Book Talk Tuesday! 8.1.15

It’s Book Talk Tuesday! 

This week’s book talk is a suggestion from a student! Christmas in Camelot is part of the Magic Treehouse series by Mary Pope Osborne – it is a little longer and more complex than the Magic Treehouse stories you are used to – making it an excellent choice for older readers. Jack and Annie travel back in time on christmas day to help King Arthur, Queen Guinevere and the Knights of the Round Table keep the magic and spirit of Camelot alive. If you enjoy learning about history with a little bit of magic thrown in, you will want to read this book. Don’t forget to check out other books in the Magic Treehouse series as well! They are located in the fiction section of the library. Thank you, Lily S. for the suggestion! 

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#imwayr It’s Monday! What are you reading?! 8.31.15

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).

In print: Just started Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight.

Listening to: Just started Baby Knows Best by Solomon. I like books about babies.

What are you reading?

VBF

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Book Talk Tuesday!

I went to the Scholastic Reading Summit this summer. The folks from Scholastic said that they start every meeting with a book talk. This started me thinking…I want to encourage my students to read and I want a way to share great books (this is what I do every day, after all), but I wanted some way to just quickly spotlight a book or author without having to repeat myself 25 + times a week. So, I came up with Book Talk Tuesday. Each Tuesday, I am going to tell our students and faculty about a book, author, or series on the morning announcements. Something very quick and to the point, but that perhaps will introduce them to a new book. I made a quick display of the books I talked about today and my hope is that kids will ask for them and check them out. I plan to write a “script” each week because I’m not so great at improv on the announcements. I’ll share my Book Talk script on my blog and on Facebook each week. Here’s my first one (if you know me or are a reader of this blog, you probably won’t be very surprised to find out I focused on MO WILLEMS!)

It’s Book Talk Tuesday! Every Tuesday I will tell you about a great book, author, or series that you can check out from our Learning Commons! Today, I would like to tell you about Mo Willems. Mo Willems is the author of the very funny Pigeon books (Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, The Pigeon wants a Puppy, and others). If you like funny books, you will want to meet all of Mo’s characters – Elephant and Piggie, Edwina, and more! These books are in the Everybody Fiction section of the library! Check one out today!

I hope your week is off to a great start!

VBF

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#imwayr It’s Monday! What are you reading?! 8.24.15

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).

In print: Still reading Baby Led Weaning by Rapley.

Listening to: Finished Heartburn by Ephron. It was good, but what I really loved about it was listening to Meryl Streep as the reader. I’m not sure I would have finished the print version of the book, but it is so good as an audiobook. I’m now listening to The Good Girl by Kubica. A “if you like Gone Girl” story (I seem to be stuck in that genre right now). It’s good and mysterious…

What are you reading?

VBF

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2015 – 2016 Week 1!

It is official! We are back to school! And my Maternity Leave/Extended Summer is OVER  :( HOWEVER, I am so happy to see my school friends again (both the big and little ones). And…I shouldn’t be TOO sad…I still get plenty of baby time too!

We have just completed our first week back with students. The week before was just teachers. This year, I am doing something a little different – I am working part time. I will be at work in the mornings and another librarian will be at my school in the afternoons. I am so thankful that my principal (former principal, I should say – we have a new principal!) was able to arrange this for me. It has been exciting at my school on the admin end – my principal got a promotion and is now working at our district office. Our new principal has been our Assistant Principal since we opened, so she is familiar and wonderful. Everyone is happy, happy, happy!

Since I am working part time, I will not see the 5th grade technology class that I have written about in the past. I will do lots (hopefully) of collaboration with 5th grade (and everyone else), so I’ll still work with them, but I won’t have those technology lessons to share with you. I will see Kindergarten – not as part of Related Arts, but for 30 minutes once a week to share good books and set the library love foundation.

