Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Holiday Recommendations

These are a few of my favorite books published in the past year, 2016.  Many would make great gifts for loved ones and all are available to borrow over Winter Break from our Library.  You also may want to take a look at this New York Time List for shopping ideas.  Enjoy!

Picture Books

Tek: The Modern Cave Boy by Patrick McDonnell

Nanuk: The Ice Bear by Jeanette Winter

Little Red by Bethan Woollvin
(more appropriate for an older audience-the ending has a bit of a dark twist)

Be Who You Are by Todd Parr

We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen


The Way Things Work Now by David Macaulay
(updated for 2016 and includes touch screens and 3-D printers!)

Novels for Older Readers

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

The Secret Horses of Briar Hill by Megan Shepherd

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Visit with 3rd Grade to the Nikkei Legacy Institute

During our library classes, we have read and discussed "The Bracelet" by Yoshiko Uchida which shares the story of a young girl preparing and arriving at a Japanese Internment Camp during WWII. We also have watched newsreel footage from the time period that shows the camps and the community activities.  It is a powerful primary source.

Our field trip helped answer the question "What happened in Portland?" "In Oregon?" and the students were able to do their own field research.  I was so glad to be part of the trip!

Monday, November 7, 2016

How Do You Become President?

What steps do candidates have to take to become president?  What are the elements of a presidential campaign?  2nd through 5th graders are learning the answers to these questions (and more) as I read them "If I Ran For President" by Catherine Stier over the course of this past week.

Interested in learning more about our electoral process?  Check out the display at the main entrance of our library.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Tis' the Season for the Shivers

With such fall weather setting the stage, classes from PreK through 5th grade have been listening to stormy and spooky stories during our library classes.  We have enjoyed the exceptionally written "The Dark" by Lemony Snicket and illustrations by Jon Klassen.  It is a perfect study in how to build suspense through both text and illustration.  And for a bit of color and sweetness we have enjoyed "Vunce Upon a Time" by J. Otto Siebold and illustrated by Siobhan Vivian about Dagmar, a vegetarian, candy-loving vampire.

5th grade classes have listened to and discussed scary stories from folklore with an understanding of why we tell scary stories and urban myths.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Return of the Mac

Once again, we were fortunate to welcome author Mac Barnett to our Lower School Library where 1st and 2nd grades were treated to writing tips and the chance to listen to two fantastic stories.  In honor of our current election season, he read "President Taft is Stuck in the Bath".  We were frightened by the "blank page" and sang happy birthday to his most recent book, "The Magic Word"-if you think the magic word is please, think again.  Thanks to Green Bean Books for helping make this visit possible!

Monday, September 26, 2016

We Prize Our OES Readers!

Finally, after weeks of waiting, our summer reading tote bags are here!  Thanks to our 115 participants who shared their summer reading logs with us.  Tote bags-filled with "prizes"- will be handed out this week and next during regularly scheduled library classes. Here our two of our fabulous 5th graders helping prep the bags.

Friday, September 16, 2016

First DEAR of the year!

This morning the new Lower School was filled with readers, from our youngest Aardvarks to our 8th graders, as Middle School joined us.  Starting the morning with quiet reading, either independently or with a buddy, was a perfect way to end our first full week of school.

Monday, September 12, 2016

National Book Award Contenders

Take a look at this article about the long list for the National Book Award contenders for Young People's Literature.  An excellent list.  We own several of them-mostly titles appropriate for 3rd, 4th and 5th grades.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Welcome Back!

Welcome to the first week of school in our brand new space!  If you haven't yet visited, please do. Our library is full of fantastic books, cozy reading nooks, and has a stellar view of the field and distant hills.  Summer Reading forms are due Monday, September 12th and there is a drop off box at the main entrance of our library in addition to extra forms if you have lost yours.  Classes have begun and I am sharing with my classes a terrific new book about a recently built school's first day. . . "School's First Day of School" by Adam Rex and illustrated by Christian Robinson (who we had the good fortune to host last fall).  A perfect story for our opening week!

And here are some pictures of our new school!

Mrs. H in her new space!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Book Love Gallery

In April, 5th graders were invited by me to create a project (book trailer, diorama, poster, cake (!)) to share out a book they love with the Lower School Community.  Check out their gallery from yesterday.  An amazing display of creativity and a love of literature!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Great OES Book Swap (Otherwise known as GOBS)

The opening day of GOBS saw countless books find new hands to hold them and fresh eyes to read them.  Thanks to our parent volunteers, FOESL, and all the families who donated books, ALL students were able to select 10 books to call their own and to enjoy for the summer.  Stop by tomorrow morning to take as many books as you like!

And if you wondering about the value of bringing home all these extra books, read this.