Beyond Kidz Bop

Perhaps you need a break from Top 40, but you’ve exhausted the latest Kidz Bop CD. Maybe you feel like you’ll cry if you have to listen to The Wheels on the Bus one more time. Never fear. Help has arrived! I’ve found some FANTASTIC music that you and your little one will both be rockin’ out to in no time.

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I cannot stop listening to Track 4, SFA Disco Dance Party. Put this one on when it’s time to clean the house.

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You’ll feel like you’re in the heart of New Orleans with hits like Baby Loves Beignets and Tuba Lullaby. You’re kids are going to be Jazz fans in no time.

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You love rap. Your kids love rap. Introduce them to Secret Agent 23 Skidoo to practice your MC skills and you’ll kill at karaoke.


Starting a New Chapter

I remember being so excited when my children learned to read on their own. It was bittersweet for me, as I missed reading to my kids when they were still curling up in my lap, so proud to see them turning into readers themselves. Here are a few fantastic new transitional chapter books for the young reader in your life.



by Kent Clark
Everyone in Peter Powers’ family has super awesome superpowers. His dad controls fire with his mind, and his mom can fly. His big brother makes copies of himself, and his little sister is super-strong. And his baby brother even turns invisible! But all Peter can do is– this is really embarrassing –make ice cubes with his fingertips. When Captain Tornado comes to town and begins robbing banks, will Peter Powers and his totally lame abilities step up to save the day–or will he get cold feet? Join Peter Powers and his fantastic family for their first action-packed and fun-filled adventure to find out! Peter Powers and His Not-So-Super Powers is the first in a new chapter book series of exciting stories about a young boy who has the worst superpower ever. Each story is full of humor, action, and fun, but the charm can be found in the heartfelt message about the power of family, friends, and having confidence.
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by Charise Mericle Harper
In this chapter book for young readers, June is thrilled to get a new neighbor: Mae! Soon the two of them are best friends and are having adventures determined by the Wonder Wheel that they spin each morning. Whether it’s pretending to be a dog for a day or collecting things that are blue, the girls never know what each day will bring. Also, June has a secret: her dog Sammy can talk, but only she can hear him. Will her new best friend believe her if she tells her?
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by Gill Lewis
Meet the students at Puppy Academy–a team of plucky puppies learning to be working dogs. Everyone says Star is much too fast to be a sheepdog–but when your mom is a sheepdog champion, what else can you be? When a lamb goes missing on a field trip to Stormy Mountain, Star races up help!

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The School is Alive!

Eerie Elementary series by Jack Chabert
Eerie Elementary is one scary school!In this first book in the series, Sam Graves discovers that his elementary school is ALIVE! Sam finds this out on his first day as the school hall monitor. Sam must defend himself and his fellow students against the evil school! Is Sam up to the challenge? He’ll find out soon enough: the class play is just around the corner. Sam teams up with friends Lucy and Antonio to stop this scary school before it’s too late!


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Animal Inn series by Paul Dubois Jacobs
Play and stay at the Animal Inn, a brand-new chapter book series where the fur–and fun–flies at an animal spa and hotel. The Animal Inn is an all-inclusive pet resort/hotel/center/spa for animals from dogs to rabbits, cats to ducks, parrots to lizards. From doggie and kitty daycare, to grooming, and group play–you name it, and the Animal Inn has it. The Inn is run by the Tyler family along with their pets Leopold, the Macaw; Fuzzy and Furry, the gerbils; dogs Dash and Coco; felines Shadow and Whiskers; and a rollicking horde of animal visitors. When the animals hear that a new boarder–a Komodo Dragon–will be coming to the Inn, they panic! Is it a fire-breathing dragon? Will it gobble them all up and then devour their family? What’s to become of the Animal Inn?
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He’s not just the class pet hamster, he’s SUPER TURBO! In this second book, Super Turbo battles flying ninja squirrels who threaten to take over the school! You know Turbo as the crime-fighting hamster from the Captain Awesome books. But ever wonder what actually goes on when the last school bell rings and Turbo is left to his own devices? After all, what do you think your class pets do all day? You think they sleep, eat, and wait for you to play with them? Well, think again, because Turbo isn’t just any hamster. He’s SUPER TURBO and he’s here to fight evil in and out of the classroom! Along with his superpet companions, Turbo battles everyday evils at Sunnyview Elementary, such as flying ninja squirrels, a gang of evil rats, giant Eraser Dude, and more! In this second book, Turbo and the Superpet Superhero League think they can lay low for a little while since they defeated Whiskerface and his rat pack…but they’re wrong! When something goes flying across Classroom C while Turbo is jogging on his wheel, he speeds up that jog and springs into action. Because it’s not just something flying across his classroom. It’s an evil flying ninja squirrel determined to take over the school with his pals. The Superpet Superhero League must stop them! With easy-to-read language, illustrations, and comic panels on almost every page, the Super Turbo chapter books are perfect for emerging readers!

