Mock Caldecott: It’s all about the Illustrator!

It’s really cool when you think about how a book is illustrated. Sometimes the illustrator is the author of the book but other times an author writes a book, submits it to their publisher who then matches them up with an illustrator. The Illustrator is chosen because their work fits with the mood and theme […]

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Mock Caldecott 2015

It is time for our now Annual Mock Caldecott! We had so much fun last year that we are doing it again. I'm still a teeny bit sad Mr. Tiger Goes Wild didn't win last year but have started to appreciate Locomotive's merits and can see why the Caldecott committee chose it. This year we have a whole new crop of books to be excited about. I have to admit I'm not sure yet what my choice will be so don't ask. Besides, I wouldn't tell you anyway! So here we go… for your … [Read More...]

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School Library Journal Best Books of 2014

The School Library Journal came out with their list of best books from 2014. They look at Picture Books, Middle Grade, Young Adult and Nonfiction book that have received stared reviews and narrow it down from there. In the end they selected 70 books out of the 250 stared books. "These 70 books distinguish themselves in terms of writing, art, design, storytelling, originality, and appeal". What do you think of the list? Slideshow of SLJ's Best Books of 2014 … [Read More...]

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We are chugging along

We are trying our very hardest to get all the new books processes. It is taking longer than expected but as each new book is entered, labeled, covered and protected we put it on the shelf for you! Many of the books have been checkout right away. I suggest logging into your accounts and putting the book on hold as soon as it is available. Once it is fully ready for circulation we will mark that it is on hold for you and place it on the holds shelf! I want to give a shout out to some very … [Read More...]

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Why the Book Fair is IMPORTANT

Some of you may not realize that when we host Mrs. Nelson's Book Fair a percentage of the earnings go directly back into the library. The library is in a bit of a transition period at the moment. Not only are we looking at opening a learning commons but we are still transitioning to genre-tizing our fiction section. For those reasons I held off ordering new books and using our book fair credit. At the beginning of the year I knew I had waited long enough. Children were coming in asking if I had … [Read More...]

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Children and 9/11

If you are looking for a way to help explain 9/11 to your children this might be just what you want. This short animation from BrainPOP does a pretty good job of explaining what happened and why. I showed it to my 5th grade class today and they found it very helpful. … [Read More...]

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