This week, the Kindergarteners will be reading the companion book to Jeremy Draws A Monster, by Peter McCarty. In The Monster Returns, the monster that Jeremy drew returns to annoy Jeremy with his many demands and rude disposition. But, Jeremy has a surprise for the Monster! How does Jeremy outwit the Monster? Stay tuned to find out!
Since Remembrance Day is this coming weekend, we will be reading stories about war and tolerance. The Kindergarteners and Grade 1’s will be reading a wordless picture book called NO! by David McPhail. “Wordless, but speaking volumes, No! dramatizes conflict and its alternatives in a language that’s accessible to everyone, young or old.” (From the book jacket)
Grades 2 and up will be reading Six Men by David McKee. This is a powerful story about a group of men who become greedy and the consequences that occur when one group of people takes over another’s land. The story is accompanied by simplistic black and white drawings that really pack a punch!
This week we will be reading Halloween-themed picture books. The Kindergarteners and Grade 1’s will be reading Pumpkin Cat by Anne Mortimer. Cat learns how to plant and grow pumpkins with Mouse. At the end of the story, Mouse has a surprise for Cat.
Grades 2 and up will be reading Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds. This is a hilarious story about some wild carrots who start to follow Jasper Rabbit around, because he is eating them. Do creepy carrots really exist? Find out this week!
October is International School Library Month, and Monday, October 22nd is International School Library Day. The theme this year is: School Libraries: A Key to the Past, Present & Future.
To celebrate, this week, Ms. Lehnert will be showing students in grades 2 – 7 the Academy Award winning animated short film The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. Ms. Lehnert will show the story through the interactive iPad app. There will be 2 lunchtime screenings; grades 4-5 students on Tuesday, and grades 6-7 students on Thursday. Grades 2-3 students will be viewing the story during their regular library visit this week. “Inspired in equal measures, by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton, The Wizard of Oz, and a love for books, “Morris Lessmore” is a story of people who devote their lives to books and books who return the favor.” This is a rich and heart-warming story that will delight all students. Please note: this story is suitable for grades 2 and up.
The Kindergarteners and grade 1’s this week will be reading the new Bear story from author Karma Wilson, Bear Says Thanks. Bear’s friends come over with tasty treats to eat, but Bear’s cupboard is bare. What can Bear offer to his friends?
This week we will continue with another circular story, The Napping House, by Audrey Wood, a Kindergarten classic. Everyone gets on the bed to have a nap, until a tiny insect has everyone jumping off the bed in quick succession!
The primary classes will be reading the new Library Mouse tale (no pun intended!). Library Mouse: A Museum Adventure, by Daniel Kirk, has Sam and his friend Sarah venturing into the museum. This story also talks about keeping a journal, and making it interesting with different things that you can put into it.
I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! This week, the Kindergarteners are very excited to read the new Pete the Cat – Pete the Cat and His Groovy Buttons, by Eric Litwin. Ms. Lehnert played the free audio version of the book from the publisher’s website. You can also listen to the first 2 Pete the Cat books. Stay tuned for Pete the Cat Saves Christmas!
Grade 1 – 3 will be reading a new book called The Day Louis Got Eaten, by John Fardell. This is a humorous story about a boy who gets eaten by a creature and then the creature gets eaten in turn – sort of like a circular story, or a story that ends almost the same way it began. The story is told partly in graphic novel format, and we will be discussing how to read graphic novels and which frame you read first.
This week we have 2 brand new books to read.
The Kindergarteners and Grade 1’s will be reading the new Llama Llama book, Llama Llama Time To Share, by Anna Dewdney. The beginning of the school year, when new friends are made, is a good time to review sharing. Llama Llama meets his new neighbour, Nelly Gnu, and she comes over for a visit. At first Llama Llama doesn’t want to share, but both characters learn a valuable lesson. Visit Llama Llama’s website for fun educational games and activities.
Grade 2’s and grade 3’s will be reading the latest installment of Olivia the Pig, in Olivia and the Fairy Princesses, by Ian Falconer. Olivia is a different pig, and she likes to stand out amongst the crowd. All the other girls want to be fairy princesses when they grow up, but not Olivia. This is a story about individuality. Visit Olivia’s website for more fun.
This week we will be reading stories about Autumn or Fall, since Autumn began on Saturday, September 22nd.
Kindergarteners will be reading, Mouse’s First Fall by Lauren Thompson. Mouse and his friend Minka play in the leaves.
Grade 1’s will be reading Leaf Trouble by Jonathan Emmett, where Pip Squirrel tries to stop the trees from losing their leaves!
Grade 2 and up will be reading Jane Yolen’s, The Scarecrow’s Dance. A scarecrow frees himself from his post and dances around the farm, under a yellow moon.
This week the grade 1’s and the Kindergarteners will be reading Mo Willems’ newest Pigeon book, The Duckling Gets A Cookie.
All other grades will be reading a charming story called, Max’s Words, by Kate Banks. Max’s two brothers each collect something special, so Max decides to start his own collection, of words. But a collection of words can easily turn into a thought, a sentence, or a story. This story makes me want to start collecting words, myself!