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Who Wants a Visit from the Black Lagoon?

3 Nov

Do you ever stop and think: How do authors come up with iconic characters, such as the teacher from the Black Lagoon®? What else would you ask other famous authors if you could? What if…gasp…no one even notices when a famous author visits?

Well, in Mike Thaler (author) and Jared Lee’s (illustrator) latest work, The Author Visit from the Black Lagoon®, Thaler brings this idea to life. Our Lucky Editor, Shelly, reviewed the book for us below:

“A real live author, Penny Inkblot, is coming for a school visit, and Hubie has been selected to escort her! But what if her limousine pulls up and she totally ignores Hubie?  What if the book she reads is as boring as the phone book?! And what if, instead of signing books, she stamps everyone’s foreheads with a rubber stamp!?!”

When the big day arrives, Hubie is relieved to find that Penny Inkblot is supercool. She tells the class how she much loves to write, and that everyone in class can be an author, too. All you need is a pencil, a piece of paper, and your imagination! That’s all that Hubie needs to hear—by the end of the day, he has his written his own story. Perhaps Mrs. Beamster will put it in the school library!”

Remember that you should absolutely check Lucky November or click here to find out how you could win a school visit from Black Lagoon® author, Mike Thaler! Just…don’t ignore him.  🙂

Literary Halloween: When Imagination Meets Reality

28 Oct

 

A Bad Case of the Stripes

Halloween is a time for goblins, witches, and black cats—but it’s also a time for Harry, Matilda, (Fancy) Nancy, Katniss, and the Frizz.

Do you and your kids or students plan to participate? Let us know which characters you think will be popular this year, and which ones you hope to see. (Pictures of your favorite costumes or innovators are welcome…they’ll help provide inspiration!)

Personally, I’m thinking I’ll be “Mouse” from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie…that way, I can carry around chocolate cookies (my favorite!) all night long.

What about my fellow Book Talkers?

Trevor: I wouldn’t dress up as this character, but it would be cool to see someone go as Ms. Frizzle.

Preeti:  I’m going to be Paddington Bear!

 

Remember, share your pictures with us to let us know how your students/kids are dressing up. Feel free to submit them after the big day!  

SBC Loves First-Time Teachers and Teachers-to-Be!

27 Oct

As a recent(ish) college grad, I have a lot of friends who are first-time teachers. They’re scattered all over—in Boston and San Francisco, in rural Pennsylvania, and in the southernmost part of Texas (hi, Sam!). I’ve been thinking about them a lot lately, because even though they’re some of the most wonderful, creative, and hardworking people I know, it’s clear that the first year of teaching is still a HUGE challenge.

Enter Scholastic Book Clubs. We know that we can’t help with all the challenges that new teachers and teachers-to-be face, but we can make it easier for you to get great, age-appropriate books for your classroom library. New teachers who sign up for Book Clubs can receive up to 25 FREE Books during their first year teaching, and Bonus Points and contests help you earn more books and curriculum tie-ins for your classroom! Plus, for those of you who are in training to become teachers, if you register on our Web site, we’ll send you info about awesome giveaways and sweepstakes so that by the time you do walk into your own classroom, you’ll have some great materials to bring with you.

But enough about us. New teachers and teachers-to-be, we want to hear from YOU about what kinds of rewards, materials, and programs you want to see available from Scholastic Book Clubs. Veteran teachers, we want to know what advice you can offer your colleagues who are just starting out in the world of teaching. And thanks again to all of you for working so hard to inspire a love of learning in your students!

This post comes to you from Liz, Guest Blogger and Recent Addition to the Book Clubs Family.

Book Clubs Nostalgia

25 Oct

Arrow Catalog, 1978

Whenever I meet people and tell them where I work, I always say (proudly!), “I work for Scholastic Book Clubs!” If they don’t immediately remember what it is, I inform them that Book Clubs is the division where we work with teachers across America, give them the flyers to pass out to the students, the students go home and talk about the books on the flyers with their parents, place their orders, and then…the iconic book boxes arrive in classrooms!

Each time I go through this explanation, it’s rare that I don’t receive a smile, a “Oh, my goodness, I remember those!”, or a “I used to circle almost every book in the flyers and beg my parents to buy them all for me!”

AWESOME Tote Bag!

