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December 9, 2014

Book Buying for Everyone on Your Gift List

By Meghan Everette
Grades PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12

    I am a book hoarder. This really shouldn’t be a surprise. I love books, covet books, and spend a ridiculous amount of money on books. My favorites? Children’s books. Picture books can be used for the youngest of readers all the way through adults. You know how they say, that all you really need you learned in kindergarten? Well, maybe, if you mean my kindergarten library! Somewhere around fourth grade I decided that all books were magical, special places to disappear and be a part of a murder mystery, love story, or babysitting adventure.

    I buy books at every book fair, every yard sale, and every time I’m in the store. I can’t deny my own children a book, and there are always book gifts for birthdays and holidays for my family and friends. There is truly a book for every reader out there. That’s why when I can save a few dollars here and there, it helps a lot. Scholastic is offering a 33 percent discount in the Scholastic Store for friends, coworkers, and family. Click on the coupon below to stock up on these favorite reads and gift-ideas to give now, or throughout the year! Also, download this Book Recommendation form PDF, fill out, and send home with your kiddos.

     

    Favorite Characters

    My first graders really aren’t so different from the fourth graders I taught — they find a character and stick to it. You’ll end up buying the sets of these favorite friends.

    Pete the Cat Cavecat Pete

    Pete the Cat

    I have a soft spot for this feline because a local artist created him. At the urging of an independent bookstore here, he went on to make Pete a children’s book character. My kids adore Pete and his silly songs. I have several “Petes” each year for book character dress up. If you don’t know Pete already, start with Pete the Cat. Already a Pete fan? Pre-order Cavecat Pete and get the newest adventure.

     

    Fly Guy Presents: Space

    Fly Guy

    I cannot keep Fly Guy from flying off the shelves! He is a just-right book for many early readers, with only a few words that help push vocabulary. Is your reader too advanced for the original, but still loves the character? Try the Fly Guy Presents: books that offer more vocabulary and nonfiction topics, but still keep Buzz and Fly for fun. A perfect gift for a first grader, or even a teacher, would be the entire Fly Guy set.

     

    Make and Do — Activity Books to Banish Boredom

    My sons love to read, but even the most avid reader needs some activity once in a while. Activity books are the perfect answer for an un-plugged activity. Need a present? Activity books are a great blend of education and fun.

    loom loop bracelets

    Klutz Loom

    The bracelet loom was the biggest toy of the year last year. I couldn’t go a day without a child bringing me their latest creation. What to do when the plain bracelet has been mastered? Turn to Klutz — the masters of all things fun — and learn new techniques and fun uses for those bands. (And by the way, this is not just for girls — even the macho boys in my class love them too!)

    Loop loom bracelets

    Captain Underpants Activity Book

    Captain Underpants

    You might already know the good Captain from his silly tales and potty humor. What you might not know is the author wrote these stories to encourage young writers and let them know they don’t have to be perfect to be a great writer! This activity kit lets kids put their ideas to the page with fun stickers, fill in the blanks, and places to create their own comic.

    Battery Science

    This is truly here for my child. My son is a third grader going-on-30-year-old engineer. He even tried making his own motor by watching an online video last week. If that sounds familiar, this is the book for you!

    Science

    The great thing about science it is encompasses the entire world around us. No matter your interest — dinosaurs, meteorology, animals, or roller coaster physics — you can find something in the world of science to strike your fancy. Kits are a great way to introduce students to science through fun!

    magic school bus science kit

    Magic School Bus Kits

    If you have a budding scientist, they probably already know the Mrs. Frizzle and her famous school bus. Extend the learning with Magic School Bus science kits that investigate topics from polymer slime to dinosaurs, to weather instruments. Even a classroom teacher would appreciate a visit from the Frizz!

    Clifford Science Kit

    Clifford Science Kits

    If your kiddo isn’t quite ready for Magic School Bus, then Clifford can still bring science to life. Clifford kits explore everyday time in the kitchen or garden and turn them into fun investigations. They are perfect paired with a Clifford story or soft toy and would be appreciated by teachers and students alike.

    Potter Fans

    If you have a Harry Potter fan in the house, you probably have a complete set already. (If not, they are amazing!) The next step is similar magical series that might interest the advanced reader, or a partner to the original books.

    harry potter library

    Hogwarts Library

    True fans of the series will recognize the books in this set from Harry’s studies. The books expand on fabulous beasts, tales from the Bard, and more than you ever wanted to know about Quidditch.

    Narnia box set

    The Chronicles of Narnia

    Readers who adore the fantastic beasts of Harry Potter will adore the Chronicle’s talking animals. Fantastic adventures with young protagonists add to the interest.

    Percy Jackson box set

    Percy Jackson

    If you want a young boy that grows as he learns, Percy is your kid. Percy Jackson enters the world of the Olympians and learns about the mystical beings, Gods and Goddesses, and the balance of power in the world. Already into Percy? Try the Ultimate Guide to Percy Jackson.

     

    For the Teacher

    Greg Tang math books

    Greg Tang’s Math Books

    Tang has mastered funny, engaging tales that wind in math and word play throughout. Any teacher would be thrilled to receive a hardback book, but a Tang book has a place in classrooms of all levels. His humor appeals to students and adults and his look on the world through mathematics is amazing.

    Phonics blocks

    Crossword Blocks

    Any quality education “toy” can be a great addition to a classroom. This specific set is bilingual, which can be really useful, and is adaptable to a variety of age groups. Some other great products that a teacher could always use include Bananagrams word games for slightly older students and the World Magnetistick map.

     

    The great thing about books is there is no wrong gift. Books adapt and grow with the reader as our perspective changes. Books are old friends you can visit again and again. What books are on your wish list this year?

