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Principal to Principal - Presented by Scholastic Book Fairs, Your Literacy Partner
Summer 2011
   In This Issue:
Boys Read: Ideas for Inspiring Reluctant Readers
Copy-and-Share Articles for Your School Newsletter
First Annual Education Leaders Reading Summit
Book Buzz: A Sizzling Summer Read for Boys
Lincoln Elementary Turns Reluctant Boy Readers Into Voracious Page Turners
Lincoln Elementary Turns Reluctant Boy Readers into Voracious Page Turners!Elementary school boys often prove to be the most reluctant of readers. In fact, as Principal Michael Shaffer discovered, getting the boys at Ft. Wayne, Ind., Lincoln Elementary School to read was about as easy as herding cats.

“All last year, we kept wringing our hands and saying, ‘We need to create some excitement to get the boys involved in reading. Maybe it’s time for us to take some big steps in that direction,’” Shaffer said. The first step was the creation of a “Boys Read” section in the school library, funded with monies from the school district and Scholastic Book Fair proceeds. The school has been able to raise $15,000, stocking the section with books that appeal to boys from kindergarten through middle school, including war novels, books about trucks and motorcycles, monster books, and biographies about sports figures, movie stars, and other celebrities. Now boys are lining up three deep to get to the Boys Read section. Keep reading for tips to keep the pages turning.
 
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Principal to Principal is your source for tips, ideas, and resources about reading...yours to use for free! You are welcome to copy and share these articles in your own school newsletters and other communiqués. 10 Non-Book Ways to Get Your Child Reading
Inspire your child to read with these creative approaches. Read With Me!
Savor special story times — they're good for you and your kids. Improve Reading Comprehension
Help your child improve reading comprehension — a crucial skill, especially as he gets older and needs to glean important information from textbooks.
 
  Free Reading Summit for Educational Leaders
Free Reading Summit for Educational Leaders - July 21Join principals from across the country on July 21 for the first-ever Scholastic Book Fairs Reading Summit for Principals and Educational Leaders, a free one-day conference in Dallas, TX, where you'll learn about innovative strategies to promote student reading.

You’ll also hear from James Patterson, best-selling author and founder of ReadKiddoRead.com, and Donalyn Miller, a Texas educator and author of The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child.
Plan to attend two of these professional development workshops:
Trends and developments in children’s literature
The power of booktalks
Tactics for enticing boys to read
Children’s books that can be used with science and social studies curriculum

Join us July 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Omni Dallas Hotel at Park West, 1590 LBJ Freeway, Dallas, Texas. To R.S.V.P., please click here.
 
 
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Book Buzz: Sizzling Summer Read
Meet the author of 'Fish' in an exclusive interview!Looking for a great book recommendation for young readers this summer? Check out Fish by Gregory Mone, a Scholastic Book Fairs bestseller that’s especially popular with reluctant readers.

As a magazine writer, Mone has covered artificial intelligence, robots, and biology. “But writing for young readers is a whole new challenge... harder than trying to explain quantum physics,” he says. In this exclusive video, Mone talks about the harsh conditions his character Fish encounters while aboard a pirate ship.
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