Yes, we’ve enabled online ordering for teachers and parents. Yes, we’re on social media (and loving it!). But the heart of our business—partnering with teachers and parents to find the books that kids can’t wait to read—remains.

And we love walking down memory lane. Why, I even carry this AWESOME bag around NYC that features some of our older catalogs!

What do you remember about Book Clubs?

Want to walk down memory lane with a few others? Click on the links below for some other nostalgic Book Clubs bloggers.

SeeSaw Catalog, 1986

 

My new favorite: http://bit.ly/cqoDl5

And some others:

Reviews from the Experts: Teacher Advisors’ November Picks

22 Oct

 We’ve already introduced Our Scholastic Teacher Advisors to you on the blog earlier this school year and let you know that they would be back to say hi. Well, they’re back!

Here are a few reviews from our November Book Clubs titles! You can find the rest of their reviews on Facebook.

The Chocolate Touch

(Review by Katie Flaherty, Third-Grade Teacher)

The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling brings the old adage “be careful what you wish for” cleverly to life. The book follows the story of a chocoholic child, John Midas, who refuses to listen to his parents and his doctor about cutting the chocolate from his diet. John finds a strange coin on the street and enters a mysterious store he’s never seen before and purchases a box of chocolate. After eating this chocolate before bed, John wakes up to find that everything he touches turns to chocolate! What seems like a dream come true at first soon becomes a problem. Second through fourth grade students will find themselves enthralled in this hilarious chapter book to find out if John can reverse the chocolate curse! 

Llama, Llama Holiday Drama

(Review by Julie Novak, Kindergarten Teacher)

Well, Anna Dewdney does it again! In her new book, Llama Llama Holiday Drama, counting down to Christmas is hard for young Llama Llama. Young children have such trouble waiting for anything—especially Christmas, with all the magic of the season.  Mama must remind Llama Llama about the special gift of the season: FAMILY! I am excited to share this beautifully illustrated book with my kindergarten class. What fun it is to read this book with its bouncing rhythm and rhyme. After reading the book, sit down with your child and talk about all the holiday traditions you had when you were a young child. The special moments you spend now with your child will be wonderful memories when he or she grows up.

If you enjoyed any of the Llama Llama books, then you must get a copy of Llama Llama Holiday Drama to add to your collection!

BIG Classroom Rewards! 6 Winners!

5 Oct

Hi all,

We’re celebrating classrooms across America in a BIG way!

To enter:

  1. Go to Scholastic Book Clubs on Facebook
  2. “Like” us to learn more about  your chance to win BIG Classroom Rewards!
  3. Cross your fingers…you may be one of the six lucky winners! 🙂

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. on October 19, 2010. All teachers who are legal U.S. residents and currently employed teaching at a U.S. school PreK–8 are eligible to enter and all parents of students attending a U.S. school PreK–8 are eligible to enter, except employees, and their immediate family members, of Scholastic Inc. Winners will be notified on or about October 26, 2010. Void where prohibited. View Full Official Rules.

FIRST CLASS: Help for New Teachers!

29 Sep

Walking into your FIRST CLASS for the very first time as a new teacher can be really overwhelming.

We think it would be so helpful if teachers (and parents) could lend a hand to new teachers by sharing the top five things they wished they had known when they first set foot into their classrooms.

We can start by letting you know how Book Clubs can help:

  1. Build your classroom library quickly and easily! In addition to the monthly rewards you receive for ordering, you (as a brand-new teacher) can receive up to 25 FREE Books throughout the school year. Click here for more info.
  2. Build your classroom library with Bonus Points! Each order earns you Bonus Points, which you can use to build your dream classroom. You can use your Bonus Points to get FREE Books from the monthly catalogs, teacher resources from our new Teacher Essentials catalog, and classroom materials from our Classroom Bonus catalog!
  3. Engage your classroom through ClassroomsCare, a motivational reading program that teaches students about giving to kids in need.
  4. Engage your class via contests, curriculum tie-ins, and more—all found in the teacher pages of our monthly catalogs. Visit Contests, Etc. for more information.
  5. E-mail or call us if you have any questions! You can reach us at your exclusive FIRST CLASS in-box at firstclass@scholastic.com.  You can also call us at 1-800-SCHOLASTIC (1-800-724-6527) and follow the prompts for new teachers.  We’re here to help!

Here are some other useful tools: