Most of our childhoods wouldn’t have been complete without the help of Scholastic and their famous book fair. Am I right?

Who could ever forget the nostalgia of filing into the school library—or gym, cafeteria or auditorium—and finding pile after pile of books to take home and call your own.

Now in its hundredth year (I bet that makes you feel old), Scholastic is marking a century of navigating complex subject matter through the power of story—but in a new way. The brand’s new tradition? Taking its popular bookshelf virtual. Scholastic will bring a rich archive of literature to Instagram with the launch of @scholasticbookshelf, a social-first resource to help parents and teachers answer kids’ most pressing life questions.

Among the topics to be discussed— anxiety, racism, illness, civil rights—all in effort to help parents and teachers center more conversations around these difficult subjects. Research shows that while 61 percent of parents and teachers often use stories, books and articles to help have conversations with children, the adults are turning more and more to social media for advice. So the Scholastic Bookshelf wants to make it a bit easier.

This virtual “Bookshelf” offers easy access to 100-plus Scholastic stories that can help navigate a wide range of questions from their children.

Follow @scholasticbookshelf on Instagram to explore; then find a topic to connect with a Scholastic book or Classroom Magazine excerpt. Next swipe to explore questions, prompts and thought starters, and go to #ReadOn to discover related stories on our shelves for kids of all ages.

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