Sunday, October 23, 2016

Library List

I thought I'd share with you the books a saw checked out this week.  
These are books real K-5 students are reading.

Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library
I know I'm seeing this one checkout because I'm reading it aloud to my 3rd graders and several want to read ahead!

Knuffle Bunny
This is one I saw a lot this week with the younger kids.

I'll keep you posted on what books I see this upcoming week! 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Brightly's 50 Best Books for 9-and-10-Year-Olds +GIVEAWAY

I have been a fan of the website Brightly for awhile now.  If you haven't checked it out you should.  And I encourage you to sign up to receive their emails as well. They do NOT over spam you at all! It's just a great website full of book lists, activities to do with books and help for parents who want to get their kids reading more.  

When they sent me an email about their latest page I loved it! I teach this age group now, so I love that this is a great list I can send them to.  This list was put together by a group of  children's literature experts.  It's fantastic.  And I really like that it's also arranged by genre.  Makes it super easy for kids (and parents) to find good books they think they'll like.

You need to check out this list.  You can find it HERE.  

Two of my favorites on the list are:

A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

Three Times Lucky by Shelia Turnage

Brightly has offered up a giveaway for my readers!

Up for grabs:
Brightly tote bag
Two books from the list

US addresses only
At least 13

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Rise of the Lioness: Restoring a Habitat and Its Pride on the Liuwa Plains by Bradley Hague

Title: Rise of the Lioness: Restoring a Habitat and Its Pride on the Liuwa Plains
Author: Bradley Hague

Poaching and war damaged an isolated wilderness in West Zambia, reducing its lion population to just one: Lady, the last lioness. Witness Lady's fight for survival in this evocative narrative on the decline, fall, and rebirth of the Liuwa Plains. Follow Lady as she grapples with a landscape altered by human hands and discover how both Lady and humankind restore balance to the environment.

More than a story about one brave lion, The Lioness offers a great introduction to life science by looking at the workings of an ecosystem, the methods of scientists and environmentalists, and explaining the interconnection between the plant, animal, and human systems.

This is a absolutely fascinating book! The story of Lady (the last Lioness) is amazing.  To hear how she was alone for 10 years and how they were able to bring more lions to her was incredible.  I found myself almost cheering a little when I read that her and the male lions became a family and inseparable.  And then when cubs were born! Just amazing to see the be how they worked to bring the lions back and to see they were having success.  

The photography in the book is great.  I love nonfiction books with lots of clear strong photographs because they help me understand the information better.  This pictures in this book did that.  From the pictures I was able to better understand the climate of Liuwa, the affects of poaching and how lions survive there.  I know many kids will be hooked by the pictures in the book!

Media Thoughts:  I would for sure add this to my collection.  I'm finding that elementary kids enjoy and seek out animal nonfiction books, and this would be a great addition.  To note, though, this is not a simple read.  Although it's filled with photographs it also has a lot of text. Just something to keep in mind.  Also - I think it would be a great book to share with the science teachers in the building.  It talks about habitat, ecology, and ecosystem just to name a few.  

Like nonfiction
Like books about animals
Are pulled into a book by the pictures

Monday, October 10, 2016

Review: Pug Meets Pig by Sue Lowell Gallion +GIVEAWAY

Title: Pug Meets Pig
Author: Sue Lowell Gallion
Illustrator: Joyce Wan

An unlikely pair—a pug and a pig!—realize that it’s better to be together.

Pug is a very happy pup. He has his own yard, his own bowl, and even his own cozy bed! That is, until Pig moves in and starts eating from Pug’s bowl, interrupting Pug’s routine, and, worst of all, sleeping in Pug’s bed. Will Pug and Pig ever learn to live together as friends?

So cute! I absolutely adore this book!  It's a simply written book, but yet captures pug's feelings perfectly as he meets the new pig.  The illustrations couple with the text so nicely keeping the simplicity yet full of emotion. I can completely see students loving this book and laughing at poor pug as he struggles to adapt to a new house-mate. They will fall in love with him as much as I have. What I like too is that see them "reading" the book as well just by reading the pictures.  

I love the message as well - that if we open up to new opportunities they can turn out wonderfully.  Students will get that message without it having to be stated.  They will just see what pug learned and learn from it as well.  

Just a well done book that will become a favorite of mine and I hope my students as well.

Media thoughts:  Yes! This will go in the collection for sure.  I also plan on reading it aloud to my kindergartners and doing some activities with it.  

Like dogs
Like pigs :)
Are just the the verge of reading

About the Author
Sue Lowell Gallion is a printer's daughter, so she has a life-long love of type, paper, and the aroma of ink. Her work has been published in magazines including Highlights and High Five, and she loves sharing books with kids as a volunteer tutor. Pug Meets Pig is her debut picture book. A second Pug and Pig adventure, Pug & Pig Trick or Treat, is coming in fall 2017. Sue lives with her family in Leawood, Kansas. Visit her at

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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Library List This Weelk

I thought I'd share with you the books a saw checked out this week.  
These are books real K-5 students are reading.

Lunch Lady
This week I saw several kids checking out books from this series.  I know they've been around for awhile, but this week they were really popular! 

I'm so excited to see kids checking this book out!!! Such a good book!

I'll keep you posted on what books I see this upcoming week!