January's quiz was won by a girl in grade 2 who used an atlas and an encyclopedia to figure it out. In fact, the grade 2 class submitted the highest number of correctly answered ballots than any other class!
Beginning in October, every month I have been hosting a "Where in the world is Ms. Bartlett?" research challenge in the library. (Yes, it is an homage.) The clues are tough, and while it is aimed at students in grades 4-6 who should be familiar with encyclopedias, atlases, and other reference books, a lot of the younger students in grades 2 and 3 have been avidly participating as well.* November's challenge went like this:
Clue #2: Clue #3: Do you know where I was in November? A group of grade 5 students plugged away at it and got the right answer!
*It should be noted that some of the younger students were very confused by the clues since I was standing right in front of them, so how could I possibly be somewhere else? Once it was cleared up that it was all make-believe (and that I hadn't just "sat around at Tim Horton's like other grown-ups"), things went swimmingly.
The Owly books by Andy Runton are one of the most popular series at the library - and the stuffed Owly + Wormy toy gets a lot of love too! I couldn't resist posting this Owly animated short. To view, click on the image below and then click the Animated Short button.
One of the new books that arrived last week is Shark vs. Train by Chris Barton in which a shark and a train compete in a variety of challenges. Not surprisingly, it was the first book of the new bunch to be borrowed. If any further evidence of its appeal and fantastic premise is needed, the book trailer embedded below should convince you: