Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Scholastic Book Clubs

Well, after some "heated" conversations with my friends at Scholatic Book Clubs, I finally got our order from last month processed and students received their books today. Sorry for the delay. I'll spare you the details, but I will say that I'm sticking with them and sending home new flyers today. (Keep reading for details about ordering online!)
It's not too early to start thinking about summer reading. There are some really good books available at affordable prices that would make great books for reading during the summer months. Here are a few that stood out to me (unless I mention it, they can be found in the Arrow form):
Dear Dumb Diary, It's Not My Fault I Know Everything by Jim Benton
Kids love these books for their sarcasm and hilarious descriptions of every day life. They're easy to relate to AND there's a whole series of them!

Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls: The New Girl by Meg CabotThis author really knows how to write in a language that "speaks" to kids. This series hasn't caught on yet with the 4th/5th grade girls here, but it needs to!

Julian Rodriguez Episode One: Trash Crisis on Earth by Alexander StadlerIf your child likes the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, and they probably do, then he or she will like this new graphic novel. A quick and fun read.

The 39 Clues series (Spring Gift Books) by various authorsThe third of this series was just released and you can get all three books this month through the book order. I am really into this series about a brother and sister trying to solve a puzzle that could make them rich beyond their wildest dreams. Looking for books to interest reluctant readers? These would be perfect. Looking for books to donate to the classroom??? These would be perfect. :)

So, I'll follow those four recommendations with a note about ordering online with a credit card. I tried this earlier in the year and didn't get much interest, but I thought I'd try it again. Here's what to do...

Go to http://scholastic.com/parentordering

Class user name: curran

password: curran

Remember, ordering online with a credit card is completely secure. AND it actually can help us earn more free books for the classroom library than we usually do. Orders are due April 3, 2009.

Happy Reading!