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December’s Bestsellers

14 Dec

Picture Books


1. Little Critter’s The Night Before Christmas by Mercer Mayer ($2.00 in Firefly)
2. The Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup ($4.00 in SeeSaw)
3. Sneezy the Snowman by Maureen Wright ($4.00 in SeeSaw)
4. The Night Before New Year’s by Natasha Wing ($2.00 in Firefly)
5. The Little Reindeer by Caroline Repchuk ($3.00 in SeeSaw)


Transitional Readers and Early Chapter Books

1. I SPY Santa Claus riddles by Jean Marzollo, photos by Walter Wick ($2.00 in SeeSaw)
2. Tangled: Kingdom of Color ($3.00 in SeeSaw)
3. Magic Tree House® #29: Christmas in Camelot by Mary Pope Osborne ($2.00 in Lucky)
4. A Cars Christmas ($3.00 in Firefly)
5. Ready, Freddy! The Perfect Present by Abby Klein ($2.00 in Lucky)

Chapter Books

1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid #5: The Ugly Truth by Jeff Kinney ($7.00 in Arrow)
2. The Pup Who Cried Wolf by Chris Kurtz ($2.00 in Arrow)
3. The Christmas Genie by Dan Gutman ($3.00 in Arrow)
4. Tangled: The Junior Novelization ($4.00 in Arrow)
5. Thirteen Ways to Sink a Sub by Jamie Gilson ($3.00 in Arrow)

Middle Grade Fiction

1. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Graphic Novel by Rick Riordan ($9.00 in Arrow and TAB)
2. The Winter Room by Gary Paulsen ($3.00 in Arrow)
3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling ($8.00 in Lucky, Arrow, and TAB)
4. Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter ($5.00 in Arrow)
5. Closed for the Season by Mary Downing Hahn ($3.00 in TAB)

Young Adult Fiction

1. How to Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier ($5.00 in TAB)
2. Accidental Love by Gary Soto ($4.00 in TAB)
3. Missing by Catherine MacPhail ($4.00 in TAB)
4. The Dying Breath by Alane Ferguson ($5.00 in TAB)
5. Belly Up by Stuart Gibbs ($4.00 in TAB)

Nonfiction (All Ages)

1. 3-D Thrillers! The Ice Age and Incredible Pre-Historic Animals ($4.00 in Lucky)
2. How to Do Homework Without Throwing Up by Trevor Romain ($3.00 in Lucky and Arrow)
3. Scholastic Book of World Records 2011 ($9.00 in Lucky)
4 Why Is the White House White? by Connie and Peter Roop ($2.00 in Lucky)
5. Thirty Days Has September: Cool Ways to Remember Stuff ($3.00 in Arrow)

Scholastic Book Clubs’ Bestsellers are the most popular books offered across all age groups (PreK–8) each month. The ranking is based on the unit sales of titles available at the time through Scholastic Book Clubs. Books available each month for $1 are not included.

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

November’s Bestsellers

16 Nov

Picture Books


1. Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner ($2.00 in the Holiday Gift Books Special Offer)
2. Llama, Llama Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney ($10.00 in Firefly)
3. Corduroy’s Christmas Surprise by Lisa McCue ($2.00 in Honeybee)
4. Merry Christmas, Splat by Rob Scotton ($4.00 in SeeSaw)
5. Little Engine That Could and the Snowy Blowy Christmas by Watty Piper ($2.00 in Honeybee)

Transitional Readers

1. I SPY Thanksgiving riddles by Jean Marzolla ($2.00 in SeeSaw)
2. Pinkalicious: Pink Around the Rink by Victoria Kann ($3.00 in SeeSaw)
3. Little Critter: Snowball Soup by Mercer Mayer ($2.00 in Honeybee and SeeSaw)
4. Biscuit Meets the Class Pet by Alyssa Satin Capucilli ($2.00 in SeeSaw)
5. How to Train Your Dragon: Hiccup the Hero ($3.00 in SeeSaw)
Early Chapter Books

1. The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling ($3.00 in Lucky)
2. The Author Visit from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler ($3.00 in Lucky)
3. Sophie the Chatterbox by Lara Bergen ($2.00 in Lucky)
4. The Puppy Place: Ziggy by Ellen Miles ($3.00 in Lucky)
5. Phineas and Ferb: Freeze Frame ($4.00 in Lucky)

Chapter Books

1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth by Jeff Kinney ($7.00 in Lucky, Arrow, and TAB)
2. Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson ($2.00 in the Holiday Gift Books Special Offer and Arrow)
3. No Such Thing as Dragons by Philip Reeve ($3.00 in Arrow)
4. Now You See Me… (A Poison Apple Book) by Jane B. Mason and Sarah Hines Stephens ($3.00 in Arrow)
5. I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 by Lauren Tarshis ($3.00 in Arrow)

