SOURCE: Scholastic Inc.

Scholastic Inc.

August 04, 2009 09:00 ET

Scholastic Book Clubs Announces Bestsellers for '08-'09 School Year

More Exciting Releases to Come Starting After Back to School in '09-'10

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - August 4, 2009) - Scholastic Book Clubs today announced the bestselling books in its five core clubs for the '08-'09 school year. Scholastic Book Clubs, a division of Scholastic (NASDAQ: SCHL), the global children's publishing, education and media company, has for more than 60 years helped generations of children become passionate readers and learners.

"This list shows an exciting diversity in the books kids are choosing to read for fun today," said Judy Newman, President of Scholastic Book Clubs. "We were amazed to see that kids are excited about everything from classics like 'The Outsiders' and 'Corduroy,' to future classics like 'Twilight' and 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid,' and still have time for fun titles like 'Ripley's Believe It or Not!' and 'Pokémon.'"

Book Clubs for the '09-'10 school year will include new novels by Kate DiCamillo and Gordon Korman, more titles in the "Fancy Nancy," "Bear," "Magic Tree House," "Junie B. Jones," "Judy Moody," and "Stink" collections, the highly anticipated fourth title in the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series, the paperback edition of "Wednesday Wars," a brand-new series by the creator of "A to Z Mysteries," and exclusive and affordable editions of "If You Give a Pig a Party" by Laura Numeroff and "Purplicious" by Victoria Kann. Each month, Scholastic Book Clubs will continue to offer a $1 book to help make quality books affordable for every child.

The bestsellers for the five, core book clubs in 08-09 are:

Firefly® (PreK)
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"If You Take a Mouse to the Movies" by Laura Numeroff, illustrated by
 Felicia Bond (HarperCollins)
"Five Green and Speckled Frogs" by Priscilla Burris (Cartwheel)
"Corduroy" by Don Freeman (Viking Juvenile)
"The Snow Bear" by Miriam Moss, illustrated by Maggie Kneen (Dutton
 Juvenile)
"Pinkalicious" by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann (HarperCollins)
"Llama Llama Mad at Mama" by Anna Dewdney (Viking Juvenile)
"Go Away, Big Green Monster!" by Ed Emberley (Little, Brown and Company)
"The Very Hungry Caterpillar Board Book" by Eric Carle (Philomel)
"Fish Is Fish" by Leo Lionni (Knopf Books for Young Readers)
"The Rabbit and the Turtle" by Eric Carle (Orchard Books)

SeeSaw® (Grades K-1)
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"The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin" by Joe Troiano, illustrated by
 Susan Banta (Sterling)
"I SPY a Pumpkin" by Jean Marzollo, photographs by Walter Wick
 (Cartwheel)
"The Little Penguin" by A. J. Wood, illustrated by Stephanie Boey
 (Penguin)
"The Big Snowball" by Wendy Cheyette Lewison, illustrated by Maryann
 Cocca-Leffler (Grosset & Dunlap)
"First Day Jitters" by Julie Danneberg, illustrated by Judith Dufour Love
 (Charlesbridge Publishing)
"Fancy Nancy and the Boy from Paris" by Jane O'Connor, illustrated by
 Robin Preiss Glasser and Ted Enik (HarperCollins)
"How Do Dinosaurs Go to School?" by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Mark Teague
 (The Blue Sky Press)
"Skippy Jon Jones and the Big Bones" by Judy Schachner (Dutton)
"Biscuit and the Little Pup" by Alyssa Satin Capucilli and Pat Schories
 (Harper Collins)
"Bear Feels Sick" by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman (Simon and Schuster)

Lucky® (Grades 2-3)
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"Pokemon: Ultimate Handbook" by Cris Silverstri
"Don't Bump the Glump! and Other Fantasies" by Shel Silverstein
 (HarperCollins)
"Magic Tree House #37: Dragon of the Red Dawn" by Mary Pope Osborne
 (Random House Books for Young Readers)
"Scholastic Children's Dictionary" (Scholastic Reference)
"Back-to-School Fright from the Black Lagoon" by Mike Thaler, illustrated
 by Jared Lee (Scholastic)
"Junie B. Jones, First Grader: Dumb Bunny" by Barbara Park, illustrated by
 Denise Brunkus (Random House Books for Young Readers)
"A to Z Mystery: White House White-Out" by Ron Roy (Random House)
"Lost in the Storm" by Holly Webb (Scholastic)
"Daisy Dawson is On Her Way" by Steve Voake (Candlewick)
"Stink and the World's Worst Super Stinky Sneakers" by Megan McDonald
 (Candlewick)

Arrow® (Grades 4-6)
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"Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw" (Amulet Books)
"Ripley's Believe It or Not! Special Edition"
"Frindle" by Andrew Clements, illustrated by Brian Selznick (Aladdin)
"The Tale of Despereaux" by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Timothy Basil
 Ering (Candlewick)
"How I Survived Middle School: Who's Got Spirit?" by Nancy Krulik
 (Scholastic)
"Tunnels" by Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams (Scholastic)
"Swindle" by Gordon Korman (Scholastic)
"Island of the Blue Dolphins" by Scott O'Dell (Yearling)
"How to Steal a Dog" by Barbara O'Connor (Square Fish)
"Barack Obama: Our 44th President" by Beatrice Gormley (Aladdin)

TAB® (Grades 7 and Up)
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"Twilight" by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown Young Readers)
"Found" by Margaret Peterson Haddix (Simon & Schuster Children's
 Publishing)
"More Coke or Pepsi?" by Mickey Gill and Cheryl Gill (Fine Print
 Publishing)
"The Wednesday Wars" by Gary D. Schmidt (Clarion Books)
"Speak" by Laurie Halse Anderson (Puffin)
"The Outsiders" by S. E. Hinton (Viking Press)
"Wait Till Helen Comes: A Ghost Story" by Mary Downing Hahn (Sandpiper)
"The Fire Eternal" by Chris D'Lacey (Orchard Books)
"Deep Down Popular" by Phoebe Stone (Scholastic)
"Chronicles of Vladimir Tod: Eighth Grade Bites" by Heather Brewer (Duton)

About Scholastic Book Clubs:

For more than 60 years, Scholastic Book Clubs has provided monthly catalogues offering top quality books and reading materials from all publishers to teachers and students in pre-school through high school. Seven different Scholastic Book Clubs reach over one million teachers each month, providing the most sought-after titles at affordable prices for children in classrooms nationwide. Over 80% of all elementary school teachers in the United States participate in Scholastic Book Clubs. Today, more than half of the orders from parents and teachers are received online through Scholastic Book Clubs' new online ordering system.

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