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Join the Club! The Girls’ Reading Club

7 Jan

Have your kids finished their favorite series and can’t seem to find another they like as much? Are you worried they won’t want to read anymore without their favorite characters? Good news! Promotions Manager, Jen, will talk about a new program to introduce tweens to even more series just right for them. We guarantee they’ll find something they just can’t put down!

My absolute favorite books to read growing up were The Baby-Sitters Club! I loved reading about ordinary girls just like me. My favorite stories were about Claudia—who (like me) is Asian American and loves art. By the end of the fifth grade, I had devoured every single book in the series about Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, Stacey, Dawn, Jess, and Mallory’s babysitting adventures. After I finished the series, I craved books that were similar to BSC but wasn’t sure how to go about choosing them. I ended up reading parts of series and stopping because they just weren’t right.

Luckily, tweens today have a better option! Scholastic Book Clubs has created a new GIRLS READING CLUB, which debuts this month in Arrow. Each month in the spring (from January–May), Arrow will feature a new book from a series starring supercool girls we guarantee kids just won’t be able to put down! What’s even more exciting is that each new book in the series will include a letter from the author.  Plus, there’s a Web site to preview chapters, answer fun poll questions, and even win prizes! Check out more online at!

Check out what’s coming up this spring!

Cinderella Cleaners (Arrow January)

Welcome to Cinderella Cleaners! Drop-off service! Quality care! Total transformation…

Thirteen-year-old Diana is not thrilled about having to help out at her family’s none-too-glamorous dry cleaning business every day after school. But with the help of the savvy tailors in the back room, Diana starts borrowing the cool clothes from Cinderella Cleaners—and that’s when her fabulous adventures begin!

Petal Pushers (Arrow February)

In the chaotic Bloom household, Delphinium “Del” Bloom has always been the responsible one—not her three sisters, Rose, Aster, and Poppy, and certainly not her scatterbrained parents! So when the Blooms take over the family flower shop, Del knows that it’s going to be up to her to keep things from wilting! But who knew working at a flower shop would involve so much DRAMA?

Candy Apple, Miss Popularity (Arrow March)

Bubbly, stylish, and superfriendly, Cassie Knight is the fashion queen at her Texas school. But when her father’s job moves the family to cold, snowy Maine, Cassie’s in for a huge culture shock. The students at her new prep school are prim and proper—and worst of all, they don’t find Cassie as fabulous as she knows she is!




Poison Apple (Arrow April)

Thrilling. Bone-Chilling. These Books Have Bite!

Do you love thrilling ghost stories, spectacular supernatural tales, and spooky mysteries? Then bite into these Poison Apple books! In these stories, girls like you face the usual issues—like friendships and crushes—but there’s a twist: They’re also figuring out how to deal with haunted houses, vampires, werewolves, ghosts, curses, and more!

The Baby-Sitters Club (Arrow May)

When four friends form a babysitting club, anything can happen—and usually does! Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, and Stacey started The Baby-Sitters Club to have fun and make money—but they never counted on wild toddlers, prank phone calls, out-of-control pets, and other problems! However, there’s one thing that will help them get through it all—their friendship!

New Year, New Titles!

3 Jan

Happy New Year! It’s a brand-new year and there is so much to look forward to. Everyone is invigorated after a nice long break (and some snow!) and we are SO excited to show you what we’ve been planning over the last few months. The January flyers are filled with incredible new titles, big-time deals, and rewards for YOU, our trusted partners in literacy. So go ahead, take a look at our JANUARY TOP 10 Books, then check out the entire selection online!

Teachers: Introduce your students to these TOP 10 NEW Books and watch their love of reading grow like never before. And in January, enjoy GUARANTEED 5X BONUS POINTS UP TO 6,000 Points, PLUS $10 to Spend Right Now!*

Parents: Did you know? You’re helping your child’s classroom library grow! Every dollar you spend through Scholastic Books Clubs earns your child’s class Bonus Points that teachers redeem for FREE BOOKS!

1. Gus Makes a Friend by Frank Remkiewicz
NEW Pre-Beginning Reader from the Illustrator of Froggy!

2. The Very Fairy Princess by Julie Andrews & Emma Walton Hamilton
NEW by Julie Andrews! For Fans of Pinkalicious!

3. Penguins by Liz Pichon
NEW Funny, Seasonal Picture Book!

4. National Geographic Little Kids: First Big Book of Animals
NEW Photographic Nonfiction Starring 200 Critters!

5. Grumpy Gloria by Anna Dewdney
NEW Friendship Story from Llama Llama’s Creator!

6. Little Critter®: Just Going to the Dentist by Mercer Mayer
NEW VALUE A Book Every Family Can Afford! Only $1

7.  Skippyjon Jones: Shape Up by Judy Schachner
NEW Silly Board Book Builds Mind-Muscle!

8.  We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen & Helen Oxenbury
NEW Classic Helen Oxenbury Now in Paperback!

