Tag: Gr. 3-5

Wicked Nix, “The Foulest of Fairies,” Will Win Your Heart

Wicked Nix, “The Foulest of Fairies,” Will Win Your Heart

Lynn: “There is a people in our forest,” Nix, “the foulest of fairies,” worriedly announces in the first chapter of Lena Coakley’s Wicked Nix (2018). Left behind when the other fairies went home to the Summer Country, Nix has lived in the forest alone for almost a year. Was he left to protect the forest for the Fairy […]

More Than a Beach Read: SECRET SISTERS OF THE SALTY SEA

More Than a Beach Read: SECRET SISTERS OF THE SALTY SEA

Cindy: July is a great time to read about a first trip to the ocean, although the middle of a midwest winter would be good, too, when everyone has tired of the snow. Secret Sisters of the Salty Sea (2018) by Lynne Rae Perkins is a delightful beach book full of small moments of discovery […]

THE CREATURE OF THE PINES: The Mythical Jersey Devil

THE CREATURE OF THE PINES: The Mythical Jersey Devil

Lynn: Adam Gidwitz’s The Creature of the Pines (2018) introduces Elliot Eisner on his first day at a new school, which has started badly. It’s already three weeks into the school year—surely far too late to make friends. Even worse, the class is on a field trip to Pine Barrens with the terrifying Professor Fauna, whose […]

Getting Started with the Global Read Aloud
By October 3, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Getting Started with the Global Read Aloud

The 2017 Global Read Aloud kicked off yesterday, and I’m here to help. Author and educator Pernille Ripp founded the program as a way to connect students and teachers from different locales around the topics of books. (Think One Book One School or One Book One City, but on a global scale.) Each year, Ripp […]

Looking Back on the End of the School Year

Looking Back on the End of the School Year

One of my favorite things about working in a school is the school year cycle itself. I love the momentum and the sense of change. There’s a clear beginning (New school supplies! Bright ideas for lessons! Brand. New. Books!) and a clear end (Collecting all the books! End-of-year reports! Putting in final grades!). OK, the […]

Help Students Find a Poetic Voice with CATCHING A STORYFISH

Help Students Find a Poetic Voice with CATCHING A STORYFISH

Cindy: Moving to a new place and changing schools present challenges for many children, so books that chronicle the experience are always welcome, especially when they are as good as Catching a Storyfish (2016), told in verse, by Janice N. Harrington. Keet moves from Alabama to Illinois (as the author did as a child) and, like all […]

Beyond Katniss: Creative Book-Related Halloween Costumes
By October 31, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Beyond Katniss: Creative Book-Related Halloween Costumes

Every year, I debate whether or not to dress up for Halloween in the library. Every school is different of course, but at the one where I currently work, most students celebrate Halloween, and dressing up is part of school culture. At a pre-K–8 school, there’s a wide difference between what each grade level does for Halloween. […]

The Important Thing about Library Orientation
By September 28, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

The Important Thing about Library Orientation

Is there any time more ripe with possibility and expectation than the beginning of a new school year? I’m brimming with ideas and excited to see students coming back. I must admit, however, that I’m less excited about library orientation: the same lesson over and over again, the listing of rules and expectations. If I […]

Applesauce Weather: A Slice of Life

Applesauce Weather: A Slice of Life

Cindy: Aunt Lucy and Uncle Arthur always arrive when the first apple falls and the season becomes applesauce weather. Aunt Lucy is gone, but surely Uncle Arthur will show up according to schedule. The warm gingerbread and lemon sauce are waiting, and so are Faith and her brother Peter, but still Uncle Arthur doesn’t arrive. When he […]

Peter Brown’s ‘The Wild Robot’

Peter Brown’s ‘The Wild Robot’

Cindy: One of the most popular titles in recent years with my incoming 6th graders is Katherine Applegate’s Newbery winner The One and Only Ivan. I’ve found a good read- alike for his fans:  Just as Ivan showed us something about what it means to be human, Roz, the robot in Peter Brown’s The Wild Robot (2016), […]