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Scholastic - Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life. NOVEMBER 2011
Volume 6, Issue 4
Principal to Principal - Inspiring a Lifelong Love of Reading in All Children
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Research: Classroom Libraries Promote Student Success
By Dr. Steven Geis, Principal of North Trail Elementary School in Farmington, Minn.
Classroom Libraries Promote Student SuccessIn this digital age, some educators may question the necessity of maintaining and expanding a classroom library. Why stock books when children have access to Kindles, Nooks, iPads, and the internet? Research shows, however, that the old-fashioned approach is still the best: Classroom libraries promote both literacy and lifelong learning.

Students at North Trail Elementary read every day in the classroom and have homework daily from me, their principal. If you ask students what their assignment is, they will resoundingly say, "READ!"

"Readers become the leaders" is an old but true adage as studies continue to confirm what we have known for years: The more contact students have with books, the better readers they become... Keep Reading >>
Introducing Our Students to the Classroom Library
By Donalyn Miller, sixth-grade teacher at Trinity Meadows Intermediate School in Keller, TX
Building classroom librariesFrom the first day of school and for every day after that, I want my students to read. This means selecting books from our classroom library immediately. Each year, I begin our first class with a book frenzy – inviting my students to go into our class library and choose books they may like to read.

I help students who need guidance finding a book, and those students who are more confident in selecting books feel free to browse. I learn a lot about my students' reading experiences and preferences during the book frenzy. In turn, they learn that I am serious about reading... 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.
Tornado-Ravaged School Gets Classroom Library Makeover
Contributed by Amy Harvell, Principal of Rice Intermediate Middle School in Rice, TX
Tornado-Ravaged School Gets  Classroom MakeoverIn October 2010, a tornado with winds of up to 125 mph ripped through Rice, Texas, damaging the roof and a hallway at newly built Rice Intermediate Middle School. This October, the school was yet again taken by storm – but this time in the form of an Extreme Classroom Makeover replete with a 500-book donation.

"We made national news because someone from the Emergency Response team actually videoed the tornado hitting our building," said Principal Amy Harvell of the Oct. 24, 2010, storm... Keep reading >>
Stock School Libraries at our Holiday Warehouse Sale
Holiday Warehouse SaleYou've earned a big Thank You from Scholastic Book Fairs for your hard work in helping to create a lifelong love of reading in your students.

To show our gratitude, we invite you to an exclusive special event – our annual Holiday Warehouse Sale. Build school and classroom libraries with discounts of 25%-80% OFF everything, plus get an extra $10-$25 OFF your purchase when you pre-register online.

Don't wait – sign up now. With over 200 locations, it's easy to find a Warehouse Book Sale near you! Get your coupon now >>
Booktalk: New Titles for Every Grade Level to Gobble Up
This November there is plenty to be thankful for – family, friends, and especially these three, all-new booktalks that your students are sure to devour!
Booktalk Books
Katie Kazoo Switcheroo – Don't Be Such a Turkey by Nancy Krulik
Here's a fun chapter book, with a Thanksgiving twist, that's perfect for transitional readers in second and third grades. Great for reading alone or aloud.

Faith, Hope and Ivy June by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Two girls with very different lives and circumstances learn what thankfulness is all about in this gem from a Newbery Medalist who really speaks to kids in grades four through six.

In a Heartbeat by Loretta Ellsworth
Middle-schoolers will gravitate to this story that explores the tiers of family and the weight of regret when a mistake costs a young girl her life.
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 in your own school newsletters.
Reading Conversation Starters
10 Ways to Keep Kids Connected With Books
Tips for Encouraging Early Literacy
Connecting With Your Advanced Reader
Classroom Wish List: Real-World Ideas that Work
Calendar of Events & Important Dates
Dec 1-21 Customer Appreciation Warehouse Sale - Save 25-80% off books at over 200 locations
Jan 21-24 Visit us at the National Title 1 Conference – Booth #500-506 - Seattle, Wash.
Mar 7 Creative Reading Solutions: Words are Only Half the Story - Free online virtual author visit
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Mar 24-26 Visit us at the 67th Annual ASCD Conference - Philadelphia, Pa.
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