Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Dan Yaccarino Coming Soon!

We are so excited about the internationally known author and illustrator who will visit with our lower school (K - 4th grade) on Thursday, October 18.  Dan Yaccarino has over 1.5 MILLION books sold, and his work has been recognized with a host of prestigious awards including the The New York Time 10 Best Illustrated, ALA Notable and the Parents Choice Award.  We will all be exploring his books in the library over the next weeks. Can't wait!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Dot Day

 If you walked through the library this week, you probably noticed how very dotty it looks.  Every year on September 15 (ish), teachers and librarians around the world celebrate International Dot Day by making time to encourage  students’ creativity.  "Dot Day" gets its name from the book, The Dot, written and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds.  It is about a girl who is encouraged by her teacher to "make your mark and see where it takes you."  It demonstrates that when students are encouraged to explore their interests and gifts, their whole lives can be impacted.  Everyone on the Hillcrest campus celebrated by making their own mark.  

The Dot is available to share and read at home on Tumblebooks!

Other terrific "dot" books joined in our celebration.  Look for these fun titles on our library shelves!  

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Seed by Seed

Seed by Seed: The Legend and Legacy of John "Appleseed" Chapman by Esme Raji Codell  Illustrated by Lynne Rae Perkins has been on our "Coming Soon" list for a while.  I can't wait for the box to arrive to share it with our students.  I think that it will inspire many of us to consider the simple things that we can pledge to do every day to make the earth a better place.  I know that for me (like Esme) it is reading aloud to children.