Thursday, January 28, 2010

Birthday Presents!

Our library sends a HUGE thank you to all who have celebrated their birthday with presents for Parish readers.

Check out the new books!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Off and Reading!

Before school or after school...the library is humming with moms, dads, and children reading through the Panther Paw list. Join the fun!

Happily Ever After in the Library

Once upon a time there was a library full of fairy tale magic. First graders at Parish are diving into a study of these ageless stories, and we're loving them in the library, too! We're reading some traditional fairy tales, fractured tales, and different versions of familiar tales. I love reading these stories over and over, again. The excitement, nervous thrill, and awe that they create is on the face of every child.

Overheard from kindergarten student..."I keep looking at that word, 'fum.' Cool word...I like it!"

Monday, January 11, 2010

Mo Willems is Coming to Town!

Everyone who spends time in our library knows that Mo Willems is one of my most favorite authors and illustrators. I love all of his books and characters....Elephant and Piggy, Trixie with her Knufflebunny, the Pigeon, Leonardo, Edwina....all of them! He is the author and illustrator of two of the books on our Panther Paw list(Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed and Watch Me Throw the Ball.) So, when I read on his blog that he will be at the KidFest Festival at the Angelica in Dallas this month, I started spreading the word to all of my friends. Mark your calendars for A Tribute to Mo Willems on January 23 at 3:00. I can't wait!

The Tribute to Mo Willems was such a treat! The audience got to take home a book by Mo, watch 60 minutes of Mo's animations, listen to Mo answer questions, and meet Mo for an autograph. Great day!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Guys Read Book Club

All second grade guys are invited to join a book club. It's easy to join. The hard part is deciding which club to join. The guys have a choice. Home Run by Robert Burleigh is a terrific book about George Herman Ruth Jr....the Babe. Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look tells the story of a boy who loves superheroes, who is trying to be a gentleman, and who is afraid of everything. Two great reads! Sign up and be ready for a fun lunch in the library one day in February to talk about the book. I'll bring dessert!

Dates for lunch meeting:
Home Run - Friday, February 12
Alvin Ho - Wednesday, February 17 - 2B, 2R, 2S
- Thursday, February 18 - 2Ga, 2Gr
See you then...I can't wait!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Panther Paw Kick Off

The Panther Paw Book Contest is a fun, fun, fun reading program for Parish students in kindergarten through second grade. The goal is to encourage everyone to read and explore a variety of recently published books and to choose favorites. Many teachers will read ten or more Panther Paw books in the classroom, but parents will also want to join in the excitement and read some or all of these books together with their children at home.

There are 20 fantastic titles on the 2010 Panther Paw Booklist. Any child, parent or teacher who reads or listens to at least ten books can vote for his/her favorite. Anyone who reads or listens to all twenty books will be eligible to enter a drawing for a chance to win a complete set of the Panther Paw books for his/her classroom. Parents may check out one Panther Paw book at a time for overnight or a weekend. We'll vote in March, and we'll find out which book will be the winner. Until then...happy reading!