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!