Sunday, May 22, 2011

Scholastic: Fall 2011 Sneak Peek and Summer 2011 Reading!

    Don't you just love to get a peek at what is coming our way for books? I know I certainly do! Scholastic has just put out their Preview for Fall 2011 video. This video shows the entire presentation, but if you click on the link for "Preview for Fall 2011 video" above, you can go to the Scholastic page and select the portions you would like to view individually. The sections include picture books, nonfiction, graphic novels, books for middle grades, and young adult. In the picture books feature, there is a new selection from Harry Bliss featured entitled Bailey, as well as a new book from Jon Agee entitled My Rhinoceros. A favorite easy reader series, Fly Guy written and illustrated by Tedd Arnold, will be featured in a new installment called Fly Guy Versus the Fly Swatter. These books along with several other texts, are featured in the beginning of this video.  In the segment on books for middle grade readers, an exciting preview for Brian Selznick's greatly anticipated Wonder Struck is featured. Selznick himself explains the graphic novel's storyline. After the brilliant Invention of Hugo Cabret, I cannot wait to see what his new book entails.

     Scholastic is also featuring their "Scholastic Summer Challenge" for both teachers and for parents at home. Children can spin the virtual prize wheel after logging in minutes online for independently reading. There are message boards about books, polls on reading, and a lot of other social media influenced aspects once the student has permission via a parent/teacher confirmation email. On their post on "Keep Kids Reading All Summer Long!", there are suggested reading lists for various age brackets, resources, and activities for both students and adults.  These Five Fantastic Summer Challenges can give responding to reading a different pace. Scholastic and PBS Kids have also partnered up awareness on iVillage for their Summer Reading Central site. Whether a parent, teacher, or a student, summer reading motivation awaits on Scholastic!


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