The Bee's Bookshelf
Welcome to the Bee’s Bookshelf! The official book club of the Scripps National Spelling Bee is a place to explore the connection between stories and spelling and to celebrate your favorite books with friends. Each month we’ll read and talk about a new book together, so make sure you sign up to receive our monthly emails so you’ll always know which book we’ll be diving into next.
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Great readers make great spellers.
We truly believe in the power of words and reading and wanted to create a space where some of the best spellers (and their friends and family members) could get together to talk about their favorite stories. Thus, the Bee’s Bookshelf was born.
To start off the new year, we're challenging you to read all 12 of our Bee's Bookshelf selections for 2018. Download the 2018 Reading Challenge checklist to keep track of each month's book club pick!
Trees can't tell jokes, but they can certainly tell stories. . . The Bee's Bookshelf selection for July is Wishtree by Katherine Applegate.
Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood "wishtree"―people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red's branches. Along with a crow named Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red's hollows, this wishtree watches over the neighborhood. You might say Red has seen it all. . .
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What are some of Katherine Applegate's favorites words? And how can you make your own Wishtree? Watch our exclusive video from the author to find out!Watch the video on YouTube
Words from the Bee's Bookshelf
"I think that a lot of authors are influenced by the place in which they live, and I live in Galway, in the west of Ireland, on the outskirts of Connemara."
- Patricia Forde, author of The List
Every story is an adventure.
"Some words are cheap and heaped everywhere—words like good or bad, happy or sad. These are perfectly serviceable words, though a bit dull. If I want to find treasure, I know I must go deeper."
-Heidi Schulz, author of Hook's Revenge