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Scholastic - Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life. DECEMBER 2011
Volume 6, Issue 5
Principal to Principal - Inspiring a Lifelong Love of Reading in All Children
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Name: DR READALOT
School: READING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
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Upcoming Book Fairs
Fall 2011: 09/16/11
Spring 2012: 02/10/12
Summer Reading: Available
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Importance of Reading Aloud to Children
By Wendy Cottam, Principal Partner and Retired Principal of Redwood School in Inglewood, Calif.
Reading Aloud to ChildrenHow sweet the sound of a loved one's voice reading aloud or sharing a family history, cultural tradition, song, rhyme, or personal story. Like comfort food, these treasured experiences - ones that give us a sense of pleasure and safety - promote a lifetime love of reading.

Actively listening and following a sequence requires great concentration and develops a child's attention span. Distractions such as background noise from televisions, computer games, and phones may intrude. Listening may also suffer as the result of a negative culture... Keep Reading >>
Reading Plans Help Students Develop Healthy Habits
By Donalyn Miller, sixth-grade teacher at Trinity Meadows Intermediate School in Keller, TX
Donalyn Miller Working to encourage children to read both in and outside of school, I notice that many children haven't picked up this lifelong reading habit of making reading plans. Adult readers, however, download books to Kindles, reserve books at the library, and pre-order books before their release dates. We pack books for trips and always keep a book in the car or in our bags. We must work to foster that same mindset in children. Keep reading >>

Donalyn Miller is the author of "The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child" (Jossey-Bass, 2009) and writes The Book Whisperer blog for Education Week Teacher. Her articles about teaching reading and education policy have appeared in such publications as Educational Leadership and the Washington Post.
Award Winning School Promotes 21st Century Learning
Contributed by James D. Nocco, principal of Anthony T. Lane Elementary School, Alexandria, Va.
Promote Learning According to its mission statement - a vision embraced by principal Jay Nocco - Anthony T. Lane Elementary School is a place "where students communicate, collaborate, and care" - a culture that helped the school win grand prize in the Scholastic Book Fairs 2011 Kids Are Authors contest for the book The Perfect Place for an Elf Owl.

The book, written and illustrated by teacher Nicole Groeneweg's first- and second-grade students, employs charming collages to tell the story of a wide-eyed elf owlet who haphazardly happens upon a host of habitats...
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Spread the Word - Holiday Warehouse Book Sale is Here!
Holiday Warehouse Sale We're in the final days of the Scholastic Book Fairs Holiday Warehouse Book Sale. With special discounts of 25 percent to 80 percent off everything, plus get an extra $10 to $25 off when you pre-register online, this is one sale you don't want to miss!

Pass the savings on to your team. This sale is exclusively for educators, so invite your teachers, librarians, and school staff to take advantage of the savings. It's our way of saying thank you for your hard work in helping to create a lifelong love of reading in your students. Get your coupon now >>
Booktalk: New Titles Begging to be Read
The holidays are right around the corner, so give your students the gift that keeps on giving - booktalks! Share these fun, new booktalks with your students and encourage them to booktalk with their family and friends this holiday season.

Booktalks Stir It Up! by Ramin Ganeshram
With the holidays fast approaching, food is on everyone's mind. Meet Anjali, a young tween who's passionate about cooking and wants to compete on a kids' cooking reality TV show, but must keep her wish a secret from her family. As delicious as it is satisfying, elementary school readers are sure to eat this book up.

Trapped by Michael Northrup
The day the blizzard started, no one knew that it was going to keep snowing for a week. For those in its path, it would become not just a matter of keeping warm, but of staying alive. What will happen when the mounting pressure forces a devastating decision? Middle school readers will be gripped by this harrowing story.
Copy and Share Resources
Principal to Principal is your source for tips, ideas, and resources about reading... all yours to use for free! We invite you to copy and share these articles with your staff and include in your own school newsletters.
Caption Collage: Turn a Holiday Road-trip into an Exciting Schoolroom on Wheels
Use Books to Create a Special Bond with Your Child
Ways to Make "Boring" Books Better
The Home / School Connection: Help Bridge these Two Important Worlds
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