We are celebrating “Delray Reads” on November 13, 2013. We are having guest readers come in to read to our classes, an all day read a thon (bring pillows and blankets, water bottles, snacks, books and wear your jammies!). Our featured book that day is going to be “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein. In honor of Delray Reads, here is a list of some great websites where you can read for free!
This week we are having a book fair sponsored by the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach. They are donating a book to every child in the district and we are really excited that we get to choose books for ourselves! The students will also each get a bag, a book mark, a bookplate sticker to go inside the book, and a coloring sheet. We hope this will start them on the road to being life long readers.
Here are some of the titles the kids will be able to choose from: PreK and K
Brown Bear, Brown Bear
Pete the Cat I love my white shoes
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
First and Second Grade
A House for Hermit Crab
Cloudy with a chance of meatballs
Henry and Mudge
Where the Wild Things are
Third, fourth, fifth, and sixth grades
Ramona the Brave
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Thank you Mr. Falker
We’ve been really busy in the media center at Spady and boy are we learning a lot! Since school started, we’ve been learning about how to take care of books, how to check out books and how to find the things we’re looking for in the media center.
Next week on September 23, we’re going to have a FREE book fair, sponsored by the Children’s Services Council. Every student will have an opportunity to choose their own book. Each child will also receive a book bag, a coloring sheet, and book mark. Isn’t that awesome? And two weeks after that, starting October 7, we’re going to have our fall book fair. There are going to be some amazing titles! I hope we’ll see you there!
This is a very exciting book about a kid named Spencer. He is new at his school and in 6th grade. He has a bunch of younger siblings that he (reluctantly) helps to care for and his mom is doing her best to keep things together since his dad left. Spencer is having trouble making friends and the local bully has targeted him. And then the trouble starts. He starts seeing weird creatures that no one else can see. It turns out that these magical creatures actually make it hard for kids to learn. The Janitors clean them up. Spencer has to decide who to trust and who not to trust. If you like magic and adventure, this is the book for you!
Check out the book trailer!
This is one of the new Sunshine State Young Reader nominees and it is so funny! It’s about a boy named Adam Melon and he really likes the nickname Melonhead. He has lots of good friends and TONS of great ideas, and some not so great ideas. He does things that are scary and sometimes dangerous and almost always funny. (Scary like climbing trees and getting stuck or being part owner of a snake). It sort of reminded me of “Clementine” by Sarah Pennypacker or “Ramona” by Beverly Clearly where the kids make some bad choices, but I liked this one better than either one of the those… it had such great dialogue! This is going to be one of MY favorites this year!
I LOVED this little book. It’s about a boy who goes back to school and finds a big stack of letters on his desk. It turns out the letters are from his crayons and BOY, do THEY have a lot to say. Some of the crayons are complaining that they are used TOO much and some are not used enough. Some are mad at each other. It’s HILARIOUS!!! I can’t wait to get it in our media center!
I’m not a big fan of graphic novels. I don’t really love Bone or Diary of Wimpy Kid. I get why people like them, I just would rather make my own mental images, thank you. I DID like this one though. It’s about a girl who is pulled into an alternate universe chasing ugly beasts (and some of them are chasing her) trying to rescue her mom. It was very exciting and I loved all the funny little plot twists. I also like how this story had me asking lots of questions, like who do you trust when you are somewhere that isn’t like anywhere you’ve ever been before? Can you trust people or animals or hideous beasts based on how they look or is there some other sense you have to use? I also like stories where girls have to use powers they didn’t even know they had… like courage and bravery and strength (not necessarily the physical kind either). So, in other words, this was a graphic novel that even I liked! I can’t wait to read the rest of them.
This book is about a girl who goes with her mom to visit her grandmother. It isn’t really the happiest of visits because it turns out her grandmother has cancer and she’s coming back with them so she can be close to them while she’s getting treatment. The girl doesn’t really understand why her mom and her grandmother don’t get along that well and why her mom seems to hate the desert where her grandmother lives. As the story goes a long, you find out why. Toning the sweep has to do with how people celebrate a person’s life when they are gone. Toning the sweep, in the African American community means that you are striking a piece of metal (a sweep is a plow) with a hammer, kind of like ringing a bell, and that ringing helps everyone move on. In this story, they are toning the sweep not only for the grandmother, but also for her husband, who died a long time ago.
Just Juice is about a girl who doesn’t know how to read. She thinks it’s so scary to learn how to read she stops going to school. It turns out there are big consequences though. It turns out her dad has trouble reading too. He has so much trouble that he hasn’t been reading the letters the city sends him about the taxes they owe on their house and maybe they’ll take the house because of all the taxes. On top of it, Juice’s mom isn’t feeling too well because she’s about to have another baby. Will everything be ok?
This is another dystopian future book. I’m a big fan of dystopian future but I didn’t really like this one. It’s set in a place that has storms that shake things up. So you might have a storm and now you can’t breathe. Or everything is upside down. Or it rains ketchup. There are also ghosts that can inhabit dead bodies and will kill you. The two main characters are a boy and girl who are orphans and they live together in the lair of the city’s biggest thief. They are sent to steal some treasure that she heard about. They find the treasure but find something they didn’t really expect, which is an artifact, from the olden days before the chaos storms. The artifact has some very interesting powers and since they don’t want to give it to the biggest thief, they run away. In their travels, they meet another run away, who is a golem. A golem is a mythical man created out of clay. The old stories about golems (that I’ve read) are that the golem was created when the Jews were under attack and he can only be raised by a high holy man. The golem in this story wonders why he was created and by whom, which is an interesting thread to the story. Anyway, lots of good guys and bad guys. They switch sides and there’s lots of betrayal and intrigue. I thought the setting of the place was really complicated and made it hard for me to get a good mental image of where I was. See what you think.