To the Party Bears, every thing is a good thing. Their entire attitude can be summed up in one word: YAY! They love doughnuts, dancing, and above all else–a good party. Not so for the rest of the animals living in the Grumpy Woods. They find the bears terribly annoying.When a few beavers come to town, the Grumpy Woods are even grumpier than usual. These beavers are drying up their river with their dam . . . the beavers are ruining everything! They must leave–it is decreed! But the Super Happy Party Bears just love the beavers! As the Grumpy Woods scheme to unwelcome them, the Super Happy Party Bears throw them a housewarming party that will prove dancing can always save the day.

Project Droid series by Nancy E. Krulik
It’s a pretty normal day for Logan Applebaum–until his inventor mother announces that she’s built him a new robot cousin. And Java may be really smart, but he’s also going to be a major handful. No one can know about his secret. This is going to be a long school year. With the third grade science fair coming up, though, Logan thinks maybe a super computer cousin could come in handy and he’ll finally have a shot at beating the nosey Silverspoon twins who win at everything. But when Sherry and Jerry steal Java as their partner, and then start suspecting something is up with the new kid, can Logan think fast before this crazy experiment becomes an epic disaster?
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Beasts of Olympus series by Lucy Coats
Set in a magical Ancient Greece where strange things still walk the Earth. Beast Keeper tells the story of Pandemonius (a.k.a. “Demon,” the half-god son of Pan) who, on his tenth birthday, is called upon to look after all the mythical creatures that belong to the stables of Olympus!

Congratulations Book Battlers!

Congratulations to our Book Battle Winners!




4th Grade

1st Pace **also won the costume contest!
The Reading Rockets (Bon Meade)
Shree Bhanushali
Rylee Gehrlein
Gia Henderson
Abigail Lubitz
Natalie Micklethwaite
Manager: Trista Gehrlein

2nd Place
The Wizards of Words (Bon Meade)
Hayden Aiello
Gabe Gill
Evan Thomas
Ayyan Zaki
Manager: Rebecca Gill

3rd Place
Blasting Bookers (Bone Meade)
Nick Clemens
Carlos Gomez
Kayla Hiemstra
Cynthia Ju
Nolan Wegrecki
Manager: Kristy Pindilli & Gina Violi

5th Grade

1st Place
Literary Legends-Moon
Prem Jethwa
Alex Koch
Niko Moore
Darson Shankar
Aarav Surapaneni
Manager: Rebecca Moore

2nd Place
Neon Nerds-Moon
Angie Beatty
Savannah Ellis
Madison Gerhardt
Veda Gopal
Alexa Pippy
Manager: Lori Gerhardt

3rd Place
Five Guys Books & Bowties-Moon
Vinny Colangelo
Marcus McCoy
Cooper Nickles
Anish Raghaven
Lance Zabela
Manager: Heather Nickles



Amelia Who?

Ever heard of Amelia Bloomer? She was a women’s rights activist in the 1800’s and the namesake of a fabulous children’s literature award. Here are just a few of the books that were acknowledged by the Amelia Bloomer Project for excellence in portraying significant feminist content in quality children’s books. You can check out the entire list at www.ameliabloomer.wordpress.com

Happy Reading!

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Before Eugenie Clark’s groundbreaking research, most people thought sharks were vicious, blood-thirsty killers. From the first time she saw a shark in an aquarium, Japanese-American Eugenie was enthralled. Instead of frightening and ferocious eating machines, she saw sleek, graceful fish gliding through the water. After she became a scientist—an unexpected career path for a woman in the 1940s—she began taking research dives and training sharks, earning her the nickname “The Shark Lady.”

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In 1861, at the age of 37, Harriet Colfax took on the job of lighthouse keeper for the Michigan City lighthouse off Lake Michigan. It was a bold and determined endeavor, especially since there were very few female lighthouse keepers in the country at that time. For 43 years, until the age of 80, Harriet kept her light burning, through storms, harsh winters, and changes in technology. This true story focuses on Harriet’s commitment and determination to fulfilling her charge and living life on her own terms. Excerpts from her actual log are included.

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She couldn’t go to college. She couldn’t become a politician. She couldn’t even vote. But Elizabeth Cady Stanton didn’t let that stop her. She called on women across the nation to stand together and demand to be treated as equal to men—and that included the right to vote. It took nearly seventy-five years and generations of women fighting for their rights through words, through action, and through pure determination . . . for things to slowly begin to change.

Wonder Women provides thought-provoking profiles that introduces world-changing women of history, as well as connecting the impact of their work to the work of women in STEM fields today,

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Guest Reading: Winter Edition

‘Tis the season for guest readers! If you’re in need of a last-minute title to take into the classroom, look no further!

Image result for biggest best snowmanThe Biggest Best Snowman by Margery Cuyler

Image result for gingerbread girlGingerbread Girl by Lisa Campbell Ernst

Image result for hanukkah miceThe Hannukah Mice by Steven Kroll

Image result for over and under the snowOver and Under the Snow by Kate Messner

Image result for santa claus three bearsSanta Claus and the Three Bears by Maria Modugno

Image result for snowy day keatsThe Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

Image result for stick man juliaStick Man by  Julia Donaldson

Image result for tacky the penguinTacky the Penguin by Helen Lester