Richard Robinson, who turned Scholastic into a children’s book giant, dies at 84


Mr. Robinson presided during a period of sweeping change in business and culture, including the rise of digital media, increased emphasis on diversity and scrutiny of the past. In 2016, Scholastic pulled “A Birthday Cake for George Washington,” a picture story about two people enslaved by Washington, after widespread allegations that the book presented a benign portrait of slavery. This spring, Pilkey agreed to withdraw “The Adventures of Ook and Gluk” because of what he called “harmful racial stereotypes.”



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