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!
|– 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]
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All Things Comics
Great YA comics from 2021 you don’t want to miss.
Book Club Bonuses
Written for Scholastic by educator Vera Ahiyya
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!
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.
Just for YA!
YA Book News
- George M. Johnson addresses the challenges to their book All Boys Aren’t Blue in Florida.
- This was a really interesting look at how Chloe Gong found success on TikTok with her book These Violent Delights.
- I do like the ways we’ve shifted from trilogies being the gold standard for book series in YA and moved toward more duologies.
- A prequel to We Were Liars by E. Lockhart is coming next spring.
- Some casting news for the adaptation of Loveboat, Taipei.
- A nice piece about YA author Ayana Gray (Beasts of Prey) from her local Little Rock news station.
- Uglies will hit screens next year.
Discover some great new YA graphic novels and comics hitting shelves in October-December 2021.
- Buried in this piece is news of the adaptation of Peter Bognanni’s YA novel Things I’m Seeing Without You.
- I dug this interview with a YA book cover artist, whose work you likely know from the Aristotle and Dante duology.
- A fun look at the most popular Judy Blume books, according to Goodreads users. Her YA titles seem to land somewhere in the middle.
- Have you heard of the Big Library Read from Libby/Overdrive? This program, running through November 15, will let everyone download Five Total Strangers by Natalie D. Richards from their library platforms. Full details and how to take part.
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 One. This 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 Hurricane, out 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.
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Why Kindness Is So Important for Kids
Why It’s So Important to Nurture Curiosity in Kids
How to Have the Ultimate Family Christmas Carol Karaoke Night
6 Reasons Why Early STEM Education Matters
📱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.
How about we find fun ways to use a bit of candy in the name of science/STEM?
Got skittles, small chocolate bars, M&M’s…?
- Winter Printables
- Winter STEM Projects
- Winter Art Projects
- Winter LEGO Challenges
- Real Snow Activities
- Winter Solstice Activities
Explore a few Cran-tastic projects this week and next.
Try one or all of these:
- Secret Messages
- Cranberry Oobleck
- Crazy Cranberry Structures
- Sink/Float Sensory Play
- Dancing Cranberries
Streaming on a Screen Near You!
Frosty, Rudolph & Friends Return to CBS This Holiday Season
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 Home, and 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.
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