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2022 We Look Forward To You

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Whether you’re holding on with frostbitten fingers to 2021 or planning for the summer of 2022, this newsletter has something for you!

And either way, you made it through 2021. There are reasons to be optimistic heading into the new year. Read on, comrades!

Some ideas for December…you know…before 2021 is gone for good!
Project art– This dreidel-making project is sure to give students’ summarizing skills a whirl! [READ MORE]
– This reading passage teaches students about traditions associated with Hanukkah. [READ MORE]
– Discovery Education’s Social-Emotional Learning Center is a collection of SEL resources that support you and your students. [LEARN MORE]
– Want more activities for Hanukkah? [READ MORE]

All Things Comics

Disney+ confirms the WandaVision spinoff, Agatha: House of Harkness.

Orange Marmalade and 9 other must-read school romance manhwa.

Great YA comics from 2021 you don’t want to miss.

Book Club Bonuses


A Guide to Using All Because You Matter at Home and in the Classroom

Written for Scholastic by educator Vera Ahiyya

Download the Unspeakable Teaching Guide for Grades 3-8

The Unspeakable teaching guide was developed by Dr. Sonja Cherry-Paul—educator, author, co-founder of the Institute for Racial Equity in Literacy, and director of diversity and equity at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University. In this guide, Dr. Cherry-Paul helps educators prepare for reading Unspeakable and having conversations about race and racism; explore the book’s themes of resistance, resilience, and reconciliation; and make connections across history into the present. Download the guide below or find it at

Download the Guide (PDF) >
Video: Author Carole Boston Weatherford and Floyd Cooper Discuss Unspeakable

In Unspeakable, celebrated author Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrator Floyd Cooper provide a powerful look at the Tulsa Race Massacre, one of the worst incidents of racial violence in our nation’s history. Watch the book trailer to hear them discuss why the book is so meaningful to them.

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New York Times bestselling author Steve Sheinkin presents a follow up to his award-winning book Bomb with his new book Fallout, taking readers on a terrifying journey into the Cold War and our mutual assured destruction. Click here to download the discussion guide.

Click here to find the latest teachers guides, including a brand new ASTERIX guides,
as well as posters and other giveaways such as
Free Comic Book Day issues for your comic conventions! 

Collection Development

Where to buy manga.

Publishers Weekly’s list of the Best Comics of the Year.

Publishers Weekly announces its Best of 2021: Children’s & YA titles.

Simon & Schuster announces a multi-book publishing program with Dr. Erica Armstrong Dunbar. The program will focus on stories that center Black women, and will feature titles for every age.

RL Stine Announces a New Collection of Short Stories

Horror author RL Stine has written 10 new stories for young readers in new collection Stinetinglers, which is due out on August 30, 2022. Each story will start with an introduction from the author himself, adding a personal touch to the collection. RL Stine has done an exclusive interview with Entertainment Weekly, including a cover reveal of Stinetinglers.

The Mayo Clinic Press is delving into children’s books.


Mix up spice paint for a scented masterpiece

Just for YA!

Alex Gino debuts a new official title and cover for their groundbreaking trans middle grade novel previously known as George. It will now officially be titled Melissa.

YA Book News


Discover some great new YA graphic novels and comics hitting shelves in October-December 2021.

If you love Telltale’s The Walking Dead video games, you’ll be excited to know Clementine is getting her own graphic novels. Here’s an exclusive preview of The Walking Dead: Clementine Book OneThis series will feature a more in-depth look at Clementine’s fate after the events of the Telltale games.

Here’s the cover reveal of Ellen Hagan’s upcoming YA novel Don’t Call Me A Hurricaneout from Bloomsbury on May 17, 2022.

One more cover reveal this Monday: here’s the really adorable cover of Marcelle Karp’s YA novel Getting Over Max Cooper. This one’s out on April 19, 2022.

Click on the link below to discover sneak peeks, samplers, and author videos from new Penguin Young Adult voices coming Spring 2022!
Discover YA Debuts!

Kids Online

YouTube Kids 30 Days of Family Inspiration Challenge

The Best Podcasts for Curious Kids

Brightly Storytime: Eco Baby Series
Brightly Storytime: Eco Baby Series
Read along with these three great books from the Eco Baby series — Where Are You Tiger?Where Are You Elephant?, and Where Are You Penguin? — perfect for little adventurers.
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This video includes a game of seek and find looking for all the helpers in the community, a sneak peek storytime of Sandra Magsamen’s not-yet-released I Wish Wish Wish for You, and a cute craft.
Hello You with Sandra Magsamen: Let’s Search & Find, Listen to Storytime, & Create a Special Craft!

