Friday, January 20, 2012

Game Day!

Forty six 1st and 2nd grade boys gathered in the library this week for lunch and to celebrate and discuss the book, Game Day by Tiki and Ronde Barber. The book emphasized team work and sportsmanship. Mr. Dewell joined us and told a little bit about his dad, Bill Dewell, who was an amazing SMU athlete and Chicago Cardinals player. After some book talk, a film clip of a Ronde Barber interception, and lunch, we even had a few minutes to pass around the football outside. It was fantastic to have such an enthusiastic group of guys gathered together by a book!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Little Red Riding Hood

First grade is diving into their annual fairy tale study in the classroom. This month they will read tons of fairy tales and write their own. We are loving fairy tales in the library, too. Second graders have great memories of this, so it wasn't hard to find volunteers to read from Mary Ann Hoberman's You Read to Me, I'll Read to You Very Short Fairy Tales for a video to present to the first grade classes. It was the perfect lead-in to our two week look at some different versions of Little Red Riding Hood. This week we looked at several traditional versions. We read the Caldecott Honor winning book by Trina Schart Hyman.

Coming up next week... Little Red: A Fizzingly Good Yarn by Lynn Roberts and Carmine: A Little More Red by Melissa Sweet.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Panther Paw Activities

The Panther Paw books are flying from one reader to the next! I love hearing the book talk! Here are some activities that you might enjoy exploring.

Panther Paw Activities

Monday, January 2, 2012

Panther Paw 2012

It’s the ninth annual Panther Paw Book Contest! This year’s book list may be the best ever! See the Animoto slideshow here for a look at the 2012 titles. The Panther Paw contest is for all Parish students in kindergarten through second grade. Parents are welcome (and encouraged) to take part, too. The goal is to explore some of the best of the recently published children’s books from different genres. As in years past...any student, 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. It’s fun to see students and parents huddled up and reading together in the library, too! Be sure to take a look at the activities that your family might enjoy at home. We'll vote in March, and the winning book will be celebrated. Until then...happy reading!