Archive | July, 2010

SoHG: Chapter 18 – OMG. (First Discussion Post and Give-Away)

30 Jul

It’s here! Our first discussion post for the Summer of Hunger Games! Now, this post is purely for parts 1 and 2 of Hunger Games, so please stick to those plot points – we won’t be approving comments that contain spoilers for the rest of the series. So rest easy first timers, this is a safe place. Remember, on the right hand side of this post you’ll see Book Talk’s own WORDS WE LIVE BY – so please, keep it friendly and fun 🙂 Let the games begin!

These games, of course, involve our second wonderful give-away! This time, we have two exclusive Scholastic Book Clubs Mockingjay pins as the prize. As with the first round, to enter be sure to comment on this post with the phrase “I want a Book Clubs Mockingjay pin!” in the body of your comment. You must be over the age of 18 and a valid U.S. resident, click here for complete rules. You will have until tonight July 30th, 2010 at 9pm EST to enter. We will draw two (2) names at random tomorrow 1pm EST. Please only submit the phrase one time, and leave the rest of your comments for good ole’ fashioned book talk.

Warning! There are  spoilers here for parts 1 and 2 of Hunger Games! Click on the ‘continue reading’ link to read some of our thoughts on the book so far and comment with some of your own! Continue reading

The Wimp Is Worth the Wait!

29 Jul

It’s finally here!  The long awaited cover of the fifth Diary of a Wimpy Kid Continue reading

Meet Book Clubs: Editorial Part 2

28 Jul

Welcome back to the exciting conclusion of Book Clubs Editorial! When we last left off, we were telling you about how lucky we are that we get to read so many books. After reading, we whittle down the books to about 85-100 titles and then the real work begins. We spend hours, days, and weeks just trying to figure out where to put each book. In fact, the final product that you receive starts out like this:

Then we go book by book and decide where to put each title and how to best promote it so it can find its perfect match in a young reader. Continue reading

Ramona Quimby, on the Big Screen!

27 Jul

Ramona has been delighting readers for nearly half a century. It’s no surprise, then, that when the first movie based on Beverly Cleary’s beloved series is released, it’s Ramona—not her sister Beezus, or their friend, and first main character in the series, Henry Huggins— who gets top billing.  Ramona is a character that children find irresistible.  She’s daring and imaginative, a trouble-maker who’s misunderstood by her parents, her teachers, and especially by her older sister, Beezus.  When we meet Ramona in the new movie Ramona and Beezus (which released nationwide on Friday) she’s a precocious 9 and 3 month year old, whose best friend, Howie, lives next door.  She can’t seem to do anything right in the eyes of her teacher or her classmates and she’s known to throw tantrums and teach her baby sister how to stick out her tongue.  Basically, she’s much like a lot of little girls I know!

It’s for this reason that Beverly Cleary’s character is still so popular.  Ramona first appeared on the scene in 1955, but her antics are just as relatable today. It’s clear in the books, and in the movie, that Ramona is in the process of growing up, and is not quite ready to give up her childhood fantasies, something we can all relate to (even if I was more of an exasperated older sister like Beezus!)

The movie deftly combines several titles and story lines from the original series, and despite its name, actually deals mostly with one title, Ramona and Her Father.  The movie does touch on some tough issues, like Ramona’s father losing his job, her sister fumbling through her first real crush, and the possibility of having to move away from their childhood home.

All in all, it’s a movie that the whole family will enjoy, but it’s probably not suitable for children younger than seven due to its length, and the complexity of the plot.  Instead, I would recommend starting them on the series early – whether you read her aloud, or on your own, it will be very hard to resist smiling at the antics of this extraordinary little girl.

**Want to read more?  The original Beezus and Ramona with a new movie cover will be available from Book Clubs the first week of August!

Also, be sure to check out this Today Show interview with a quote from Scholastic Book Clubs President, Judy Newman, and a piece by our very own Scholastic Kid Reporter, Grace Choi, who visited the set of Ramona and Beezus a year ago!

Mockingjay Pin Give-Away Winners!

27 Jul

Congratulations to Amy and Simone for winning the first two Mockingjay pins! If you didn’t win this time, no worries – just make sure you check back for more give-aways during the Summer of Hunger Games.

See you tributes on Friday at noon for our first Hunger Games discussion!

Summer of Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pin Give-Away!

26 Jul

So begins the Summer of Hunger Games!

