Sunday, October 26, 2014

Ring the Bell, Josiah Got his Library Card. It's Monday, What are You Reading? October 27, 2014

It's Monday! What are you Reading is a meme began by Sheila at Book Journeys as a way to share what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and what is in store for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading. I first learned about it from Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki of Unleashing Readers and have become a regular linked up blog. Thanks #PLN

My family celebrated a big event this week. My four year old grandson, Josiah signed up for his first library card. Of course we had to stop and take photographs and immediately send to everyone we knew. I was so disappointed in the librarian at the public library because she just shoved some papers to his mom and didn't make any fuss about it. If it had been me, I would have rang a bell and insisted everyone stop and clap for him. This, of course, is why I am a school librarian. We love to make a big deal out of our students reading successes and encourage them through their reading struggles.


Here are some of the books we check out and read and some that I bought to add to my library collection this week.

The Pigeon Wants a Puppy!The Pigeon Wants a Puppy! by Mo Willems
The Pigeon has decided he wants and must have a puppy so after much begging, pleading, and throwing a fit, he gets a puppy but it not quite what he expected.


I am Invited to a Party!I am Invited to a Party! by Mo Willems
Piggie is invited to a party and since Gerald knows parties he helps Piggie prepare for the best fancy, costume, pool party ever.






Traction Man Meets Turbo DogTraction Man Meets Turbo Dog by Mini Grey
Josiah picked this out but it wasn't a favorite of either of ours.





It's an Orange Aardvark!It's an Orange Aardvark! by Michael Hall
Five carpenter ants wonder and worry what is outside their tree stump. What if it is a long tongue ant eating aardvark? There is only one way to find out. Drill a little hole and take a look see.





Frozen: A Sister More Like MeFrozen: A Sister More Like Me by Barbara Jean Hicks
Pleasantly surprised by this title. I knew I needed a Frozen book in my library collection. There have been so many requests for one. Told in dual voice, the sisters share their admiration and affection with each other. I predict it will become the hottest check out in the library.


...and giving Frozen some serious competition in the check out line will be this adorable title.

Ninja Boy Goes to SchoolNinja Boy Goes to School by N.D. Wilson
Bright, colorful, and a favorite topic-ninjas. This book is sure to be a favorite among my students. 







Blue Moon (Dead City, #2)
Blue Moon by James Ponti
I bought Blue Moon, a sequel to a very popular Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee title-Dead City by James Ponti. I look forward to reading it this week and know it will be a hot check out.





Texas Librarian Naomi Bates posted a terrific list on her blog. Check it out: 
Great places to keep up with YA and Children's Books!

Happy Reading!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Book Fair Reads: It's Monday, What are You Reading, October 6, 2014

It's Monday! What are you Reading is a meme began by Sheila at Book Journeys as a way to share what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and what is in store for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading. I first learned about it from Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki of Unleashing Readers and have become a regular linked up blog. Thanks #PLN

The Scholastic Book Fair has arrived in my library and is off to a record beginning. I am usually such a worry wart about sales every year because the elementary/middle school where I serve as librarian is very small-less than 200 students. I also work with university students so I am able to host a very customized book fair featuring books from babies to young adults. This is so wonderful because I am able to request some very good books and goodies too. 
  
Once again Minecraft books and UV Spy Pens are my top sellers but getting very strong competition from the new iMarker set that looks exactly like an iPhone. All good bookfair organizers know that the fastest way to sell a book is to book talk or read it aloud. Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds flew off the shelves and sold out on day 1 along with Bugs in My Hair by David Shannon. 


Here are a few books that I have been reading aloud this week: 

Bugs in My Hair!Bugs in My Hair! by David Shannon
David Shannon introduces the subject of head lice in a humorous way that leaves us laughing and scratching our itchy heads while letting us know that we can get rid of the pesky critters without feeling embarrassed.


Llama Llama Trick or TreatLlama Llama Trick or Treat by Anna Dewdney
Short, simple rhyming board book featuring Llama Llama deciding what to be for Halloween. 




I also read some preschool books with a Halloween theme called Hoot, Little Green Monsters, and Trick or Treat. 
 

Creepy Carrots!Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds
I love this story as a library read aloud because of the predictability factor and its funny. I paired it with Muncha, Muncha, Muncha by Candice Fleming. This is the adoreable type of book that has you pretending creepy carrots are following you around.
 


I received this in my restock shipment. 
(The trick to a successful book fair is the Scholastic Restock team. I always phone in my orders and pick their brains for hot sellers, new releases, and books they like. I keep a long list on my desk of books I wish I could get and the Restock Team often makes my wishes come true!)
I am flying through it. I love reading about Four through a new perspective-his own. 




I am doing so much book talking this week that the books begin to blur together. There are so many books that I would like to stop and read but the customer flow has been non-stop. I suppose I will have to wait until pack up day to read the rest. 

Happy Reading! 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Dot Day 2014 a celebration of creativity. It's Monday What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR

It's Monday! What are you Reading is a meme began by Sheila at Book Journeys as a way to share what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and what is in store for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading. I first learned about it from Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki of Unleashing Readers and have become a regular linked up blog. Thanks #PLN
Dot Day Celebration

We started Dot Day a little early this year, in fact, we started two weeks before Dot Day. I read The Dot to all classes and collaborated with our new art teacher. One of my favorite parts about Dot Day this year was using The Dot Song.


