Tag Archives: Scholastic Book Clubs

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.

Reach Out and Read: Through a Doctor’s Eyes

13 Sep

A mother brought two children into our clinic. The oldest was her 4-year-old son, here for his checkup. His baby sister, only a few months old, was sleeping in her stroller. At every 4-year-old checkup, part of the doctor’s job is to make sure that child is ready to think about starting school. So I asked the little boy some questions, checking to see whether he had the social skills to talk with an adult he didn’t know very well, and whether he could put together sentences.

In fact, this particular 4-year-old was outgoing and friendly, and a terrific conversationalist. He had his Reach Out and Read book, How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? He showed me that he could find the first letter of his own name on the page in several places, and then added in the first letter of his sister’s name, for good measure. And then, of course, he wanted to talk about dinosaurs. He was proud of the book.

But something occurred to him. He pointed to his baby sister and said that she wouldn’t be able to understand the book, but she could get a baby book. Yes, I said, when she comes for her next checkup, she’ll get a baby book; a board book.

Thanks to Reach Out and Read, our pediatric clinic is full of books. Reach Out and Read is a program for pediatricians like me—and our colleagues, the family physicians and nurse practitioners who take care of children at clinics and health centers and private practices all over the United States. Through Reach Out and Read, we can help parents incorporate books and reading aloud into their children’s lives, starting when those children are babies. And when students and teachers contribute books through ClassroomsCare, those books go into our clinics and back out in the hands of young children everywhere. Their support is a big part of the reason that Reach Out and Read is able to serve 4 million children through our 4,500 Programs nationwide.

Reach Out and Read gives a book at every checkup from the 6-month visit to the 5-year checkup. That’s a total of 10 books by the time a child starts kindergarten. The books that we give in the first two years are board books, which feature pictures of baby faces, animals, and familiar objects. As children get into the toddler years, the stories become more complicated, featuring the rhymes and rhythms that children love to hear again and again! And by the preschool visits, the 3- to 5-year-olds can choose storybooks and picture books rich with legends, jokes, rhymes, and information about the world.

Growing up with books in the early years helps a child understand how stories work and how to recognize letters. Children who grow up hearing books read aloud by their parents come to associate books with the feeling of safety that comes when a young child is held on a parent’s lap, and with the familiar and much-loved voice of the parent. Books should be part of bedtime routines for babies and toddlers, and part of children’s everyday lives.

Many of our patients are growing up in families where there would otherwise be no books, because many of our clinics serve children growing up in poverty. The books that we offer at the checkup can mean the difference between growing up with books and growing up without books. Through ClassroomsCare, children are helping Reach Out and Read help other children arrive at school familiar with books and all the joys they can offer. And those children, as every teacher knows, are much more likely to be ready to learn to read. And they know that books are a grand and glorious addition to their lives and their world.

So I have to admit, we jumped the gun a little. We decided to give our 4-year-old patient the opportunity to choose a baby book, in addition to his dinosaur book. We told him that he could be the one to present his baby sister with her very first book, and I went over with him (and therefore with his mother) some advice about reading with a little baby: She’ll probably chew the book, and that’s okay. Point to the pictures and tell her what everything is. Don’t get upset if she throws the book on the floor. She’s probably really interested in everything you do, I told the proud big brother, so if you look at the book with her, she’ll learn to like books, just like you!

And I told the mother what a great job she was doing, to have a son so ready for reading, a 4-year-old so clearly familiar with books. He’s going to love school, I said, wanting both the child and the mother to hear me. He’s going to love learning to read.

Perri Klass, M.D. is a pediatrician, the National Medical Director of Reach Out and Read, and a professor of journalism and pediatrics at New York University.

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!

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?

What’s New: ClassroomsCare Fall 2010

13 Aug

Want to get involved in an easy way to help donate up to one million (yes, one million!) books to kids in need? Then this year’s ClassroomsCare program is perfect for you and your classroom.

ClassroomsCare is essentially a volunteer and motivational reading program all rolled up into one. That’s right, this year every student will have a personal reading goal of ten books. It’s our hope that this goal will encourage students to read in class and at home, because each child’s ten books will help classrooms across America trigger a one-million-book donation to amazing organizations like Reach Out and Read, Save the Children, and the Pajama Program. Plus, we’re here to help you, too. On the Web site, you’ll find FREE printables and resources to help motivate your students to read to give.

To get your classroom started, make sure to look out for the ClassroomsCare poster and bookmarks that will be included with your first order in September/October. What’s more, when you register online, we’ll send you 250 Bonus Points to help buy books for your students. We’ve also expanded the Web site to include a “Where the Books Go: See How Your Reading Makes a Difference!” page. This page is open to teachers, parents, and students. It will highlight how we work with our charity partners to get books to children who need them most so that students can really see how they are helping kids in need.

Join ClassroomsCare starting August 17, 2010.

Better Than Chocolate! Yep, Book Clubs Are Back!

2 Aug

Do you all remember the joy in Charlie’s face when he found the Golden Ticket?  Well, that’s how I feel today, because Scholastic Book Clubs is officially open again. The early-bird teachers will start shopping online, and they will activate online ordering for their classrooms. Parents and kids will haggle over which books they will purchase.  The first boxes will soon be shipped to classrooms nationwide.  And kids across America get to be a part of the book box experience all over again.

But, wait! Continue reading

SoHG: Chapter 18 – OMG. (First Discussion Post and Give-Away)

30 Jul


It’s here! Our first discussion post for the Summer of Hunger Games! Now, this post is purely for parts 1 and 2 of Hunger Games, so please stick to those plot points – we won’t be approving comments that contain spoilers for the rest of the series. So rest easy first timers, this is a safe place. Remember, on the right hand side of this post you’ll see Book Talk’s own WORDS WE LIVE BY – so please, keep it friendly and fun 🙂 Let the games begin!

These games, of course, involve our second wonderful give-away! This time, we have two exclusive Scholastic Book Clubs Mockingjay pins as the prize. As with the first round, to enter be sure to comment on this post with the phrase “I want a Book Clubs Mockingjay pin!” in the body of your comment. You must be over the age of 18 and a valid U.S. resident, click here for complete rules. You will have until tonight July 30th, 2010 at 9pm EST to enter. We will draw two (2) names at random tomorrow 1pm EST. Please only submit the phrase one time, and leave the rest of your comments for good ole’ fashioned book talk.

Warning! There are  spoilers here for parts 1 and 2 of Hunger Games! Click on the ‘continue reading’ link to read some of our thoughts on the book so far and comment with some of your own! Continue reading