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Favorite Snowy Day Reads

Click on the image below to see my favorite snowy day reads.


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Spooktacular Reads

Spooktacular Reads

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Powtoon Genre Intros

Several fifth grade classes at my school are doing mystery and science fiction genre studies this quarter. When asked to do book talks earlier this week for two of these classes I wanted to incorporate some sort of introduction to show some of the different types of books found in these two genres. PowToon came to mind as a tool to use. I’d used PowToon for a short clip for the library website before, but I wanted to see what else I could make.

Powtoon allows for the creation of short cartoon-style videos that can be exported to Youtube or embedded. There are a small number of different styles that can be selected. There are backgrounds, props, and characters. Music can be added to PowToon creations, which gave me the opportunity to try out Soundzabound as well (In Wisconsin, Soundzabound is part of Badgerlink).

The free version of Powtoon allows for 20 videos to be exported to Youtube. Eventually free videos will be limited to 45 seconds, but right now there is not a limit.

Click on the pictures below to see the genre intro movies.

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31 Books: Celebrating a Reading Past

The video linked below is a reflection on 31 books that shaped me as a reader. I tried to pick fiction (and a few nonfiction) reads from different times in my life. Some of these were not my favorites of those authors, series or genres, but they hooked me into further reads. I intentionally picked books not from my recent reading past.

On a similar theme are these two older posts:

My Life in Newbery

My Life in Caldecott

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2011-2012 Top Nonfiction Checkouts

These were the top Nonfiction books for the school year. My students are fond of books chock full of weird and interesting facts. They especially love those fact books when they are big and filled with outrageous pictures. Another thing they love are animal books.

14. Winter’s Tail

13. Weird But True 2

12. Weird But True

11. Scholastic Book of World Records 2011

10. Saving Animals from Hurricanes

9. Saving Audie a Pit Bull Puppy Gets a Second Chance

8. The World Almanac for Kids 2011

7. Spyology: The Complete Book of Spycraft

6. Ripley’s Believe it Or Not: Seeing is Believing

5. 1001 Wacky Things to Do

4. Cats vs. Dogs

3. Scholastic Book of World Records 2002 (Yes, that does say 2002).

2. Guiness World Records 2011

1. Ultimate Dinopedia: The Most Complete Dinosaur Reference

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2011-2012 Top Picture Book Checkouts

These were our top checkouts this year at my school library. The fourth grade Battle of the Books titles played a big role here, but those picture books were also in Wisconsin’s Golden Archer Award that all of our grades helped vote on.

10. Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas

9. Poor Puppy by Nick Bruel

8. Rocking in My School Shoes by Eric Litwin

7. Knuffle Bunny Free by Mo Willems*

6. I Spy Spooky Night by Jean Marzollo

5. I Spy Mystery by Jean Marzollo

4. I Spy Gold Challenger by Jean Marzollo

3. Art and Max by David Wiesner*

2. Here Comes the Big, Mean Dust Bunny by Jan Thomas*

1. Your Favorite Seuss 13 Stories by Dr. Seuss

*a fourth grade battle of the books title

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2011-2012 Top 15 Checkouts: Fiction

2011-2012 Top Checkouts


Fourth Grade Battle of the Books titles are denoted with a *

15. The Maze of Bones

14. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda

13.  Swindle

12. Darth Paper Strikes Back

11.  Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever

10.  Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

9.  Mockingbird*

8.  The Popularity Papers

7.  Junie B., First Grader Jingle Bells, Batman Smells

6.  Heat*

5.  Turtle in Paradise*

4.  Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth

3.  Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules

2.  Framed*

1.  Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley’s Journal

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2011-2012 Top 10 Checkouts: Graphic Novels

2011-2012 Top 10 Checkouts

Graphic Novels

This year I moved the graphic novels to a place just for them. Previously, they were interspersed in the nonfiction, fiction and picture books. The graphic novels area was a popular section of the library and it really seemed to boost their circulation–at least for most of them. I need to think of a better way to promote the TOON Book titles and similar easy graphic novels.

I couldn’t limit myself just to ten this year. There were three titles/series that really took off this year that I wanted to mention as most of them were new to my school.

Honorable Mentions:  Stone Rabbit, Zita the Space Girl and Dragonbreath.

10.Babymouse Monster Mash

9. Super Diaper Baby 2 The Invasion of the Potty Snatchers

8. Squish Brave New Pond

7. Meanwhile

6. Smile

5. Sidekicks

4. Bake Sale

3. Lunch Lady and the Field Trip Fiasco

2. Flying Beaver Brothers and the Fishy Business

1. Squish, Super Amoeba

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Montessori Students Say to Read These Books

A multiage Montessori class at my school recommended these books as must reads to my school. We’re sharing the video when we get back to school on Tuesday.

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Fourth Grade Says to Read These Books!

Fourth graders have their turn recommending books to students at my school. I’m seeing some trends from the lower grades with Gordon Korman books, Bad Kitty and some of the graphic novels.

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