9. Ice Is Nice! All About the North and South Poles by Bonnie Worth
NEW Learn Science Dr. Seuss Style!

10. Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff
NEW Holiday Mouse Book Now in Paperback!

1. How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You? by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague
NEW Fun-to-Read Book in Best-Selling Series!

2. Fly Guy Meets Fly Girl by Tedd Arnold
NEW by Geisel Award-Winning Author Tedd Arnold!

3. Roar! by Robert Munsch & Michael Martchenko
NEW Read-Aloud from Robert Munsch!

4. You Think It’s Easy Being the Tooth Fairy? by Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt
NEW Perfect for Dental Health Month!

5. Who Will See Their Shadows This Year? By Jerry Pallotta
NEW Hilarious Hardcover by the Creators of Who Will Guide My Sleigh Tonight?

6. The Magic School Bus® Arctic Adventure
NEW VALUE A Book Every Family Can Afford! Only $1

7. Hippo and Rabbit in Three Short Tales by Jeff Mack
NEW For Fans of Mo Willems’ Elephant and Piggie!

8. Can You See What I See? Treasure Ship by Walter Wick
NEW From the Co-Creator of  I SPY®!

9. Animal Safari Collection
NEW Nonfiction Set!

10. Fancy Nancy: The 100th Day of School by Jane O’Connor
NEW Learn New Words with Fancy Nancy!

1.  Magic Tree House® #41: Moonlight on the Magic Flute by Mary Pope Osborne
NEW Time-Travel Adventure Now in Paperback!

2. Smart Words Reader: Bones and Muscles
NEW Help Kids Learn Science Vocabulary!

3. Horrible Harry on the Ropes by Suzy Kline
NEW Funny School Story! Best-Selling Series!

4. Jack Gets a Clue: The Case of the Beagle Burglar by Nancy Krulik
NEW Mystery Series by the Author of Katie Kazoo!

5. Kitty Corner: Callie by Ellen Miles
NEW From the Best-Selling Author of The Puppy Place!

6. Flat Stanley’s Worldwide Adventures: The African Safari Discovery
NEW Adventure for Only $1!

7. Ready, Freddy! Science Fair Flop by Abby Klein
NEW The Latest in This Funny Series!

8. Space: A Visual Encylopedia
NEW HUGE Full-Color Encyclopedia!

9. Pony Mysteries: Penny and Pepper by Jeanne Betancourt
NEW Easy-to-Read Series from the Author of Pony Pals!

10. Geronimo Stilton: The Giant Diamond Robbery
NEW Funny Story with Full-Color Art!

1. Mythbusters Science Fair Book
NEW Do-It-Yourself Experiments in Full Color!

2. Dear America: Like the Willow Tree
NEW From Newbery Winner Lois Lowry, Author of The Giver!

3. My Sister the Vampire: Take Two by Sienna Mercer
NEW The Latest in the Fang-tastic Series!

4. Tales of Famous Heroes by Peter & Connie Roop
NEW Photo-Filled, Full-Color Nonfiction!

5. Smells Like Dog by Suzanne Selfors
NEW “A Page-Turning Adventure!” —Kirkus Reviews

6. The Valentine That Ate My Teacher by Dean Marney
NEW VALUE Holiday Favorite Now Only $1!

7. Vincent Shadow: Toy Inventor by Tim Kehoe
NEW Funny Fiction with Illustrations Throughout!

8. Goddess Girls: Aphrodite the Beauty by Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams
NEW Fun, Modern Spin on Classic Mythology!

9. Touch Blue by Cynthia Lord
NEW From the Newbery Author of Rules!

10. Profiles: The Civil War
NEW Full-Color, Photographic Nonfiction Series!

*With your first January class order of $20 or more. Cannot be combined with any other offer.

Reading at Home

23 Dec

Between all of the baking, eating, snuggling, shopping, and sledding, sometimes we all need a little reminder to breathe, read (yes, of course we had to sneak that one in!), and relax with family and friends.

Here are some of our favorite winter Book Club titles for reading with family and friends. Hope you enjoy this precious time together!

Honeybee January: In the Snow by Peggy Collins

A great story about a father and son having fun during the first snowfall of the season.

Firefly December: Bedtime for Little Bears! by David Bedford and Caroline Pedler

This may be the sweetest wintertime read-aloud of all time. We think you’ll agree after you check out the amazing illustrations!

SeeSaw January: How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague

An adorable title in the beloved series. Get ready for some snuggle time!

Lucky January: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

It’s miraculous. It’s a bunny. It’s a great read-aloud for all ages!

