Monday, March 23, 2015

Under the Sea Book Fair


We are currently hosting our spring book fair.  Scholastic's spring theme is Under the Sea: Explore an Ocean of Books.  The media center has been transformed into an underwater sanctuary!  The decorations include a complete ocean wall outside the media center and a submarine, scuba diver, and jellyfish inside the media center.  My fabulous art teacher also contributed a beautiful mermaid and a shark made from a laundry basket, foam, and duct tape.  After setting up the books and decorations, I held a teacher preview after school.  Teachers snacked on submarine sandwiches, seashell pasta salad, seaweed (spinach) dip, shark teeth (cheese triangles), and sponge cake.  They also created wish lists of books that they would like to have donated to their classroom libraries.  The first day we were open, we held two family events: an All Pro Dads breakfast and Cultural Arts Night.  It was a long day (7:00 A.M. - 8:30 P.M.) but it was our most profitable single day ever!


Download a sign I created to display ocean themed books here.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

2015 Georgia Children's Book Award Winners

This year's Georgia Children's Picture Book Winner is Ol' Clip Clop, by Patricia McKissack.

My students loved the very spooky Ol' Clip Clop!  Although it received many votes, our school winner is Z Is for Moose, written by Kelly Bingham.

For the first time ever, my students selected the same book that won the Georgia Children's Book Award!  This book is Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans.  This is the first book in a series, and now my students are captivated.  There is a waiting list for the second book in the series.

Our students get so excited about the Georgia Children's Book Award nominees.  I love listening to their conversations about the books and how they share recommendations for their favorites.