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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.

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.

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.