Running a Book Club


  • Why run Book Clubs?

    Make reading fun with Book Clubs!
    Did you know, 91% of kids are more likely to finish books that they choose themselves? The Book Club catalogues provide quality, age-appropriate selections from which children can choose their own books.

    You can always trust a Scholastic selection.
    Chosen by experts, the books cover a wide variety of formats, genres and themes. They include classics, award winners, recently released titles and books related to other popular children's media such as movies and television shows. Children improve their reading skills BY READING, so providing quality books they will WANT to read is a priority.

  • Who can run Scholastic Book Clubs?

    Scholastic Book Clubs are exclusively school-based and offer teachers and parents an easy way to purchase the best children's books at low prices. They are only available through classroom, day-care and home-school teachers.

  • How do I become a Scholastic Book Club customer?

    Teachers, please call our Customer Contact team toll-free at 1800 021 233 to receive your account number and additional information about Book Clubs.

  • How many Book Club booklets should I order for my students?

    Scholastic Book Club booklets each contain 8 student catalogues nested together. If you have a composite class with different abilities you can order a booklet from two different year levels.

  • What other professional resources can I access through Book Club?

    Each issue you will receive a copy of TBS (Teacher's Bookshelf), giving you practical, up-to-date classroom resources at discount prices. Materials are often grouped under special or seasonal themes to assist your planning of particular topics.

    You can also earn and spend Scholastic Rewards with every purchase from the School Essentials catalogue, a one-stop shop featuring thousands of exciting products to cover all your classroom needs, including literacy resources, teacher reference, classroom electronics, playground equipment and much more.

  • How do I run a Book Club?

    It's easy! Eight times a year you'll receive your Book Club ordering materials. If not, call 1800 021 233 to request the age-appropriate catalogues for your class.

    1. Distribute Club catalogues to your students
    Hint: Nothing boosts reading excitement like another reader’s enthusiasm! Go over the student catalogues with your students, highlighting your favourite choices. Ask students which books they have read, which books they would like to read and which books they would recommend to others.

    Don’t forget to set a date for collecting orders (most teachers allow a week)
    Hint: Ask students to write their name and date due on the order form right away. This will help them keep track of it and ensure that their name isn't missing when the order is handed in to you. Keep the date on the board or classroom calendar and remind students when Book Club orders are due.

    2. Place your order online at bookclubs.scholastic.com.au or by phone by calling 1800 021 233.
    Hint: Don’t forget to keep the student slips. Then, when your order arrives, match books to student orders and distribute.

  • How can I increase classroom participation?

    Here are some ways other teachers have increased classroom participation in Book Clubs:

    • Kids love looking at the catalogues when they arrive. Have them point out books that especially interest them.
    • Allow students who are familiar with a particular book or author to share their enthusiasm.
    • Point out one or two books to each student that you know they would love to read.
    • Go online to check out press and student reviews of books.
    • Remind students to bring in their order forms!

  • How do I get parents involved?

    Parent involvement is key to the success of your Book Club. You may want to send a letter home with the first Book Club catalogue encouraging them to participate. Let parents know how important a home filled with books is for creating a lifelong reader. Be clear about how ordering from Book Clubs benefits their children (great books at low prices) and the school ( free resources through Scholastic Rewards).

    Send Home an introductory letter explaining the Club
    Click here for a reproducible introductory letter to send home at the beginning of the year.

    Attach a letter to the Book Club Catalogue
    Send a letter home with each new offer reminding parents of the due date, payment options, special things to look for on the offer and your recommendations. Click here for a reproducible reminder letter.

    Encourage parents to start a reading club with other families based on Book Club selections.

  • I am home-schooling my children. Can I run a Scholastic Book Club?

    Yes! School market restrictions apply to many of the books we offer. This means that we cannot accept orders from home addresses except from a legal home school (which qualifies as a school market).

    We will require a signed letter of verification stating that you are home-schooling your children.
    Please remember to include the number of children and their ages. Kindly forward the letter to:

    Customer Contact
    Scholastic Australia
    PO Box 579,
    GOSFORD, NSW 2250,

    Placing Book Club Orders


  • How do I place a Book Club order?

    You can place a Book Club order online or by mail, fax or phone! Your books should arrive within weeks. Many teachers hand out the next Book Club catalogues as soon as the book shipment arrives—when interest in reading is at its peak.

    Online
    Place your order online by going to bookclubs.scholastic.com.au.

    By Phone
    Call toll-free on 1800 021 233
    Hours are:
    Monday to Friday
    8:30am - 5:30pm EST

    By Mail
    To place an order by mail, send your order and cheques payable to Scholastic Australia to:
    Book Club
    Scholastic Australia
    PO Box 579,
    GOSFORD, NSW 2250

    By Fax
    Fax your orders to 1800 789 948

  • Can I place a second order, or an order after the return-by date?

    Additional orders for the current and previous issue of Book Club can be placed after your first order has been sent to Scholastic. Follow the same ordering procedure as for a normal order. If at any stage you find that you no longer have a set of order forms for an issue of Book Club your order can be placed on a blank sheet of paper—but remember to include your Name and Customer Code, and then for each line:

    • Book Club, Issue Number, Item Number
    • Item Description
    • Quantity Required.

  • Do you charge shipping and handling fees?

    We do not charge shipping and handling fees on Book Club orders delivered to the school.

  • What if a parcel is missing from my delivery?