Arrow January: The Romeo and Juliet Code by Phoebe Stone

Full of mystery, romance, and fun, this is a great title to relax with.

TAB January: The Chronicles of Narnia Boxed Set by C.S. Lewis

It’s the Chronicles.  Really, isn’t that enough said? Start reading the series aloud this winter break and we guarantee you’ll have the whole family hanging on every word!

Have a wonderful time with your family and friends! Happy holidays!

A Special Thank You

22 Dec

Scholastic Book Clubs President, Judy Newman, has a special message for parents, families and care-givers this holiday season.

It’s Christmas, David! Let’s Make an Ornament!

21 Dec

Have you ever noticed how perfectly round and ornament-like David’s head is? Well, we did! In honor of David Shannon’s hilarious new book, It’s Christmas, David!, Scholastic Book Clubs offered the Make a David Ornament Sweepstakes and asked teachers and students to be creative! The premise? David’s head is round like an ornament—so why not have your students create a David-inspired decoration as a classroom holiday art project? We received hundreds of wonderful, creative, and inspired ornaments that captured the playfulness and

The Scholastic Christmas Tree

naughtiness of the favorite character David. They were so good, we even have them hanging on the Scholastic tree in the lobby of the New York office!

The sweepstakes may be over, but there’s still time to create your own holiday ornament inspired by David’s round head. Create your own, or use the shapes provided here to decorate and embellish. And don’t forget to read David Shannon’s newest book before you start your art project—I promise you’ll be inspired by David’s antics, and you might just see a little of yourself as a child, eagerly awaiting a visit from Santa!

The 5 Winning Ornaments!


It’s Christmas, David! can be found in Firefly December, and all-year online in Club Shop.

Holiday Baking with Family!

17 Dec

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  Lights are being strung, trees are being dragged through the city to be put up before Christmas morning, and in my house, trays upon trays of cookies are coming out of the oven.  I don’t have a favorite Christmas cookie, but I do have a few family recipes that we make every year without fail.  It’s not because they are the most delicious (even though they are) or that they are the beautifully decorated (which they aren’t).  The reason we make these same three types of cookies is that they are perfect for baking with a big group. Everyone can have a hand in the fun and the recipes are so simple, they are almost fool-proof.

Simple Illustrated Instructions and Full Color Photos

But I’m not one to just continue making the same thing year after year, and in the end, all that matters is that the recipes are easy and fun to make.  So this weekend, I’m going to be testing out a few new kid-friendly, fool-proof cookie recipes from The Usborne Children’s Book of Baking to add to my cookie repertoire.  The Children’s Book of Baking is my favorite type of cookbook – it has wonderful photos so you know what your cookies should look like when they’re done, and there only a few simple ingredients per baked treat. With fun recipes like easy meringue cookies, jammy sandwich cookies, and chocolate brownies, how could you go wrong?  Just don’t be surprised when your little one takes the wooden spoon and starts giving instructions on how YOU should be baking!

Having guests? Try these sunny muffins!

The Usborne Children’s Book of Baking can be found in the Firefly December catalog.

Book Clubs Sends Narnia Fan on a Magical Trip!

8 Dec

A few months ago, we gushed about how much we love The Chronicles of Narnia series—and how excited we were to send one lucky Book Club reader to the world premiere of the new Narnia movie! Well, the big day has come and gone, and it was every bit as magical as the enchanted land itself.

In the Arrow October catalog, we asked kids to answer the trivia question, “Prince Caspian’s ship is named the Dawn Treader. What creature is it shaped like?” Ten-year-old Lauren Moss provided the correct answer—a dragon. And on November 30 (her 11th birthday!), she and her father received an all-expenses paid trip from her Orange County, California, home to London, England, to attend the royal world premiere of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. In Lauren’s words: “It was so fun! I think my favorite part of the whole trip was meeting the cast and then following the red carpet in the snow into the theater. Once we were seated, it was amazing that we could look up and see the Queen of England in the balcony above us! I love to read and I especially like The Chronicles of Narnia. I’m pretty sure I’ll never have another birthday like this one!”

Contest Winner Lauren Moss & Cast Members (from left to right) Will Poulter, Skandar Keynes, Georgie Henley.

I agree; the event was amazing. The actors were welcoming and kind. The movie was fun and energetic (with very impressive 3-D effects). But as I fell asleep that night, I couldn’t help thinking “book vs. movie.” How much was left out of the film? What was added? What changed? Surely I couldn’t rely on my memory (I read the series when I was a kid—over 20 years ago!). So my first day back in the New York office, I got my hands on the original novel by C.S. Lewis and eagerly waited for the sea painting to sweep me away….

