Let’s Get Book Talk’n

19 Jul

Welcome to Book Talk, the official Scholastic Book Clubs Blog! We are so lucky to do what we love best—read and discuss children’s books! This blog will celebrate books and reading as well as be a resource for parents and teachers. You can look forward to editorial recommendations, previews of upcoming books (and upcoming $1 books—we can hear the oohing and ahhing), exclusive Book Club promotions, reading tips, and some things that we just think are fun, like movie reviews, book trailers, and exciting books that we are talking about in the office. We will have guest posts from book lovers outside of Scholastic (authors, teachers, bloggers, librarians, etc.) in addition to all of the brilliant prose and musings of the Scholastic Book Clubs staff.

So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get Book Talk’n.

Meet the awesome Book Talk crew:

Erin is a Promotions Manager for Book Clubs who can’t get enough of YA literature. She can usually be found reading, blogging, or finding new uses for sillybands.

Trevor is an Editor for Book Clubs and is currently addicted to steampunk fiction. In addition to working on Book Talk, he tweets on behalf of Book Clubs @scholastic.

Preeti can a read a book faster than you can sneeze – that being said, she is an Editor for the younger level picture books and easy readers. This does not stop her from loving YA novels more than society might like her to.

Ben is the Production Manager for Book Clubs Online. He’s originally from a hyphenated town in Pennsylvania and has a cat named Crouton (although he’s really more of a dog person).

Kym is a Project Manager for Book Clubs Online and thanks Anne of Green Gables for changing her life. She owns more books than clothes, and hopes to have her own library one day.

Jennifer is in Creative and Strategic Direction for Book Clubs and has an obsession with all things fruit (send her some mangos if you ever need to appease her). Her formative Halloween years were spent alternating among the Disney princesses—particularly Snow White, Ariel, Belle, and Jasmine—before she took a turn and dressed up as Scarlet O’Hara.

We can’t wait to start discussing all thing children’s books with you guys. What would you like to see from Book Talk?

12 Responses to “Let’s Get Book Talk’n”

  1. Kourtney July 19, 2010 at 4:20 pm #

    Looking forward to the blog, and all the info. I love that you offer the $1 books. I have been purchasing them this past year and just brought a giant bag full to our local children’s hospital. You make it so easy to give!

  2. Kathleen July 19, 2010 at 4:22 pm #

    I would love to see activity ideas that tie into books, for book club meetings!

  3. alicia July 19, 2010 at 4:28 pm #

    Loving summer and reading tons. This a a fabulous idea. I love to hear other people’s opinions on books. I just read Among the Hidden and was impressed with the series. My nine year daughter and I are running out to get the next book. We had a great conversation about the idea of government and its restrictions for people. The boy, in the book, is an illegal third child kept hidden by his family and his guilt and thoughts of what freedom is were interesting and even poetic. I am always on the look out for books to read aloud to my third graders. So I can wait to see what is listed on the blog.

  4. Michelle July 19, 2010 at 4:41 pm #

    Welcome Erin,My son loves silly bands too.
    Welcome Trevor,I haven’t tweeted in awhile last tweet I made was about summer reading programs.
    Welcome Preeti,I love childrens books too.I can be found at the library with my son every Saturday.
    Welcome Ben,I have cats too,but if you’re more of a dog person you may like John Grogans movie and book.My son loves the childrens books by him.
    Welcome Kym,Thats neat that you own alot of books,so do I.
    I am a bookwormaholic.So is my son,he has more books then toys.It started ever since he was a toddler he’d ask for a book instead of a toy.
    Welcome Jennifer,I think thats neat you been Disney princesses for halloween.
    Thanks so much for making a blog you all.
    Look forward to hearing about books,sales,and sharing that info with my pals on tweet,facebook,blogspot and of course word of mouth.
    Would love to hear what your favorite childhood books were growing up.

    What I would like to see from booktalk is books for specific reading levels of different aged children so parents can get books for thier child for thier reading level and beyond.
    I would also love to hear about books from a parents child point of view of course for the different age level.But this can come from a parent or teachers review after the child reading a book.

    But if you could make a blog called parents and teachers favorites and have parents and teacher reply to it then from that make a master list that would be wonderful because then we moms and teachers could check them out.

    Alot of mom bloggers are always looking for prizes,deals,sales If you could do a blog like that you would get alot of moms to come to your blog.

    Look forward to hearing from you all.Thanks again for your time.

    • Trevor July 19, 2010 at 7:19 pm #

      Wow! Thanks for the great comments! We’re really excited about this blog too and are looking forward to hearing more from all of you. We’ll do our best to incorporate your suggestions, so keep them coming. Also, be sure to keep checking in—you never know when you’ll be able to look at the page and think to yourself, “That was my idea!” Thanks again.

  5. Maddz July 19, 2010 at 4:57 pm #

    This sounds like a blog I’ll love!! Can’t wait for new posts!

  6. Laure July 19, 2010 at 5:26 pm #

    I can’t wait to read and chat with this blog!

  7. Erica July 19, 2010 at 5:46 pm #

    I would love for there to be different divisions depending on the age level or reading level of the book. This would make it easier for parents to be able to find a book for their childs age level. I would also love for there to be a place for parents to be able to comment on books and be able to let other parents know how the book was. Also if there is any way to incorporate some kind of savings on the books within the blog that would be great.

    • Jen A. July 19, 2010 at 7:41 pm #

      Welcome! For those of you (like Erica) looking for books by reading or grade level, make sure to pay attention to the tag cloud on the right side of your screen. We’ll do our best to tag book reviews appropriately so you can find the ones just right for you and your students/kids. We know how important it is to match them to their just-right books to encourage a love of reading and learning, and want to help out however we can.


  8. Eric July 19, 2010 at 5:59 pm #

    Good luck guys you are off to a terrific start. I am looking forward to reading this blog!

  9. Maryann July 19, 2010 at 7:34 pm #

    Excellent idea! As a 6th grade language arts teacher, my students are always asking me for titles of good books. Even though I try to keep up with my reading as much as possible, I can’t read everything they are interested in! Hopefully, this blog will give me great ideas to pass on to them!

  10. Cynthia Clifford July 21, 2010 at 5:56 pm #

    Would love to be able to go to Scholastic’s website and search for book by specific topics (e.g.: hot air balloons). We are taking grandma to a Hot Air Balloon Festival this weekend and my daughter is terrified on getting into one of them. I thought if I could quickly go to anyone’s website for a list of quality books on that topic, it would be awesome.

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