Tag Archives: Holiday Gift Books

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.

Go Further into Narnia Than Ever Before! Plus, Win a Chance to Go to London!

8 Oct

What makes a classic? Could it be when over 100 million copies of the books have been sold? Is it when a book has been translated into over 47 languages? Maybe it’s when a book has been in continuous publication since 1950? The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis ticks all of those boxes, but readers who love the Narnia series know that there is so much that makes these books classic reads. Narnia is a world that every child can visualize and see themselves in. It’s the precursor to J.K. Rowling’s magical world of Muggles and Hogwarts (which Trevor is reading about now!), and it’s a world that existed before Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time. The characters are at once identifiable and relatable, but also exciting and completely fantastical. We want to fight alongside Prince Caspian and journey to see the Great Lion, Aslan, who speaks to children as if he were human.

So why bring up The Chronicles now? With the release of the latest movie in the series, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, there’s never been a better time to start reading (or begin rereading!) The Chronicles of Narnia. Start The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe as a good-night read-aloud—that’s how I first “read” it! Or read it along with your class and discuss the big issues in the book as a fun classroom activity. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed!

As always, all seven books in the series are available anytime, online or in our Holiday Gift Books catalog.

BUT WAIT! Have you heard? Pack your bags and practice your best British accent, Scholastic is giving YOU a chance to win a trip to The Voyage of the Dawn Treader movie premiere in LONDON, ENGLAND!  Click here for details.