As the warm weather approaches, it brings with it numerous activities that take place in the elementary schools each year. One such event is the Scholastic Book Fair, which continues to be a huge success in schools across Long Island throughout March and the beginning of April. As each class takes a turn visiting the Book Fair, it brings with it a sense of excitement and curiosity. The variety of books encompasses a wide assortment of genres. It appeals to children of all ages.
K-2 will enjoy picture books such as Peanut Butter and Cupcake, by Terry Border. This book tells the story of a piece of white bread with peanut butter on it as it wanders the neighborhood looking for someone to play with. It aims to show children that it takes time to find the right friends, and it sometimes takes many tries. This age range will also enjoy chapter books, such as Owl Diaries by Rebecca Elliot. This series follows an owl on her adventures, and draws connections between friendships, solving mysteries and working with others.
Grades 3-5 will enjoy books such as Ouch! How Your Body Makes it Through a Very Bad Day, by Richard Walker. This book targets the “gross” factor that this age group finds appealing. Combining fascinating 3D imagery with a variety of topics, including what the body goes through when we vomit, this book talks about why the body reacts the way it does to certain events. Other topics include why pimples occur, what happens when we have an asthma attack, and what happens to the body and the brain while we sleep.
Grades 6-8 will find The Secret Language of Color, by Joann Eckstut and Arielle Eckstut absolutely captivating. This book is both visually stunning and intellectually inspiring. It focuses on the colors red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet, and how they relate to our every day lives. It also dives into a historical and cultural background of each color as well as how the brain reacts to each one. This book is relevant for art teachers who are looking to enhance their lesson plans. It shows early versions of the color wheel, how colors appear in nature, and how color helps us to determine what is in the inside of a package at the grocery store, even if the package is written in an foreign language.
Grades 7-12 will enjoy The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe, by Theodore Gray. Young scientists will get a comprehensive overview of the 118 elements that make up the periodic table. Breathtaking full color photographs line the pages. You will learn why rubies are red, what are the best ways to use copper, and which are amongst the earliest known pigments (the answer is red iron oxide and black manganese oxide). Many more interesting facts are included in this book, which can also serve as a wonderful reference for teachers looking to enhance their lesson plans or to create new curriculum.
Books for the older grade levels can also be found at the book fairs in the elementary schools. This is just a small taste of what you can find at the Scholastic Book Fair in your school. If your school is not holding a book fair, or if you want more choices from which to select, you can go shopping online. This option is perfect for parents and other family members who might not be able to attend the book fair in person. No matter which books your students choose, attending the Scholastic Book Fair is fun, entertaining and educational. It is akin to a “rite of passage” when you are a child. The sheer joy of reading a brand new book carries through to adulthood, as well.