Monday, October 28, 2013

New Books!

Just in time for our conference breaks, we have a bevy of new books waiting for you.  Here are a few trailers and links to reviews/summaries to help you make your choices.

Wings of Fire  -A great new series recommended by Peter G.
Flora & Ulysses-The new Kate Dicamillo book
The Thing About Luck
Dorko the Magnificent
The Fog Mound Book #1
The Year of the Baby
Fish Finelli: seagulls don't eat pickles

Monday, October 21, 2013

Not a Failure!

Terrific visit with Stephan Pastis this morning who explained his path to comics and the creation of Timmy Failure with humor and wit.  Highlights included drawing the different characters for us and a comment about rejection.  He pointed out that even if you are not an immediate success regarding your interests and passions that early rejections and failures can be used to make you stronger and ultimately more successful.  Thanks to Children's Place Bookstore for making the visit possible.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Gearing Up for 2 (count 'em, 2) Author Visits

Next week will be a busy one for our 4th and 5th graders.  Monday morning, thanks to Children's Place, we will be amused and enlightened by a visit from Stephan Pastis.  We had several lucky winners of some choice Timmy Failure "swag" which they earned by completing a Timmy Failure quiz.

We also will have a virtual author visit with Thanhha Lai, author of the National Book Award winner,
Inside Out and Back Again on Thursday.  It is also a 2014 OBOB title as well and one of my favorite books within the past year.  Written in poetry form, it captures the story of Ha as she escapes from Vietnam with her family and experiences the challenge of being different in Alabama in 1975.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

No Mistakes! Stephan Pastis on October 21st!

Author and illustrator, Stephan Pastis, will visit with 4th and 5th graders this October 21st.  Creator of the hilarious Timmy Failure series, Mr. Pastis is also a well-known comic artist.  Check out these fun videos about Timmy Failure's Agency. Thanks to Children's Place Bookstore for his visit!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Library Update! Wow, it's a busy place!

Summer reading t-shirts and movie tickets are here!  If your child participated in our reading programs, they will receive either their t-shirt or tickets (or both!) during their regularly scheduled library class this week.  Movie ticket vouchers are for Valley Cinema and will expire December 31, 2013. Congratulations to our 115 participants in our traditional reading challenge and to the 20 readers who read books which later became movies, including many classics, and earned a movie ticket.

After two fantastic author visits within the past week, we now turn our attention to two upcoming visits-one on-campus and one virtual.  Stephan Pastis, author and illustrator of Timmy Failure: mistakes were made, will visit with 4th and 5th grade on October 21st.  4th and 5th graders will also be involved in a virtual author visit with Thanhha Lai on October 24th.  She is the author of the amazing book Inside Out and Back Again which was awarded the 2011 National Book Award for Young People's Literature and one of the two Newbery Honors.