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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!

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!

New Year, New Titles!

3 Jan

Happy New Year! It’s a brand-new year and there is so much to look forward to. Everyone is invigorated after a nice long break (and some snow!) and we are SO excited to show you what we’ve been planning over the last few months. The January flyers are filled with incredible new titles, big-time deals, and rewards for YOU, our trusted partners in literacy. So go ahead, take a look at our JANUARY TOP 10 Books, then check out the entire selection online!

Teachers: Introduce your students to these TOP 10 NEW Books and watch their love of reading grow like never before. And in January, enjoy GUARANTEED 5X BONUS POINTS UP TO 6,000 Points, PLUS $10 to Spend Right Now!*

Parents: Did you know? You’re helping your child’s classroom library grow! Every dollar you spend through Scholastic Books Clubs earns your child’s class Bonus Points that teachers redeem for FREE BOOKS!

1. Gus Makes a Friend by Frank Remkiewicz
NEW Pre-Beginning Reader from the Illustrator of Froggy!

2. The Very Fairy Princess by Julie Andrews & Emma Walton Hamilton
NEW by Julie Andrews! For Fans of Pinkalicious!

3. Penguins by Liz Pichon
NEW Funny, Seasonal Picture Book!

4. National Geographic Little Kids: First Big Book of Animals
NEW Photographic Nonfiction Starring 200 Critters!

5. Grumpy Gloria by Anna Dewdney
NEW Friendship Story from Llama Llama’s Creator!

6. Little Critter®: Just Going to the Dentist by Mercer Mayer
NEW VALUE A Book Every Family Can Afford! Only $1

7.  Skippyjon Jones: Shape Up by Judy Schachner
NEW Silly Board Book Builds Mind-Muscle!

8.  We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen & Helen Oxenbury
NEW Classic Helen Oxenbury Now in Paperback!

9. Ice Is Nice! All About the North and South Poles by Bonnie Worth
NEW Learn Science Dr. Seuss Style!

10. Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff
NEW Holiday Mouse Book Now in Paperback!

1. How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You? by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague
NEW Fun-to-Read Book in Best-Selling Series!

2. Fly Guy Meets Fly Girl by Tedd Arnold
NEW by Geisel Award-Winning Author Tedd Arnold!

3. Roar! by Robert Munsch & Michael Martchenko
NEW Read-Aloud from Robert Munsch!

4. You Think It’s Easy Being the Tooth Fairy? by Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt
NEW Perfect for Dental Health Month!

5. Who Will See Their Shadows This Year? By Jerry Pallotta
NEW Hilarious Hardcover by the Creators of Who Will Guide My Sleigh Tonight?

6. The Magic School Bus® Arctic Adventure
NEW VALUE A Book Every Family Can Afford! Only $1

7. Hippo and Rabbit in Three Short Tales by Jeff Mack
NEW For Fans of Mo Willems’ Elephant and Piggie!

8. Can You See What I See? Treasure Ship by Walter Wick
NEW From the Co-Creator of  I SPY®!

9. Animal Safari Collection
NEW Nonfiction Set!

10. Fancy Nancy: The 100th Day of School by Jane O’Connor
NEW Learn New Words with Fancy Nancy!

1.  Magic Tree House® #41: Moonlight on the Magic Flute by Mary Pope Osborne
NEW Time-Travel Adventure Now in Paperback!

2. Smart Words Reader: Bones and Muscles
NEW Help Kids Learn Science Vocabulary!

3. Horrible Harry on the Ropes by Suzy Kline
NEW Funny School Story! Best-Selling Series!

4. Jack Gets a Clue: The Case of the Beagle Burglar by Nancy Krulik
NEW Mystery Series by the Author of Katie Kazoo!

5. Kitty Corner: Callie by Ellen Miles
NEW From the Best-Selling Author of The Puppy Place!

6. Flat Stanley’s Worldwide Adventures: The African Safari Discovery
NEW Adventure for Only $1!

7. Ready, Freddy! Science Fair Flop by Abby Klein
NEW The Latest in This Funny Series!

8. Space: A Visual Encylopedia
NEW HUGE Full-Color Encyclopedia!

9. Pony Mysteries: Penny and Pepper by Jeanne Betancourt
NEW Easy-to-Read Series from the Author of Pony Pals!

10. Geronimo Stilton: The Giant Diamond Robbery
NEW Funny Story with Full-Color Art!

1. Mythbusters Science Fair Book
NEW Do-It-Yourself Experiments in Full Color!

2. Dear America: Like the Willow Tree
NEW From Newbery Winner Lois Lowry, Author of The Giver!

3. My Sister the Vampire: Take Two by Sienna Mercer
NEW The Latest in the Fang-tastic Series!

4. Tales of Famous Heroes by Peter & Connie Roop
NEW Photo-Filled, Full-Color Nonfiction!

5. Smells Like Dog by Suzanne Selfors
NEW “A Page-Turning Adventure!” —Kirkus Reviews

6. The Valentine That Ate My Teacher by Dean Marney
NEW VALUE Holiday Favorite Now Only $1!

7. Vincent Shadow: Toy Inventor by Tim Kehoe
NEW Funny Fiction with Illustrations Throughout!

8. Goddess Girls: Aphrodite the Beauty by Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams
NEW Fun, Modern Spin on Classic Mythology!

