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Middle School Parent Update | February 2010

Celebrating Women

IN THIS ISSUE: What's New & Noteworthy
Raise a Reader
Noteworthy Books for Valentine’s Day

Sylvia Barsotti [+PROFILE('FIRSTNAME','Parent','PropCap')+]

This month we highlight books about famous and inspiring women in honor of Women’s History Month, give some tips on how to raise a reader, including some great read-aloud advice, hear from our Librarian Mom Blogger on favorite novels, and learn what latest book the Kamin family has reviewed.

Here's to raising a reader!


Sylvia Barsotti, Editor

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What's New & Noteworthy
What's New & Noteworthy

• Helen Keller: Her Life in Pictures
Moving black and white photographs trace Keller's life from birth, to childhood with Annie Sullivan in the cottage, to college, and on to her many years as a dedicated social activist and spokesperson.

• If You Lived When Women Won Their Rights
This installment in the acclaimed history series tells the story, in Q&A format, of how women worked to get the right to vote. Kids will learn what life was like for girls in those days and meet the pioneers of the women’s movement.

• You Wouldn’t Want to Be a Suffragist!
The colorful illustrations and the many tidbits of information on each page help make Great-Aunt Edith's and Cousin Mabel's story of what it was like to be a suffragist come to life in this amusing book.

• Storybook Treasures
This Treasury of 50 Storybook Classics, Animal Antics, holds seven "read-along" DVDs featuring the most beloved and award-winning creature-filled classics.


Raise a Reader
Raise a Reader Information and advice to help foster reading at home.

• Get Ready to Read, Together!
The best way to raise a reader is to be one yourself and to incorporate books and reading into your family's life every day. We have dozens of ideas to help you connect with your kids through books and plenty of recommended titles.

• Keep Kids Hooked on Books
The Kids and Family Reading Report™ unveiled some surprising findings about why kids read — and why they don't.

• Tips on Reading Aloud
A leading reading expert gives advice on how to read aloud.


Noteworthy Books for Valentine’s Day
Noteworthy Books for Valentine’s Day Celebrate the holiday with tales of the heart.

• The Vampire Is Just Not That Into You
If you’ve got a Twilight lover at home, she won’t be able to put down this "how to date a vampire" manual. Highlights include  "Vampire Dating Etiquette." Best for ages 9 and up.

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If you want a personal window into the world of children’s books, you won’t want to miss posts by Els Kushner, Librarian Mom Blogger, on the Scholastic Parent Voices blog. You won’t want to miss Els's List of her 10 Most Favorite Children’s Novels. She also brings up some great points about what influences favorites lists and suggests others lists to check out.
One mom, two kids, three opinions: Listen in as writer/mother/blogger Mir Kamin and her children discuss books. You'll want to know what they're reading and what they think! Recently the family discussed Gordon Korman's Zoobreak. The kids say you don't have to be an animal lover to enjoy this book and give it three thumbs-up!
Scholastic Media is conducting the 2nd annual Clifford the Big Red Dog ® BE BIG in Your Community Contest (February 1–June 30), where you can enter for a chance to see your BIG Idea, based on Clifford’s BIG Ideas, come to life with a $25,000 community grant. Also, make Clifford’s BE BIG Promise to show that small, simple actions can make a difference!

For more great reading ideas, visit our Books and Reading section.

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