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 In This Issue:

•  James Patterson's Secret to Turning Kids on to Reading
•  What Have You Been Up To Lately?
•  Shared Success: Love of Books Trumps Slow Economy
•  Featured Video: Elijah of Buxton
 

The Best Way to Turn Kids on to Reading? Turn Them on to 'Good Books!'

Learn James Patterson's secret to get kids reading!
James Patterson is the best-selling author of the Maximum Ride and Alex Cross series, which enjoy an almost cult-like following among kids and young adults. In this exclusive interview with Scholastic Book Fairs, he talks about some of the best ways to get kids excited about reading.

Question: As a best-selling author of adult books, why did you decide to write books for younger readers?

Patterson: There are many reasons. My 10-year-old son often tells me about friends in school and their lack of enthusiasm for books. His observations made me want to do something to introduce more kids to the enjoyment of reading. This is what I believe is most important: getting good books into the hands of kids – books that will make them want to say, "Wow, that was great. Give me another one to read."

Visit our Web site to keep reading our interview with Mr. Patterson.




What Have You Been Up To Lately?


Every day we see and hear about the amazing things Book Fair chairpeople are doing to create reading events that drive kids into a frenzy over books. The editors of the Insider want to hear from you too.

In your own words and photos, tell us about the inventive ways you promote reading in your school. What's the wackiest thing you've ever done to get kids reading? Have you ever tried hosting a Grandparent Event or the One for Books™ program? What worked? What would you do differently next time?

We'd like to share some stories in future editions of the Insider and on our Web site (with your permission, of course!).

So tell us your Book Fair story, send us a photo, pitch us an idea, or ask a question. Email us now.
 

 
Love of Books Trumps Slow Economy
Chairperson Joy Pirino, Shenandoah Elementary, Orlando, FL

Joy Pirino
We opened our Book Fair on Oct. 6, 2008, the week the stock market took its biggest plunge since the great depression. With only four weeks to set up our Fair and the economy in a tail spin I thought this would surely be our lowest profiting Book Fair. But to my surprise parents came out in droves to support our school's Family Reading Night.

While parents discussed the latest financial upheaval, kids rushed from bookcase to bookcase clamoring for the perfect book. It did not take long for the kids' excitement to spill over to parents and quickly their discussions about the economy faded into the sea of books.

For the first time we combined our Fair with our fall PTA general meeting...

Keep reading to learn how Joy's Book Fair exceeded all expectations!


 

Christopher Paul Curtis Talks about Elijah of Buxton

Watch the video clip.
Every season, Scholastic Book Fairs interviews the authors and illustrators of many of the great books featured on your Fair. These videos give students an opportunity to "meet" vicariously with award-winning writers and artists.

Take a sneak peek at our interview with Christopher Paul Curtis, as he discusses his newest book, Elijah of Buxton, a Newbery Honor book and winner of the 2008 Coretta Scott King Book Award. In this exclusive video clip, Curtis talks about where he found his inspiration for the book.

Watch more videos to view featured books available at Book Fairs this fall.



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