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Book Fairs Insider - Summer 2009
  In This Issue:

•  Keep Kids Reading All Summer Long
•  Make It a Record Summer for Reading
•  FREE Summer Reading Resources From Scholastic
•  Featured Author Video: How to Steal a Dog

Learn how you can keep kids reading this summer!
A Big Idea to Keep Students Reading This Summer

"How do you keep kids reading over the summer?" is an often-asked question at schools across the nation.

Hesperia Unified School District in the high-desert town of Hesperia, Calif., seems to have found at least one answer: a special reading program and community-wide event that is being organized under the banner of "Don't Let Your Summer Be a Bummer."

With summer school canceled because of budget cuts, event organizer Deb Baker said she felt the school district needed to do something that would keep kids reading during the summer.

The main goal of the event, to be held Saturday, May 2, is to register at least 200 kids for the Scholastic Book Fairs Read for the World Record challenge, a program designed to keep kids reading over the summer.

Learn more about Baker's summer reading event.

Set a Reading World Record this Summer

Read for the World Record
Your students can join Hesperia School District and others across the nation to set a reading record.

The Scholastic Book Fairs Read for the World Record unites students to read in an attempt to set a world record for summer reading. Kids simply choose books they want to read, and then from May 1 through August 31, they can log their reading minutes online.

All minutes read will count toward the world record for summer reading. And, the best part is, the record will be published in the 2010 Scholastic Book of World Records. Plus, the top 20 schools with the most minutes read will also be featured in the book.

The Read for the World Record challenge begins May 1, so start rallying your school now!

Free Resources to Encourage Summer Reading

Scholastic Summer Challenge
When school's out, summer reading will be in with the Scholastic Summer Challenge, a FREE summer-long literacy program designed to motivate all children to read four or more books.

Kids can visit to find great books to read, discover new authors, and talk about books with other kids. They'll even make a difference by helping other children in need through Save the Children's U.S. programs.

Log in to your Chairperson's Toolkit or visit for more free summer reading resources, and encourage your students to join the Scholastic Summer Challenge!

Barbara O'Connor on How to Steal a Dog

Meet author Barbara O'Connor in a video interview.
Each season, the Scholastic Book Fairs Author Video features exclusive author interviews and exciting previews for the most anticipated new books for young readers.

In How to Steal a Dog, by Barbara O'Connor, Georgina Hayes is a young girl struggling to see what's right when things seem wrong. Since her father left‚ Georgina's family has been living in their car. Desperate to improve their situation‚ she devises a plan to steal a dog and claim the reward. What happens next is the last thing Georgina expected.

Watch more videos and view featured books available this spring.

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