Monday, September 30, 2013

Book Fair Prep and Brinner #IMWAYR 9/30/2013

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 at Teach Mentor Texts. 

This week, I am breaking out the old Scholastic "What are you Reading? button as I prepare for book fair kick off this week. I have been viewing the book fair videos with kids and reading a few of the books that might be included in the fair. I haven't had a chance to open a single box from the shipment yet because of my hectic work schedule. 

Charlie the Ranch Dog by Ree Drummond
Our old friend, Charlie the Ranch Dog is back with "Where's the Bacon"
We all love Charlie and the kids recognized Ree Drummond as a person their moms liked to watch on TV. Me too. Remind me to order some of her Pioneer Woman cookbooks for the book fair. They are hot sellers!

Another old friend is Bear from the series by Karma Wilson.
I could teach a whole year of lessons just using her Bear books. They are so useful in teaching many different topics. Seasons, friendship lessons, hygiene, good health, and so much more.

Anyone want a new Wimpy Kid book? YESSSS!

We will be taking pre-orders for the newest Wimpy Kid book # 8 during book fair. Such excitement rolls through the school when these books arrive. Maybe I should plan a special Wimpy Kid Read In on the day they arrive.
I have one of those uber cool Greg Heffley stand up cardboard thingies in my library.

Cartoonists Team Up to help rebuild libraries!

Jeff Kinney (Wimpy Kid), Dav Pilkey (Captain Underpants), Lincoln Peirce (Big Nate) 
and Stephan Pastis (Timothy Failure)

Drawn Together: Cartoonist Benefit Moore Oklahoma School Libraries is a fundraising event where four author/cartoonists come together for the first time ever to raise funds for the Moore, OK school libraries. All of the funds raised during this 2-day fundraiser will be used to help rebuild the school libraries that were hit by the tornadoes on May 20th, 2013.

The special event is over but you can still purchase a T-shirt for Drawn Together. HERE
They have set their goal at 250 shirts, so far 58 have been sold.

MY Professional Development Reading:

On the advice of a my librarian friend who is working on her doctorate, I have started reading Readicide by Kelly Gallagher. Based on what I have read so far, I agree. Last year I witnessed exactly how the death of reading can happen very easily in a classroom. Students were not allowed to check out certain books from the library that were of high interest to them-graphic novels, I Spy, joke books, military history, world records and trivia books. These books were not deemed to be true "reading". I say "Baloney!" I love to read the same types of books and I do think deeply about what I am reading, learning, and sharing with others as I read. Most of these books involve social reading experiences. You don't read a joke book alone. You go out and share the jokes you have read with your friends. I Spy books are more fun when you can read them together searching for hidden items with a friend.

My favorite experience in my library last week was when a student begged me to let him read a book from my "to be cataloged" shelf. It was DK's Arms & Armor. Within minutes six boys were huddled around it reading and excitedly talking about what they were reading. This is the best type of reading-learning and sharing together. I understand it doesn't fit the definition of deep reading but this type of reading does have a deep impact on young readers and leads them into new topics for exploring and learning.

Readicide from Stenhouse Publishing

Read-i-cide n: The systematic killing of the love of reading, often exacerbated by the inane, mind-numbing practices found in schools.

Reading is dying in our schools. Educators are familiar with many of the factors that have contributed to the decline — poverty, second-language issues, and the ever-expanding choices of electronic entertainment. In this provocative new book, Kelly Gallagher suggests, however, that it is time to recognize a new and significant contributor to the death of reading: our schools. - See more at:

VIsit Kelly Gallagher's website to learn more about Readicide.

There goes the timer!

I am writing this the night before so I have to stop and go cook dinner, or in this case BRINNER! (Breakfast for Dinner) We love it. Brinner brings back great family memories spent watching The Wonderful World of Disney and eating waffles for dinner. Good times. Good Times.

...and because I am a librarian, I am compelled to provide Brinner resources:

The Kitchn: (yes, that's how they spelled kitchen) 10 Ways to Eat Brinner

Best Ever Pecan Waffles with Bacon
Image and recipe from: Small Kitchen Chronicles

Happy Reading Ya'll


  1. Hi there Julee. I've just read Readicide as well this week as I am offering a new course on the use of multicultural children's literature to promote socio emotional learning for our masters/phd students - and I thought I'd touch on teachers as readers and how reading can also be cultivated in the classroom. It's a fairly easy and manageable read and it's chock-full of helpful information. My eleven year old can't contain her excitement for the new wimpy kid book. :)

    1. I am glad to hear that you and your students are exploring teachers as readers. I am fortunate that I have a good relationship with our Teacher's Edu instructors. I keep an open door policy in my elem/MS library and encourage our university students to browse and read to their heart's content. Some even help out with Read Alouds.

  2. Julee, thanks for introducing me to Readicide--will definitely check that one out. Good luck with your book fair--they're so fun and so exhausting at the same time! :-)

    1. Ex-haus-ted! I dragged those heavy rolling carts all over the library today. Scholastic is packing those boxes too heavy and to the top. I have to drag them off the top of a cart and THUD down on a table. Good thing the contents are not glass.

  3. Elizabeth from Children's Book Bin - Kids can never get too much of "Bear Wants More." I placed "Charlie the Ranch Dog" on hold for my 5-year-old. Thanks!

  4. Readicide is excellent! I am thinking about requiring it next semester in my Adolescent Lit class for preservice teachers. I do not understand anything about the way reading is taught in school. We try to control kids' reading in so many different ways, and what we end up doing is alienating kids from books and giving them a false sense of what it means to be a reader.

    1. Very well stated. I agree entirely. I try to promote my library as an area of free choice reading and a chance to explore genres, topics, and what ever moves a person. Our teachers do a good job of guiding students to delve deeply into literature. I just want to do a good job of opening up a wonderful world for students.

  5. I loved READICIDE. Such an enlightening read.

  6. I am finding a good deal of value in the material.

  7. It's true that you can take the librarian out of the library but you can't take the librarian out of the person. Keep rocking and enjoy many brinners!


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