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Summer Reading Buzz!
 
Summer 2007


Discover fun, easy ways to make reading a sizzling summer activity. A Scholastic Book Fair connects kids with the hottest books to help keep them reading all summer long!
 
In This Issue:


The Buzz on Summer Reading
New Toolkit Feature: Book Fair Homepage Builder
Shared Success – A Penny
Drive for Books
Sizzling Summer Reads

Visit www.scholastic.com/summerreading to find fun activities sure to help kids create a buzz about reading. Summer Reading Buzz: 'BEE'hold the Power or Books
Summer is the perfect time to enjoy reading. The benefits kids gain from reading over the summer can endure for years to come. However, kids don’t always make the connection. The Scholastic Kids and Family Reading Report™ reveals that interest in reading drops significantly after age eight. The number one reason kids cite for not reading more? They can’t find books they like to read.

This is where Scholastic can help! Our Summer Reading Buzz Web site offers resources for librarians, teachers, and parents, plus a safe online community for kids, where they can share book recommendations, chat with fellow booklovers, and create eCard book reviews and other activities that are sure to get kids buzzing about books.

Create Your Own Book Fair Homepage
Sample Homepage We've added a great new feature to the
Chairperson's Toolkit – a Book Fair Homepage Builder. In just four easy steps, you can:

• Post your Fair dates and times
• Customize a welcome message
• Preview featured books
• Share your Book Fair goal
• Recruit volunteers

Other additions to the Toolkit include enhanced Fair Files. Now you can view thumbnail pictures of each file, descriptions, and corresponding page numbers from the How-To Guidebook. Visit the Toolkit to preview these great features.



Shared Success: A Penny Drive for Books
Linda JonesLinda Jones, Book Fair Chairperson from Knox Elementary in Chandler, AZ
After recently organizing her 15th Scholastic Book Fair, parent volunteer Linda Jones shares the fun, easy way she helped get more books into the hands of kids, while increasing her Fair profit – all for pennies on the dollar!

"I wanted to participate in the One for Books program to collect money to help our students buy books and improve the school's library. Scholastic matches the dollars we raise, so that was an extra incentive for me. I knew we would be helping in our own community and someplace else in the country."

"For my fall Book Fair, I tried an idea I had heard about from another chairperson. Everyone has pennies lying around, so I decided to organize a penny drive competition among our classes."

"I offered a pizza party and free books to the upper and lower grade classes that collected the most pennies. After all, kids will do almost anything for pizza!"

Find out how Linda raised more than $1,300 with her penny drive.

 
Featured Books: Sizzling Summer Reads
As you well know, kids who read over the summer are more prepared for school in the fall. Here are some hot books that will generate plenty of summer reading excitement at your school.

The Great Fuzz Frenzy
By Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel

Meet the author and illustrator of "The Great Fuzz Frenzy"When a mysterious, fluorescent, very fuzzy tennis ball rolls down their hole, the residents of prairie-dog town find their home in an uproar. This gem is sure to bring giggles to story hour while promoting the concept of community. Meet the author and illustrator in an online video.
 
Champ   Champ
By Marcia Thornton Jones

When Riley runs out into the street after his baseball, he causes an accident that seriously injures a prized show dog. Boys and girls alike will be warmed by the friendship that develops, while learning that winning doesn’t always mean coming in first.

View online resources for this title.
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed   There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed
a Shell!

By Lucille Colandro, Illustrated by Jared Lee

This hilarious spin-off on the classic “There Was an Old Lady” song is sure to have kids reading and singing along!

View online resources for this title.
May Bird and The Ever After

  May Bird and the Ever After
By Jodi Lynn Anderson

The woods of Briery Swamp have secrets that lie in the lake. When shy, misfit May falls in, her brave cat, Somber Kitty, follows and they surface in a land that few have ever lived to tell about.

View online resources for this title.

We Want to Hear From YOU!
Scholastic Book Fairs turns 25 later this year, and we’re looking for great Book Fair moments from the past. If you have a nostalgic Book Fair story or photo to share, we’d like to hear from you. Email us today!

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