by Judy Newman with Alexie Basil
I have rarely—if ever—thrown away a book, and only once did I give one of my existing books away as a present. It was my original copy of Jane Fonda’s Workout Book—with Jane in her pink leg warmers on the cover—and honestly, I wish I had it back.
No matter how frayed the binding, waterlogged the pages, or beaten up the cover, I just can’t bring myself to do it. My relationship with books reminds me of Andy’s with his toys in Toy Story—there’s always a way to salvage them…or pass them on.
Every few years, I pack my books up in boxes and then unpack them—sorting them in new combinations. Last weekend I sorted a group of my picture books alphabetically by the author’s last name. As you can see, the W’s (far right) was the tallest stack.
This process brings me back in touch with some of my favorite classics, such as Barbara Cooney’s Miss Rumphius and The Happy Day by Ruth Krauss, illustrated by Marc Simont. Plus I come across signed copies, including a copy of Bigmama’s signed to me by Donald Crews, and a copy of Eloise signed by Hilary Knight for my daughter, Rebecca.
Book organizing runs in our family. My dad, now 88 years old, has his own system. And my mom kept all our childhood books in neat order on shelves in my childhood home.
As the school year comes to a close, we know teachers all over the country are likely doing the same—going through their classroom libraries, assessing what to keep or add, reorganizing topics and themes, and deciding what to assign for summer reading to keep students’ minds sharp over the break with books that both entertain and invite critical thinking.
We are winding down our new blog posts for this school year—we’ll be reposting “reruns” of some of our favorite posts over the summer. We’ll be back in August with brand-new Dollar Deals and all kinds of fun ideas to support the use of those titles in your classroom.
Before we say goodbye for the summer, we wanted to offer these five titles—which represent a range of the books we’ve offered—for one final Dollar Deal this school year.
Choose from these five great reads across different levels and genres—give them to your students as year-end graduation gifts or get multiple copies to add to your classroom library. There’s sure to be something your students will love. But stock is limited, so make sure to order your books soon!
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
by C. S. Lewis
The Little Ships: The Heroic Rescue at Dunkirk in World War II
by Louise Borden, illustrated by Michael Foreman
Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse!
by Laura Numeroff, illustrated by Felicia Bond
Flat Stanley: His Original Adventure!
by Jeff Brown, illustrated by Macky Pamintuan
Bobs and Tweets: Perfecto Pet Show
by Pepper Springfield, illustrated by Kristy Caldwell
Teachers are the driving force behind what we do, and we want to be sure this blog is doing everything possible to support your students’ love of reading. So if you have any thoughts or requests for how we can better help you next school year, please let us know at JNBlog@scholastic.com. We read every email!
(You can also feel free to send me any book-organizing tips—I’m always on the lookout!)
I want to thank you for another fantastic season of reading. I remain awed and inspiried by the amazing work teachers are doing across the country, and I sincerely hope this blog has made it a bit easier to get books into the hands of your students.
We hope you have a wonderful summer full of lots of great reading!