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Sweet Dreams for You!

6 Dec

One of our favorite subjects for our little readers (and their parents!) is bedtime. And we’ve got quite a few bedtime books for you this winter, so there’s sure to be something for every kind of sleeper!

Twinkle, Twinkle, Time for Bed

A twist on the classic lullaby, this version of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” shows that even toys need to be tucked into bed. With its adorable illustrations and story-time tips for parents, this bedtime book is perfect for reading and being read to! You can find it on Honeybee this December.

I Love You, Stinky Face

While settling down to bed, Stinky Face has just a few questions for his mom. No matter who he is, whether he’s an alligator or a gross, smelly skunk, Stinky Face’s mommy will always love him. I Love You, Stinky Face is available on Honeybee December.

Little Critter: Just Go to Bed

We all know and love Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter. He’s just as precocious as ever in this great installment of the series. Little Critter does not want to go to bed, and he will do anything to get out of it! Just Go to Bed is on Honeybee December.

Bedtime for Little Bears!

Enjoy the season and bedtime by saying good night to all sorts of arctic animals in this adorable picture book. Bedtime for Little Bears! is on Firefly’s cover this December!

If Animals Kissed Good Night

Here’s the perfect book for you if you want to say good night to the rest of the animal kingdom! Told in rhyme, If Animals Kissed Good Night shows us all the different ways that animals say good night. Find it on Firefly December!

Teachable Moments: Footprints in the Snow

29 Nov

Wolves get a bad rap! At least, that’s what Wolf thinks in Mei Matsuoka’s Footprints in the Snow. He’s tired of reading about “nasty, scary, and greedy” wolves! So he decides to write his own story about a character named Mr. Nice Wolf. All Mr. Nice Wolf wants to do is make friends with whomever left footprints in the snow, so he sets off to follow the prints. As the story continues, Wolf surprises himself by slipping into the same trap as other storytellers (I’d say more, but then I’d give away the ending!). Is he really so different after all?

This is a great book for teaching the importance of writing and storytelling. The way the text interacts with the artwork will keep kids engaged, and the twist ending will have them asking all sorts of questions! Matsuoka’s text will open up discussion about how to tell a story. Footprints in the Snow is a great read-aloud as well as an excellent tool for the classroom.

You can find Footprints in the Snow on SeeSaw this November, both as a stand-alone and in the SeeSaw Picture Book & CD Library!

December Dollar Books!

24 Nov

Hey BookTalkers, we have a special Thanksgiving eve treat for you and just in time for the holidays…it’s the December $1 books! Click through for more! Continue reading

Thanksgiving!

23 Nov

It’s almost here, everyone–Thanksgiving is just around the bend. To celebrate, we thought we’d talk about some of our favorite books for this Thanksgiving!

Thank You Bear

Though not a traditional Thanksgiving picture book, Greg Foley’s Thank You Bear is a beautiful story about recognizing the value of thoughtfulness. Some of the other animals may not think that Bear’s gift for Mouse is anything special, but Bear’s doubts are laid to rest with Mouse’s exclamation that his present is the “greatest thing ever!” The soft illustrations and moving story make this a perfect book for younger and older readers alike. You can find Thank You Bear on Firefly this November!

I SPY Thanksgiving

On SeeSaw this November we have a brand new I SPY reader from Jean Marzollo and Walter Wick: I SPY Thanksgiving! This is a wonderful way to help your kids gain reading confidence and get them excited about all the traditional trappings of Thanksgiving!

 

Happy Thanksgiving, Curious George

What can we say? It’s Curious George and Thanksgiving, so you can be sure there are a lot of laughs and heartfelt moments. George is so excited about Thanksgiving, he loves everything: the food, the parade, and especially his family and friends. Told through a series of fun, rhyming poems, this tabbed board book is perfect for little fingers. Find it on November’s Honeybee!

Muggle Quidditch!

22 Nov

Also known as “Squib Quidditch” and “Real-Life Quidditch”

On November 14, Trevor and I attended the fourth Annual Quidditch World Cup! And just in time for the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 (and you know how excited we were about that)! It came to NYC that weekend, it was free, and we got to go. I have to admit, I was a little hesitant to be truly excited. I didn’t know much about real-life Quidditch, but it did sound a little silly. This all changed within five minutes of being at the makeshift stadium in Dewitt Clinton Park. As I sat on the curb waiting for my friends, a girl dressed in a yellow jersey, gold sequined shorts, and yellow socks ran by me at top speed. Moments later, her pursuers flew by, identical looks of determination on their faces and brooms in hand. I had just seen the two opposing Seekers attempting to catch a Snitch. It was awesome.

