Book Talk Tuesday! 1.19.16

It’s Book Talk Tuesday!
We hope you are enjoying participating the Read With the Gamecocks program and Roary’s Reading Resolution! Are you having a hard time finding good books to read? Why not check out a South Carolina Picture Book Award Nominee or a South Carolina Children’s Book Award Nominee? These books are selected each year by students, parents, teachers, and librarians. At the end of February, we will vote for our favorite and in March, we will find out which books were voted THE BEST by the students of South Carolina! We keep these books under the television in the Learning Commons – check one out today! http://www.scasl.net/book-awards

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Book Talk Tuesday! 1.12.16

It’s Book Talk Tuesday!
Last weereadwithgamecocksk, I talked about Roary’s Reading Resolution! It officially started YESTERDAY – thank you to everyone who pledged that they would participate in our Reading Challenge! Don’t forget to read EVERYDAY with your family! Yesterday was also the first day of the Read with the Gamecocks program! Write down the number of pages you read between January 11 – January 22, return your reading log by January 25 and you will earn tickets to a men’s basketball game and a women’s basketball game! Have fun and keep reading!

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#imwayr It’s Monday! What are you reading?! 1.11.16

What Are You Reading? was first hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys. If you’d rather follow folks who are reading books for grown ups, you should follow her Monday meme. I am  participating in the kidlit version of this meme (although sometimes I actually read books for grown ups).

In print: Reading Goodbye Stranger by Stead. Almost finished and I love it.

Listening to: Dumplin’ by Murphy. Loving this one too! What a strong, wonderful main character. Makes me want to listen to some Dolly Parton…

SO EXCITED that the ALA Youth Media Awards are going to be announced today! Watching LIVE – are you???

What are you reading?

VBF

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Let’s catch up!

No, I didn’t get lost and Yes, I am still working! I just took an unexpected Blogcation…but, I’m back! I THINK I’m up to date on my Monday (It’s Monday! What are you reading?!) and Tuesday (Book Talk Tuesday) posts…going to try to get back in the grove of my lesson posts…

Last time I wrote (in 2015!), we were working on Global Cardboard Challenge and Star Wars READS Day. Both events were a success! We have also had our Fall Book Fair, which was fantastic.

After those big events, we helped 5th graders with inventor projects. They researched an inventor, found a picture of that inventor and then recorded their information using the FaceTalker app. Almost immediately after that, they moved into country research and the library was transformed to Ellis Island for our annual reenactment.

Kindergarten students and 1st graders wrapped up their participation in the Global Read Aloud (which focused on books by Amy Krouse Rosenthal…one of my favs!). Before the holidays, we read gingerbread stories and holiday stories to these grade levels. Kindergarten students went on their Gingerbread Man QR code scavenger hunt…never found him! But, he left us cookies!

1st graders had a moon lesson using the “Moon in my Room.” This year, in addition to the recording that you can download when you have a moon in your room, I read aloud a non-fiction moon book. Great lesson and so fun to hear the 1st graders “ohh” and “ahh” over the moon changing shape.

MakerSpace Moments focused on sewing in November and December. We sewed easy burlap pillows with plastic kid-friendly needles.

Lion Cub Story Time in December was a gingerbread theme. We read gingerbread man stories and decorated a bookmark for our craft. Snack was (of course) gingerbread cookies!

Now it is a NEW YEAR and we have a lot of exciting things planned. I sent out the January Newsletter yesterday (our first day back to school) and we are moving right along in this new year! I promise to get back into my weekly updates.

Baby update – she’s crawling, eating more solids, drinking out of a sippy cup and can use a straw! We expect that she will be moving away to college in a minute. This parenting thing is no joke!

I hope you all had a WONDERFUL holiday and that your NEW YEAR is all you want it to be! Thanks for sticking with me!

VBF

 

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Book Talk Tuesday!

It’s Book Talk Tuesday! It is a NEW YEAR and with a New Year comes New Year’s Resolutions! Make a READING resolution and pledge to participate in our Roary’s Reading Resolution Challenge! Studentsroarysreadingresolution will be taking home a pledge sheet this week. Challenge yourself to read aloud with your family for 101 nights! The challenge will run from January 11 – May 13. There will be prizes each month and hopefully, you will form a habit of reading everyday! Happy NEW YEAR!

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Book Talk Tuesday(s) – let’s catch up!

FRIENDS!

I have been doing Book Talk Tuesday at school on the announcements and posting to Facebook and Twitter, but my poor blog has been neglected! For Christmas, I am updating. That is my gift to you ;)

Here are the Book Talks you’ve missed!

December 15 – Lots of folks watch Polar Express around this time of year! Did you know that it is based on a book by Chris Van Allsburg? Chris Van Allsburg has written and illustrated lots of books…we have many of them in our Learning Commons. If you like Polar Express you will probably like other books by this author. You can find his books in the Everybody Fiction section in V!

December 8 – It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas, Hanukkah, and other celebrations are happening over the next month! Read all about these special days! We have lots of holiday books on display in the Learning Commons…you will find them on the tops of the shelves and on display at the entrance. You can also visit the 394 area in the NF section! Happy Holidays!

December 1 – We have some NEW BOOKS in our library! There is a display located by the television and near the magazines! We have lots of new books, including new snake books, books about golf and hunting, and books in the Whatever After series! Check one out today! If you ever know of a book that we need in our library, let Mrs. Byrd Fort know and I will try to order it! Happy reading!

November 24 – Missed this week somehow…I think it had something to do with science books and STEM

November 17 – This week, we want to highlight our BOOK FAIR! There are LOTS of great books available at this year’s Book Fair! We are open 7:20am – 3pm every day except Friday! On Friday, we will close at 2pm. Buy books for yourself and from your teacher’s classroom wish list! We are also taking donations for the South Carolina State Library Foundation to purchase books for libraries that were damaged during the floods. Be sure to visit the Book Fair this week! Happy reading!

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#imwayr It’s Monday! What are you reading?! CATCH UP! 12.21.15

What Are You Reading? was first hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys. If you’d rather follow folks who are reading books for grown ups, you should follow her Monday meme. I am  participating in the kidlit version of this meme (although sometimes I actually read books for grown ups).

Oh, Goodness! I have fallen down on my blogging job! Now that the holidays are here and things are settling down a little – here’s an update! I promise I have been reading!

In print: Finished reading The Marvels by Selznick and Naptime is the New Happy Hour by Wilder-Taylor. During the past month, I have enjoyed the Babysitter’s Club Graphic Novel by Raina Telgemeier. I LOVED this series so much as a kid. I just ordered the “old school” ones for my school library and am currently enjoying The Baby Sitter’s Club #1: Kirsty’s Great Idea by Ann M. Martin.  So refreshing to read something that does not mention texting, social media, or emails – I gotta say. I am also currently reading Roller Girl by Jamieson. 

Listening to: I LOVED The Circle by Dave Eggers.  After The Circle, I listened to YOU by Kepnes. Oh my. This book had me blushing the entire time, but was SO GOOD. If you like Stephen King, I think you’ll like this one! I’m almost finished with Everything, Everything by Yoon. Really enjoying that one. About to start Bringing Up Bebe by Druckerman.

Reading to Baby: I read to my little every single day. Right now, we are doing this wonderful idea for Christmas called #25BooksofChristmas. Basically, a book advent calendar counting down the days to Christmas. I’m sure you’ve seen it on Pinterest. LOVING IT! Most of our books are board books, of course. Cannot wait to continue this tradition year after year! I share a picture each day on my personal Instagram and FB.

What are you reading?

VBF

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