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Book Fairs Insider - Summer 2011
Scholastic Book Fairs
  In This Issue:

• Summer Reading Soars for Title 1 School
• Don't Let Reading Take a Summer Vacation
• Great Books for Summer Reading
• Online Toolkit Now Open All Year Long
• Children's Illustrators Auction Original Works of Art
Title 1 School Avoids Summer Slide with Scholastic's Reading Program The Scholastic Summer Reading Book FairBelvedere Elementary School in Palm Beach County, Florida, is busy making plans once again to help set a world record for summer reading.

Last summer, the school's 550 K-5 students placed 6th worldwide in Scholastic's Read for the World Record, part of the Scholastic Summer Challenge, a global literacy campaign that encourages kids to read and track their reading minutes during the summer break. And, for the first time in the school's history, FCAT diagnostic tests showed no decline in reading scores between spring and fall.

It was an impressive achievement for a Title 1 school where 91 percent of students receive free or reduced lunches and 85 percent speak another language besides English. Instrumental in guiding the school to its success was Book Fair Chairperson Jennifer Haynes, who received the full support of Principal Diane Mahar.

Keep reading for tips from Haynes to help you jumpstart summer reading at your school.
Don't Let Reading Take a Summer Vacation

All too often, students who take a break from books during the summer months lose crucial ground – the infamous "summer slide."

Parents can help prevent this learning loss by making sure there’s plenty of high-interest reading material on hand during the break. Research shows that children who read four or more books over the summer fare better on reading comprehension tests in the fall than their peers who read one or no books over the summer.

Here's a letter you can use to invite families to your Book Fair, where they
can stock up on great books that are sure to encourage hours of reading
fun this summer.

Free Summer Reading Companion Guides

Great summer reads!Along with our usual selection of
award-winning books from dozens of publishers, Scholastic Book Fairs has a variety of great summer reads to help turn the dreaded summer-reading slide into a summer-reading climb.

Our editors combed bestseller lists, library reading lists, and state award title lists to assemble our recommended reads for grades K-8.

You can also download free companion reading activities for all of these kid-favorite books. Each activity includes questions to ask students, discussion ideas, and related projects.


Online Toolkit Now Available When You Book Your Fair
Tell us your Toolkit ideas! In response to numerous requests, beginning this summer your Chairperson's Online Toolkit will be available when you schedule your Book Fair, and it will remain open for one year after your event. In the past, the Toolkit was not available until 12 weeks prior to a Fair.

As long as you have a future event booked or have chaired a Book Fair within the last year, you’ll be able to access your Toolkit anytime and shop the School Resource Catalog for up to 12 months following your Fair. You'll also notice the Toolkit's fresh new appearance and more features designed to help you host a great event.

Please let us know how you like the changes, and send any suggestions to toolkitideas@scholasticbookfairs.com.

Children's Book Illustrators Auction Original Art to Benefit Literacy Organizations
Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life. Twelve outstanding children's illustrators have created their artistic interpretation of Scholastic's global literacy campaign – Read Every Day. Lead A Better Life.

The extraordinary artwork is part of an online auction to benefit nonprofit literacy organizations.

Participating artists include Norman Bridwell, Bruce Degen, Edwin Fotheringham, Mary GrandPré, Barbara McClintock, Jon J Muth, Sean Qualls, Stephen Savage, David Shannon, Jeff Smith, Mark Teague, and Raina Telgemeier.

You can view the art and bid online until June 5, 2011.


 
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