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Book Fairs Insider - Fall 2009
Destination Book Fair: Read Around the World!
 In This Issue:
•  Invite Families Back to School
•  More Purchasing Power With Scholastic Dollars
•  Pre-Order Wimpy Kid 4 at Your Book Fair
•  Three Free Webcasts for Teachers & Students

Unique Family Engagement Program Draws Families Back to School

Klutz Build-a-Book helps bring families back to school.
Looking for a way to increase family involvement? As you well know, family involvement helps students achieve more and schools thrive. Scholastic has the perfect family engagement solution – Klutz Build-a-Book®, a make-and-take activity that empowers students and their families to embrace literacy in a unique way.

"This low-cost, easy-to-run program is a great way to reinforce language and literacy skills, while providing a powerful home-school connection," says educational consultant Marsha Thauwald, a former principal and assistant superintendent in China Spring, Texas.

This activity can be hosted during the Book Fair or as a stand-alone program. Using assorted foam shapes, googly eyes, a blank wire-o bound book and other craft materials, families work together to create their own original book (and a memory) they'll keep forever.

"Klutz Build-a-Book aligns perfectly with Title 1 funding goals for family involvement," says Dillon Kalkhurst, Director of Specialty Programs for Book Fairs. "Many schools host the build-a-book activity during their Fair because it draws even more families to their event...they really see a boost in traffic at the Fair."

"The build-a-book program brought parents in and got them involved," says Jean Merz, English Teacher at MLK Jr. Elementary School in Houston. "We can do a million literacy activities in our classroom, but this got them involved on the floor with their child completing this activity."

Download this flyer to learn more.

More Purchasing Power, Plus Hundreds of New Books

Scholastic Book Fairs' School Resouce Catalog
Scholastic Book Fairs is making it even easier for you to get books into the hands of students with Scholastic Dollars™, a new earnings currency that lets you purchase more books and educational resources from more places.

You still have the option of receiving cash profit, or you can expand your purchasing power with Scholastic Dollars and:

Simply select wonderful new books right from your Scholastic Book Fair;
Shop our Scholastic Book Fairs School Resource Catalog, which features more than 1,000 new products requested by educators…items such as library bound hardcovers, SMART Boards™, professional books, classroom furniture, and more;
Use your Scholastic Dollars to shop at your local Scholastic Book Fair warehouse sale.

Learn more about Scholastic Dollars or visit our School Resource Catalog to browse for products.

Pre-Order Diary of a Wimpy Kid 4: Dog Days at Your Fair!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 4: Dog Days
Jeff Kinney's newest book in his best-selling series is scheduled to go on sale October 12, but students at your school can reserve their copy of the exclusive paperback edition of Diary of a Wimpy Kid 4: Dog Days from Scholastic Book Fairs.

Everything you need to advertise and collect orders is available in your Chairperson's Toolkit. Orders placed at the Book Fair will be shipped free to your school on October 12. Please allow 5-7 days for shipping. Best of all, each purchase benefits your school.

Save the Dates: Webcasts Offer Something for Everyone

Save the Date for Webcasts on Great Books!
This fall, Scholastic is offering three live webcast events that deliver original, engaging, and interactive content directly into classrooms. Join us for exciting adventures without leaving your classroom!

Winter's Tail: A Virtual Field trip to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium
(October 7, 2009, 1:00 p.m. EST) Students will take a virtual dive into the world of dolphins and hear the true story of Winter, whose journey of courage is documented in the new book Winter's Tail: How One Little Dolphin Learned to Swim Again. Learn More.

Get Goosebumps! with R.L. Stine (October 28, 2009 1:00 p.m. EST)
Best-selling author R.L. Stine will weave a spine-tingling story on the spot with YOUR students' help. Students can submit their ideas for a thrills-and-chills story in advance. Plus, a tie-in writing contest will see one lucky student and school win a Goosebumps prize package. Learn More.

The 39 Clues: Advanced Agent Training (November 2, 2009 1:30 p.m. EST) Whoopi Goldberg hosts this live cast with Rick Riordan, Gordon Korman, Peter Lerangis, Jude Watson (a.k.a. Judy Blundell), and Patrick Carman – the first five authors of this groundbreaking, multi-platform series – as they help students uncover the secrets of being an agent using critical thinking, research, math, and geography tools. Join the Hunt!

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