Scholastic - Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life. APRIL 2012
Volume 6, Issue 9
Principal to Principal - Inspiring a Lifelong Love of Reading in All Children
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Upcoming Book Fairs
Spring 2012: 02/13/12, 04/02/12
Summer Reading: Available
Fall 2012: 09/10/12
Contact your school's Book Fair chairperson to plan your events.
Great Reads Will Make Summer Reading Spike
By Donalyn Miller, sixth-grade teacher at Trinity Meadows Intermediate School in Keller, TX
Great Summer Reads Encouraging children to read over the summer months should be fun! Donalyn Miller and Principal Alyson Beecher team up to provide a list of great summer reads in every genre for students from kindergarten through eighth grade.

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. To book a presentation with Donalyn, click here.
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Scholastic Book Fairs-NAESP Foundation Alliance Results in Powerful New Advocate for Principals
On March 24, Scholastic Book Fairs and the National Association of Elementary School Principals Foundation (NAESPF) - two organizations that share a passion and commitment to educators and students alike - forged a partnership that will benefit principals and the schools they serve.

The partnership was announced at the NAESP 2012 Annual Conference: Best Practices for Better Schools convention in Seattle. Scholastic Book Fairs President Alan Boyko celebrated the common ground that both organizations share. "We found that we have a lot of the same goals. It's about the success of children," Alan shared. Keep Reading >>

Book GiveawayScholastic Book Fairs and NAESP Foundation kicked off their partnership by donating 250 books to Hawthorne Elementary, a Title 1 school in Seattle. At the NAESP convention for the presentation were (from left): Anne Lee, a vice president for Scholastic Book Fairs; Scholastic Field Sales Administrative Assistant Lisa Michael; Hawthorne Elementary Media Specialist Bruce Toomey; Hawthorne Elementary Principal Sandra Scott; Clifford; NAESP CEO Ernie Mannino; Scholastic Field Representative Mebie Thompson; and Scholastic Northwest Region General Manager Dave Robinson.
Award-winners Myers, Pinkney to Headline Summits
Walter Dean Myers Walter Dean Myers and Andrea Davis Pinkney - both award-winning authors of books for children and young adults - have joined the roster of keynote speakers at the Scholastic Book Fairs Reading Summits for Educational Leaders.

Participants at the annual summits, which will be held in seven locations across the country, will receive continuing professional educational credits. The $99 cost also includes professional development breakout sessions, lunch, parking, and a gift bag of books. Fellow staff members can attend for just $49.
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Andrea Davis Pinkney
One Million Students Homeless
By Caralee Adams, Scholastic Administrator magazine
Homeless Students In 2009-10, there were nearly a million homeless students in U.S. public schools. That's a 38 percent increase from 2006-07 and is likely an undercount, reports Barbara Duffield, policy director for the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) in Washington, D.C.

With collaboration and smart strategies, some districts are cracking the code and finding ways to help their homeless students. Advocates maintain there are ways to accommodate this vulnerable population. But first educators must learn how to best approach, and deal with, the challenges involved. Keep Reading >>

James Patterson Wants Your Reading Tips!
Are you great at getting kids into reading? James Patterson wants to know what you've done to get kids reading! Enter the TIPS ON READING CONTEST on and write an overview of a program, activity, or event that you've put into effect that was successful in getting kids reading.

As a thank you, Mr. Patterson will dedicate his upcoming young adult novel to the person or program with the best idea. Plus, the 20 best ideas swill be featured on ReadKiddoRead's "Sure-Shot-Guide to Get Your Kiddos Reading," to be distributed to parents and teachers nationwide.

The contest closes Sunday, May 20, 2012, so start thinking about tips you can share! Get Details >>

April brings showers of great reads - biographical, fiction, and historical fiction - for students of every level. Inspiring stories like these are guaranteed to fly off your shelves:

Ron's Big Mission (Early elementary grades)
By Rose Blue & Corinne J. Naden, illustrated by Don Tate

The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester (Middle grades)
By Barbara O'Connor

Saving Zasha (Middle grades)
By Randi Barrow

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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.
Get families on board for Read for the World Record!
Simple ways to get kids to read more
Great summer reads for grades K-5
Great summer reads for middle-schoolers
Calendar of Events & Important Dates
Apr 26 - Jun 23 Visit a Customer Appreciation Warehouse Sale in your area!
Apr 29 - May 2 Visit us at the International Reading Association - Chicago, Ill.
May 1 Kickoff of Read for the World Record! Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge
May 1 WordGirl Definition Competition - Free online virtual reading event
May 20 TIPS ON READING CONTEST on - Final day to enter
Jun 12 - Jul 24 Reading Summits for Educational Leaders featuring authors and revered educational experts at seven locations nationwide
Jun 21 - 26 Visit us at American Library Association Annual Conference - Anaheim, Calif.
Reading Summit for Educational Leaders   Big Event Warehouse Book Sale!