Sunday, May 17, 2015

Starring Grace By: Mary Hoffman, Caroline Binch Illustrated by: Caroline Binch

It's summer vacation for Grace and her neighborhood friends, just the time for the fun to begin! Grace remains the imaginative, energetic girl first introduced in Amazing Grace (1991) as she involves all the kids in dramatic play. From helping an isolated older woman to creating a circus, Grace and her chums spend a delightful summer vacation close to home.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Henry's Freedom Box By: Ellen Levine

 A stirring, dramatic story of a slave who mails himself to freedom by a Jane Addams Peace Award-winning author and a Coretta Scott King Award-winning artist.

Henry Brown doesn't know how old he is. Nobody keeps records of slaves' birthdays. All the time he dreams about freedom, but that dream seems farther away than ever when he is torn from his family and put to work in a warehouse. Henry grows up and marries, but he is again devastated when his family is sold at the slave market. Then one day, as he lifts a crate at the warehouse, he knows exactly what he must do: He will mail himself to the North. After an arduous journey in the crate, Henry finally has a birthday -- his first day of freedom.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Visiting Author - Matt Phelan

We are looking forward to welcoming a visiting author to our school soon.  Check out his books and information -

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Maple by Lori Nichols

Lori Nichols’ enchanting debut features an irresistible, free-spirited, nature-loving little girl who greets the changing seasons and a new sibling with arms wide open.

When Maple is tiny, her parents plant a maple tree in her honor. She and her tree grow up together, and even though a tree doesn’t always make an ideal playmate, it doesn’t mind when Maple is in the mood to be loud—which is often. Then Maple becomes a big sister, and finds that babies have their loud days, too. Fortunately, Maple and her beloved tree know just what the baby needs.

Author's site -

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Book Quotes

So we started a new thing at school to encourage reading - we post a quote each day from a book, some a common and other more obscure.  Each day the students write the book title and author, submit their guess  and a little prize is given.  Here are a few of the  quotes with the answers.  We post obviously without the "answers"!  Enjoy!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Draw! By Raúl Colón

Based on his own childhood, beloved and award-winning artist Raul Colon's wordless book is about the limitless nature of creativity and imagination.

A boy alone in his room.
Sketchbook in hand.
What would it be like to on safari?

A boy named Leonardo begins to imagine and then draw a world afar&;first a rhinoceros, and then he meets some monkeys, and he always has a friendly elephant at his side. Soon he finds himself in the jungle and carried away by the sheer power of his imagination, seeing the world through his own eyes and making friends along the way.

From the Carle Museum -

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Spring is Here! by Heidi Pross Gray

Discover the world as it wakes from its winter slumber as the flowers blossom, the animals come out from their resting place, and nature comes alive during this season of renewal. Head outside and play soccer and baseball with your friends while enjoying a wonderful picnic lunch from the food you grew in your garden! Heidi has done it again with this wonderful, wholesome book about the spring season, tying family and nature together in a book that will leave you feeling excited about spring!

Check out the author's blog -