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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?

Back to School!

31 Aug

 

Strange new teacher.
Strange new toys.
Lots of kids and lots of noise!

Llama Llama Misses Mama! Like many kids this fall, Llama Llama is heading to school for the first time. Anna Dewdney has provided teachers and parents alike with a great story to encourage social and emotional development. Brand new on Firefly this September, Llama Llama must learn how to get along with a new teacher and new friends and without Mama Llama. Check out our Firefly editor’s review of Llama Llama Misses Mama! Our friends at Penguin have also put together a collection of classroom activities go along with Llama Llama Misses Mama, grab them here!

In celebration of back to school stories, we Book Talkers thought we’d let you know about some other great September titles for all ages!

Ready for Kindergarten, Stinky Face?

On SeeSaw this September, Stinky Face has a million questions for his mother – What if the sink pours grape juice instead of water? Just how strange will Kindergarten be?



Amelia Bedelia’s First Day of School

Meet our favorite mixed-up lady as a young girl, in this Lucky September offer! Amelia Bedelia can’t WAIT for school!



Dexter the Tough

On Arrow this fall, Dexter starts his first day in the fourth grade at a new school by slipping and falling in front of everyone – could it get any worse? This is a wonderful chapter book chronicling a boy’s trouble fitting in – in school and life.

 

What are some books that have helped your kids get ready for school? Leave a comment and let us know!

The Real Deal: Editors David and Abby Preview Fall Titles

9 Aug

It’s back-to-school season, all right.  The squeak-squeak songs of new sneakers in the crowded hallways, the tap-tap dance of new lunchboxes on young knees, and the grind-grind of sharpened pencils wafts from the classrooms-school’s back (or will be soon!), and we’re looking forward to sharing in the enthusiasm of a new year.

We’re bursting at the seams here at Book Clubs, especially our editors, who think that this is the BEST year yet for children’s books in Clubs.  But with so many options, we know it can be hard to find the books that are just right for your child (or student). Will they be age appropriate?  Will they hold your child’s interest? Will they be the right reading level?  And this is where we love to help.  Our editors have worked tirelessly to hand-select the best new books of the year that will not only keep them interested, but will boost their reading levels and success in school.

Make sure you check out this video featuring two of our resident experts/all-stars/children’s book gurus, Editors David and Abby, to learn a little more about some of their favorite September titles.  In David’s words, “We’ve spared no effort to provide you with the very,very finest books that can be found on planet Earth in  Scholastic Book Clubs.”

Do you agree? Open up your Book Clubs September flyers (in print or online) and just bask in the wonder, the joy, and the genius of children’s books.  We have found an awesome selection of just-right books for kids across America, and we hope you think so too!

SoHG: Hunger Games – THAT ENDING!

6 Aug

It’s time! Discussion post number two! We are going to talk about Hunger Games and oh my goodness, that ending. Just like last time, the same rules apply. 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  Comments with spoilers for Catching Fire will not be approved, let’s keep it within the confines of Hunger Games. Thanks!

Let the games begin!

Also, we have give-away number three! We’re giving away two MORE Mockingjay pins! In addition to the pins, the two lucky winners will get a copy of Catching Fire so they can get started for next week. 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 August 6th, 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. Continue reading

Happy 10th Birthday, Honeybee!

5 Aug

Put on your party clothes and take out the apple juice!  It’s time to celebrate Honeybee’s 10th anniversary!  Since 2000, this Book Club catalog for toddlers to fours has really grown up.

Back in 2000, Scholastic introduced Honeybee as a once-a-year catalog that would cater to the youngest children.  It was designed for caregivers who needed the perfect potty training book or the latest Karen Katz lift-the-flap.  We soon learned that these books are exactly what people were looking for; each time Honeybee was offered, its books would fly out of our warehouse.  It was all too clear that parents and teachers still wanted more… Continue reading

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

Meet Book Clubs: Editorial Part 2

28 Jul

Welcome back to the exciting conclusion of Book Clubs Editorial! When we last left off, we were telling you about how lucky we are that we get to read so many books. After reading, we whittle down the books to about 85-100 titles and then the real work begins. We spend hours, days, and weeks just trying to figure out where to put each book. In fact, the final product that you receive starts out like this:

Then we go book by book and decide where to put each title and how to best promote it so it can find its perfect match in a young reader. Continue reading

ALA Exposé: Meet Lori Ess, Senior Editor for Book Clubs

20 Jul

In case you missed it on our Facebook page, here is an amazing account of ALA from one of our Senior Editors in Book Clubs, Lori:

I was a pretty different person when I attended my first American Library Association Annual Conference back in 2005. I was about to finish my Masters in Library Science and had gone to Chicago to walk wide-eyed into a world where reading and the reader consumed everyone’s thoughts. I was also looking for a job. After five days of panel discussions, author events, conference sessions, and countless hours scouring the exhibit halls, I was fired up for my new profession. I also had found a job, and it brought me to Queens, New York, where I started my career as a Children’s Librarian. Five years later I was back at ALA, but this time as an editor for Scholastic Book Clubs. But no matter my job title, it was, as it had been five years ago, all about the books.

Each year, ALA holds an annual conference where people from all walks of librarianship, bookselling, publishing, education and technology can come together and discuss, network, and do business. As an editor with Scholastic Book Clubs, my mission was to meet publishers and seek out fabulous titles, most of which happened in the legendary Exhibit Halls. The Exhibit Halls are legendary for two reasons.

Reason #1: Swag. If you’re a book person, Continue reading