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Reach Out and Read: Making a Difference Nationwide

14 Dec

You may remember reading about the ways in which Scholastic Book Clubs partners with Reach Out and Read (a nonprofit that works with doctors and nurses to promote early literacy) (Reach Out and Read: Through a Doctor’s Eyes) to encourage school readiness. Now we’d like to share with you a few of the many inspiring success stories from this wonderful program.  And, as always, remember to read every day!

California

“I cannot imagine not having the Reach Out and Read program.  The developmental ob servations I make and use as an opportunity to support the mastery of the child and parent is invaluable.  It is great that children no longer ask for a lollipop, they want a book!”
-Family Physician, Los Angeles, CA


Colorado
“One day a little girl and I read together for about 45 minutes in the
waiting room.  When it was time to leave, her grandmother came over and
told me that the girl had recently been through lots of trauma in her
life, and that this was the first time in days she had seen her smile.”
-Volunteer Reader, Denver, CO

Kansas

“Many of our patients have financial difficulties and are unable to
purchase books on their own.  Providing books for children that allow families to read together in the clinic and at home has strengthened both the physician-child and the parent-child bonds.”
-Family Physician, Kansas City, KS

Massachusetts

“Thank you very much for taking care of us.  We love the children’s books
you gave us and the stickers at the end of our visits.”
-3-year-old, 6-year-old, and 9-year-old siblings, Somerville, MA

Pennsylvania

“The Reach Out and Read program gets children ready to read and parents
like me wanting to read. From birth, my son loved to hear me read books
to him. Now he is an active 2-year-old who can never get enough of
reading. With a new book at every well visit, he always has a book to
read.”
– A Reach Out and Read Parent, Philadelphia, PA

Vermont

“The short-term and long-term benefits of Reach Out and Read are
immeasurable: families bonding with children through reading, children
developing an early love of books, more success in school, and
ultimately more success in life.”
-Maternal Child Health Services Director, Colchester, VT

Hawaii

“It means a lot knowing that our doctor cares about the development of my
daughter’s learning skills.  And it’s always nice to get a book that we
can read together.”
-Mother, Honolulu, HI

 

 

Arizona

“One of my 18-month-old patients got a toy doctor’s kit for Christmas.  A
few days later she was examining her doll – she listened with the
stethoscope, gave the doll a shot, and then went to her bookshelf and
took out the book she got at her checkup and gave it to the doll.”
-Pediatrician, Phoenix, AZ

Georgia

“Thanks to the generosity and support of Reach Out and Read we have
wonderful new books to give our young patients at their routine health
checks while at the same time educating their families on the importance of making reading a fun everyday event. We are sincerely grateful for the support and we hope to continue together on this quest to make our children’s future the brightest possible.”
– Dr. Albert, Dr. Blum, Eileen Barlow, Lanica Evans, Christie Brooks,
Jamie Hicks, and Henriette Freeman Kids 1st Pediatrics
Watkinsville, GA

Indiana

“I’ve seen the positive effect this program has on parents and children.
For many of the families we serve, books are a luxury.  Reach Out and
Read makes it possible for children to start their own library by the
time they reach kindergarten.”
-Program Coordinator, Fort Wayne, IN

Massachusetts

“One of our patients is a mother of three and a domestic violence victim.
She and her children move often between shelters to stay safe, and every
time they move, she allows her children to only keep one toy.  Every
time, the children choose to keep one of their Reach Out and Read books
instead.”
-Volunteer, Boston, MA

Michigan

“Today I read to two 4-month-old babies.  One of their mothers couldn’t
believe her baby would be so excited about books.  She had never read to
him before, but said that she would start tonight!”
-Volunteer Reader, Kalamazoo, MI

Minnesota

“For the high-risk population we serve at our clinic, the opportunity to
be read to and to develop a love of books may make the difference
between future success and failure.”
-Pediatrician, Minneapolis, MN

Missouri

“After handing a book to an 18-month-old, his mother told me that she
couldn’t read and felt ashamed.  I reassured her that she could tell the
story from the pictures and helped her enroll in a learn-to-read
program.”
– Pediatrician, Kansas City, MO

New York

“Reach Out and Read is a gift to us, the providers.  It enables us to
further our ultimate goal, the improvement of the health and well-being
of children and their families, by way of a novel, interactive, and fun
approach.”
-Pediatrician, Brooklyn, NY