This week, just about everyone came to the library to check out books. I have not seen my Kindergarten friends yet – they will come next week. Everyone who came to the library this week got our usual back to school/introduction lesson. I just did a quick review and told them about my new schedule, since we only have 1 or 2 (if that) new students per class. Normally, I spend more time talking about where things are, but I felt like this year they just didn’t need that, so we got right down to the business of checking out books and I think everyone liked that – teachers were able to get back to their instruction in the classroom, kids didn’t have to listen to me say the same thing as last year (and the year before that and the year before that) and they got to the books quicker. THAT’S whats important, after all!

I sent out my August newsletter.

We celebrated summer readers this week by giving anyone who showed us their reading medal or reading log a bookmark (suntan lotion scented, of course) and allowed them to write their name on one of our windows (totally borrowed that idea from Auntie Librarian – thanks, Jennifer!)

There is a new program/app on our student iPads this year (Airwatch – any readers use that?) and it is throwing us for a loop. My assistant and the TIS has spent a lot of time trying to figure that out. We hope to be able to get the iPads in use soon.

I think that about wraps up this week’s fun – how was your week?
VBF

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#imwayr It’s Monday! What are you reading?! 8.17.15

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).

In print:  I just finished Sunny Side Up by Jennifer and Matthew Holm. SO GOOD. I loved it for many reasons, but one reason was that it takes place in 1976 and that is the year I was born. That was kind of cool for me. I just started Baby Led Weaning by Rapley. The babe will be ready for solids VERY SOON! I am planning to do a combo of regular homemade “baby food” (using this book for that) and BLW. I’m excited!

Listening to: Heartburn by Ephron. I just started this yesterday and I think I am going to enjoy it…I KNOW that I will love listening to Meryl Strep as the reader!

What are you reading?

VBF

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#pb10for10

It is August 10…do you know what that means? It is time for Picture Book 10 for 10 (#pb10for10)! Each year, Picture Book 10 for 10 is hosted by Cathy Mere and Mandy Robek…it’s basically a bunch of educators sharing their top 10 picture books…what a great way to kick off a new school year and discover new books to share with your students! You can get full details by reading this blog post by Cathy.  You can theme your list, but you don’t have to…I’m going to share 10 picture books I read while on maternity leave :)

Here are my MATERNITY LEAVE TOP 10 PICTURE BOOKS (in no special order)

  1. Wild About Us! By Karen Beaumont; illustrated by Janet Stevens A great one for talking about how everyone is different and that’s a good thing!
  2. A Fine Dessert by Emily Jenkins & Sophie Blackall Follows one dessert through four centuries. Would lead to interesting conversations comparing how things are done differently each century to create the same dessert.
  3. Vegetables in Underwear by Jared Chapman This one cracked me up. The illustrations are very funny…obviously! Does it get funnier than vegetables in underwear?!
  4. Naptime with Theo & Beau by Jessica Shyba This probably isn’t one you’d put in your classroom library, but it’s perfect for the home library! Especially if you are like me and have furbabies and a human baby. It’s SO CUTE! A baby napping with a puppy? Please!
  5. Please, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony I love the illustrations in this book and donuts are yummy.
  6. Wish by Matthew Cordell This book is darn near perfect for new parents. It really spoke to me because it is about how you wait and wish for a new family member and sometimes it is really hard to make it happen and then, if you are patient, they show up and it is perfect. Lovely.
  7. You are (Not) Small by Anna Kang; illustrated by Christopher Weyant Reminded me of Elephant & Piggie. A great book for early readers. Illustrations are cute too.
  8. A Perfectly Messed-Up Story by Patrick McDonnell I love McDonnell’s illustrations. This is a good one for those lessons about taking care of library books…
  9. Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson and Sydney Smith Wordless. Beautiful. About paying attention to the world around you.
  10. Ice Cream Summer by Peter Sis Beautiful illustrations. Combines facts about ice cream with a story. Great summertime read!

So, those are my favorites from the pictures books I read during my maternity leave/extended summer! How about you? What 10 picture books have YOU enjoyed?

VBF

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