Kid’s Stuff

Grab your free downloadable Christmas coloring page featuring your child’s name!

Parents’ Corner

 8 Secret Ways to Get Your Kid to Open Up

 Why Kindness Is So Important for Kids

Babysitter Interview Tips & Must-Ask Questions

 Why It’s So Important to Nurture Curiosity in Kids

How to Babyproof at Grandma & Grandpa’s House

How to Have the Ultimate Family Christmas Carol Karaoke Night


6 Reasons Why Early STEM Education Matters

Cedar Creek: Eyes on the Wild

Ecologists put motion-triggered cameras all over the Cedar Creek Ecosystem Reserve in Minnesota to learn more about the secret lives of the animals that live there.

But they have too many photos to go through alone! They need your help identifying animals so they can better understand their roles in the ecosystem. Log on from anywhere and give them a hand!

Location: Global
Get started!
Stream Selfie

Researchers can learn a surprising amount from just a photo! If you’re looking for an excuse to go for a walk, head for your local stream, snap a picture and upload it using Stream Selfie’s simple form on SciStarter. Scientists will use your image to learn about stream health all around the world!

Location: Global
Explore today!
Flu Near You

How are you feeling? Epidemiologists from Harvard and Boston Children’s Hospital want to know! Fill out a super-short survey each week on whether you’ve been healthy or sick with the flu or flu-like illnesses. Researchers will use the data to track the real-time spread of disease across the U.S. and learn more about how these illnesses move.

Location: U.S.
Take action!
Scribes of the Cairo Geniza

The largest collection of medieval manuscripts in the world comes from the storeroom of a 1,000-year-old synagogue in Cairo, Egypt. Researchers are transcribing the documents and learning from them — and you can join them!

The tutorial will walk you through how you can help — no Hebrew or Arabic necessary. Log on from anywhere to help historians decipher the important fragments.

Location: Global
Learn more!

Invasive diseases and pests threaten the health of America’s forests. Scientists want to know why some individual trees survive, but they need to find healthy, resilient trees in the forest to study. That’s where you come in!

See an ash, hemlock, chestnut or white oak in the woods? Record its location with the free TreeSnap app. Scientists will use the data you collect to locate trees for research projects like studying the genetic diversity of tree species and building better tree breeding programs.

Location: U.S.
Get snapping!

📱TikTok Of The Week: Leave the tech industry to the men? Boy, bye. Engineer and former Miss Universe Ireland Fionnghuala “Fig” O’Reilly shows us how it’s done. 

Meet Nicole Oliveira, also known as the world’s youngest astronomer. This eight-year-old spends her days searching for asteroids as part of a NASA-affiliated program. She has also attended international seminars and meetings with her country’s top space and science figures.
Ninth-grader Sarah Park was named “America’s Top Young Scientist” after creating a device that uses AI to help music therapists gauge the body’s response to sound. Park is also a Florida state violin champ, winner of multiple music competitions, and concertmaster of the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra Philharmonic.
At only twelve years old, digital artist Nyla Hayes has made over $3.4 million in NFTs. Her pieces have made headlines, landing her on the cover of TIME for Kids and making her TIMEPiece’s first Artist-in-Residence.

How about we find fun ways to use a bit of candy in the name of science/STEM?

Make Gears STEM Project

Dissolving Candy Corn STEM

Straw Boats (With or Without Candy)


Got skittles, small chocolate bars, M&M’s…?

Check out more fun ways to explore science and STEM with Candy!

STEM Challenge #1

STEM Challenge #2

STEM Challenge #3

 Explore a few Cran-tastic projects this week and next.

Try one or all of these:

Streaming on a Screen Near You!

Frosty, Rudolph & Friends Return to CBS This Holiday Season

Every Holiday Movie on Amazon, AppleTV+, Netflix & Disney+ This Year

The Secret Netflix Codes That’ll Let You Watch ALL THE Holiday Movies

Watch the Final Trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home

The final trailer of Spider-Man: No Way Home is now out, and the new trailer reveals just how closely connected the Spider-Man universe is. Tom Holland’s Peter Parker will be forced to face off against villain from past Spider-Man films: Doctor Octopus (Alfred Molina), Electro (Jamie Foxx), and the Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe). Spider-Man: No Way Home, which is intended to be the final film in this Spider-Man trilogy, is directed once again by Jon Watts, and it stars Tom Holland, Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jacob Batalon, Jon Favreau, and Marisa Tomei. Catch this movie only in theaters starting on December 17th