9. Touch Blue by Cynthia Lord
NEW From the Newbery Author of Rules!

10. Profiles: The Civil War
NEW Full-Color, Photographic Nonfiction Series!

*With your first January class order of $20 or more. Cannot be combined with any other offer.

New Books for a New Year: Lucky Edition!

20 Dec

The holiday season is upon us, and that means a new year is just around the bend. To get ready for the upcoming 2011 year, Lucky January has some suggestions to start your year off right!

Two brand-new mystery series are premiering in Lucky January. Pony Mysteries: Penny and Pepper is all about a girl who moves to the country and has to make friends in a new town. Penny meets a horse named Pepper and finds out there is more to the country than she thought! When a mystery arises, Pepper helps Penny start searching for clues. The second series is Jack Gets a Clue. In the first book, The Case of the Beagle Burglar, Jack gets hit on the head with an acorn and finds out he can talk to animals! When his friend’s plans to build the best robot get stolen, Jack uses his brand-new talent to sniff out the thief.

Frankly, Frannie and George Brown, Class Clown are also making an appearance in Lucky January. These two hilarious kids are always trying to help, but just can’t seem to keep out of trouble. When Frannie decides to help out a local restaurant on the busiest night ever, she is shocked to find out they are serving people snails! Find out if Frannie can save the customers from escargot or if the restaurant will let her go in Frankly Frannie: Check, Please! In George Brown, Class Clown: World’s Worst Wedgie, George is determined to make some money. There is the most amazing remote control toy that he is dying to have and George tries all sorts of odd jobs to get to his goal. Check out this hilarious story and see if George’s burps will blunder up his day again!

Everyone has a favorite character and this January, two of Lucky’s favorites—Fancy Nancy and Fly Guy—are coming out with brand-new stories for you! Fancy Nancy is back in her brand-new book, Fancy Nancy Sees Stars (available in the Fancy Nancy Pack on Lucky). When Nancy finds out her class is going on a field trip to the planetarium, she can’t wait! Stars are so sparkly and all the constellations have such fancy names. But will a rainy night ruin her fancy field trip? Fly Guy is also buzzing around this January in his new book, Buzz Boy and Fly Guy. Buzz Boy makes a book and Fly Guy is up against pirates and fire-breathing dragons! This easy-to-read format will have you laughing along with your favorite characters in this low-price special hardcover format.

Find all these books and more in Lucky January 2011. Happy holidays and happy reading!

—Caitlin, Editor

This guest post was brought to you by one of our Lucky Editors, Caitlin!

January Dollar Books!

16 Dec

Hey BookTalkers, we have a special holiday treat for you… it’s the January $1 books! Click through for more! Continue reading

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.

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!

December Dollar Books!

24 Nov

Hey BookTalkers, we have a special Thanksgiving eve treat for you and just in time for the holidays…it’s the December $1 books! Click through for more! Continue reading

Virtual Catalog Tour

11 Nov

I don’t know about you, but I just looked at the calendar and realized that, OM-Goodness, it’s November 11! Thanksgiving is in two weeks and the holidays, like a 5th grade pop quiz, are upon us! Where does the time go? I have yet to even think about shopping—just the idea of it gives me hives and I have to go hide in a good book—and let’s not even talk about finding the time to actually do it. What is one to do!?!?

Books make great gifts and this year’s Holiday Gift Books catalog is overflowing with awesome gift ideas. I’m lucky. I get to work on the catalog and that means I know THE BEST books available this season. Yes, I know you’re jealous. But I’m here to help! We have so many great books that I, along with my fellow Book Talker, Erin, and Holiday Gift Books Editor, Sada, decided to give you an exclusive virtual tour of the catalog. We wanted to show some of our favorites and give you something a little more than what you see on the printed pages.

Books not only make great gifts, they make kids better readers. I remember getting Where’s Waldo?, A Wrinkle in Time, The Hardy Boys, and Goosebumps as gifts when I was younger and they definitely shaped me into the voracious reader that I am today. I hope you enjoyed the video and we’re also here to answer questions…so ask away!

If you want to look more at the Holiday Gift Books catalog, click here.

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!

November Dollar Books!

20 Oct

It’s that time again…time to talk about November’s dollar book deals. Look at all the great books we’ve got for you in November! Click through for more!
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