Poetry Month really rocked the library! This was our first Poetry Madness experience, and it is definitely destined to be an annual April event. We started with "Sweet Sixteen" poems in the bracket. (What a challenge to choose those poems!) Two poems went home each night with homework. The kindergarten, first and second graders read them with parents and brothers and sisters. They talked about what they noticed and liked about the two competing poems and circled their favorite. The poems were returned to the library each morning so that the votes could be tallied and the winning poem could move to the next bracket. I never imagined the excitement that this poetry competition could produce. I was amazed, too, that so many students were inspired to write their own poetry and display it in the library for others to read. It was a great lead-in to "Poem in Your Pocket Day." Everyone got involved. Some crafty kindergarteners with pocketless uniforms made their own pockets on a string.
Monday, April 29, 2013
There were little gasps and twinkling eyes as classes of children discovered the transformation of library to book fair. There is just something incredibly fun and exciting about exploring and shopping for books with friends and family right in our own space. These pictures tell the story. Happy reading to all!
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Monday, March 18, 2013
The Panther Paw results are in! This year's voting was very interesting! As usual, all of the books received votes. I love that every book was someone's favorite! This year, two books tied for the winning title (23 votes each), and two more books tied (20 votes each) as "honor book" winners. I believe that ALL students in K - 2nd grade and dozens of parents and older siblings cast their votes. Many, many readers commented on all of the fantastic books on the list. Families and classrooms compared their thoughts and favorites. Talking about reading...wonderful!
Everyone who read all 21 titles was eligible to enter the contest to win the entire set of books for their classroom. A first grade girl thrilled her class when her name was drawn. Congratulations to all of our readers!
Friday, February 22, 2013
Second graders were privileged to meet the author of The Buddy Files series, Dori Butler, via Skype this week. Her books have been some of the most circulated books in the library for the last two years, and they were a fun choice for a second grade book club. She told us about her real dog "Mouse" who was the inspiration for her mysteries. We learned about her writing process and the time she spends writing her books. She answered our questions and showed us what the Japanese version of her books looks like. We are so excited to learn that she is working on her next series about a haunted library. The comment that I heard over and over..."She was so nice!" Authors who take the time to visit with students really inspire them as readers and writers!
Buddy's "twin sister" (My golden retriever, Annie) came to school to listen to second graders read their favorite parts of some of the books. She L-O-V-E-S to listen to children read!
Buddy Files on PhotoPeach
One second grader discovered the Buddy Files books on our Overdrive e-book library. He downloaded it to read at home. I'm hoping that he will inspire some other friends to explore the great e-books available here!
Thursday, February 14, 2013
The biography section in the library always gets a lot of action in the weeks preceding the second grade's wax museum. This year, during our biography library lessons, we looked at some biographies and biographic stories of people who are not so well known. Sure enough...Annie Edson Taylor joined the museum! Do you know Annie? Read about her daring feat!
Monday, February 11, 2013
Kindergarten writers are beginning to create "All About" books in their classroom writing workshops. Many have chosen to write about animals. They have discovered our wonderful PebbleGo database, and they are loving it! They are adding new facts to what they already know about their animals and what they have read in their print books. I love that they are beginning to come to the library to research independently!