Thursday, December 02, 2010

Brand new books

There was an influx of books to the library in November, between the school's Scholastic book fair and autumn orders arriving.

Picture books
And what comes after a thousand? by Anette Bley

Days with Frog and Toad and Frog and Toad together by Arnold Lobel


Fight for life (Vet Volunteers) by Laurie Halse Anderson

The strange case of origami Yoda by Tom Angleburger

The adventures of Ook and Gluk by George Beard

Prisoner of Dieppe (I am Canada) by Hugh Brewster

Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray
by Nick Bruel

The Secret Science Alliance and the copycat crook by Eleanor Davis

Wombat & Fox: tales of the city by Terry Denton

The city of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

The cloud searchers (Amulet, book 3)
by Kazu Kibuishi

The ugly truth (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, book 5) by Jeff Kinney

Alvin Ho: allergic to girls, school, and other scary things by Lenore Look

The Willoughbys
by Lois Lowry

My rotten life (Nathan Abercrombie, accidental zombie) by David Lubar

Tall tales (Bone series) by Jeff Smith

The squirrel's birthday and other parties by Toon Tellegen

Zorgamazoo by Robert Paul Weston

The mysterious howling (The incorrigible children of Ashton Place) by Maryrose Wood


Long Powwow nights by David Bouchard and Pam Aleekuk

Growing patterns: Fibonacci numbers in nature by Susan C. Campbell and Richard P. Campbell

True ghost stories by Paul Dowsell

Titanic: disaster at sea by Martin Jenkins

Mega monsters: the biggest and baddest monster trucks by Timothy Kane

Grow it, cook it
, edited by Deborah Lock

TIME for Kids almanac 2010 by TIME Inc.

Amazing Greek myths of wonder and blunders by Michael Townsend

Impossible objects
by Timothy J. Unruh

The mystery of Atlantis
by Holly Wallace

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Where in the world is Ms. Bartlett?

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 #1:

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.

Monday, November 08, 2010

Owly animated short

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.


Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Shark vs. Train book trailer

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:

Shark vs. Train from SLJ Trailee Nominees on Vimeo.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

New books!

A box of new books just arrived this morning and it's a nice mix of picture books, novels, and nonfiction.

Picture books

LMNO peas by Keith Baker

Shark vs. Train by Chris Barton

The terrible plop
by Ursula Duborsasky

Little Mouse gets ready by Jeff Smith


Calamity Jack by Shannon & Dean Hale

Tollins: explosive tales for children
by Conn Iggulden

The popularity papers by Amy Ignatow

The keys to the demon prison (Fablehaven #5) by Brandon Mull

Milo: sticky notes and brain freeze by Alan Silberberg


Poop happened! A history of the world from the bottom up by Susan Albee

Pea Boy and other stories from Iran by Elizabeth Laird

Baking kids love by Cindy Mushet

One well: the story of water on Earth by Rochelle Strauss

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The true size of Africa

This image made the rounds online last week and since I love my maps (especially map games) I thought I'd share. It really puts into perspective how large a landmass Africa really is!

The original post I saw was on Stephen's Lighthouse, and here is the full version of the image (with supporting data) by Kai Krause.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Books at the Library - Remembrance Day books

Click on the image below to view the PRES library's collection of Remembrance Day books (opens a PDF file).

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Books at the Library - International & Seasonal books

I have begun to create "Books at the library" lists for teachers at PRES that, hopefully, will be helpful and increase awareness of the books that are in the library collection. The first issue covered international books as well as selected books about the seasons.

Click here or on the image below to view the PDF.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Top 100 Children's Novels voted by over 350 readers of New York children's librarian Betsy Bird's A Fuse #8 Production blog. Voters submitted top 10 lists that were scored and calculated by Ms. Bird to come up with the top 100. It is quite a list, and of course now people are figuring out how many of the 100 they have read. I come in at barely a pass (or not even) with 55 of the 100 read, which I have bolded below. The books marked with asterisks are available at the PRES library, which comes in at a more respectable 62 books out of the top 100, 26 of which are in the top 30 (not bad!).

