Sunday, September 9, 2018

September 9, 2018

It's an exciting week! We have gathered and trained our amazing library volunteers and this week we will be up and running for book check out! And great news: the teachers who have Monday and Wednesday library classes and I worked out a schedule this week to allow every child the opportunity to check out a book.

Audiobooks are not cheating. 
They are reading with your ears. 
Going on a road trip? Want a story the family can share? Have a child who is resistant to reading? Try audiobooks. With a public library card you can easily access audiobooks through Overdrive eZone. It's another way for your child to fall in love with reading. Here's an article that lists the benefits way better than I could. 

I love this line by Penny Kittle: "The difference between a reader and a non reader is a plan." I try hard to provide opportunities for our readers to make a reading plan by giving them time to explore new titles while creating a "TBR" (to be read) list and recommending titles through these weekly posts. Book series are a great way to ensure readers have a plan. When a person gets invested in the characters of a series, they explore new problems and circumstances with the comfort of characters they already know. This week's series spotlight is for our readers who enjoy action, adventure and humor!

The Genius Files series by Dan Gutman

Mission Unstoppable (Genius Files #1), (2011)

Goodreads summary link

Miss Lisa, the new head librarian of the children's department at Barrington Public Library, and I are teaming up to do a series of Adult and Child book clubs around the RI Children's Book Award nominees. I believe we are calling it "Rooster Readers."
How it works:
1. An adult family member and child sign up to take part in the discussion.
2. An adult family member and child secure a copy of the book title through the public library or through an avenue of their own.
3. An adult family member and child read the book in preparation of the meeting.
4. An adult family member accompanies their child to the first meeting from 6:30-7:30pm at the Barrington Public Library on Tuesday, October 2nd. 
The first book we are meeting to discuss is the graphic novel I am highlighting below.  If you are interested in taking part, please check the Barrington Public Library's website for details and to sign up.  (If you can't find the link just yet please give Miss Lisa a few days to get it up on the site). 

The Time Museum, (2017)
by Matthew Loux
Goodreads summary here

Okay, here's the news I've been bursting to tell you since last Spring...Graphic novelist Kazu Kibuishi will be coming in from California to the Book Festival on Saturday, October 13th. 
But wait! There's more!
Kazu Kibuishi will be coming to our school for an author visit on Thursday, October 11th! 
Our readers have been (not so) patiently waiting for the eighth Amulet book entitled Supernova to come out and they don't have long now. It will be out on September 25th. 

Supernova (Amulet #8), Coming Soon! September 25, 2018
by Kazu Kibuishi

Goodreads summary link

There is no book trailer for Supernova yet, but I thought you'd like get a feel for Kazu's studio.

This new nonfiction book by Jess Keating is part of the batch of books I'm ordering in the next month or so. In the meantime, animal fans can read Pink is for Blobfish, What Makes a Monster?, and Shark Lady by this dynamic zoologist turned author.  If she sounds interesting to you too, check out her website.

Cute as an Axolotl: Discovering the World's Most Adorable Animals (The World of Weird Animals) , (2018)
 by Jess Keating 

Kirkus Review link

This week fifth grader Ben has created a book trailer using PowToon. He has done an outstanding job and serves as a good model for others. I sent an email to parents last week explaining my book trailer criteria as well as five different ways students can create book trailers. Please share that criteria sheet with your children because I'd love to get students recommending to other students each week.

One Dead Spy (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales #1), (2012)
by Nathan Hale

Goodreads summary link

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