Scholastic.com announced February 2 the launch of Flashlight Readers, a Web site where, according to the company, kids can enter a virtual multimedia world of books. Young readers can join the virtual reading club by creating their own free membership cards, which gives them access to participate in moderated author chats, leave instant messages for other readers, explore the author's original manuscript pages and engage in interactive games that bring books to life.
Flashlight Readers, targeted to grades 3-5, will feature popular titles that kids love and teachers trust, according to the announcement. The online reading club launched this month with the best-selling book Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo, and will be followed by Louis Sachar's Holes in March, and Pam Munoz Ryan's Esperanza Rising in April.
Flashlight Readers also provides school-to-home learning opportunities with a comprehensive Teacher's Guide that offers lessons and activities to help teachers meet national standards, and a Parent's Guide with tips and advice on how to use the reading club at home.
Flashlight Readers at Scholastic.com features include:
· Interactive Games - Book-themed activities, such as a reading comprehension maze, encourage kids to use their imagination and help strengthen their knowledge of story elements.
· Flash Board - In this combination of "Instant Messenger" and "Magnetic Poetry," kids can create messages and post them immediately for other Flashlight Readers to see and respond to.
· Book Bulletin Board - To help create a community around the featured books, a Book Bulletin Board allows kids to communicate with other readers.
· Author Chat - Kids get a chance to interact with the author of the featured book in a moderated chat, as well as gain insight into the author's writing process through an online video slideshow.
· Book Specific Rewards - Each session features hidden surprises, such as a signed photograph of the author that club members collect in a virtual drawer as they move through the site.
To explore Flashlight Readers, kids, parents, and teachers can visit http://www.scholastic.com/flashlight/.
Source: Scholastic.com, http://www.scholastic.com