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March 2013
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Bring Women's History to Life 

Celebrate Women's History Month with lesson plans and online activities that honor extraordinary women.

Lesson plans and teaching tips, aligned to Common Core >

Meet women who changed history >

Brian Selznick Designs Children's Book Week Poster 

Caldecott medalist Brian Selznick designed this year's poster for Children's Book Week, beginning May 13, which marks the 94th anniversary of the longest-running literacy initiative in the country.

Take a virtual field trip with Brian Selznick to the American Museum of Natural History >
Scholastic Presents
Join the Harry Potter Reading Club! New activities every month!
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Picture Books       see all
 “Punctuation With Pizzazz.” —Kirkus Reviews 

We all have an inner exclamation mark. The question is, how to find it…

 “A must-have!!!” School Library Journal, starred review
 “This book deserves a !!!.” Booklist, starred review
“Clever…amusing and effective.” The New York Times Book Review

 Watch the trailer >
Read an interview with Amy and Tom >
Chapter Books
see all
Starring Jules
(As Herself)

by Beth Ain >
Grades 2–5
 “A truly funny narrative voice.” —Publishers Weekly 

Introducing Jules Bloom, the plucky heroine of the series for girls ages 7–10.

 “Fans of Clementine and Judy Moody could have a new buddy here.” The Horn Book

Get the teaching and discussion guide >

Scream Team #4:
The Zombie at the Finish Line >

by Bill Doyle >
illustrated by Jared Lee >
Grades PreK–2
Bill Doyle's Misfit Monsters Series 

During his school visits, Bill Doyle helps students develop their own monster main character with specific goals, obstacles, and talents.

Invite the author >
Middle Grade     see all
Hold Fast >
by Blue Balliett >
Grades 4–7
  “A moving story of homelessness.” Kirkus Reviews 

 “Wonderful…will pierce all readers.” Booklist, starred review

“This novel abounds in heart, shining a spotlight on the gritty truths about homelessness.” Publishers Weekly

Get the teaching and discussion guide >

Invite the author >

Freaks >
by Kieran Larwood >
Grades 5–9
Weirdest. Crime fighters. Ever. 

“A whimsical yet touching story, injecting the unpleasant reality of Victorian-era poverty with a touch of humor and fantastical element.” Publishers Weekly

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The Runaway King >
by Jennifer A. Nielsen >
Grades 5–9
The Sequel to the New York Times Bestseller The False Prince 

“High adventure abounds with nail-biting drama.” Kirkus Reviews

Get the teaching and discussion guide >

 Watch the trailer >
Dear America: A City Tossed and Broken >
by Judy Blundell
Grades 5–9

Dear America: Down the Rabbit Hole >
by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Grades 3–9
Two New Dear America Adventures by Top Authors 

National Book Award-winning author Judy Blundell offers a thrilling account of the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906.

Newbery Honor author Susan Campbell Bartoletti brings the story of a young girl and the Great Fire of Chicago to bold life.
Teen      see all
The Summer Prince >
by Alaya Dawn Johnson >
Grades 9–12
 “Luminous. Nuanced. Original.” —Kirkus Reviews 

 “In her YA debut, Johnson depicts a future that's recognizably human.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

“An imaginative and thoroughly realized addition to the sci-fi genre.” Horn Book

Download an excerpt (PDF) >

Listen to the PW KidsCast >
Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality >
by Elizabeth Eulberg >
Grades 7–12
Taking the Wall Out of the Wallflower 

“Comedy yields to an affecting drama when a witty but plain girl decides to get glamorous, with unexpected results.” Kirkus Reviews

Invite the author >

 Follow @ElizEulberg >
Nonfiction        see all
Scholastic Discover More Series >
Grades PreK–8
Discover More This Spring 

From the depths of the ocean to the space beyond the stars, Scholastic Discover More encourages kids to explore new worlds with a fully-immersive reading adventure and FREE digital companion books.

 Watch a demo video >
Andrew Jenks: My Adventures as a Young Filmmaker >
by Andrew Jenks
Grades 7–12
"A revealing window into Jenks' life." Kirkus Reviews 

A personal look at the wild, outlandish, and dangerous journey of Andrew Jenks as he documents people from all walks of life.

Download an excerpt (PDF) >

 Watch the trailer >
Scholastic Presents
Limited Time Offer! 8,000 Paperbacks 30% Off! Shop Now for Grades PreK-12!
Scholastic Presents
A Missing Father. A Lost Home. A Dangerous Mystery. Hold Fast, click to learn more about this book!
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Books About Immigration >

Printables April Planning Calendar >

April Words Word Search >

My Bunny Book >

Poetry Month Shelf Talker >

Happy Earth Day Card Art Project >

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