Make Your Mark bookmarks: Download here

We also learned about the art of pointillism and obliteration art. A virtual trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art allowed us to take a "closer look" at the works of Georges Seurat and Paul Signac. The link shown above is a DOTS DOTS DOTS sing along.


A book of looking at art
through the eyes of children and Dots!




Spot the dog and a dot headed Ms. Murphy greet families to Open House night and invite them to create family dots. Thanks to Barnes and Noble for lending us Spot the dog for the evening.







Spot was the highlight of the evening. Families were excited to snap a candid photo of their children having a great time. Spot was quite the celebrity under a lightning storm of camera flashes.
I found several items that would work well for creating dot shapes.

 4, 5 and 6th graders worked together in groups to create these welcome dots to 
greet families to Open House night.
Kinder kiddos made these window art dots. Here are a few samples.
 

I collaborated with our art teacher and she focused on her lessons on ancient civilizations and cave paintings. These are samples of foil etchings her students created. She also let 2nd graders crawl under their desks to get a feel for cave art.

Upper grades created original art that they cut into quarters and exchanged with other grade levels. Don't they look great?



We didn't forget our old friend Bot. Our Boy + Bot book by Ame Dyckman has stayed checked out every since school started but we still wanted to "Give Bot the Chicken Pox" dots again. It gave me a good time to talk to kids about a time when children used to catch chicken pox and how today's children will not have to experience chicken pox.



Well, you might have guessed by now but I haven't done a great deal of reading this week other than Dot Day reading and a lot of research on education topics.

I look forward to setting aside some time for Young Adult fiction for an upcoming Twitter chat and for our first annual Teen Book Fest by the Bay. Yesh, it's tough to stay on top of emergent reading through Young Adult reading. I read all levels since I work with kids from age 3 to university students. I find all level books fascinating.










  





























Sunday, September 14, 2014

It's Monday, What are you reading? September 15, 2014

It's Monday! What are you Reading is a meme began by Sheila at Book Journeys as a way to share what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and what is in store for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading. I first learned about it from Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki of Unleashing Readers and have become a regular linked up blog. Thanks #PLN

We are really focusing on book care in our library lessons because I  am seeing some signs of book neglect just two weeks into book circulation. I really like using What Happened to Marion's Book because kids can relate to Marion's neglectful book care habits and can offer wise suggestions for how to better handle books while reading.





Prekinder three year old students have begun to settle down into a daily school routine and no longer spend half the day crying for mommies. They are learning how to share, take turns, and listen to their teachers. It was time to introduce No, David! by David Shannon. They laughed and laughed and especially laughed at naked butt David running down the street.






 In continuing our reading and creating of dots for Dot Day, I read Press Here by Herve Tullet and made a humungous  mistake by uttering the phrase "Viola! each time the dots changed. It was actually quite funny. Little 4 year olds would shout Viola for every little thing that happened and later in the school hallways when I would walk by "Viola!" I can just picture how they went home and tortured their parents over and over with Viola!

Another favorite book for Dot Day is Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes. The endpapers are similar to Press Here in that they are covered in dots. In the story, kitten notices a little bowl of milk up in the sky (the moon) and tried many attempts to get to that tasty looking milk. Finally after landing into a pond she sadly heads home sad and soaking wet to discover a bowl of milk on the porch waiting for her. It is so sweet.



14 Cows for America is one of my favorite books in our school library. I read it to library classes on Patriot Day/Sept. 11th day. Paired with glowing earth toned illustrations is a story of compassion and friendship between two countries brought together from the pain and sadness experienced on September 11, 2001.  (author Carmen Agra Deedy)

This was a 2010 Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee and here is my Bluebonnet Book Club lesson.  




I am still reading Rebel McKenzie by Candice Ranson for my Bluebonnet Book Club and so far I really like it. 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Wild about Back to School Books! It's Monday, What Are You Reading? August 25, 2014

 It's Monday! What are you Reading is a meme began by Sheila at Book Journeys as a way to share what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and what is in store for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading. I first learned about it from Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki of Unleashing Readers and have become a regular linked up blog. Thanks #PLN


Tomorrow the school bell will ring and the kiddos will flood the building again. Tears will flow. The first day of school is difficult for both parents and children. Tomorrow will be my youngest grandson's first day of preschool. He has been ready for two years-a born student! I predict the tears will be his mother's. She is a terrific mom. I only wish I could be his school librarian. I feel great knowing he is in the capable hands of a good librarian friend of mine.

We practiced school this week by reading these perfect first week of school books. I will be sharing these with my preschoolers this week too.








Mr. Bones is our library watch dog. He likes to help me out with library lessons and he enjoys sitting with Kinder and Pre-K students who are chosen by teachers as "librarian of the week'' He is WILD about books.











These are some books I will be reading to older students as part of library orientation.

 










 Learning to care for a library book and how to use your 
library manners are both important lessons to learn.


Learning about book care is easy using "What Happened to Marion's Book?" 
This is one of my favorite book care books because the children love Marion and can relate to Marion's many book mishaps. The teacher's guide includes band-aid bookmarks and Marion finger puppet templates. Mr. Bones shows the students all the poor damaged books that end up in the BOOK HOSPITAL. 













Once again, our school will be setting up book boxes outside of the classrooms for students to read while waiting for their teachers to open up classrooms. This has been a very successful idea mostly for the younger students. All you need is a box and some fun and interesting books and kids are hooked.


 Have the best reading week ever and happy first week of school to those starting this week.