Jon M. Chu to Direct Oh, The Places You’ll Go! Animated Film

Jon M. Chu has signed on to direct the animated film adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ Oh, The Places You’ll Go!for Dr. Seuss Enterprises and Warner Animation Group. This film will mark Bad Robot Productions’ first foray into the world of animated film. Both J.J. Abrams and Hannah Minghella will share producer credits. Jon Chu is perhaps best known for directing Crazy Rich Asians, and he is currently attached to direct the film adaptation of the Broadway musical Wicked. Courtenay Valenti, president, production and development at Warner Bros. Pictures, said in a statement, “We are beyond thrilled to bring one of the most beloved Dr. Seuss books to life for so many generations of Seuss fans. The pairing of this classic title, with the creative excellence of Jon Chu and Bad Robot defines what we at WB try to achieve: marry great branded entertainment with singular creative talent.” Oh, The Places You’ll Go is expected to release in 2027.

 Charlie Brown Holiday Specials Return to Broadcast TV

Disney to Adapt Kingston and the Magician’s Lost & Found

Disney Branded Television has optioned the rights to Rucker Moses and Theo Gangi’s highly acclaimed middle-grade novel Kingston and the Magician’s Lost & Found and its sequel Kingston and the Echoes of Magic. The book series was published earlier this year by Penguin Random House. Now, Disney is planning to adapt the series for television. An original movie based on the first novel is in the works, with Jane Startz signed on to executive produce. “We are thrilled to partner with Craig, Harold and Theo and bring their heartfelt story of wonder and mystery to our audience,” said Ayo Davis, president of Disney Branded Television. “Set against the backdrop of true magical history, this is an inspiring adventure of extraordinary moments happening in everyday situations.”

Gal Gadot Dishes On ‘Snow White’ Casting, Says ‘Wonder Wonder 3’ Script Is Underway

Gal Gadot has two literary roles coming up in 2022 that have fans very excited. She’ll be playing the Evil Queen in Disney’s live-action remake of Snow White, although she declined to share exactly how her interpretation of that character will translate on screen. She also plays Wonder Woman, and teased that the third movie’s script is in the works and should be filming in the near future.

The Royal Diaries Television Series in the Works

Legendary Television and Scholastic Entertainment are developing a TV series based on The Royal Diaries books. The Royal Diaries is a series of novels published by Scholastic Press between 1999 and 2005. In each of the 20 books, the story is told from the perspective of a different historical figure in the form of a diary. The books cover famous female royals, including Cleopatra VII of Egypt, Elizabeth I of England, Marie Antoinette of Austria-France, Anastasia of Russia, Ka’iulani of Hawaii, Jahanara of India, Anacaona of Haiti, and Nzingha, Queen of Matamba, Angola. The planned series will adapt the books into a collection of “mostly true” stories about these historical figures during their adolescence. Iole Lucchese and Caitlin Friedman will oversee for Scholastic Entertainment. Anne Thomopoulos and Ali Mendes will oversee for Legendary.

Sony Releases First Official Poster for Spider-Man: No Way Home

Sony has released the first official poster for Spider-Man: No Way Homeand the image includes many clues about what we can expect from the upcoming superhero film. The poster shows Tom Holland’s Spider-Man encircled by Doc Ock’s tentacles. In the background, you can also see an image of the Green Goblin. The new film, directed by Jon Watts, hits theaters around the world on December 15 and debuts in North America on December 17, exclusively in movie theaters. 

You are a Pro!

Quiz: Get Started With Middle Grade

December 8th

Hear Newbery Medal winner and author of Caldecott Honor book Last Stop on Market Street, Matt de la Peña, as he shares his new book Milo Imagines the World. He’ll then give tips for drawing what represents YOU, and writing your own story–straight out of your imagination, or the beautiful world you see around you.
Register for the Event!

32 Trivia Questions for Teens That Are Sure to Get Them Talking

Professional Development for Libraries: How to Host a Citizen Science ProgramExplore how libraries can become partners in citizen and community science engagement. Learn how to access a suite of free event resources developed by Arizona State University and SciStarter to support libraries as community hubs for citizen science.View Recording
Professional Development for Libraries, part two: A Deeper Dive into Citizen Science Kits
January 26, 2022In the second part of our library series, we’ll dig in more to the nitty gritty of citizen science kits. RSVP for the free webinar on how to take your community science engagement to the next level!Register for this free webinar

Curious about getting back into reading middle grade books? Take this quiz to find out which you should start with.

Leveling Info Page for comics/graphic novel series, including new leveling guides for ASTERIX,
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How much do you recall about Twilight? Take this quiz to see if you’re (still?) a Twi-hard.

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