Ohio

“The parents are always so surprised by the importance our physicians
and especially our staff puts on reading books to young children. I
never tire of the look on parents’ faces when they see particularly the
board books for infants.”
– Sara Guerrero-Duby, M.D. F.A.A.P.
Children’s Medical Group
Akron, OH

Virginia

“The children come to expect a book every time they see the doctor.  I
walked into an exam room the other day and a Spanish-speaking child
greeted me by saying “libro” (book) before I could even say hello.
-Pediatrician, Alexandria, VA

Find out more about Reach Out and Read at http://reachoutandread.org/

Find out more about ClassroomsCare http://classroomscare.scholastic.com/

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!  

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!

Happy Birthday to Us!

24 Sep

That’s right. The Scholastic Book Clubs Fan Page is 1 today! Woo hoo! First of all, we’d like to thank YOU! It’s because of all of you children’s book and reading enthusiasts that we are here. Without you, the page would not be the unbelievably great community it has become. It is a pleasure and a privilege to come into work every day and have such great discussions, and to be able to see teachers and parents share ideas about reading. The Facebook page is just one way we are trying to communicate with our wonderful and loyal customers. We are using Twitter and this blog as well to keep the conversation about books and reading going so no matter what platform you use, we are there for you.

To reward our loyal fans (as well as our new fans), we are giving away a box of grade-appropriate books! We want to hear why you love our page so much! Here’s how it works: To enter, be sure to comment on this post with the phrase “One thing I like about the Scholastic Book Clubs Page is…” and tell us one thing you like about our page. You must be over the age of 18 and a valid U.S. resident; click here for complete rules. You will have from today, September 24, 2010, at 12 p.m. EST until 12 p.m. EST on September 27, 2010, to enter (and only one entry per person). We’ll announce the winner on Wednesday, September 29, 2010, at 12 p.m. EST.

Remember When…

8 Sep

Happy International Literacy Day!

We love working for a company that has been a staple in schools and in the campaign for literacy for almost 90 years. Whenever we meet new people and they ask where we work their reaction is always, “I remember Book Clubs! I used to bring the flyer home and circle exactly what I wanted to buy! My whole flyer was filled with circles.”

Let’s not forget when the book box actually makes it to the classroom. “It was magical when the book box arrived. It helped reading feel like Christmas!” or “There was always a book our family could buy, which helped make me a reader!” We remember that feeling when the book box arrived and all we could think was: I can’t concentrate on math right now, teach—there is a box of books with my name on some of them and I want them NOW!

Just check out this video of students receiving the 4th Wimpy Kid book. Remember how excited you were when the book box showed up?


The strong nostalgia that resonates with adults about Scholastic Book Clubs is just one of the many things that we love about working here.

Having a job that brings excitement about books and reading to kids is a privilege. Seeing kids interact with Scholastic Book Clubs just like we used to do is the best inspiration we have to keep bringing the best books to all of you!

Share some of your memories with us! We’d love to hear them!
For more Book Clubs nostalgia, visit our friends over at On Our Minds!

The Real Deal: Editors David and Abby Preview Fall Titles

9 Aug

It’s back-to-school season, all right.  The squeak-squeak songs of new sneakers in the crowded hallways, the tap-tap dance of new lunchboxes on young knees, and the grind-grind of sharpened pencils wafts from the classrooms-school’s back (or will be soon!), and we’re looking forward to sharing in the enthusiasm of a new year.

We’re bursting at the seams here at Book Clubs, especially our editors, who think that this is the BEST year yet for children’s books in Clubs.  But with so many options, we know it can be hard to find the books that are just right for your child (or student). Will they be age appropriate?  Will they hold your child’s interest? Will they be the right reading level?  And this is where we love to help.  Our editors have worked tirelessly to hand-select the best new books of the year that will not only keep them interested, but will boost their reading levels and success in school.

Make sure you check out this video featuring two of our resident experts/all-stars/children’s book gurus, Editors David and Abby, to learn a little more about some of their favorite September titles.  In David’s words, “We’ve spared no effort to provide you with the very,very finest books that can be found on planet Earth in  Scholastic Book Clubs.”

Do you agree? Open up your Book Clubs September flyers (in print or online) and just bask in the wonder, the joy, and the genius of children’s books.  We have found an awesome selection of just-right books for kids across America, and we hope you think so too!