Middle Grade

1. The Heroes of Olympus, Book One: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan ($12.00 in Arrow and TAB)
2. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens ($2.00 in TAB)
3. A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron ($5.00 in TAB)
4. Dark Fire by Chris D’Lacey ($6.00 in Arrow)
5. Immortal by Gillian Shields ($6.00 in TAB)


1. Justin Bieber Quiz Book ($3.00 in the Holiday Gift Books Special Offer and Arrow)
2. Your Body (Usborne Beginners) ($3.00 in Firefly)
3. Scholastic Book of World Records 2011 ($9.00 in Arrow)
4. National Geographic Kids: Penguins! by Anne Schreiber ($3.00 in SeeSaw)
5. Bears (Usborne Beginners) ($2.00 in Lucky)


Scholastic Book Clubs’ Bestsellers are the most popular books offered across all age groups (PreK–8) each month. The ranking is based on the unit sales of titles available at the time through Scholastic Book Clubs. Books available each month for $1 are not included.

Books to Movies!

22 Sep

Photo by Mr. Wabu

Did you hear? They’re turning GOOSEBUMPS into a movie! When we heard this news, it got us thinking…what are some of our favorite book-to-movie experiences? While we definitely are in the business of reading and books, it’s fun to see how the silver screen compares to our imaginations sometimes. I can remember seeing The Return of the King in the theater and thinking, “That is exactly what I pictured the Mount Doom scene to look like.”

In our opinion, the best movies based on books have to stay true to the character and the story, and most of all, leave you wanting to read (or reread!) the book. Here are a few favorites that we definitely couldn’t skip:

Harry Potter

Of course we have to pick Harry Potter—we are already rereading the series in anticipation for the seventh movie!

Charlotte’s Web

This E.B. White classic chapter book has an equally classic movie to go alongside it—I still sing Templeton the rat’s carnival song every so often when I’m feeling particularly silly!

James and the Giant Peach

The animation and technology of this movie perfectly encapsulated the whimsy and adventure of Roald Dahl’s book about a boy braving the seas with his crew of ragtag insects!

Freaky Friday

The original, of course. Jodie Foster brought the smart-talking Annabel Andrews to life in this Mary Rodgers classic. She sure figured out that her mom’s life wasn’t nearly as enviable as she thought!

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Equal parts distressing and hilarious, this movie was perfect for the Lemony Snicket set. Even with us at the edge of our seats, the Baudelaire children came back time and time again from everything the evil Count Olaf threw at them.

Go on! Tell us some of your favorites!

Chapter Books Band Wagon!

20 Sep

It’s an exciting time for kids heading into first and second grades this fall—some have discovered chapter books and there are so many great ones out there! Chapter books are an important milestone for new readers. I can distinctly remember graduating to The Baby-Sitters Club after six months’ worth of Baby-Sitters Little Sister—it was a momentous occasion. It meant I was finally one of the big kids! So today, in honor of all those kids jumping on the chapter book wagon, we decided we’d take a look back at some of our favorite chapter books!

The Trumpet of the Swan

This is my absolute favorite E.B. White story. Some may prefer Charlotte and her salutations, but for me it was always about Louis and his trumpet.


Roald Dahl’s story of a giant catching good dreams is certainly one of his more friendly pieces. There’s a tiny bit of me that still wants to be Sophie!

Where the Red Fern Grows

Billy’s love for his two dogs, Old Dan and Little Ann, is the integral (and heartbreaking) part in this story about friendship and loss. I dare you to read this without getting teary eyed.


I have to be honest—the Bunnicula cover terrified me when I was younger. But when I finally got around to reading it, I couldn’t believe it’d taken me so long. It is about a bunny vampire who sucks the juice out of vegetables—a.k.a. Instant Hilarity!

Pippi Longstocking

Pippi Longstocking was definitely one of my idols growing up—she’s brash and headstrong, but so caring and adventurous that it didn’t matter! (Also, I reeeeally wanted to live in her house!)

So there you have it, Book Talkers—some of our favorite chapter books growing up. Now you tell us! What were some of yours?

Top 5 Favorite Schools from Children’s Literature

15 Sep

It’s September, and it’s back-to-school time for almost everyone. We have been discussing back to school quite a bit on Book Talk with “Authors Go Back to School!” and chatting about our favorite memories of Scholastic Book Clubs when we were in school. Now we are adding one more to the list…Top 5 Favorite Schools from Children’s Literature! Here are the coolest/best schools or camps from some of our favorite books in no particular order:

Hogwarts (Harry Potter)

Camp Half-Blood (Percy Jackson & the Olympians)

Wayside School

Gallagher Academy (Gallagher Girls)

Cat School (Splat the Cat)

What are some of your favorite schools from children’s books?

Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Everywhere!

9 Sep

Photo by Tambako

As soon as September comes around, a certain large orange fruit hits the town—pumpkins! It seems like everywhere you look, you’ll find something pumpkin-related waiting for you: in your coffee, in desserts (yum!), and of course, on your doorstep. We just can’t get enough of this orange-colored fruit! (Fun fact: The US produces 1.5 BILLION pounds of pumpkin each year.)

You can bet the younger Clubs are obsessed with pumpkins, and who can blame us? With so many great picture books about this sign of the season, we sometimes find ourselves overwhelmed with all the possible titles we should offer. Do we choose an old favorite? A teacher-recommended pick? A new pumpkin-related title in a favorite series? Or all of the above (and then some)?

To help you wade through this veritable pumpkin patch, here are Book Talk’s top five pumpkin books (in no particular order):

The Ugly Pumpkin:  I’m a big fan of Dave Horowitz, and this funny little rhyming book is a fantastic take on the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale—with a silly surprise ending, to boot! You can find this one on Firefly October.

The Biggest Pumpkin Ever:  These two mice each have found the perfect pumpkin to win the neighborhood contest—the only problem is that these two separate pumpkins turn out to be the same!

Pumpkin Town!:  Uh-oh, these brothers accidently spread pumpkin seeds all over their town—and now there are pumpkins EVERYWHERE! One of my favorite pumpkin books, and it’s great for creative discussion.

The Legend of Spookley, the Square Pumpkin:  Pumpkins are supposed to be round, but little Spookley shows that it’s cool to be square!

Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin:  Could any duo in recent memory be cuter than Duck & Goose? I think not! Check out this gourd-tastic board book on Firefly September!

Did we miss one of your favorites? Do you have a special pumpkin memory you’d like to share? Make sure to comment on this post!

This post was written by guest blogger, Celia. Celia is an editor on Firefly and Honeybee, and a huge pumpkin ethusiast!

Goldilicious and More Favorites!

19 Aug

When I was younger, I loved reading about characters I could connect with and look up to – more often than not, these characters were little girls just like me… if a little more precocious. There was Olivia and Eloise, not to mention Madeline!

Now, there’s exciting news about one of today’s favorite girls (drum roll, please!) Goldilicious is finally out in paperback! In the third installment of Victoria Kann’s best selling series, we meet Pinkalicious’ unicorn, Goldilicious. Goldilicious high jumps, roller skates, and is always there for Pinkalicious – especially when she has to fend off her little brother Peter’s evil magic! You can find it on Firefly this September!

There are so many great characters for girls to read about and admire! In honor of Goldlicious’ paperback debut, here’s a list of Book Talk’s top five girl characters, in no particular order as we could never really choose 🙂


Pinkalicious has to be on the list, she’s just so cute! And who doesn’t want a unicorn for a best friend?

Fancy Nancy

This lovely fancy lady is an intelligent, sassy, and very imaginative girl. Nancy is très jolie, and très drôle. Did I mention she’s a great way to pick up some French lingo?


Well, you all already know that we here at Book Talk adore Ramona. She’s the classic every girl, though sometimes she’s brave enough to say what some of us could only think – and that’s why we love her!

Ladybug Girl

Ladybug Girl is always on a mission with her loyal sidekick, a basset hound named Bingo. Whether it’s playing in the forest, forming The Bug Squad, or conquering the ocean, Ladybug Girl can always make the most of any situation!

Ginny Fry

A bit newer to the list than the others, Ginny is an adorable first grader with a penchant for excitement. You can meet her in SeeSaw this September!

What would yours be?

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

Summer Backslide & Our Top 5

20 Jul

A few weeks ago we posted an article from USA Today on our Facebook page about how reading during the summer might be the best way to protect against the summer backslide. It got us thinking here at the Book Talk team, what were our favorite summer reads growing up? That being said, here are our Top 5 summer reads from when we were younger:


The Phantom Tollbooth
The Giver
Max and Me and the Time Machine
Miracle at the Plate
Sideways Stories from Wayside School


A Wrinkle in Time
Lord of the Rings
Anne of Green Gables
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
Alanna: The First Adventure


To Kill a Mockingbird
The Midwife’s Apprentice
A Cricket in Times Square
Island of the Blue Dolphins


Mrs. PiggleWiggle-anything
Strega Nona
Amelia Bedelia-anything
A Wrinkle in Time


Watership Down
The Little Prince
Island of the Blue Dolphins
Where the Red Fern Grows


A Wrinkle in Time
The Secret Garden
My Side of the Mountain
Anne of Green Gables

As you can see, we have some repeats but what can we say…A Wrinkle in Time is awesome.

What would your top 5 be?