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.


  1. I want to live in your school/library. Gosh, those kids are lucky!

    1. Thank you. We are a lucky lot. You should see my million dollar "banker's view" outside my library windows. I face out to the Corpus Christi Bay and we can watch dolphins swimming and watch shrimp boats and oil tankers coast by. Hot hot days but perfect weather daily. A bit windy.

  2. What an amazing space you have created! Such fun for the kids! Really elevates books and reading to a fun, well respected place. Enjoy your start up!

  3. What a great foundation you are setting for these kids. They are going to love reading and books because of the introduction that you give them.

    Happy reading this week! :)

  4. We start next week and I will be using some of the same books. Tomorrow I am pulling a bunch of back to school books for me and for teachers to use. It's definitely an exciting time of year.

  5. I love the book box idea! I wish more and more parents would do that - see your kids bored? Hand them a book, not electronics! I loved seeing what you're reading at the beginning of the year, gives me ideas!

  6. Love the book boxes (and also that train)! You Will Be My Friend seems like a great way to start conversations for the year.

  7. I love listening to the passion in your voice as you speak about being a librarian. I hope that in my next life, I will become a librarian. :) Great to see boxes of books here. I'm sure the kids under your care would blossom as readers this year. :)

  8. Great idea with the book box! I read You will be My Friend over the past week or so and enjoyed it :)


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