    I am a book hoarder. This really shouldn’t be a surprise. I love books, covet books, and spend a ridiculous amount of money on books. My favorites? Children’s books. Picture books can be used for the youngest of readers all the way through adults. You know how they say, that all you really need you learned in kindergarten? Well, maybe, if you mean my kindergarten library! Somewhere around fourth grade I decided that all books were magical, special places to disappear and be a part of a murder mystery, love story, or babysitting adventure.

    I buy books at every book fair, every yard sale, and every time I’m in the store. I can’t deny my own children a book, and there are always book gifts for birthdays and holidays for my family and friends. There is truly a book for every reader out there. That’s why when I can save a few dollars here and there, it helps a lot. Scholastic is offering a 33 percent discount in the Scholastic Store for friends, coworkers, and family. Click on the coupon below to stock up on these favorite reads and gift-ideas to give now, or throughout the year! Also, download this Book Recommendation form PDF, fill out, and send home with your kiddos.

     

    Favorite Characters

    My first graders really aren’t so different from the fourth graders I taught — they find a character and stick to it. You’ll end up buying the sets of these favorite friends.

    Pete the Cat Cavecat Pete

    Pete the Cat

    I have a soft spot for this feline because a local artist created him. At the urging of an independent bookstore here, he went on to make Pete a children’s book character. My kids adore Pete and his silly songs. I have several “Petes” each year for book character dress up. If you don’t know Pete already, start with Pete the Cat. Already a Pete fan? Pre-order Cavecat Pete and get the newest adventure.

     

    Fly Guy Presents: Space

    Fly Guy

    I cannot keep Fly Guy from flying off the shelves! He is a just-right book for many early readers, with only a few words that help push vocabulary. Is your reader too advanced for the original, but still loves the character? Try the Fly Guy Presents: books that offer more vocabulary and nonfiction topics, but still keep Buzz and Fly for fun. A perfect gift for a first grader, or even a teacher, would be the entire Fly Guy set.

     

    Make and Do — Activity Books to Banish Boredom

    My sons love to read, but even the most avid reader needs some activity once in a while. Activity books are the perfect answer for an un-plugged activity. Need a present? Activity books are a great blend of education and fun.

    loom loop bracelets

    Klutz Loom

    The bracelet loom was the biggest toy of the year last year. I couldn’t go a day without a child bringing me their latest creation. What to do when the plain bracelet has been mastered? Turn to Klutz — the masters of all things fun — and learn new techniques and fun uses for those bands. (And by the way, this is not just for girls — even the macho boys in my class love them too!)

    Loop loom bracelets

    Captain Underpants Activity Book

    Captain Underpants

    You might already know the good Captain from his silly tales and potty humor. What you might not know is the author wrote these stories to encourage young writers and let them know they don’t have to be perfect to be a great writer! This activity kit lets kids put their ideas to the page with fun stickers, fill in the blanks, and places to create their own comic.

    Battery Science

    This is truly here for my child. My son is a third grader going-on-30-year-old engineer. He even tried making his own motor by watching an online video last week. If that sounds familiar, this is the book for you!

    Science

    The great thing about science it is encompasses the entire world around us. No matter your interest — dinosaurs, meteorology, animals, or roller coaster physics — you can find something in the world of science to strike your fancy. Kits are a great way to introduce students to science through fun!

    magic school bus science kit

    Magic School Bus Kits

    If you have a budding scientist, they probably already know the Mrs. Frizzle and her famous school bus. Extend the learning with Magic School Bus science kits that investigate topics from polymer slime to dinosaurs, to weather instruments. Even a classroom teacher would appreciate a visit from the Frizz!

    Clifford Science Kit

    Clifford Science Kits

    If your kiddo isn’t quite ready for Magic School Bus, then Clifford can still bring science to life. Clifford kits explore everyday time in the kitchen or garden and turn them into fun investigations. They are perfect paired with a Clifford story or soft toy and would be appreciated by teachers and students alike.

    Potter Fans

    If you have a Harry Potter fan in the house, you probably have a complete set already. (If not, they are amazing!) The next step is similar magical series that might interest the advanced reader, or a partner to the original books.

    harry potter library

    Hogwarts Library

    True fans of the series will recognize the books in this set from Harry’s studies. The books expand on fabulous beasts, tales from the Bard, and more than you ever wanted to know about Quidditch.

    Narnia box set

    The Chronicles of Narnia

    Readers who adore the fantastic beasts of Harry Potter will adore the Chronicle’s talking animals. Fantastic adventures with young protagonists add to the interest.

    Percy Jackson box set

    Percy Jackson

    If you want a young boy that grows as he learns, Percy is your kid. Percy Jackson enters the world of the Olympians and learns about the mystical beings, Gods and Goddesses, and the balance of power in the world. Already into Percy? Try the Ultimate Guide to Percy Jackson.

     

    For the Teacher

    Greg Tang math books

    Greg Tang’s Math Books

    Tang has mastered funny, engaging tales that wind in math and word play throughout. Any teacher would be thrilled to receive a hardback book, but a Tang book has a place in classrooms of all levels. His humor appeals to students and adults and his look on the world through mathematics is amazing.

    Phonics blocks

    Crossword Blocks

    Any quality education “toy” can be a great addition to a classroom. This specific set is bilingual, which can be really useful, and is adaptable to a variety of age groups. Some other great products that a teacher could always use include Bananagrams word games for slightly older students and the World Magnetistick map.

     

    The great thing about books is there is no wrong gift. Books adapt and grow with the reader as our perspective changes. Books are old friends you can visit again and again. What books are on your wish list this year?

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