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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.

Keep scrolling for more information about our official Pinterest page and our Goodreads group where you can access themed book club party ideas and join in our discussions about the book we’re currently reading. We can’t wait to talk about our favorite stories with you!

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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!

As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds

Happy birthday to the Bee's Bookshelf! In August, we're reading As Brave As You.

 

Genie’s summer is full of surprises. The first is that he and his big brother, Ernie, are leaving Brooklyn for the very first time to spend the summer with their grandparents all the way in Virginia—in the country! The second surprise comes when Genie figures out that their grandfather is blind. Thunderstruck, Genie peppers Grandpop with questions about how he hides it so well (besides wearing way cool Ray-Bans). Genie thinks Grandpop must be the bravest guy he’s ever known, but he starts to notice that his grandfather never leaves the house—as in never.

 

Over the course of the summer, Genie begins to realize that bravery means something different to everyone, and that being brave doesn't mean you can't be afraid. 


About the Author


JASON REYNOLDS is an American author who writes novels and poetry for young adult and middle-grade audiences, including Ghost, a National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature. Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in neighboring Oxon Hill, Maryland, Reynolds found inspiration in rap to begin writing poetry at nine years old. He focused on poetry for approximately the next two decades, only reading a novel cover to cover for the first time at age 17. He hates boring books and is on a mission to not write them.

Subscriber Spotlight: Speller Paul Hamrick and His Brothers, Jasper and Alex

We believe great readers make great spellers, and two-time national finalist Paul Hamrick is a perfect example! Paul and his brothers, Jasper and Alex, have been book club subscribers since the beginning. Hear what they have to say about their favorite books from the Bee's Bookshelf and why reading is so important.

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