Saturday, February 2, 2019

February 2, 2019

HMS Online Read-A-Thon
February 1 - March 3
Your child should have a packet with details sent home via backpack on Friday. 

Let's Read for Good!
HMS has set a goal of reading 400,000 minutes and I know we can do it! We read both in school and out of school each day. Let's use those minutes to help fund field trips, etc for the students of HMS.
If we have roughly 550 students in our building we can reach this goal if every student reads for
  24 minutes a day.  

The reason I know this is an attainable goal is because so far this school year 
the voracious readers of HMS have:
  • checked out 14,150 books
  • placed holds on 711 books (this # does not accurately reflect the amount of holds)
  • received 740 books placed on hold from other school libraries (proving the hold count is not accurate in the catalog reports)

I really like that this Read-A-Thon encourages a stronger reading community. Readers are able to get recommendations from others and the adults are able to encourage readers with questions and comments about their reading in this online forum.  It is a lot of fun, and I hope you will all join!

You Are Invited!
HMS Family Book Club
Friday, March 1 from 7:45 to 8:30am

The Thing About Georgie, (2007)
by Lisa Graff

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This new highly anticipated graphic novel comes out on February 5th! Come meet the author and get a book signed at Jeff Kinney's bookstore An Unlikely Story on Saturday, February 16th. Click on the link to sign up for this free event.

New Kid, (2019)
by Jerry Craft

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Attention, HiLo fans! Book Five was released on January 29th! Hip, hip, hooray!

HiLo Book 5: Then Everything Went Wrong, (2019)
by Judd Winick

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Are you an office supply enthusiast like me? If so, you will want to join one of the after school clubs at Stewart's school. Perhaps, though, you'd rather join Sassy and Waldo's accidental club! I absolutely love Julie Falatko's sense of humor, and HMS readers seem to as well based on the amount of holds for book one!

Two Dogs in a Trench Coat Start a Club by Accident (Two Dogs #2), (2019)
words by Julie Falatko and pictures by Colin Jack

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I've been anxiously awaiting the book birthday of this next featured title. It came out on January 8th and has been getting rave reviews online. I really enjoyed her 2006 title My Name is Sally Little Song so I know this author is adept at writing historical fiction. 

The Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA, (2019)
by Brenda Woods

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My friend Ann DiBella, an incredibly fun and fantastic librarian in Indiana, recently raved about this last featured book of the week. And here's the thing: when Ann passionately recommends something, I take notice. I just got this from the public library. You might want to as well. 

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor #1), (2017)
by Jessica Townsend

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