    Occasionally, not all cartons are delivered at the same time. If you are short, one or more cartons contact your local post office in the first instance. Australia Post will usually advise you by return call after they have checked the warehouse or the delivery driver returns from his deliveries—often in these cases the missing carton is still on the delivery truck. Australia Post will gladly arrange redelivery of this carton to the school. Call Customer Contact on 1800 021 233 if further problems arise or, Australia Post cannot locate your carton.

  • What if an ordered book becomes unavailable?

    If replenishment stock is scheduled to reach Scholastic, the item will be placed on back order. You will be informed of such a situation on the Tax Invoice. If we are unable to supply a title, a Credit Voucher is sent in lieu of the product PLUS a specially selected FREE consolation book.

    Scholastic Rewards


  • What are Scholastic Rewards for the classroom and how can I earn them?

    Scholastic Rewards make it easy for you to earn FREE books and educational items for your classroom.

    From Issue 1, 2013, every classroom Book Club order will earn a flat 20% in Scholastic Rewards. The Scholastic Rewards you earn with each order are automatically added to your account. You can check your reward balance in MyScholastic, or by calling Customer Contact on 1800 021 233.

    You can use Scholastic Rewards on product from any Scholastic Book Clubs, School Essentials catalogue, and Education Essentials catalogue. Use them in the next Book Club offer or save them over the year. Scholastic Rewards are valid for 12 months from date of issue.

  • How else can my school earn Scholastic Rewards?

    School Essentials and Education Essentials catalogues
    Every purchase from the above catalogues also earns Scholastic Rewards. These are credited to your account in the same way as when you order from Book Clubs.

    Scholastic Book Fairs
    Not only is a Book Fair a fantastic literacy event, but also a percentage of your Book Fair proceeds goes towards earning Scholastic Rewards for your school or kindergarten.

    Scholastic Online Store
    Ask parents to nominate your school to receive Scholastic Rewards with every purchase at the Scholastic Online Store.

  • How do I spend my Scholastic Rewards?

    You can spend your Scholastic Rewards on fabulous resources from any Scholastic Book Clubs, School Essentials or Education Essentials catalogues! To browse the product range and order online, go to www.scholastic.com.au/schoolessentials.

  • Do Scholastic Rewards expire?

    Scholastic Rewards expire 12 months after the date they are issued.

    The Scholastic Guarantee


  • What is the Scholastic 100% Satisfaction Guarantee?

    If you or your students are not completely satisfied with any Book Club item, simply return it within 30 days for credit or refund—no questions asked.

  • What about returns and refunds?

    A return or refund might be a solution if:
    • A consignment is damaged in transit
    • A book is misbound or otherwise faulty
    • A purchase turns out to be unsuitable
    • A student receives the wrong book.

    Help us find the source of the error by comparing the student order form with your order form and the Book Club Tax Invoice before you call. We will gladly process either a refund or a replacement, as required.

    Simply return the product with a note of explanation to:

    Scholastic Australia
    Reply Paid 579,
    GOSFORD, NSW 2250


    Kindly include your name, account number and address, and indicate whether you wish to exchange the item or receive a credit or a refund. Please indicate the name to which the credit/refund is to be issued. A Refund/Replacement form is available for download.

  • What are Credit Vouchers?

    Credit Vouchers are coupons given to customers when:
    o An item is out-of-stock, or an item is missing from a package
    o A customer is not satisfied with a product
    o An item is returned for credit.

  • Do you accept credit-card payments?

    Yes. Teachers (and parents) may pay using MasterCard and Visa. The minimum transaction is $1.00.

    Parent's Guide to Scholastic Book Clubs


  • What is a Scholastic Book Club?

    Simply put, a Scholastic Book Club is the easiest, most reliable way to get your child excited about reading! There is a Book Club for every grade level from preschool through to junior high. In each Club is exclusively school-based, and is run by a classroom teacher or volunteer. In each issue in the Scholastic Book Club student catalogue, your child will find a terrific selection of new and noteworthy fiction, classics, award-winning titles, perennial favourites, reference and sports books and more.
    Book Clubs offer a convenient way to purchase the best books at huge discounts. Prices are as low as $1.00. Plus, if you're ever dissatisfied with an item, it may be returned for a full refund, no questions asked
    By participating in Scholastic Book Clubs, your child's teacher can earn FREE teaching materials and resources for their classroom. Every order you or your child places earns bonus coupons, to be used to purchase items for your school.

  • How Does a Scholastic Book Club Work?

    1. Twice each term, teachers distribute the Book Club catalogues to their students.
    2. Students take the flyers home to select books, software or other items with their parents.
    3. Students return order forms and payments to the school. You can make one payment to Scholastic Australia Pty Limited, no matter how many of our Book Clubs you choose to order from.
    4. Teachers place the classroom order with Scholastic Australia.
    5. Within three weeks, the box of books arrives in your child's classroom. The day that the books arrive is one of the most exciting for students and teachers!

    When your child gets to choose their very own books, reading becomes a joy and an adventure. That excitement can carry over into a lifelong love of reading. Also, the earlier students become independent readers, the more likely they are to succeed in school.

  • How does Scholastic choose which products to offer in the Book Clubs?

    Our team of experts review literally thousands of books published for children every year and selects high-quality, age-appropriate titles for each Book Club.

  • How can I get involved in Scholastic Book Clubs?

    Scholastic Book Clubs run exclusively through the school. Many parents get involved by helping their child's teacher run the Book Club each month. Contact your school to find out more!
    Scholastic Australia is your partner in helping your child fall in love with books and become a great reader. That's why we're here. Happy Reading!