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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 'Wild'
Time at the Book Fair
Sizzling Summer Reads

Visit to find fun activities sure to help kids create a buzz about reading.Summer Reading Buzz: 'BEE'hold the Power of 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 Idea Exchange Handbook. Visit the Toolkit to preview these great features.

Shared Success: A 'Wild' Time at the Book Fair
Melanie CallahanMelanie Callahan, Book Fair Chairperson at Shepherd Junior High, Mesa AZ
This past fall, librarian Melanie Callahan and her Student Crew created a WILD Book Fair, complete with a jungle of books, a grass hut, safari gear, book commercials, and more to “lure” and “capture” the interest of students, faculty, and parents. As a result of their efforts, the Crew won a finalist prize in the Book Fairs National Student Crew contest.

"Our Book Fair was held the second week of school during my first year as a new librarian. I had just started my job and knew I was going to need help, so I enlisted the help of a Student Crew, and have used one ever since. It’s so much more fun when students get involved."

"This fall, my amazing Crew of 21 student volunteers came up with some very cool contest ideas that generated a lot of excitement among their fellow students."

Keep reading for more ideas and tips from Melanie and her Crew.

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.

Meet the author, Rick Riordan!Percy Jackson &
the Olympians:
The Sea of Monsters
By Rick Riordan

If your best friend is a 6-foot 3-inch Cyclops disguised as a human, and your father is a Greek god, then saving the world should be easy, right? Guess again, mortal. Meet the author in an online video.
Kiss Me Tomorrow   Kiss Me Tomorrow
By Susan Shreve

Alyssa “Blister” Reed experiences a whirlwind of change during the seventh grade. When her best friend Jonah runs away from home after being set up to take the blame for a theft, ever-resilient Blister seeks to rescue him.

View online resources for this title.
The Killing Sea   The Killing Sea
By Richard Lewis

December 26, 2004 dawned sunny, warm, and clear in beautiful Bali, Indonesia. Suddenly, one of the strongest ever recorded tremblors split the earth deep beneath the Indian Ocean and triggered a tsunami that destroyed much of the island nation.

View online resources for this title.
Bone Volume 5: Rock Jaw
  Bone Volume 5
Rock Jaw Master of the Eastern Border
By Jeff Smith

The good intentions of Fone and Smiley are waylaid when they run smack into Rock Jaw‚ an enormous mountain lion with a none-too-friendly disposition.

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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