I am a list maniac. I love to make them. I love to check things off of them. I love to read them. I literally love lists. Now when you combine lists with books? To make book lists? Oh, I’m over the moon. So when one of my favorite blogs, Fuse 8 from School Library Journal announced that they were going to be publishing not 1, not 2, but 31 BEST OF CHILDREN’S BOOKS LISTS…well, I got a little excited.
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Such a fantastic idea this holiday season! Chronicle Children’s Books is making it easy for you to help give the gift of reading to children less fortunate. Visit their website and take the pledge with a simple click or use the hashtag #GiveBooks. For every pledge, Chronicle Books will donate a book to a child in need. Help them give 30,000 books!
From their website: (www.givebooks.co)
“Books are the best. They take you to faraway places and make you feel more at home in the world. They introduce you to new ideas and deepen connections with the things you love. But not everyone has access to books. Over 44 percent of the nation’s children—more than 32 million kids—live in low-income households without access to age-appropriate reading material and educational resources. During this 5th year of our annual campaign, we’re asking you to commit to giving books this holiday season. For every pledge, we’ll donate a book to First Book (up to 30,000). Use the hashtag #GiveBooks as many times as you want—each use counts as a new book in the hands of a child, and a testimonial to the magic of reading.”
Our Holiday Open House is set for Saturday, December 10th from 10:30-2:30 PM. You do not want to miss it this year. We’re having a cookie walk, craft vendor show, crafts and activities for the kids, a visit from Mrs. Claus…oh, yeah and a LIVE REINDEER. Clear your calendars, peeps. This is huge.
Instilling gratitude in children is one of the greatest gifts we can give. Here are a few titles to help you along.
All the World by Elizabeth Garton Scanlon
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
The Thankful Book by Todd Parr
Splat Says Thank You by Rob Scotton
Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
I Will Always Write Back by Caitlin Alifirenka and
If you haven’t read Book 1 or Book 2, now is the time. These are PHENOMENAL!
I started school visits this morning to announce our 2017 Battle of the Books and the kids seemed super excited! Books are now available at the public library…hurry up and grab your copy before they’re gone!
Click the links on the top menu for more information and let’s get ready to rumble!
For the past few years the Allegheny County Library Association (ACLA), in partnership with several Allegheny County school districts, have hosted the Children’s Choice Awards. Each year, a list of 8 books targeted at grades 4-6 are selected by public and school librarians. Students read from this list and are then invited to a day-long celebration at Soldiers & Sailors in Oakland in which they take part in various competitions and activities based on the books. I’m excited to announce that the final list has just been released! Moon schools have frequently attended the event date, but even if your child is not participating, this is a fantastic list of titles for your young reader. Please feel free to contact me with any questions. Happy Reading!
Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo
Raymie Clarke has come to realize that everything, absolutely everything, depends on her. And she has a plan. If Raymie can win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition, then her father, who left town two days ago with a dental hygienist, will see Raymie’s picture in the paper and (maybe) come home. To win, not only does Raymie have to do good deeds and learn how to twirl a baton; she also has to contend with the wispy, frequently fainting Louisiana Elefante, who has a show-business background, and the fiery, stubborn Beverly Tapinski, who’s determined to sabotage the contest. But as the competition approaches, loneliness, loss, and unanswerable questions draw the three girls into an unlikely friendship — and challenge each of them to come to the rescue in unexpected ways.
Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn’t happy about leaving her friends for Bah a de la Luna, but Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool, salty air that blows in from the sea. As the girls explore their new home, a neighbor lets them in on a secret: There are ghosts in Bah a de la Luna. Maya is determined to meet one, but Cat wants nothing to do with them. As the time of year when ghosts reunite with their loved ones approaches, Cat must figure out how to put aside her fears for her sister’s sake -and her own
Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan
Joe and Ravi might be from very different places, but they’re both stuck in the same place: SCHOOL. Joe’s lived in the same town all his life, and was doing just fine until his best friends moved away and left him on his own. Ravi’s family just moved to America from India, and he’s finding it pretty hard to figure out where he fits in. Joe and Ravi don’t think they have anything in common — but soon enough they have a common enemy (the biggest bully in their class) and a common mission: to take control of their lives over the course of a single crazy week.
Pax by Sara Pennypacker
Pax was only a kit when his family was killed and he was rescued by Peter. Now the country is at war and when his father enlists, Peter has no choice but to move in with his grandfather. Far worse than leaving home is the fact that he has to leave Pax behind. But before Peter spends even one night under his grandfathers roof he sneaks out into the night, determined to find his beloved friend. This is the story of Peter, Pax, and their journeys back to each other as war rampages throughout the country.
Slacker by Gordon Korman
Cameron Boxer is very happy to spend his life avoiding homework, hanging out with his friends, and gaming for hours in his basement. It’s not too hard for him to get away with it . . . until he gets so caught up in one game that he almost lets his house burn down around him. Oops. It’s time for some serious damage control–so Cameron and his friends invent a fake school club that will make it seem like they’re doing good deeds instead of slacking off. The problem? Some kids think the club is real–and Cameron is stuck being president. Soon Cameron is part of a mission to save a beaver named Elvis from certain extinction. Along the way, he makes some new friends–and some powerful new enemies. The guy who never cared about anything is now at the center of everything . . . and it’s going to take all his slacker skills to win this round.
The Hero Two Doors Down by Sharon Robinson
Based on the true story of a boy in Brooklyn who became neighbors and friends with his hero, Jackie Robinson. Steven Satlow is an eight-year-old boy living in Brooklyn, New York, which means he only cares about one thing-the Dodgers. Steve and his father spend hours reading the sports pages and listening to games on the radio. Aside from an occasional run-in with his teacher, life is pretty simple for Steve. But then Steve hears a rumor that an African American family is moving to his all-Jewish neighborhood. It’s 1948 and some of his neighbors are against it. His hero, Jackie Robinson, broke the color barrier in baseball the year before. Then it happens–Steve’s new neighbor is none other than Jackie Robinson! Steve is beyond excited about living two doors down from the Robinson family. He can’t wait to meet Jackie. This is going to be the best baseball season yet! How many kids ever get to become friends with their hero?
The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
Can a robot survive in the wilderness?
When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island. She has no idea how she got there or what her purpose is–but she knows she needs to survive. After battling a fierce storm and escaping a vicious bear attack, she realizes that her only hope for survival is to adapt to her surroundings and learn from the island’s unwelcoming animal inhabitants.
As Roz slowly befriends the animals, the island starts to feel like home–until, one day, the robot’s mysterious past comes back to haunt her. From bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator Peter Brown comes a heartwarming and action-packed novel about what happens when nature and technology collide.
Booked by Kwame Alexander
Twelve-year-old Nick is a football-mad boy who absolutely hates books. In this follow-up to the Newbery-winning novel The Crossover, football, family, love, and friendship take center stage as Nick tries to figure out how to navigate his parents) break-up, stand up to bullies, and impress the girl of his dreams. These challenges which seem even harder than scoring a tie-breaking, game-winning goal change his life, as well as his best friends. This energetic novel-in-verse by the poet Kwame Alexander captures all the thrills and setbacks, the action and emotion of a World Cup match.