Friday, May 30, 2008

Alternative to Scholastic Book Fairs for our kids

from Catholic Mom
"Exciting News about Catholic Children's Book Fairs and Clubs
Posted: 29 May 2008 09:14 PM CDT
I had the most exciting news this week from Sally Feller of the wonderful Pauline Books and Media. Sally shared with me the great news that Pauline is creating a book fair that will provide an alternative to the Scholastic book fairs now being offered in many Catholic schools. I'll keep you posted as I get additional details. Sally shares the following information:
The book fairs will be accompanied by a magazine called JClub: A Catholic Place for Kids and a website with fun stories, games, activities, videos, music, and reviews for kids. The site and magazine will also have content for parents and educators so that they can learn about media literacy, crafts, a “Help! My Kids Are Asking Me!...section with catechetical questions that can be sent in for the Daughters of St. Paul to answer, a “Meet a Sister” page, Saint-a-Day bios and questions, and more.JClub Book Fairs came about from the request of principals, teachers and parents for a Catholic children’s book fair and web site that would provide good and wholesome activities, resources and books for Catholic students, teachers and parents. Another benefit of JClub is the media awareness component addressing Christian living in a media culture. The J is for Jesus placing a focus on Jesus and our Catholic faith—it is also a fish hook that reminds us that we are caught by Jesus and sent to be fishers of men and women for the gospel in his Church."

I have noticed that the content of books sold by Scholastic is questionable, and when they came out with the "His Dark Materials" series, in conjunction with the release of the anti-Catholic film, "The Golden Compass" I decided to boycott my daughters' preschool Scholastic Book Fair. How nice to know that we have alternatives. When visiting St. Joseph's Catholic School in Baltic, Ct. I was able to attend one of these book fairs, and wanted to buy at least a dozen books. I highly recommend these fairs, and hope they catch on like wildfire!
Thank you, Pauline Media!


jessica said...

I know a lot of Catholic parents are also going with Usborne Books instead of Scholastic because of The Golden Compass. That was one of the things that sold me on becoming a consultant for Usborne :)

Jean M. Heimann said...

It sounds wonderful, Leticia!

Elizabeth Kathryn Gerold-Miller said...

It's about time! I just throw all those Scholastic book club papers in the garbage. We have enough books in the house without all the trash that is offered by them.

The Gulbransen Family said...

Leticia...I am currently fighting the Scholastic "machine" at our parish school. Can you email me your contact info? Our school is very unmotivated to change.


Anonymous said...

Leticia...any more on this? I can't find any other information. I am on the Board at our Catholic school and have been working to try and help bring more Catholic books to our kids via a book fair.