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Your 2011 Newbery and Caldecott Winners!

10 Jan

Congratulations to Clare Vanderpool and Erin E. Stead, the 2011 Newbery and Caldecott winners!

The Caldecott Medal goes to A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Erin Stead, written by Philip Christian Stead
In this heartwarming picture book with a classic feel, zookeeper Amos McGee is nursed back to health by some very unusual visitors! Surprising, funny, and very, very sweet.

The Caldecott Honors books are as follow (and you can find both on Book Clubs this January!):


Dave the Potter
by Bryan Collier, written by Laban Carrick Hill

The perfect balance of depth and beauty, this is a rich picture book about an enslaved potter and talented poet living in South Carolina in the 1800’s. You can find Dave the Potter on Voices this January!

Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein
You will laugh uproariously at this absolute gem of a picture book – without a doubt one of the year’s funniest and most clever read-alouds! You can find Interrupting Chicken on Firefly this January!

The Newbery Medal goes to Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
A true page-turner, this debut novel is a compelling mystery and rich coming-of-age story set during the Great Depression.

The Newbery Honor books are as follows:

Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Rick Allen
Delicious language, rich vocabulary, and interesting science converge on the pages of this beautiful book of poems about nocturnal life.

Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus
This is a captivating seafaring adventure based on the remarkable true story that took one teenage boy from Japan to America and back again, beginning in 1841.

Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm
This charming and funny adventure swirls in lively fashion around Turtle, a tough and witty 11 year-old, and the eccentric relatives she meets in Depression-era Key West. Laughs galore!

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
In this truly entertaining ode to the 1960’s, Rita Williams-Garcia introduces readers to three likable and precocious sisters, whose entertaining squabbles are an absolute delight.

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 www.scholastic.com/grc!

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!

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!

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.

December’s Bestsellers

14 Dec

Picture Books

 

1. Little Critter’s The Night Before Christmas by Mercer Mayer ($2.00 in Firefly)
2. The Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup ($4.00 in SeeSaw)
3. Sneezy the Snowman by Maureen Wright ($4.00 in SeeSaw)
4. The Night Before New Year’s by Natasha Wing ($2.00 in Firefly)
5. The Little Reindeer by Caroline Repchuk ($3.00 in SeeSaw)

 

Transitional Readers and Early Chapter Books

1. I SPY Santa Claus riddles by Jean Marzollo, photos by Walter Wick ($2.00 in SeeSaw)
2. Tangled: Kingdom of Color ($3.00 in SeeSaw)
3. Magic Tree House® #29: Christmas in Camelot by Mary Pope Osborne ($2.00 in Lucky)
4. A Cars Christmas ($3.00 in Firefly)
5. Ready, Freddy! The Perfect Present by Abby Klein ($2.00 in Lucky)

Chapter Books

1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid #5: The Ugly Truth by Jeff Kinney ($7.00 in Arrow)
2. The Pup Who Cried Wolf by Chris Kurtz ($2.00 in Arrow)
3. The Christmas Genie by Dan Gutman ($3.00 in Arrow)
4. Tangled: The Junior Novelization ($4.00 in Arrow)
5. Thirteen Ways to Sink a Sub by Jamie Gilson ($3.00 in Arrow)

Middle Grade Fiction

1. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Graphic Novel by Rick Riordan ($9.00 in Arrow and TAB)
2. The Winter Room by Gary Paulsen ($3.00 in Arrow)
3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling ($8.00 in Lucky, Arrow, and TAB)
4. Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter ($5.00 in Arrow)
5. Closed for the Season by Mary Downing Hahn ($3.00 in TAB)

Young Adult Fiction

1. How to Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier ($5.00 in TAB)
2. Accidental Love by Gary Soto ($4.00 in TAB)
3. Missing by Catherine MacPhail ($4.00 in TAB)
4. The Dying Breath by Alane Ferguson ($5.00 in TAB)
5. Belly Up by Stuart Gibbs ($4.00 in TAB)

Nonfiction (All Ages)

1. 3-D Thrillers! The Ice Age and Incredible Pre-Historic Animals ($4.00 in Lucky)
2. How to Do Homework Without Throwing Up by Trevor Romain ($3.00 in Lucky and Arrow)
3. Scholastic Book of World Records 2011 ($9.00 in Lucky)
4 Why Is the White House White? by Connie and Peter Roop ($2.00 in Lucky)
5. Thirty Days Has September: Cool Ways to Remember Stuff ($3.00 in Arrow)

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.

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!