How to Survive as a Firefly

September 11, 2017

How to Survive as a Firefly
by Kristen Foote
Illustrated by Erica Salcedo

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Did you know that fireflies only live as adults for 5-30 days?

Drill Sergeant Firefly is tasked with teaching the firefly larvae all they need to know to survive their life cycle.  And he must accomplish this task quickly, before he dies.

Told in a comical dialogue, readers learn about metamorphosis, the firefly life cycle, bioluminescence, and everything you could possibly want to know about fireflies!

Looking for a way to spice up your how tos?

Looking for a possible project using coding, incorporating life cycles?

Looking for a mentor text that shows a comical voice?

Just looking for a good read?

This is the book for you!


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The Girl Who Ran

September 11, 2017

The Girl Who Ran: Bobbi Gibb, The First Woman to Run the Boston  Marathon
by Frances Poletti and Kristina Yee
Illustrated by Susanna Chapman

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Do you want a book about NEVER GIVING UP?  This is for you!  Bobbi Gibb is a girl in the 1960s.  All she wants to do is run.  But others try to stop her, her father even says “Girls don’t run!”  That doesn’t stop Bobbi.  For her first race, she disguises herself as a boy, wearing boy tennis shoes and covering her hair with a hooded sweatshirt.  Midway through the race, she had been spotted and the men running the race replied “We won’t let anyone throw you out; it’s a free road.”  So Bobbi took off her sweatshirt and finished the race!

An inspiring biography of one person who wanted to change the world, who wanted to follow her heart.

Use this at the beginning of the school year as you build community and discuss hopes and dreams!  Bobbi Gibb will definitely inspire your students to never give up and to follow their dreams!

Sally Sore Loser

November 21, 2016

by Frank J. Sileo

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Catalog blurb: After having her classmates walk away from her during a soccer game at recess because she hogs the ball, is bossy, and cares only about winning, Sally gets some good advice from her teacher and her mother. Includes note to parents.

Have someone in your class that could use a little social skills learning?  This book shows how Sally’s attitude causes others not to want to play with her at recess and how Sally feels afterwards.  It is a great social story to learn how to win and lose gracefully.

The Magic Word

November 18, 2016

by Mac Barnett

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You can have ANYTHING in the world only if you say the MAGIC WORD.  No, the magic word is not PLEASE in this instance…it is Alakazoomba.  Just like magic, your wish comes true.  But, you have to know when to use your talent or things could go terribly wrong!

This book has a slight nod to Jumanji by Chris VanAllsburg in that the impossible happens in an otherwise normal situation.

Use this book as a great read aloud when reminding your students about their P’s and Q’s.

Coming Soon! Scholastic Branches Transitional Chapter Books

March 16, 2016

I am just too excited about these titles that I am doing a blog post before they even arrive.

Motivating, Easy-To-Read Chapter Books: BRANCHES

In the recent past, Scholastic has created a part of their company dedicated to the transitional chapter book.  This part of their company is called Branches. Branches chapter books bridge the gap between early readers and beginning chapter books. Scholastic also provides a Teacher’s Classroom Guide for ideas on how to incorporate these books into your instruction.

These transitional chapter books have

  • Easy-to-read text
  • Simple plotlines
  • Plenty of context clues
  • Purposeful illustrations that aid reading comprehension

I am happy to announce that we had a successful book fair this spring, and with those profits I was able to purchase the following Branches chapter books:

  • Continuing the series of Notebook of Doom
    Alexander Bopp has just moved to a new town where he uncovers all sorts of monsters!
  • Continuing the series of Princess Pink and the Fake Believe
    Fairy tales go hilariously off course as Princess Pink meets wacky characters in the land of Fake-Believe!

  • Continuing the series of Owl Diaries
    Eva Wingdale’s (the main character owl) life is a HOOT; follow her fun adventures in her diaries.
  • New to the library: Kung Pow Chicken series
    Gordon Blue was an ordinary second grader — until he became the superhero known as Kung Pow Chicken! Now he battles bad guys all over town!
  • New to the library: Dragon Masters series
    Drake never thought dragons were real—until he was chosen to train his very own dragon!
  • New to the library: Eerie Elementary
    Sam’s school is alive… and it is hungry for students! Can he and his friends save the day?

  • Hopefully coming soon: Looniverse series
    A magical coin makes Ed’s universe go more than a little loony in this edge-of-your-seat series.

These titles are all on order right now and should be arriving in the library within two weeks.  I will quickly get barcodes on them and put them in the library catalog so our transitional readers have even more resources to be successful readers this spring!

Kate & Pippin: An Unlikely Friendship

January 22, 2016

Kate & Pippin: An Unlikely Friendship

by Martin Springett

For readers who enjoyed Little Pink Pup or Owen and Mzee, Kate & Pippin are yet another great unlikely pair who form a very special bond.  Animal lovers are sure to enjoy this tender story of a dog helping to raise an abandoned fawn.

Book blurb from the catalog: Photographs and simple text reveal the true story of a fawn which, abandoned by her mother and brought to live on a farm, is raised by Kate, a Great Dane which has never had puppies of her own.

I Will Take a Nap!

January 22, 2016

I Will Take a Nap!

the newest edition to the Elephant and Piggie series

by Mo Willems

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This latest edition to the Elephant and Piggie series will not disappoint Mo Willems’ fans!