We ended up watching several of the matches, including both the semifinal and final games. As the day wore on, we were more and more excited. Of course, this Quidditch differs quite a bit from the Quidditch in J. K. Rowling’s world. We’re still not witches and wizards (much to my everlasting disappointment) and so we can’t exactly, you know, fly.

Players run with brooms between their legs, the Snitch is a human being who taunts the Seekers until one of them grabs a small ball tied to the Snitch’s waist, and Bludgers are closer to dodge balls than lethally fast balls that could break your arm. Other rules remain the same: The Quaffle is still the ball that scores the points, Beaters still protect the Seekers, and the Keeper still guards the three rings at each end of the field.

The college where Muggle Quidditch was invented took the cup home, once again. Middlebury College beat out Tufts for the trophy, in what was a very exciting and well-played match. And we were screaming and cheering just as hard as any seasoned Quidditch fan!

Here are some of the pictures we grabbed that day:

If I wasn’t already rereading the books for the movie, you can bet that this event would have pushed me right back into this wonderful series.

You can find the complete Harry Potter set on Lucky and Arrow this November!

Knuffle Bunny Free

18 Nov

It’s the end of an era! Knuffle Bunny is back for one last adventure. Now, we’ve been through a lot with Trixie and Knuffle Bunny (pronounced “ka-nuffle,” by the way)—Knuffle Bunny’s gotten lost at the Laundromat, had a case of mistaken identity at school, and this time he’s flying with Trixie to the other side of the world. In the wonderful closing chapter of the Knuffle Bunny “saga,” Willems covers growing up and moving on in a way that both children and adults can relate to. You can find Knuffle Bunny Free on SeeSaw November! Don’t miss this one, it’s definitely a keeper.

Check out Mo Willems talking about Knuffle Bunny Free:

Scholastic Special: Reach Out and Read!

18 Nov

Did you know that every November, Scholastic offers a very special catalog specifically aimed at providing great reading materials for the youngest readers? It’s true! We’ve partnered with Reach Out and Read, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preparing young children to succeed in schools by working with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together.  With our special Reach Out and Read! offer, we hope to not only provide your child with the best literature for the season, but also for children in need as well. With every item you order from this catalog, Scholastic will donate one book to Reach Out and Read’s worthy organization.  It’s that simple!

Some very special titles that we’re excited about are:

Let’s Get a Checkup!

 

Pascal Lemaitre (of Firefighter Ted fame) is fast becoming one of our favorite illustrators, and this collaboration with author Alan Katz makes for a funny and informative animal story about going to the doctor!

Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse

One of my all-time favorite stories about a little mouse and his wish for a real friend. We love author/illustrator Leo Lionni!

Christmas with You

This is a very sweet holiday story that’s great for introducing family traditions during the season—a fantastic read-aloud!

Disney Classic Pooh: Mind Your Manners

Winnie-the-Pooh has been invited to a party, but can he use good manners to get along with others? A sweet manners lesson featuring classic Winnie-the-Pooh illustrations.

Knees and Toes!

Follow the teddy bears as they teach you about your head, shoulders, knees, and toes! Includes tabbed pages for easy turn-the-page fun for the littlest of learners.

For more reading tips and information about this great organization, visit www.reachoutandread.org. What do you and your child do as part of your reading routine?

November’s Bestsellers

16 Nov

Picture Books

 

1. Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner ($2.00 in the Holiday Gift Books Special Offer)
2. Llama, Llama Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney ($10.00 in Firefly)
3. Corduroy’s Christmas Surprise by Lisa McCue ($2.00 in Honeybee)
4. Merry Christmas, Splat by Rob Scotton ($4.00 in SeeSaw)
5. Little Engine That Could and the Snowy Blowy Christmas by Watty Piper ($2.00 in Honeybee)


Transitional Readers

1. I SPY Thanksgiving riddles by Jean Marzolla ($2.00 in SeeSaw)
2. Pinkalicious: Pink Around the Rink by Victoria Kann ($3.00 in SeeSaw)
3. Little Critter: Snowball Soup by Mercer Mayer ($2.00 in Honeybee and SeeSaw)
4. Biscuit Meets the Class Pet by Alyssa Satin Capucilli ($2.00 in SeeSaw)
5. How to Train Your Dragon: Hiccup the Hero ($3.00 in SeeSaw)
Early Chapter Books

