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A Reader’s Resolution

30 Dec

Happy New Year, everyone! In honor of 2011, we thought we’d do a quick “Reader’s Resolution.” These are books I am resolving to read this year. Leave a comment with some of yours!

In 2011, I plan to finally read The Brothers Karamazov and Boneshaker.

How about you?

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!

May the Force Be with You

15 Dec

I’ll say it: I had (and still have) a crush on Han Solo.

Not on Harrison Ford, mind you—Indiana Jones is all right—but on Han Solo himself. And it seems that I’m not alone—another Scholastic blogger made the same confession earlier this week. I guess great minds crush alike.

But this is supposed to be about BOOKS, right?

Well, I’m happy to tell you that the greatness that is Star Wars doesn’t have to stop on the screen. And if I were a Star Wars geek (ahem), I would turn directly to the fifth page of our Holiday Gift Books catalog for a whole slew of books about your (my) favorite characters. There’s the Star Wars® Rebel Force Collection as well as Star Wars® Blueprints: Rebel Edition, where you can examine the ins and outs of some truly awesome starfighters (rebel ships ONLY)!

If you’re not excited enough already, check out this silly video about dads trying to have “the talk” (the Star Wars talk, that is) with their kids. And if anyone knows how to make that Yoda hat, please, please, let me know.

This post was brought to you by Liz, guest blogger and aspiring Jedi Knight.

Who’s Ready For The Snowy Day?

10 Nov

Here in New York City, we’re still weeks away from the first snow (we hope!), but that chill is certainly in the air. I try not to let the nippy weather get me down—instead, I see it as the chance to curl up with a blanket, a mug of hot chocolate, and a copy of Ezra Jack Keats’s 1963 Caldecott Medal–winner, The Snowy Day.

Keats’s gorgeous illustrations and simple, quiet text tell the story of Peter (you remember—he’s wearing that awesome red snowsuit), a boy who wakes up to find the first snowy day of winter. He spends his day adventuring in the snow, making tracks, building snowmen, crafting snow angels. Peter even tries to store a snowball in his pocket for the next day. Oh well—you gotta learn somehow!

On October 7, kids (and adults) all across the country read The Snowy Day to support Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, a campaign dedicated to promoting literacy from an early age. You can read more about the event here. Missed out, or just need some more Peter in your life? Look out for The Snowy Day in the upcoming catalogs and online*, or find it in the “Award Winners” section of Club Shop all year long!

* The Snowy Day is available in SeeSaw December!  Teachers, you can also find The Snowy Day big books and packs in November’s SeeSaw and Firefly.

This post was brought to you by Liz, guest blogger who is not afraid of the cold!

Labor Day Weekend Reads

3 Sep

Now, we know that you may think that Labor Day means one thing: BBQ. But for the Book Talk crew, it means we get one extra day to do what we love best: read.

Yes, we will enjoy copious amounts of grilled delicacies, family, and friends, but we’ll also enjoy catching some rays while reading some fantastic books. What could be better? Not much, we say!

Here’s an inside lens into our Labor Day Weekend Reads (of course, we want to hear from you too!):

Preeti: My hopes are probably too high for this weekend, but I’ll be at the beach with more than a few reads. I’m most excited about Entwined, a young adult novel about my faaavorite fairy tale, “The Twelve Dancing Princesses.” I also intend to relive the excitement of Scaredy-Cat, Splat! , which I am going to share with my friends so we can squeal over its cuteness!

Trevor: I’ll be reading an adult title (GASP!)—Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad—as well as reading the final installment in The 39 Clues® series, The 39 Clues®, Book Ten: Into the Gauntlet!

Erin: This weekend is filled with traveling, so I’ll have a lot of time to devote to some BIG books. I’m rereading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (for about the seventh time…). And because I can’t just read children’s books ALL the time (sigh), I’m going back to my history major tendencies and reading The Pillars of the Earth. Have a great weekend!

Jen: My weekend is going to be filled with family read-alongs! I’ll be rereading Mockingjay with my 14-year-old cousin. I’ll also be diving into the world of medicine with My Body (from Firefly September) so I can keep up with my loved ones, many of whom are doctors (hey, I’ve got to learn it somehow!).

What are you all reading this weekend?

Reading at Home. Discuss.

10 Aug

Life these days is a whirlwind. You wake up, scramble to get everyone out the door for school, eat breakfast on your commute to work, make it through the work-day, pick up the kids, take them to their after-school activities, pick them up, make dinner, check your email, help the kids with their homework, and collapse into bed only to start the day all over again. Are we forgetting anything? Probably.

You may ask, during a day like this, who has time to read?

We all do.

Read Skippyjon Jones when you’re waiting for dinner to finish cooking. Ask your child to read Junie B. Jones at the counter with you as you all prep for the next day ahead. Snuggle in bed with Diary of a Wimpy Kid.  Make family time reading time, and you’ll all win.

Research has shown that reading at home for just 20 minutes every day can make a difference in your child’s life…so get on the reading train if you aren’t on it already.

What are your tips to make reading at home part of your family’s daily routine?