Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Wild West Book Fair

We recently ended our fall book fair.  Scholastic's fall theme is Wild West Book Fair: Saddle Up and Read!  We transformed the outside of the media center into a town from the old west. 

The inside of the media center had a covered wagon, which displayed books.  Also a bandana print banner, bales of hay, boots, and a saddle!

After my volunteers and I set up the book fair, I held a teacher preview.  We served chili with all the fixins and lemonade.  And for dessert, cow patties (Little Debbie chocolate snacks)!  Teachers browsed the new titles and created their wish lists during the preview.

Our students (and staff) enjoyed the photo booth set up in the book fair!  This was especially popular during our grandparent events.

During this book fair, school was cancelled for two days due to Hurricane Irma.  However, attendance at our grandparent events was still high.  We also had many parents visit with their kids during our evening event.  The most popular titles at this book fair were Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties by Dav Pilkey and Real Friends by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Top Twenty-Five Books of 2016-2017

Here are the top twenty-five circulated titles during the 2016-2017 school year at my K-5 elementary school.

25. Amulet: The Last Council by Kazu Kibuishi

24. The Lego Ideas Book: Unlock Your Imagination

23. Bad Kitty for President by Nick Bruel

22. Bad Kitty Gets a Bath by Nick Bruel

21. Amulet: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi

20. Amulet: The Stonekeeper's Curse by Kazu Kibuishi

19. Happy Birthday Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel

18. Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

17. Tales from a Not-So-Glam TV Star by Rachel Renee Russell

16. Bad Kitty Vs. Uncle Murray by Nick Bruel

15. Bad Kitty: Puppy's Big Day by Nick Bruel

14. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down by Jeff Kinney

13. Bad Kitty Meets the Baby by Nick Bruel

12. Masterminds by Gordon Korman

11. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney

10. Bad Kitty School Daze by Nick Bruel

9. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney

8. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth by Jeff Kinney

7. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney

6. The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

5. Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney

3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney

2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney

1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules by Jeff Kinney

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Happy Camper Book Fair

We just ended our spring book fair.  Scholastic's spring book fair theme is Happy Camper Book Fair: S'more fun with books!  Our decorations included a tree and tent inside the media center.  And a waterfall, RV, and several critters on the outside. 

After my volunteers and I set up the fair, I held a teacher preview.  We served hot dogs, chips, and soft drinks.  We also served bear claws.  Teachers browsed the new titles and created their wish lists during the preview.  Our Scholastic representative came to the teacher preview and gave us five $5 certificates for door prizes.

This fair, my students and teachers are most excited about Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio in paperback and Making Bombs for Hitler by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch.  We are looking forward to adding s'more books to our collection with our profits!

Monday, April 10, 2017

David Biedrzycki Author Visit

Author/illustrator David Biedrzycki visited my school on March 31!  His book, Breaking News: Bear Alert, won the Georgia Children's Book Award in 2016. Bear Alert is a hilarious picture book about two bears who make their way from the forest to a city, where they coincidentally foil a couple of burglars' plans.  The book is loaded with references to storybook bears, such as Winnie the Pooh and Paddington.

Before Mr. Biedrzycki's visit, I invited all of the kindergarten through second grade classes into the media center for a storytime.  We reread Bear Alert and some of his other books, such as Breaking News: Bears to the Rescue, Ace Lacewing: Bug Detective, and Santa's New Jet.

Mr. Biedrezycki's presentation is one of the best I have seen from a visiting author.  During his presentation, he summarized Bear Alert, pointing out several bear references in the illustrations that I had not noticed, even after reading the book dozens of times.  Before the presentation, he took a picture of me acting scared and inserted the picture into the picture where the bears walk into the diner and surprise the patrons.  The kids went wild when they saw my picture in the page from the book!  He also showed students how he creates art in Photoshop by drawing a beetle.
The presentation was very inspiring for our students.  I had at least a dozen students come to the media center in the days after the presentation to show me the writer's notebook they started or how they drew a beetle modeled after Mr. Biedrzycki's.