Have you seen the movie trailer for Wonder yet? I can't stop watching it! I am amazed by the excellent casting. This book is near and dear to my heart, so I am glad to see the preview looks like it will live up to my very high expectations. Wonder is definitely on my list of 100 books I'll be reading this summer so that I can have the story fresh in my mind when the movie comes out in November!
Speaking of which... Olivia will be turning 9 on July 12th, and to celebrate, she donated the book Wonder to the Hamilton library! I know this is going to be a popular one in the fall, so I am so glad to have a new copy for the library. Happy birthday, Olivia, and thank you for participating in the Birthday Book Club!
Today we were visited by two amazing librarians from Troy Public Library, Ms. Meaghan & Ms. Emily. Students learned about the "Top Ten @ TPL", a list of 10 simple activities they can do to earn prizes all summer long. Keep an eye out for a flyer with more info that all students will get to take home. Although the program does not begin until June 17th, you can register TODAY! Go here to sign up:
It's the busiest time of year - which may explain why I haven't updated my blog a whole lot lately... Between the two book fairs, M-step testing, working on our new Maker Spaces, so many meetings, and all those things that need to happen to wrap up the end of another school year and prepare the library for next year *whew, take a breath* There's so much to do and so little time. But I'm always looking for ways to steal minutes and read more books. Here are some fun new books I have enjoyed in the last two weeks.
Beya does! And while she shares that birthday with her twin brother, she doesn't have to share her birthday book while she has it checked out for the next two weeks. Thankfully, Beya is excellent at sharing, and will be sharing Hallie's Horrible Handwriting with all of Hamilton. Thank you for sharing, and happy 7th Birthday, Beya!
I often surprise students with this fact: When I was in elementary school I did not love to read. I had (and still have) terrible eye-sight and got headaches and frustration when reading. I loved listening to books, and I feel strongly that I developed my love of reading by being read to. Listening to my mom, my teachers, and even my friends read aloud was one of my favorite things. But reading books all by myself? Nope.
It wasn't until middle school that I started to really get excited about reading. I attribute that to a friend who introduced me to the fantasy genre. But I think that because I was not an avid reader as a kid, I missed out on a lot of "favorite series" that adults my age grew up with. For example, the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. When my book club decided they were going to "re-read" these books for nostalgia's sake I jumped aboard, embarrassingly admitting that I was reading them for the first time. Now I am thrilled to be half-way through this series so that I can finally talk to my students about it and truly know what it is like. Now whenever I am asked to recommend a historical fiction series I know just where to go... but I do give kids this warning:
My impression of the series so far - the first book was boring. I just wasn't wild(er) about it (sorry). This is a big deal-breaker for kids. If the first book in the series can't hold my interest, why should I keep reading? Well, the second book got a little better, and the third (which isn't about Laura's family at all but about her future husband, Almanzo) is better still, but it wasn't until I read On the Banks of Plum Creek that I got really into this series. Oh man! That book is full of action. So many crazy things happen to Laura and her family while living in the dugout on Plum Creek. I have read two more books in the series, but this one is still my favorite. So if you started Little House in the Big Woods and abandoned it because it wasn't holding your interest... try Plum Creek. Just give it a go. You won't be sorry.
Sophia celebrated her 6th birthday on April 6th! Happy golden birthday, Ms. Sophia. And thank you for celebrating by donating this lovely copy of Planet Kindergarten to the Hamilton Library. Pretty soon you'll be blasting off to Planet 1st grade!
Happy Birthday, Caleb! This Birthday Boy donated a brand-new copy of Dragons Love Tacos to the library, and it has already been checked out by many avid fans. We can't get enough of those taco-lovin' dragons. Enjoy your Birthday, Caleb.... and watch out for the spicy salsa!
Fans of the 39 Clues series and Blue Balliet's books will enjoy Jennifer Chambliss Bertman's Book Scavenger. The story of twelve-year-old Emily, an avid reader and lover of puzzles. Emily plays the titular game Book Scavenger, wherein people hide books all over the country and leave puzzles and riddles as clues to find them. Emily's parents, who are both freelance writers, move from state to state every few years with a goal of living in all 50 states. And this has always been exciting for Emily. Until they move to San Francisco, where she makes her first good friend (James) and gets involved in a dangerous new game of riddles and codes, chasing books all over town, while being chased by dangerous criminals. Will Emily solve the game in time? Will she be able to maintain her friendship with James? Will her family uproot her and move again? I won't say - you will have to read to find out.
But I will tell you this... All the while I was reading this book I kept thinking, "I really wish this game were real! I would love playing Book Scavenger!" Guess what... The game is real! And there are scavengers hiding and finding books right here in Troy, Michigan. I have decided to join in the fun and will begin hiding books in the area. I hope you will join me in the game and try to find them. Here is the Book Scavenger website: http://bookscavenger.com/ And here is a list of books hidden and found in Troy, MI: http://bookscavenger.com/?s=Troy%2C+Michigan
I'll be hiding books in other areas as well, and plan to continue hiding books as long as I can. So keep an eye on the map of hidden books to see if one pops up near you!
If you enjoyed Book Scavenger, the sequel: The Unbreakable Code, comes out on April 25th, 2017!
A big happy birthday to 3rd graders Megan Sims (2/28) and Gabriel Morán (3/2)! They're celebrating their birthdays by donating two new books to the library. Megan's Geronimo Stilton Kingdom of Fantasy book and Gabriel's Big Book of Space are sure to be huge hits with Hamilton students. I can't wait to read them, too!
Hamilton was treated to a special guest on Tuesday, March 1st. To kick off our March is Reading Month festivities, we got to meet a famous, local author - Bryan Chick! Bryan came to talk to 3rd-5th grade students about growing up in Michigan, how he became an author, and how he was inspired by the Detroit Zoo as a child. This inspiration lead to him writing The Secret Zoo series, which currently has 5 published titles (the 6th will be out in just a few weeks!). He gave away copies of his first book, The Secret Zoo, to four lucky audience members who could correctly answer his big questions. What were the big questions? You'll have to attend one of his presentations to find out. He's visiting schools in Michigan all month long.
Would you like to read the Secret Zoo series? Good news: Mrs. Henderson can request them from our library and other TSD libraries so you can read one right away! Wishing you were one of the students who got a signed copy of the book? More good news: Mr. Chick has order forms you can fill out to purchase copies of the first 5 books in the series. He will sign them and bring them back to our school. Please return the book orders and money by Wednesday, March 8th, to get a signed copy!