Book Fairs Insider September 2013: Tools for Building Readers
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Tools for Building Readers
We love to talk about building readers! When you build readers, you build memories, you build confidence, and you build a framework for overall academic and life success. In this month's edition: James Patterson
  • Hear James Patterson speak about the importance
    of helping kids become readers!
  • Learn from Jim Brozina, father of The Reading Promise author Alice Ozma. Jim read faithfully to Alice for 3,218 nights until she left for college, and Alice's life as an author and literacy consultant is a testament to her father's commitment.
  • See the winners of the 2013 Kids Are Authors™ competition, who are now published authors thanks to the research available to them from their school and classroom libraries and to the writing practice they received throughout the process.
Enjoy these tools for building readers and tips for getting families onboard in promoting the most important skill their kids can develop!

Past Winners Inspire Kids Are Authors Victors
Perseverance paid off for the fiction and nonfiction winners of the 2013 Kids Are Authors™ competition, both of whom used previous winning entries - including some of their own - to inspire their current students to see themselves as authors as well. Their secret weapon: classroom libraries.

Kids are Authors

'I've seen the power of saying, "Your older brother wrote this book"'

Turn Your Students into Reading Machines
Book Fairs are all about reading, so three-time Scholastic Book Fairs® National Elementary School Contest winner Sarah Svarda shares some ways to turn kids into reading machines using great titles you can find at fall Fairs or through your School Resource Catalog.

Reading Machines

Books and activities your students will love

How a Reading Promise Can Forge Families
and Shape Lives
Forge Families It takes commitment - perhaps even a touch of stubbornness - to raise a reader. Just ask Jim Brozina, father of Alice Ozma, who details their 3,218-night read-aloud streak in her well-loved book The Reading Promise. Reading was the glue that held their family together.

What Jim has to say to parents

Book Spotlight
Family engagement is the special ingredient for a great Book Fair. Our featured titles this month showcase the different kinds of families represented in your school.

Featured Book Gaby, Lost and Found
By Angela Cervantes
Gaby loves working with stray animals at the local animal shelter. Gaby feels like a stray herself. This heartfelt story looks at the struggles facing some immigrant families.
Item #342369- $4.99 (exclusive paperback)

Featured Book Charlie the Ranch Dog: Where's the Bacon?
By Ree Drummond, illustrated by Diane deGroat
Charlie the Ranch Dog is now a favorite picture book character in a title that's perfect for the emergent reader!
Item #342007 - $3.99

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Attend a Workshop and Get Ready for Your Best Fair Ever!
Workshops Our workshops help prepare and excite chairpeople for their school's Scholastic Book Fair. And we have a venue for everyone with in-person, live webinar, and online options. For the greatest benefit, plan to attend at least four weeks before your Book Fair is delivered.

Register now for an upcoming session!

Box Fairs customers, complete the online workshop here!
More Books = More Happy Readers
Workshops The Online Book Fair widens your selection of books, and more books equal more happy readers! Online shopping gives parents access to more than 1,200 additional titles and offers the freedom to shop for student wish list items 24/7 while your Online Fair is open, allowing the whole family to get involved in your Book Fair!

Learn more about Online Shopping and how your school can take advantage of this special feature.
Great New Resources for Fall
Scholastic DollarsUse your Scholastic Dollars to refresh your bookshelves with these exciting items found in the online School Resource Catalog.

Don't forget to check back monthly for new releases!

New Homepage Overview
The new Homepage Overview in your Chairperson's Toolkit is a quick way to become familiar with Homepage features. Learn more about this new tool.

Toolkit Changes Are Now Updated Immediately
Have you ever requested a change to a Book Fair date or a chairperson's name or email address? Now these updates happen in your Toolkit immediately instead of overnight. See details about this popular feature.

Now Available: Ideas for the Homepage Message
We've collected several examples of effective Book Fair welcome messages customized by chairpeople for their Homepage. These ideas are now available for you in the Toolkit. Read more about message ideas.
Student Booktalk Tips - Help your students give great booktalks!
What Should the Book Fair-oh Read? - Ask your students to suggest books for you or your principal to read.
Book Fair-oh Throne - Create this fun chair to add to your Reading Oasis!
Your Students Could Become Published Authors - Read more about the Kids Are Authors™ writing competition.
Now Free Workshop - Sign up to attend a Workshop for tips on making the most of your Fair
Sept ALA Library Card Signup Month - Encourage students to get library cards from their local libraries
Oct 1 Start logging minutes for READ 100,000
Read 100   Kids are Authors