Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Get a Jump on Summer!

We have had such a teaser with this weather that it almost seems like summer is upon us.  But, alas, it isn't yet.  Try some of these American Library Association recommended books to get a jumpstart on the season.  For a range of ages, these all connect to the experience of summer.

Among a Thousand Fireflies. By Helen Frost. 2016. 32p. illus. Candlewick, $15.99 (9780763676421). PreS–Gr. 2. 811.
The Bell in the Bridge. By Ted Kooser. Illus. by Barry Root. May 2016. 32p. Candlewick, $16.99 (9780763664817). Gr. 1–3.
The Brightest Stars of Summer. By Leila Howland. May 2016. 368p. Harper, $16.99 (9780062318725). Gr. 5–8.
Camp Dork. By Beth Vrabel. May 2016. 240p. Skyhorse/Sky Pony, $16.99 (9781634501811). Gr. 3–6.
The Family Fletcher Takes Rock Island. By Dana Alison Levy. May 2016. 272p. Delacorte, $16.99 (9780553521306); lib. ed., $18.99 (9780553521313). Gr. 4–7.
The First Last Day. By Dorian Cirrone. June 2016. 240p. Aladdin, $17.99 (9781481458139). Gr. 4–6.
Sea Change. By Frank Viva. Illus. by the author. May 2016. 120p. TOON Graphics, $18.95 (9781935179924). Gr. 5–8.
star Some Kind of Happiness. By Claire Legrand. May 2016. 384p. Simon & Schuster, $16.99 (9781442466012). Gr. 4–7.
The Summer Nick Taught His Cats to Read. By Curtis Manley. Illus. by Kate Berube. July 2016. 32p. Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman, $17.99 (9781481435697). PreS–Gr. 3.
Summer of Lost and Found. By Rebecca Behrens. May 2016. 288p. Aladdin, $16.99 (9781481458962). Gr. 4–6.
Swing Sideways. By Nanci Turner Steveson. May 2016. 288p. Harper, $16.99 (9780062374547). Gr. 5–8.
This Is All Your Fault, Cassie Parker. By Terra Elan McVoy. May 2016. 272p. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen, $16.99 (9780062414496). Gr. 5–8.
star Waiting for High Tide. By Nikki McClure. Illus. by the author. 2016. 48p. Abrams, $19.95 (9781419716560). K–Gr. 2.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Laura Marsh Shares Her Knowledge!

Thanks to the generous support of FOESL (Friends of the OES Library), we had the honor of hosting, National Geographic Early Reader author, Laura Marsh.  She presented fascinating facts about "Ugly Animals" from her latest book and also give great insight about how she approaches research and the creation of questions.  Step One-Visit the Library!!

She met with 2nd graders who are in the midst of their own in-depth research on heroes and also visited Mr. Whitmore's 1st grade class and Primary.  She reinforced the skills we are building, both in library and the classroom, around research, inquiry and non-fiction texts.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

April is Poetry Month!

We will be celebrating April Poetry Month here in the Lower School Library with Haiku, Shel Silverstein and amazing novels written in verse (come check out our specially selected books in our poetry display).

Here is a great conversation with poet and Newbery winner, Kwame Alexander about why poetry matters to young readers.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Guinness Goats Go Far!

Our 5th grade Guinness Goats went far in the Regional Battles on Saturday, March 5th at Westview High School.  We placed #2 in the Sweet Sixteen rankings and made it to the Quarter Finals losing in a close battle by only 10 points.  Julian, Sarah, Julia, Arun and Logan (spokesperson) showed great team spirit, kindness to the other teams and an honest competitive love for books.  So proud of them!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

A Morning With Tui T Sutherland

Several 3rd, 4th and 5th graders gathered together in the Library to hear from the creator of the Wings of Fire Series, Tui T Sutherland.  She graciously answered lots and lots of questions about the series, her writing process and her very cute dog, Sunshine.  Thanks to Powell's for bring her to us!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Jory John's Ideas About Ideas

1st and 2nd graders were treated to the gentle humor and great energy of author Jory John as he shared from his books, Goodnight Already, I Love You Already, the Terrible Two and a super top-secret sneak peek of a new book coming out in August.  He also had some superb suggestions about "Idea Time" and where you can find ideas (Anywhere!).  Thanks to Green Bean Books for connecting us with him and for supporting his visit.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Double Authors Next Week!

Yippee!!  Two author visits in one week.  First, on Tuesday, our 1st and 2nd graders will meet with Jory John thanks to Green Bean Books and just last week we were offered the opportunity to have Tui Sutherland, author of the Wings of Fire series, come to visit us via Powell's. She also is the author of The Menagerie series and will be sharing her work with 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classes who have opted to attend.  Both events will happen in our Lower School Library and optional pre-order forms for the Tui Sutherland are available in this week's Wednesday Express (note the Friday deadline).