If you have not started reading already, get on it. We will being discussing parts I and II on Friday. And to get your hunger going, we are going to kick things off today by giving away two Mockingjay Pins. Yay! These pins are exclusive to Scholastic Book Clubs so they are pretty rare. To enter, just comment on this post and be sure to include this phrase in your comment: “I want a Book Clubs Mockingjay pin!”

In addition to the pin, each of the two winners will receive a paperback copy of the Hunger Games to get started on the Summer of Hunger Games. If you already have a copy, you can give it to a friend! I’m sure they won’t mind!

You will have until tomorrow July 27th, 2010 at 12pm EST to enter. We will draw two (2) names at random tomorrow 1pm EST. Click here for RULES.

If you don’t win this time, do not worry. We will be having these all month long leading up to the anticipated release of the 3rd book in the series, Mockingjay! If you are interested in seeing how you can purchase a Mockingjay pin, be sure to check out September’s Tab and Teen Readers’ Book Clubs, which you can start ordering from on the first week of August! These pins come with your pre-ordered Mockingjay book if you order from Scholastic Book Clubs.

Also, don’t forget…if you can’t wait until Friday to start discussing, join the conversation on Twitter. We are using the #SoHG hashtag.

Let the games begin… and may the odds be ever in your favor.

Attention: The Contest is now over! Thanks for all the amazing entries you guys! Stay tuned for the winners!

Summer of Hunger Games!

23 Jul

It is the Summer of Hunger Games. Mockingjay comes out August 24th… and we intend to be ready. In anticipation of its release, the Book Talk team is going to relive the experience of Hunger Games and Catching Fire and we want you to join us!

Our plan of attack: Three books over four weeks – are you up to the challenge? Start reading tomorrow, July 24th, swing by for a give-away July 26th,  and check back July 30th to participate in our weekly discussion posts. We will be reading as if for the first time- so no worries, Hunger Games newbies, each post will be spoiler free (trust us, we’ll be checking). Reading ahead and can’t wait for the next discussion? Head over to Twitter and use #SoHG to get in on the action.

The Summer of Hunger Games will culminate at midnight on August 24th with a Mockingjay release party post and discussion.


July 26th: First Give-Away!!
July 30th: Hunger Games: Parts I & II
August 6th: Hunger Games: Part III
August 13th: Catching Fire: Parts I & II
August 20th: Catching Fire: Part III
August 24th: Mockingjay

In addition to talking about the books, get ready for some awesome prizes (exclusive Book Clubs Mockingjay pin, Whaaaaaat!) and book give-aways in the days to come.

We hope you join us for the Summer of Hunger Games… and may the odds be ever in your favor.

“Boys Trail Girls In Reading; Can Fart Jokes Help?”

23 Jul

We know that the headline (from an actual article earlier this week) is controversial; we’re glad it grabbed your attention.  But now we want to know-how many farting noises will you put up with to have your boys grab a book instead of the remote?

Reluctant readers have turned the reading switch ON with the help of our friends Greg, Brian, Ook, Dan, and Ryan.* Granted, these may not be the studies greatest literary characters ever put down on paper, but right now, some parents are hoping “grossology” will help close the 10% gender reading gap (yes, have shown it to be this much) between the sexes.  So we ask the question to you all, “Boys trail girls in reading; can fart jokes help?”

We here at Book Clubs march by the drum of get ’em reading, get ’em learning.  Reading for pleasure and encouraging children to choose their own books that they can’t wait to read…well, that’s the first step in a lifelong love of reading.  And, at the end of the day, I for one will embrace the fart jokes.  Will you?

* Can you can name all of the titles of the works our friends have appeared in?

Shhh… it’s September $1 Books!

22 Jul

Welcome to a very sneaky sneak preview of our September dollar books! We wanted to give you guys a sneak peak so you could plan ahead for Fall reading. Check out all the books you can get for just one dollar!

Dollar Books This Way

Meet Book Clubs: Editorial Part 1

21 Jul

We all remember circling our favorite books on Scholastic Book Club fliers to take home and beg and plead and hope that our parents would let us get them ALL.  Maybe you have recently had this experience with your student or child? There are so many great books, aren’t there? How do you choose?

There are a lot of people involved in getting Scholastic Book Clubs from our minds to your schools, and every week we’re going to introduce you to a different part of Scholastic Book Clubs.

Today, it’s all about Book Clubs editorial, where we spend long hours reading and searching through thousands of books to find the best ones for kids everywhere.

So how do we start? Continue reading