Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Shelf Challenge 2013 Post #2

My goal for the 2013 Shelf Challenge is to read all of the books in the L section of the everybody books in my media center.  So far I have read 49 books.  Here are some of my recent favorites.

It Wasn't My Fault
by Helen Lester
illustrated by Lynn Munsinger

Betsy Who Cried Wolf
by Gail Carson Levine
illustrated by Scott Nash

How I Became a Pirate
by Melinda Long
illustrated by David Shannon
 
Have Fun, Molly Lou Melon
by Patty Lovell
illustrated by David Catrow

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Shelf Challenge 2013 Post #1

My goal for the 2013 Shelf Challenge is to read all of the books in the L section of the everybody books in my media center.  So far I have read 24 books.  Here are some of my favorites.

Tell Me the Day Backwards
written by Albert Lamb
illustrated by David McPhail

Three Hens and a Peacock
written by Lester Laminack
illustrated by Henry Cole

It's a Tiger!
written by David LaRochelle
illustrated by Jeremy Tankard

E-mergency!
by Tom Lichtenheld and Ezra Fields-Meyer
 

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Shelf Challenge 2013


I'm excited to participate in Matthew Winner's Shelf Challenge 2013!  Participating librarians select a section of our library to read throughout the month of April.  After much consideration, I have decided to tackle the Ls.  I emptied the first two shelves and brought those books home to read for Spring Break.  I'm looking forward to discovering some great new picture books!

(I left on the shelves two Pete the Cat books that I already have memorized and a second copy of Owl Moon.)

Story Laboratory Book Fair

It's book fair week!  This spring's Scholastic Book Fair theme is "Story Laboratory." I am so fortunate to have great parent volunteers to help set up and decorate.  They created an amazing robot, which we placed right inside the media center doors.


After we set up, I held a teacher preview after school.  During this event, teachers are invited to check out the books and create a wish list for families who would like to purchase books to add to classroom libraries.  I served guaca-moldy and chips, earwax salad (watergate salad), oozing cupcakes, fresh flesh roll-ups, read-ioactive (gummy) worms, and sludge punch to all of the staff members who came to the preview.  


Students came in for previews the next day.  They were greeted with with a message from the robot.  One of our custodians recorded a message using an app that changed his voice to that of a robot's.  I played the message for kids as they came through.  The message told the kids how to fill out their wish lists and to keep the books tidy.  The younger kids loved it and even the older kids had fun guessing whose voice it was.  


Yesterday, I overheard a precious conversation between two first grade boys about their favorite Captain Underpants book.  I love how the book fair excites kids about books and reading!