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What it’s like to be a parent at Scholastic

eggplantThis is a guest post from Julia Graeper from the Scholastic Classroom and Community Group. Thanks, Julia!

Stop me if you’ve heard this one.

An exhausted-looking woman in a grocery store passes a rack of fresh eggplant with her kindergarten-age child, who asks, “Mom, what are those?”

The woman says, “Shut up!  I should have left you at home.”

A second mother passes the eggplant with her child, who also asks about them.

The mother replies, “Eggplant.  It’s a vegetable.”

A third mother passes.  When her child asks about the eggplant, she says, “That’s eggplant.  It’s one of the only purple vegetables.  That one probably weighs 1 or 2 pounds.  We could slice it open at home and see what it looks like inside…” and so on.

Well, if you’ve ever heard the incredible Phyllis C. Hunter speak (author of It’s Not Complicated), you know the eggplant story.  She told it on Monday here at Scholastic during Teacher Appreciation Week.

Let me tell you, the eggplant story is with me all the time.

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Class is back in session…with The Magic School Bus!

MSB_Dinos_LEX_SocialPostImageAs Ms. Frizzle would say, “Seatbelts, everyone!”

You know when you hear those words you’re in for an adventure! The Magic School Bus is all about experiential learning. It’s a classroom without any limits, which makes learning even more fun.  And using the unique Magic School Bus teaching approach, it’s now possible to travel back in time…sort of!

Introducing our newest educational game, The Magic School Bus: Dinosaurs for LeapPad learning tablets and Leapster Explorer systems!

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In Our Feeds: Literary postage stamps, back-to-school brain foods, and book-inspired decor

IOF-big-300x300Every Friday, we share a handful of links that we found funny, provocative or just plain cool. We call it In Our Feeds. Have a great weekend!

Time to give your home a makeover? Here are 35 book-inspired decor ideas to get you started! Perhaps you’d even like to include one of these pieces of art made from books.

According to this reading infographic, 38% of readers will finish a book no matter what. See what else readers had to say about their book habits!

We all know that kids have such an amazing outlook on life, so here are 7 life lessons pulled from kids’ to-do lists. Continue reading In Our Feeds: Literary postage stamps, back-to-school brain foods, and book-inspired decor

In Our Feeds: Literature and leadership, beautiful book displays, and an atlas of the Internet

In-Our-FeedsEvery Friday, we share a handful of links that we found funny, provocative or just plain cool. We call it In Our Feeds. Have a great weekend!

Happy Friday! It’s been another busy stretch here at Scholastic HQ: in addition to announcing David Baldacci’s new book and the availability of all episodes of Goosebumps and The Magic School Bus on Netflix, we’re also gearing up for Teacher Appreciation Week. In the midst of all that, here are some of the links that made their way around our office this week.

Kristen came across 20 beautiful children’s book displays, compiled by Apartment Therapy. And speaking of children’s books, our friends at School Library Journal compiled a complete listing of all public children’s book statues in the United States. Road trip, anyone? Every good road trip, of course, calls for an atlas. This week we came across one that’s one-of-a-kind: an atlas of the World Wide Web. What could be cooler than a mapping of the digital landscape?

Also in tech news, 13-year-old Ruby Karp wrote a great piece on Mashable called, “I’m 13 and None of My Friends Use Facebook”– a fascinating look at teens and their social media habits.

Meanwhile, Megan shared an interesting NPR story on libraries and video games—apparently more books are checked out of the libraries that offer kids video game access. Another favorite from NPR this week: a piece on the role libraries play on screen and in song.

Last but not least, Megan shared an article about all that literature can teach us about leadership, and Brittany suggested that we take a look at this piece on the daily routines of famous writers.

Have a great weekend! Happy reading!

The fans have spoken!

Amabel Ryan from Scholastic Media is here with some awesome news for fans of Goosebumps and The Magic School Bus!

Back in June, we shared the exciting news that your favorite Scholastic TV shows were available for streaming on Netflix! The social media sphere was immediately buzzing about some of Scholastic’s most iconic shows, such as Goosebumps and The Magic School Bus. The consensus from all your comments, tweets and Instagram pics? MORE, MORE, MORE!

Scholastic heard you loud and clear—as did Netflix. And today, we’re here to tell you that you got it! Oh, yes, folks…the wait is over! EVERY episode from ALL four seasons of Goosebumps and The Magic School Bus is now available on Netflix! The full series library has been unleashed: 74 ghoulishly delicious Goosebumps episodes and 52 Friz-tastic Magic School Bus field trips await your heart’s desire.

Which episodes from each series are you looking forward to watching? Tell us in the comments below!

You can learn more about this exciting announcement here.


Happy Best Friends’ Day!

Clifford BFFWe all have that person (or people) in our lives who we consider our best friends. The ones who support you and are always there for you. Well, today is Best Friends’ Day, so let’s celebrate! Make a friendship bracelet, pull out your “best friends” heart necklace, or just write (or call/email/text) your bestie and let them know how important their friendship is to you.

We’re celebrating with a list of some of our favorite best friends in literature:

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Share your #FirstDay with us!

FirstDay_FBandTwitter_FinalThe smell of fresh pencil shavings. The yellow school bus rounding the corner. Desks lined up in neat rows. It’s the first day of school.

Every year around this time, in classrooms and homes across the country, teachers, parents, and kids are getting ready to go back to school.

We love this time of year. The first day of school can be so special, and we’d love to see how you’re capturing it. For the next month, we’re going to try something fun. It’s called #FirstDay. We’ll be sharing resources on social media that are all about the first day of school, and we’d love for you to share your pictures, memories, or quotes that express what the first day of school means to you.  Continue reading Share your #FirstDay with us!