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Sakura Medal Kickoff for Grades 3-5

sakura medalGreat titles are waiting to be read!

Checkout begins Monday, November 10th for all students in Grades 3-5.  There are titles for everyone…20  picture books, 9 graphic novels and 20 chapter books.

Set Goals

Your Own Reading Goal

Read one or more Sakura book this year, read a book from each category and/or try a new genre.

sakura medalVote for Your Favorite Sakura Book

Read five picture book or three graphic novels or five chapter books minimum and attend the voting party in April.  For every five books in a category that you read, you get a vote.  You will need to tell Ms. Ladd or Ms. Fields that you have read a book and they will

Half a ChanceParticipate In a Photography Contest After reading the book, Half a Chance, see Ms. Pretz for more information if you would like to sign-up and participate.  Photos due in a Keynote presentation, no later than April 21, 2015.

 reader leader

Become a Reader Leader This Year!  

Sign up with Ms. Pretz, Ms. Ladd or Ms. Fields beginning Monday, November 10th.  Reader Leaders will read Sakura Picture Books to and then read to a KG, Grade 1 or Grade 2 class second semester. A “library use only” book basket of Sakura Picture Books will be available in the ES Library near Ms.Pretz’s desk for students in Grades 3-5.

Don’t forget to check the library blog and daily bulletin for more information.

Click here for book covers for all categories:  Sakura 2015

Happy National Poetry Month — Bead a Rook!

April is National Poetry Month

Runny Rabbit

 All poetry books can be found in the 811’s in the nonfiction section of the library.

Why read poetry?

Poetry makes excellent read aloud material for families.  It is also an excellent genre to help with reading fluency, as well as volume and stamina.

Recommended Poetry Books

Jack Prelutsky
The New Kid on the Block
Something BIG Has Been Here
A Pizza the Size of the Sun
The Dragons Are Singing Tonight
The Baby Uggs Are Hatching

Shel Silverstein (also wrote bawdy adult material)
A Light in the Attic
Where the Sidewalk Ends
Falling Up

Judith Viorst (mostly writes fiction/nonfiction for children and adults)
If I Were In Charge of the World and Other Worries

Kali Dakos (Author), G. Brian Karas (Illustrator)poetry)
If You’re Not Here, Please Raise Your Hand: Poems About School

If you’re looking for some digital sites that have poetry, I recommend the following:

Children’s Poetry Archive

Listen to and read poems by theme or form.

Poetry Aloud

Poetry is not meant to be something you read quietly to yourself, it is something to share and to hear out loud. Here, if you have RealAudio, you can hear the author of the book Old Elm Speaks read several seasonal poems from her book. In one poem it is spring and Old Elm’s leaf buds are just popping, in others his helicopter seeds are twirling, and in others still his leaves are free or many colored.

Shel Silverstein

Animated poems and audio with  Shel Silverstein’s reading some of his most famous poems.

Poetry Writing With Jack Prelutsky, Karla Kuskin, and Jean Marzollo

Judith Viorst – The Academy of American Poets

Poetry for Kids

Helping Children Find and Enjoy the Poetic Side of Life


Giggle Poetry