Oil Spill: Disaster in the Gulf

2 Sep

Some of you may have noticed the book Oil Spill: Disaster in the Gulf on September’s Arrow and Lucky clubs. What you may not know is that this is the first book, children’s or adult, to be published on this unfortunate disaster. You may also have seen something about this by our friends at On Our Minds who recently posted about how our Scholastic Kids Press Corps reporters are covering the oil spill. Oil Spill: Disaster in the Gulf was the result of a lot of hard work and long hours, but it was worth it to have a book out in the market for kids so they can understand the effects of a tragedy such as this. Our Editorial Director David Allender wanted to share some thoughts on how this book came about and why we felt we had to publish such a book.

Dear Teachers and Parents,

Nonfiction is invaluable because it connects children to their world. When catastrophe struck in the Gulf of Mexico earlier this year, we knew we had to offer a book about this subject in September Book Clubs so that kids could learn about it in a way that would be meaningful for them.

The only problem was that there was no book available. So we decided to make it ourselves. You might say this is how Book Clubs spent our summer vacation—three intense weeks in June and July creating this book.

Oil Spill: Disaster in the Gulf tells what happened and explains how and why. The book was thoroughly vetted by experts, and is profusely illustrated with photographs, diagrams, and illustrations. As you’d expect from Scholastic, the book supports the curriculum in so many ways, including inspiring kids to conduct their own inquiries into the science of energy.

We are very proud to publish the very first book about this environmental catastrophe. It helps us fulfill a central part of Book Clubs’ mission: to provide a connection between young minds and information. And that connection can truly change the world.


David Allender
Editorial Director, Scholastic Book Clubs

7 Responses to “Oil Spill: Disaster in the Gulf”

  1. Lisa O. September 6, 2010 at 9:32 am #

    What Fountas and Pinnell level is this book? I’m very interested in buying it, by the Scholastic Book Club doesn’t indicate what level it is. Thanks.

    • Trevor September 7, 2010 at 11:17 am #

      Hi Lisa – Thanks for your comment. This book is in the process of being leveled as we speak. Since we published this book so quickly, there wasn’t time to have it sent out for leveling, as we were more concerned about getting the information out to teachers and kids in as timely a manner as possible. We will contact you directly and update the blog post as soon as we receive the book’s reading level information. Thanks for reading Book Talk!

  2. Sarina September 9, 2010 at 1:32 am #

    Hi, I am doing a science fair project, and I wanted to use this book for my research notes. Unfortunately, I cannot find the publisher, copyright year, and city/state published. If possible, can you please email me this information on this book before I order it online?

    • Trevor September 9, 2010 at 11:59 am #

      Hi Sarina – thanks for the comment. The book is published by Scholastic specifically for the school market and is available through Scholastic Book Clubs on September’s Arrow and Lucky clubs. http://teacher.scholastic.com/clubs/

      Hope this helps and happy reading!

  3. Susan November 1, 2010 at 5:50 pm #

    Do you by any chance have a level for this book yet?
    Thanks for such an informational book.

    • Trevor November 3, 2010 at 11:09 am #

      Hi Susan,

      Thanks for the comment. The book has been sent out for leveling and unfortunately it takes a bit of time. Since this was a book we crashed through (meaning we published it in about 2 months) it did not go through the regular leveling process before going to print. I will let you know as soon as I hear anything, hopefully sometime next week.

      Happy Reading!

    • Trevor November 12, 2010 at 1:57 pm #

      HI Susan,

      We just got the leveling in on this book. Here they are:

      Lexile: 970L
      GR: W
      RL: 3.5
      Word count: 6488

      Hope this helps!

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