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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!

Wishtree

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. . .


About the Author


KATHERINE APPLEGATE is an American young adult and children's fiction writer, best known as the author of the Animorphs, Remnants and Everworld book series. She won the 2013 Newbery Medal for her 2012 children's novel The One and Only Ivan. Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Applegate has since lived in Texas, Florida, California, Minnesota, Illinois, North Carolina and Pelago, Italy. She currently lives in northern California with her husband, two children and three pets.

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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!

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