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Fall 2007 Theme: Book Fair Blizzard
Fall '07 Reading Forecast

Schools across the nation will soon be experiencing a large accumulation of great books moving into their area. Flurries of reading fun will snowball into Book Fair excitement!
In This Issue:

Ideas to Help You Create a Reading Wonderland
10 Tips for Giving a Great Booktalk
Warm Up with a Terrific
Selection of Hot New Books

Book Fair Blizzard: Chill Out With a Good Book

We have lots of refreshingly great ideas to help turn your Book Fair into a reading wonderland. Themes create excitement and lifelong memories and they also help boost sales. When schools use thematic elements in their Fairs, sales increase by an average of 12–18%. The Book Fair Blizzard theme is a "cool" way to help raise funds for your school.Make a Reading Igloo!

How to Build a Reading Igloo

Using any size camping tent, erect the tent according to manufacturer’s instructions. Bend a piece of cardboard into a U-shape and slide it slightly into the opening of the tent. Next, lay large sheets of batting over everything. Finally, contour ice blocks with blue chalk or spray paint, and your igloo is complete!

Find more fun, new theme ideas in the Chairperson's Online Toolkit.

Top 10 Tips for a Great Booktalk

1. Pick a book you like a lot.
2. Give listeners something to remember or “take away” from the book.
3. Keep it short! A good booktalk is rarely longer than two minutes.
4. Describe the plot in one or two sentences, but don’t give away all the exciting stuff.
5. Describe the feeling you had while reading. Were you happy? Sad?
6. Is there an image in the book that captures why you liked the book?
7. Great beginnings make great booktalks. You could start by asking, “Do you like to laugh?” or “Do you like to be scared?”
8. Great endings make great booktalks. Think about your last line. Try something like, "I didn’t read it once or twice, I read it three times!”
9. Use a prop connected to the story to pique your audience’s interest.
10. Smile!

Visit our Web site for more great booktalk tips and resources.

Receive a FREE Book Lover apron when you attend a Book Fair Workshop.

Your school could WIN a $2,500 shopping spree and a visit from author/illustrator Mark Teague!

Build memories at a Klutz Build-a-Book Party.

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Weather Alert: Amazing Books Headed Your Way

From award-winners and best-sellers to picture books and favorite series, your Scholastic Book Fair is filled with hundreds of books that students will warm up to this season. Here are a few featured picks:

What Time Is It, Mr. Crocodile?
By Judy Sierra, Illustrated by Doug Cushman

Meet the author and illustrator in an online video.From the best-selling author of Counting Crocodiles comes a hilarious story about monkeys who teach a crocodile a lesson about friendship. A clock marks the hour on each page to help children learn about telling time. Meet the author in an online video.
Peak Peak
By Roland Smith

Caught climbing a New York skyscraper and sent to live with his father in Tibet, Peak Marcello takes on the most thrilling climb of his life in this adventure about friendship, sacrifice, family, and one boy’s quest to climb Everest.
Main Street: Welcome to Camden Falls Main Street: Welcome to Camden Falls
By Ann M. Martin

Flora and Ruby are two orphans curled up on the back seat of their grandmother’s car speeding toward a new life in the small New England town of Camden Falls. It’s a place filled with unfamiliar people – but also a place of love, friendship, family, and hope – a place the girls will learn to call home.
By Cynthia Lord

Catherine finds it impossible to have a normal life with an autistic brother when everything revolves around his disability. She’s spent years trying to teach David “the rules” in order to stop his embarrassing behavior. Filled with humor and warmth, Rules takes a candid and sensitive look at feeling different and finding acceptance. A 2007 Newbery Honor Book.
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