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Scholastic Book Wizard Goes Mobile

By Lindsey Petlak on November 6, 2013
  • Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12

The Scholastic Book Wizard offers a searchable database of over 50,000 books from all publishers as well as a huge selection of teaching resources to help you match the right books to your students. Plus, you can search, create, and save book lists and purchase books through the Teacher Store. This tried-and-true teacher must-have resource has just gone mobile with a free app, taking book information access and book list-making capabilities to a whole new level! If you're already familiar with Book Wizard, go straight to the description of Book Wizard Mobile.

 

 

Book Wizard Web

Do you currently use the Scholastic Book Wizard? If so, you know what a terrific teacher tool it is. If not, please allow me to introduce you to your favorite new teacher resource.   

Book Search Options Include:

  • General quick search

  • Similar books search

  • Reading level search

Search Results Provide:

  • Capability to refine search by interest level, grade level, reading level, book type, or topic.

  • See only titles available for purchase in the Teacher Store.

  • Text match information includes title, author, summary, and leveling information.

  • Add results to your book list, Teacher Store shopping cart, or find more similar titles.

Book Lists:

  • Create lists for classroom library, small groups, or individual students.

  • Add personalized comments to lists and titles.

  • Sort lists by author, title, or reading level.

  • Share lists with students, parents, and other teachers by emailing or printing.

Learn more about the original Scholastic Book Wizard online by watching this tutorial.

 

Book Wizard Mobile

Now that Book Wizard has gone mobile, the possibilities for being more effective and efficient in managing your classroom library and creating customized book lists are endless! See the information below for specifics on this new app and start imagining all of the ways you will benefit from using it.

For me, the ability to SCAN bar codes on the backs of books and instantly use my iPad or iPhone to get text information and make book lists is PRICELESS! Get Scholastic's Free Book Wizard Mobile in the App Store.

 

 

Watch this tutorial of Book Wizard Mobile for key features and FAQs.


Want to see the new Book Wizard app in action? 

Take a peek as I use the mobile version to search titles, instantly scan the bar codes of books to add to my library, create new book lists, and share titles and lists with students and parents.


Have you tried out the new Book Wizard Mobile App? 

  • If so, let us know how you’re using it in your classroom.

  • If not, give it a try and let me know what you think!

  • How could Scholastic improve the app? We would love your feedback!

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Comments (17)

This is a great tool. I recommended it to my friends who are educators to use in their classroom for leveling their books.

Hello, blog readers!! I just wanted you to know that I've passed all of your comments, concerns, and questions on to our BWM tech team. They should be responding to your inquiries soon! Thanks for reading and for the feedback.

I'd use this frequently if there was a Windows Phone version.

Ironic that I cannot view the tutorial on my iPad!

I was excited and downloaded the mobile app, however only about a third of the books I scanned in were in the database. I tried books that were popular series or classics (like Magic Tree House books, or The Little Old Lady Who Wasn't afraid of Anything. They were in there) and books that were new (like National Geographic Kids books, and Pete the Cat Saves Christmas) and books from book companies that sell to schools for guided reading (Rigby, Pioneer Valley, Fountas and Pinnell, etc.). Only the series and classic books were there. It's not to say it won't be a useful app, and I don't know how anyone could have everything in a database, but it isn't THE tool that will have all books in it.

This looks great, but I need it in Android.

When will the Android version be available?

I agree that an Android version would be nice. I don't have an iPhone and can't find the app for my iPad. Is it only on iPhone?

Love it! Wish it had a check out feature.

I love it! But please add Reading Counts information for each book! That would really help teachers, parents, and students to check for quizzes and points at school, at home, at the library, and at retail stores. Please, please, please!

I don't have an iPhone, but just downloaded it to my iPad and am 'in heaven'!! I wish I had gotten this message two days ago. I just purchased two apps for this purpose and neither works as well as this app. I can not wait to put my whole trade book collection in! Thank you so much for turning this wonderful online site into an app!

What what people who don't have an iphone. What about an Android version ?

Since this is a Scholastic app why do you not have the Reading Counts levels listed. (It is the same in your book club flyers you have AR levels listed but not your own Reading Counts program listed...)
Also I tried about 30 books and not one of them came up, the scanner waiting circle just kept spinning. I even had my touch on a tripod and books sitting on the table so there was no movement, and it still wouldn't scan.

Would love an Android Version...

It would be great to have an android or windows phone version of this app, since not everyone uses iphones.

Thanks for the tutorial. It was extremely helpful!

Dear Book wizard I read the book "This child will be great: Memoir of a remarkable life by africa's first woman president by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. But I have a school assignment to pick out some themes from the book to do a reasearch paper, can you please help me to choose the best played out one from the book. Thank you.

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