1. The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling ($3.00 in Lucky)
2. The Author Visit from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler ($3.00 in Lucky)
3. Sophie the Chatterbox by Lara Bergen ($2.00 in Lucky)
4. The Puppy Place: Ziggy by Ellen Miles ($3.00 in Lucky)
5. Phineas and Ferb: Freeze Frame ($4.00 in Lucky)


Chapter Books

1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth by Jeff Kinney ($7.00 in Lucky, Arrow, and TAB)
2. Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson ($2.00 in the Holiday Gift Books Special Offer and Arrow)
3. No Such Thing as Dragons by Philip Reeve ($3.00 in Arrow)
4. Now You See Me… (A Poison Apple Book) by Jane B. Mason and Sarah Hines Stephens ($3.00 in Arrow)
5. I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 by Lauren Tarshis ($3.00 in Arrow)


Middle Grade

1. The Heroes of Olympus, Book One: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan ($12.00 in Arrow and TAB)
2. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens ($2.00 in TAB)
3. A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron ($5.00 in TAB)
4. Dark Fire by Chris D’Lacey ($6.00 in Arrow)
5. Immortal by Gillian Shields ($6.00 in TAB)


Nonfiction

1. Justin Bieber Quiz Book ($3.00 in the Holiday Gift Books Special Offer and Arrow)
2. Your Body (Usborne Beginners) ($3.00 in Firefly)
3. Scholastic Book of World Records 2011 ($9.00 in Arrow)
4. National Geographic Kids: Penguins! by Anne Schreiber ($3.00 in SeeSaw)
5. Bears (Usborne Beginners) ($2.00 in Lucky)

 

Scholastic Book Clubs’ Bestsellers are the most popular books offered across all age groups (PreK–8) each month. The ranking is based on the unit sales of titles available at the time through Scholastic Book Clubs. Books available each month for $1 are not included.

Teachable Moment: Saying Sorry

12 Nov

Firefly’s November featured book is Martha Doesn’t Say Sorry! by Samantha Berger and illustrated by Bruce Whatley. Laura, Firefly’s editor, had the following to say about the lovable Martha:

Martha is a well behaved little otter—most of the time. After all, she does give hugs, shares her snacks, and makes presents for her family. But there’s one thing Martha doesn’t do very well—apologize. When Martha does something “not so nice” to her mother…and father…and baby brother, she gets a time-out to “think.”  Will this stubborn otter learn to say “I’m sorry”? Featuring simple text with charming illustrations, this is a perfect story (and gentle lesson) to share with young children. Find this sweet and humorous book on Firefly November!

Now, Martha is a cute little otter who does some very nice things, but she has one teeny tiny issue: She doesn’t like to apologize for those small occasions (such as kicking, throwing, or acting rudely) when she hasn’t been very nice. But saying you’re sorry isn’t that important, is it?

As it turns out, it is—after all, you can’t get cookies, hugs, or piggyback rides if you haven’t learned to apologize! Martha Doesn’t Say Sorry! is an excellent way to teach kids the importance of apologizing. With the help of her family, Martha learns that even though we’re sure to make mistakes, using a little “sorry” can turn things around for the better. This fun and humorous story provides a great lesson for those preparing for the holiday season or anytime!

What are some ways you teach your children about the importance of apologizing?

Skippyjon Jones: Lost in Spice

5 Nov

It’s time for Book Trailer Friday, you guys! Today, I wanted to share one of the funniest videos I’ve seen in quite a while. (It’s had the Book Talk team wailing “Muuuuchaaaachoooos” all over Scholastic.)


Skippyjon Jones is hands down one of my absolute favorite characters…probably ever! Skippyjon Jones: Lost in Spice is the latest adventure for this adventurous Siamese ca—ahem, excuse me, I mean Chihuahua. This time, Skippy must travel to Mars, the red planet. You see, it’s called the red planet because it is covered in very spicy red pepper. And Skippy needs to head there to find out whether or not there are Martians who may or may not look like him! Now, I won’t spoil the ending for you, but I will give you a chance to hear some of the story straight from the author herself:

Check out Judy Schachner reading during part one of Skippyjon Jones: Lost in Spice!

Be sure and find Skippy on SeeSaw this November so you can find out what happens!