With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, the Book Boys are excited to share the books they know you’ll love from the February flyers.
In addition, did you know Scholastic Book Clubs has a ton of great contests going on right now? Check out the full list here to discover what amazing prizes are available to win and see some of the top contests at the end of this post.
Featured in Honeybee:
Max the Brave by Ed Vere
Max is a brave kitten on a mission to chase a mouse. But there’s one major problem: he doesn’t know what a mouse looks like! Kids will laugh along with the playful picture book that launched the beloved Max series.
Featured in Inchworm:
Edward Gets Messy by Rita Meade, illustrated by Olga Stern
A young pig named Edward never gets dirty. He always is perfectly neat—he doesn’t even eat messy food. Until one day, a glob of paint falls on his head. This colorful and delightful picture book shows even the most particular of readers that it is sometimes okay to let go and get messy.
Featured in Firefly:
A Truck Full of Ducks by Ross Burach
Who ordered the truck full of ducks?! Bernie the dog is trying to make a duck delivery and is shocked to discover one of the ducks ate the order form. This laugh-out-loud zany story will remind kids of fast-paced animated cartoons and leave them in stitches.
Featured in SeeSaw:
The Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds
A celebration of finding your own words—and the effect you can have when you share them with the world.
Featured in Lucky:
Stick Cat: Two Catch a Thief by Tom Watson
When a masked man appears on top of Edith and Stick Cat’s apartment, Stick Cat fears the worst — and sure enough, they’ve been robbed. Can Stick Cat and Edith catch the burglar and keep Edith’s appetite in check? Fans of Stick Dog will laugh along with this action-packed illustrated chapter book.
Featured in Arrow:
Class Pets: Fuzzy’s Great Escape by Bruce Hale
In this first installment of the Class Pets series, Fuzzy the guinea pig is determined to be the president of the Class Pets Club, but other strong contenders are in the running, Fuzzy knows he has to win over his constituents with something truly special: a field trip.
Featured in TAB:
The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis
From the bestselling author of The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963 and Bud, Not Buddy, The Journey of Little Charlie follows a 12-year-old boy who’s just lost his sharecropping father. To settle his father’s debt, Charlie agrees to help the terrifying Cap’n Buck track down people who stole from him. It’s a moving, thrilling, and timely novel readers are sure to remember for years to come.
Featured in We Need Diverse Books (Grades PreK–2):
A Bike Like Sergio’s by Maribeth Boelts, illustrated by Noah Z. Jones
When Ruben sees $100 fall out of someone’s purse, he thinks it’s the break he’s been waiting for. Finally, he can afford a bike like his friend Sergio’s; however, his moral code quickly comes tugging at him — what about Ruben's family who can’t afford groceries? And what about the person who lost the money? Kids will love thinking through Ruben’s conundrum in this thought-provoking picture book.
Featured in We Need Diverse Books (Grades 3–6):
Marley Dias Gets It Done and So Can You! by Marley Dias
You may know Marley Dias’s name from her incredible #1000blackgirlbooks campaign. She’s ready to inspire other kids to make their dreams come true! This moving memoir takes readers on Marley’s journey and shows them the power they have to change the world.
I Survived Idea Contest
If your students love Lauren Tarshis’s I Survived series, they’ll jump at the opportunity to share their own idea for the next book!
Grand Prize: Classroom Skype visit from Lauren Tarshis and two complete I Survived Libraries
10 Runners-Up: Complete I Survived Library
Due: February 23, 2018
Setting the Scene Writing Contest
Rita Williams-Garcia’s prose has the amazing ability to take readers to any place in the world. Inspired by her writing, students can submit the first two pages of an original story, focusing on vividly describing a particular setting.
Grand Prize: Classroom Skype visit with Rita Williams-Garcia, plus two complete Rita Williams-Garcia Libraries
10 Runners-Up: Complete Rita Williams-Garcia Library
Due: February 28, 2018
My Weird School Cover Contest
Do your students think they could design the next My Weird School book cover? Submit their design for a chance to win!
Grand Prize: Classroom visit from Dan Gutman, $100 worth of art supplies, and two My Weird School Libraries
10 Runners-Up: $50 worth of art supplies and a My Weird School Library
Due: March 23, 2018
Get Your Book Printed! Picture Book Contest
Teachers, have you ever wanted to be a published author? Send us your manuscript for a complete 32-page picture book for a chance to see it in print!
Grand Prize: 150 printed and bound copies of your original book plus a class set of How This Book Was Made
10 Runners-Up: Class set of How This Book Was Made
Due: May 1, 2018
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