So the voyage follows a different order; so Eustace breathes fire for a little while longer in the movie. Almost all of the magic, all of the warmth, and all of the adventure makes it to the big screen. To be honest, it was just so fun noticing (OK, catching!) the differences, I would recommend this activity to anyone and everyone. READ IT, SEE IT, READ IT AGAIN!!

This post was brought to you by guest blogger Carmela, who feels a special kinship to the Brits after her exciting trip to London!

Scholastic Reps, Carmela and Ann Marie with Lauren on the red carpet!

Look for The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and the complete Chronicles of Narnia series in December and January Book Clubs!

Movie opens in the U.S. on December 10, 2010.

Book Talk’n: The Dreamer by Pam Muñoz Ryan

2 Dec

There was exciting news this week for Scholastic: Pam Muñoz Ryan’s The Dreamer was just selected as a 2010 Horn Book Fanfare Book! This distinction is awarded to the best children’s books of the year, and we couldn’t be happier for Pam and her very deserving book.

The Dreamer, beautifully illustrated by Peter Sís, documents a fictional account of Pablo Neruda’s early life as a boy in Chile. The story follows Neftalí Reyes, a little boy with big dreams and a great love of words, nature, and the world around him. Neftalí is shy and creative, and a constant disappointment to his cruel father who wants to toughen his son up. It is Neftalí’s imagination that takes him away from his overbearing father and taunting schoolmates into a world where words dance off the pages of books and where Neftalí is transported to lands he’s only ever read about.

The book is sprinkled with poetry and illustrations that are almost reminiscent of one of my favorite stories, The Little Prince. They complement Ryan’s story so perfectly that you shouldn’t be surprised if you, too, are transported to those distant lands along with Neftalí!

Pam Muñoz Ryan (whom I actually got to meet at the National Council of Teachers of English conference this year!!) is the celebrated author of multicultural titles like the Pura Belpré Medal–winning Esperanza Rising and Riding Freedom.

Don’t miss The Dreamer in the Arrow January catalog, and find the book in Spanish (El soñador) in the Club Leo All School Year 2010–2011 catalog!

Seven Half-Bloods Shall Answer the Call…

12 Oct

Last month, we mentioned how excited we were about the imminent release of the first book in Rick Riordan’s latest series. Well, now it’s finally here! The Heroes of Olympus, Book One: The Lost Hero hits bookstores and Scholastic Book Clubs book boxes. We’ve already read the first two chapters of The Lost Hero, and we can’t wait to get our hands on a freshly printed copy to find out what happens to Piper, Jason, Leo, and the rest of the newly discovered Half-Bloods.

To refresh your memory, what we know so far is that a new generation of demigods from Camp Half-Blood will be called upon to take up a quest:

Seven half-bloods shall answer the call,
To storm or fire the world must fall.
An oath to keep with a final breath,
And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death.

What will happen and who they’ll meet along the way is anybody’s guess—will these heroes quarrel with the gods like Percy did? Will they find out who their godly parents are? WILL PERCY APPEAR IN THIS SERIES? What about the prophecy and the new Oracle, Percy’s friend Rachel Elizabeth?! So many questions left unanswered. I’m looking forward to meeting these new characters, but I’m really hoping that this first book will include some familiar faces from the first New York Times best-selling series!

If you pre-ordered The Heroes of Olympus, Book One: The Lost Hero from Scholastic Book Clubs, you should be receiving it soon! If not, you can still purchase it from the Arrow or TAB October or November catalogs.  Visit our Rick Riordan Fan Page to learn more.

Go Further into Narnia Than Ever Before! Plus, Win a Chance to Go to London!

8 Oct

What makes a classic? Could it be when over 100 million copies of the books have been sold? Is it when a book has been translated into over 47 languages? Maybe it’s when a book has been in continuous publication since 1950? The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis ticks all of those boxes, but readers who love the Narnia series know that there is so much that makes these books classic reads. Narnia is a world that every child can visualize and see themselves in. It’s the precursor to J.K. Rowling’s magical world of Muggles and Hogwarts (which Trevor is reading about now!), and it’s a world that existed before Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time. The characters are at once identifiable and relatable, but also exciting and completely fantastical. We want to fight alongside Prince Caspian and journey to see the Great Lion, Aslan, who speaks to children as if he were human.

So why bring up The Chronicles now? With the release of the latest movie in the series, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, there’s never been a better time to start reading (or begin rereading!) The Chronicles of Narnia. Start The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe as a good-night read-aloud—that’s how I first “read” it! Or read it along with your class and discuss the big issues in the book as a fun classroom activity. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed!

As always, all seven books in the series are available anytime, online or in our Holiday Gift Books catalog.

BUT WAIT! Have you heard? Pack your bags and practice your best British accent, Scholastic is giving YOU a chance to win a trip to The Voyage of the Dawn Treader movie premiere in LONDON, ENGLAND!  Click here for details.