black and Hispanic students, and her work at Scholastic is centered around a commitment to the academic engagement of all students.