Tag Archives: Library Lessons

Don’t Be A Bad Kitty


During library lessons we’ve been talking about being responsible library patrons.  This Bad Kitty bookmark sums up a lot of our conversations about book care.  Next week in the library there will be a Bookmark Challenge.  Students will be encouraged to design their own bookmarks and if they feel they have a really outstanding bookmark, enter their bookmark in a design challenge contest.  All bookmarks in the design challenge will be due by October 9th.

4K Book Talks – October 22, 2014

Mr. Strike Out by Jake Maddox


Mr. Strike Out

David Gray is notorious in his baseball league, notorious for strike outs, both as a pitcher and a batter. After learning about the great Babe Ruth, David becomes determined to become a good all-around player, which means he’ll have to learn how to bat.


You might also like:  Girl Wonder:  A Baseball Story in Nine Innings by Deborah Hopkinson and Shortstop from Tokyo by Matt Christopher and Babe and Me:  A Baseball Card Adventure by Dan Gutman


girl wonder Babe and MeShortstop from Tokyo


Gingernsap by Patricia Riley Giff

 Historical Fiction – WWII – GhostsGingersnap

When her brother Rob, a Navy cook, goes missing in action during World War II, Jayna, desperate for family, leaves upstate New York and their cranky landlady, accompanied by a turtle and a ghost, to seek their grandmother, who Rob believes may live in Brooklyn.

You might also like: Don’t Read This and Other Tales of the Unnatural by Margaret Mahy, The Ghost on the Stairs by Chris Eboch and The Amber Cat by Hilary McKay

Don't read this  The Ghost on the Stairsthe amber cat


The Quail Club by Carolyn Marsden

The quail club

Realistic Fiction – Friendship

Oy lives in America now, but she loves to go to the back room of Pak’s auto shop on Saturdays to learn traditional Thai dances. She loves it almost as much as being a member of the Quail Club – five friends who gather after school to hatch and care for baby quail. When the teacher announces a talent show, Oy knows how proud her family and Pak would be to see her step onstage in her beautiful gold-threaded dress from Thailand. But bossy Liliandra vows to kick her out of the Quail Club if she won’t team up for a very different kind of dance. Someone will be disappointed. But who?

You might also like:  The Talent Show by Dan Gutman, The Talented Clementine by Sara Pennypacker and Justin Fisher Declares War! by James Preller

The Talent Show   The Talented Clementine  Justin Fisher Declares war

Hello, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonald


Fortunately the MilkWhile picking up milk for his children’s cereal, a father is abducted by aliens and finds himself on a wild adventure through time and space.

You might also like:  Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater, The Trouble With Chickens by Doreen Cronin and Hello, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonald

Mr. Popper's Penguins The trouble with chickens Hello Mrs. Piggle Wiggle

Source:  Follett Summaries

4R Book Talks – October 21, 2014

UNDER THE EGG by Laura Marx Fitzgerald

Under the Egg

Mystery-Friendship-Art History

Only two people know about the masterpiece hidden in the Tenpenny home—and one of them is dead.

Her grandfather’s dying words lead thirteen-year-old Theodora Tenpenny to a valuable, hidden painting she fears may be stolen.

Then, Theodora Tenpenny spills a bottle of rubbing alcohol on her late grandfather’s painting, she discovers what seems to be an old Renaissance masterpiece underneath. That’s great news for Theo, who’s struggling to hang onto her family’s two-hundred-year-old townhouse and support her unstable mother on her grandfather’s legacy of $463. There’s just one problem: Theo’s grandfather was a security guard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and she worries the painting may be stolen.

You may like:  Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett and From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankenweiler by E. L. Konigsburg

Chasing Vermeer mixed up files


The Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary by Candace Fleming


School Story-Humorous 

An unlikely teacher takes over the disorderly fourth-grade class of Aesop Elementary School with surprising results.

This funny, fast-paced book is guaranteed to make you laugh out loud.  A “difficult”, rambunctious class of fourth graders finally meets its match when Mr. Jupiter is hired. Life at Aesop Elementary is never going to be the same.  At the end of each chapter is a moral, as in Aesop’s fables.

You may like:  Wayside School Series by Louis Sachar and Skinnybones Series by Barbara Park

sideways-stories_5 (1) Skinnybones almost starring skinnybones



Fly Away  by Patricia Maclachlanfly away


Everyone in Lucy’s family sings. Opera. Rap. Lullabies. Everyone, except Lucy. Lucy can’t sing; her voice just won’t come out…but she can write.

In an old Volkswagen van, Lucy and her family, along with a few cherished chickens, are on a road trip. They are headed to North Dakota to defend her Aunt Frankie’s farm from a swelling river. Just like singing, helping Aunt Frankie prepare for flooding season is a family tradition—even if Frankie doesn’t want the help. And this year, when the flood arrives, danger finds its way into the heart of Lucy’s family, and Lucy will need to find her voice to save her brother.

You may like: Edward’s Eyes by Patricia MacLachlan and White Fur Flying by Patricia Maclachlan

                                        Edward's Eyes  white fur flying

Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord

Friendship – Honesty – PhotographyHalf a Chance

Lucy wants to find out wants to find out if her eye for photography is really special or only good enough.

Lucy and her family move to a small rural community in New Hampshire.  With her new friend Nate, she plans to spend the summer taking photos for a contest, but pictures sometimes reveal more than people are willing to see.

As Lucy seeks out subjects for her photos, Lucy gets to know Nate. But slowly the camera reveals what Nate doesn’t want to see: his grandmother’s memory is slipping away, and with it much of what he cherishes about his summers on the lake. This summer, Nate will learn about the power of art to show truth. And Lucy will learn how beauty can change lives . . . including her own.

You may like:   Rules by Cynthia Lord and Touch Blue by Cynthia Lord

rules touch blue

Click Here for Half A Chance Book Trailer by Liliana Martinez

Source: Follett Summaries

3rd Grade Read Aloud

Miracle Mud

Before reading Miracle Mud:  Lena Blackburne and the Secret Mud that Changed Baseball, by David A. Kelly, I have been talking about the importance of title.  Students in third grade have been brainstorming ways in which a reader uses a title before reading a book and why writers often make several revisions before deciding on the perfect title.

Third Graders Say Readers Use Titles To:

Determine the Topic
Decide if they want to read on!
Make Predictions
Ask Questions
Decide if they want to read on!

With the World Series just around the corner, Lena Blackburne’s “Miracle Mud” made the NBC news last week – “Baseball Has A Dirty Little Secret” (click to read article).