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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!

Disney’s Tangled!

10 Dec

(Or, how I turned into a ten-year-old girl for two hours.)

Full disclosure: I am a product of what I like to call the golden age of Disney cinema—the first movie I can remember seeing in the theater is The Little Mermaid and I’m fairly certain I watched my Aladdin VHS every day for a month…or until it wouldn’t play anymore. I can still play Beauty and the Beast songs on the piano, and my iTunes still has a very extensive Disney playlist.

That being said, I went into Tangled with some trepidation. Disney had yet to recapture that, dare I say, magic quality it had in abundance when I was younger.

Tangled easily took me back to that time. There’s the princess, Rapunzel, locked away in her tower, the rakish (but still heroic) Flynn Rider, the sidekicks, and, of course, the evil villain, Mother Gothel…and to top it all off, music by Disney heavyweight Alan Menken. The story is funny, adventurous, and romantic.

But my favorite part of Disney movies (and Tangled is no exception) is how strong the female characters are. Rapunzel is not a damsel in distress—she fights for herself, maintains her independence, and saves the hero! She, like princesses before her, is strong, capable, and confident.

We’ve got several books available so that kids of all ages can read about the fairy tale as well!

In Firefly December, you can find Tangled: A Dazzling Day, a picture book perfect for reading aloud.

In SeeSaw December, you’ll find the early reader, Tangled: Kingdom of Color. This is great for kindergartners or first graders just beginning to read themselves.

In Lucky December, we have a stepping-stone reader, Tangled: Rapunzel’s Tale, for slightly more advanced readers.

Lastly, in Arrow December you can find the junior novelization for kids who want to relive the movie (I know that I did!).

Bad Kitty!

9 Dec

Nick Bruel’s Bad Kitty is back! And this time, it’s Bad Kitty vs Uncle Murray: The Uproar at the Front Door. Kitty’s owners are going away for a week and while they’re gone, Uncle Murray’s going to be watching Kitty and Puppy. This cannot possibly go well. In what is now his standard, Bruel brings together easy-to-read text, great kitty teaching points, and hilarious turns of events in the latest Bad Kitty book. And just in time for you to find it on Lucky December, he’s launched a new Web site!

BadKittyBooks.com has all sorts of extras. There’s an interview with Nick Bruel and games for every reader, like word searches and the “Bad Kitty BAD Libs.” For teachers, he’s even got a few classroom resources for students from kindergarten to 3rd grade. Check out the trailer below for the Bad Kitty series!

Sweet Dreams for You!

6 Dec

One of our favorite subjects for our little readers (and their parents!) is bedtime. And we’ve got quite a few bedtime books for you this winter, so there’s sure to be something for every kind of sleeper!

Twinkle, Twinkle, Time for Bed

A twist on the classic lullaby, this version of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” shows that even toys need to be tucked into bed. With its adorable illustrations and story-time tips for parents, this bedtime book is perfect for reading and being read to! You can find it on Honeybee this December.

I Love You, Stinky Face

While settling down to bed, Stinky Face has just a few questions for his mom. No matter who he is, whether he’s an alligator or a gross, smelly skunk, Stinky Face’s mommy will always love him. I Love You, Stinky Face is available on Honeybee December.

Little Critter: Just Go to Bed

We all know and love Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter. He’s just as precocious as ever in this great installment of the series. Little Critter does not want to go to bed, and he will do anything to get out of it! Just Go to Bed is on Honeybee December.

Bedtime for Little Bears!

Enjoy the season and bedtime by saying good night to all sorts of arctic animals in this adorable picture book. Bedtime for Little Bears! is on Firefly’s cover this December!

If Animals Kissed Good Night

Here’s the perfect book for you if you want to say good night to the rest of the animal kingdom! Told in rhyme, If Animals Kissed Good Night shows us all the different ways that animals say good night. Find it on Firefly December!

Happy Hanukkah, Everyone…and Happy Reading!

3 Dec

I love Hanukkah. I love the latkes (potato pancakes), the applesauce, the jelly doughnuts, the dreidels (spinning tops), and the gelt (chocolate candy coins). I love lighting the shamash on my menorah and the way my windowsill looks with the soft lights from the candles.

It’s really important to learn about the reasons we all partake in these traditions, as the holiday is about a really important time in Jewish History, one that can be shared by some of my favorite (yes, you guessed it) books.

Here are a few wonderful titles that can help you teach your class or family about these eight candle-latke-dreidel-filled nights:

Eight Wild Nights: A Family Hanukkah Tale. This Lucky November title by Brian P. Cleary showcases the wonders and traditions of the Hanukkah season in an amusing rhythmic text and brought to life with rich, colorful illustrations. This funny holiday read is sure to get each and every member of the family laughing! It even includes a paragraph summarizing the holiday.

Dreidel, Dreidel, Driedel, with pictures by Amy Cartwright, will help young kids sing and read the familiar words to the Hanukkah song. Featuring sparkly (and sturdy) pages and a pop-up dreidel that really spins, this book is an excellent Honeybee November choice for holiday celebrations that is sure to delight!

Hoppy Hanukkah is my new favorite title Hanukkah title. November Firefly showcases the talent of Linda Glaser, who has crafted as story about two little bunnies want to light all the candles and blow them out! But Mama and Papa explain to them how the candles are lit each night and the menorah is placed in the window for all to see. Grandpa and Grandma come over, too, and there are latkes (potato pancakes) to eat, presents to open, and a dreidel (spinning top) to play with.

What’s your favorite part about the holiday season?

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!

Teachable Moments: Footprints in the Snow

29 Nov

Wolves get a bad rap! At least, that’s what Wolf thinks in Mei Matsuoka’s Footprints in the Snow. He’s tired of reading about “nasty, scary, and greedy” wolves! So he decides to write his own story about a character named Mr. Nice Wolf. All Mr. Nice Wolf wants to do is make friends with whomever left footprints in the snow, so he sets off to follow the prints. As the story continues, Wolf surprises himself by slipping into the same trap as other storytellers (I’d say more, but then I’d give away the ending!). Is he really so different after all?

This is a great book for teaching the importance of writing and storytelling. The way the text interacts with the artwork will keep kids engaged, and the twist ending will have them asking all sorts of questions! Matsuoka’s text will open up discussion about how to tell a story. Footprints in the Snow is a great read-aloud as well as an excellent tool for the classroom.

You can find Footprints in the Snow on SeeSaw this November, both as a stand-alone and in the SeeSaw Picture Book & CD Library!