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See What’s New for ClassroomsCare Spring 2011!

31 Jan

You may have noticed some changes to this spring’s ClassroomsCare program. Teachers told us they were having a difficult time getting full participation in the reading challenge during the busy spring semester, so we decided to make it easier for you. This March, just place a classroom order, and Scholastic Book Clubs will donate a book to a wonderful literacy and mentoring organization called Everybody Wins! USA.

Scholastic Book Clubs encourages its employees to get involved with local schools in the New York area; so when I began working here two years ago, I knew I’d volunteer my time and services, but where? When a colleague asked me if I wanted to volunteer for the Everybody Wins! Power Lunch Program, I immediately looked into the literacy and mentoring program and was impressed. Two independent evaluations by the US Department of Education, and Loyola University of Chicago, documented the positive impact the program has had on low-income elementary school students nationwide. Their reading comprehension, general motivation and overall academic performance, classroom behavior, self confidence and social skills all improved as a result of this one-on-one mentoring program.

What began for me as a once-a-week commitment to making a difference in a child’s life has grown into a flourishing partnership for both of us. Nearly two years later, I’m still meeting my buddy, Linda, for our lunchtime reading sessions at her lower Manhattan Public School. We have a great time choosing books to read together, working on writing and other activities, and chatting.

Interested in learning more about Everybody Wins!, please visit everybodywins.org

Are you what you read?

17 Nov

What classic children’s story shaped the lives of an NFL star, a skateboarding legend, a world-renowned artist, a popular TV weatherman, and an Emmy-winning actor?

 Well…did you guess correctly? Continue reading

Putting Kids on a Pathway to Success

15 Nov


New data released by the Census Bureau in October revealed that 43 million Americans are now living in poverty, the largest figure since the Bureau began collecting this information.

Incredibly, the one group of Americans bearing the brunt of this crisis is children. According to the new statistics, 15 million American children are living in poverty, many of whom are falling behind because they aren’t getting the same opportunities to succeed as other children. You may be surprised to learn that half of all low-income fourth graders are not reading at grade level. Books are essential for learning and development, but 60 percent of children in poverty have no age-appropriate books in their homes.

Save the Children’s U.S. Programs work to break the cycle of poverty by tapping into the power of public-private partnerships and giving children access to the resources they need to change their circumstances, such as a quality education, supportive instructors, and essential books for learning.

Through the support of the Scholastic Book Clubs’ Classrooms Care campaign and our longtime partnerships with local schools and communities, Save the Children has been able to provide kids living in some of the most impoverished areas of the United States with more than 2.5 million books during the past 20 years.

Our partnership works. Kids read an average of 64 books throughout the school year in our literacy programs and the percentage of children reading at or above grade level nearly doubled from the start of the school year to the end.

Education is the vehicle out of poverty. By providing kids with the tools to learn now we’re setting them on the pathway to lifelong success. America’s future depends on the investment we make in education today.

Mark Shriver
Senior Vice President for U.S. Programs
Save the Children
Photo Credit: Save the Children/Susan Warner

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!

Summer of Hunger Games!

23 Jul


It is the Summer of Hunger Games. Mockingjay comes out August 24th… and we intend to be ready. In anticipation of its release, the Book Talk team is going to relive the experience of Hunger Games and Catching Fire and we want you to join us!

Our plan of attack: Three books over four weeks – are you up to the challenge? Start reading tomorrow, July 24th, swing by for a give-away July 26th,  and check back July 30th to participate in our weekly discussion posts. We will be reading as if for the first time- so no worries, Hunger Games newbies, each post will be spoiler free (trust us, we’ll be checking). Reading ahead and can’t wait for the next discussion? Head over to Twitter and use #SoHG to get in on the action.

The Summer of Hunger Games will culminate at midnight on August 24th with a Mockingjay release party post and discussion.

CALENDAR:

July 26th: First Give-Away!!
July 30th: Hunger Games: Parts I & II
August 6th: Hunger Games: Part III
August 13th: Catching Fire: Parts I & II
August 20th: Catching Fire: Part III
August 24th: Mockingjay

In addition to talking about the books, get ready for some awesome prizes (exclusive Book Clubs Mockingjay pin, Whaaaaaat!) and book give-aways in the days to come.

We hope you join us for the Summer of Hunger Games… and may the odds be ever in your favor.

Let’s Get Book Talk’n

19 Jul

Welcome to Book Talk, the official Scholastic Book Clubs Blog! We are so lucky to do what we love best—read and discuss children’s books! This blog will celebrate books and reading as well as be a resource for parents and teachers. You can look forward to editorial recommendations, previews of upcoming books (and upcoming $1 books—we can hear the oohing and ahhing), exclusive Book Club promotions, reading tips, and some things that we just think are fun, like movie reviews, book trailers, and exciting books that we are talking about in the office. We will have guest posts from book lovers outside of Scholastic (authors, teachers, bloggers, librarians, etc.) in addition to all of the brilliant prose and musings of the Scholastic Book Clubs staff.

So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get Book Talk’n.

Meet the awesome Book Talk crew:

Erin is a Promotions Manager for Book Clubs who can’t get enough of YA literature. She can usually be found reading, blogging, or finding new uses for sillybands.

Trevor is an Editor for Book Clubs and is currently addicted to steampunk fiction. In addition to working on Book Talk, he tweets on behalf of Book Clubs @scholastic.

Preeti can a read a book faster than you can sneeze – that being said, she is an Editor for the younger level picture books and easy readers. This does not stop her from loving YA novels more than society might like her to.

Ben is the Production Manager for Book Clubs Online. He’s originally from a hyphenated town in Pennsylvania and has a cat named Crouton (although he’s really more of a dog person).

Kym is a Project Manager for Book Clubs Online and thanks Anne of Green Gables for changing her life. She owns more books than clothes, and hopes to have her own library one day.

Jennifer is in Creative and Strategic Direction for Book Clubs and has an obsession with all things fruit (send her some mangos if you ever need to appease her). Her formative Halloween years were spent alternating among the Disney princesses—particularly Snow White, Ariel, Belle, and Jasmine—before she took a turn and dressed up as Scarlet O’Hara.

We can’t wait to start discussing all thing children’s books with you guys. What would you like to see from Book Talk?