100. The Egypt Game - Snyder (1967)
*99. The Indian in the Cupboard - Banks (1980)
98. Children of Green Knowe - Boston (1954)
97. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane - DiCamillo (2006)
96. The Witches - Dahl (1983)
*95. Pippi Longstocking - Lindgren (1950
94. Swallows and Amazons - Ransome (1930)
93. Caddie Woodlawn - Brink (1935)
*92. Ella Enchanted - Levine (1997)
*91. Sideways Stories from Wayside School - Sachar (1978)
*90. Sarah, Plain and Tall - MacLachlan (1985)
*89. Ramona and Her Father - Cleary (1977)
*88. The High King - Alexander (1968)
*87. The View from Saturday - Konigsburg (1996)
*86. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - Rowling (1999)
*85. On the Banks of Plum Creek - Wilder (1937)
84. The Little White Horse - Goudge (1946)
83. The Thief - Turner (1997)
82. The Book of Three - Alexander (1964)
81. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon - Lin (2009)
80. The Graveyard Book - Gaiman (2008)
79. All-of-a-Kind-Family - Taylor (1951)
*78. Johnny Tremain - Forbes (1943)
77. The City of Ember - DuPrau (2003)
76. Out of the Dust - Hesse (1997)
75. Love That Dog - Creech (2001)
*74. The Borrowers - Norton (1953)
*73. My Side of the Mountain - George (1959)
*72. My Father's Dragon - Gannett (1948)
*71. The Bad Beginning - Snicket (1999)
70. Betsy-Tacy - Lovelace (1940)
69. The Mysterious Benedict Society - Stewart ( 2007)
68. Walk Two Moons - Creech (1994)
67. Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher - Coville (1991)
66. Henry Huggins - Cleary (1950)
65. Ballet Shoes - Stratfeild (1936)
64. A Long Way from Chicago - Peck (1998)
63. Gone-Away Lake - Enright (1957)
*62. The Secret of the Old Clock - Keene (1959)
61. Stargirl - Spinelli (2000)
60. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle - Avi (1990)
59. Inkheart - Funke (2003)
58. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase - Aiken (1962)
*57. Ramona Quimby, Age 8 - Cleary (1981)
*56. Number the Stars - Lowry (1989)
55. The Great Gilly Hopkins - Paterson (1978)
*54. The BFG - Dahl (1982)
*53. Wind in the Willows - Grahame (1908)
*52. The Invention of Hugo Cabret (2007)
51. The Saturdays - Enright (1941)
*50. Island of the Blue Dolphins - O'Dell (1960)
49. Frindle - Clements (1996)
*48. The Penderwicks - Birdsall (2005)
*47. Bud, Not Buddy - Curtis (1999)
*46. Where the Red Fern Grows - Rawls (1961)
*45. The Golden Compass - Pullman (1995)
44. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing - Blume (1972)
*43. Ramona the Pest - Cleary (1968)
*42. Little House on the Prairie - Wilder (1935)
*41. The Witch of Blackbird Pond - Speare (1958)
*40. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - Baum (1900)
39. When You Reach Me - Stead (2009)
*38. HP and the Order of the Phoenix - Rowling (2003)
*37. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry - Taylor (1976)
36. Are You there, God? It's Me, Margaret - Blume (1970)
*35. HP and the Goblet of Fire - Rowling (2000)
*34. The Watson's Go to Birmingham - Curtis (1995)
*33. James and the Giant Peach - Dahl (1961)
*32. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH - O'Brian (1971)
31. Half Magic - Eager (1954)
*30. Winnie-the-Pooh - Milne (1926)
29. The Dark Is Rising - Cooper (1973)
*28. A Little Princess - Burnett (1905)
*27. Alice I and II - Carroll (1865/72)
*26. Hatchet - Paulsen (1989)
*25. Little Women - Alcott (1868/9)
*24. HP and the Deathly Hallows - Rowling (2007)
*23. Little House in the Big Woods - Wilder (1932)
*22. The Tale of Despereaux - DiCamillo (2003)
*21. The Lightning Thief - Riordan (2005)
*20. Tuck Everlasting - Babbitt (1975)
*19. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Dahl (1964)
*18. Matilda - Dahl (1988)
17. Maniac Magee - Spinelli (1990)
*16. Harriet the Spy - Fitzhugh (1964)
15. Because of Winn-Dixie - DiCamillo (2000)
*14. HP and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Rowling (1999)
*13. Bridge to Terabithia - Paterson (1977)
*12. The Hobbit - Tolkien (1938)
*11. The Westing Game - Raskin (1978)
*10. The Phantom Tollbooth - Juster (1961)
*9. Anne of Green Gables - Montgomery (1908)
*8. The Secret Garden - Burnett (1911)
*7. The Giver -Lowry (1993)
6. Holes - Sachar (1998)
*5. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler - Koningsburg (1967)
*4. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe - Lewis (1950)
*3. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone - Rowling (1997)
*2. A Wrinkle in Time - L'Engle (1962)
*1. Charlotte's Web - White (1952)

How about you? How many have you read?

Betsy Bird did a Top 100 Picture Books poll last year, which is also a great list.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

"Books that became movies" display

To be honest, I had no idea that there would be so many books in the Parrsboro Elementary library that had been made into movies, but it turns out that there are almost 30! Who knew?

Books that became Movies

The Polar Express


Tuck Everlasting

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The Field Guide

A Little Princess

The Princess Diaries

Alice in Wonderland

How to Train Your Dragon

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

James and the Giant Peach

Fantastic Mr. Fox


The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup and a Spool of Thread

The Neverending Story


Diary of a Wimpy Kid

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Anne of Green Gables

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

PRES's favorite books »

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Lovely article about reading aloud

There was a wonderful article in the New York Times recently about a father who, unbelievably, read aloud to his daughter for 3,218 nights in a row. Definitely worth a look, especially for the stories of how they managed to fit in 10 daily minutes of read-aloud time between work, school, and extra-curricular activities.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

New books!

Two orders of new books have recently arrived, hooray!

Picture Books

The black book of colors by Menena Cottin

Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge
by Mem Fox

by Chris Gall

Traction Man is here! by Mini Grey

Waiting for winter by Sebastian Meschenmoser

Wink: the ninja who wanted to be noticed
by J. C. Phillipps

The lion and the mouse
by Jerry Pinkney
Wabi Sabi by Mark Reibstein

The snow day by Komako Sakai

Rhyming dust bunnies by Jan Thomas


The evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly

Half-minute horrors
edited by Susan Rich

Frankie Pickle and the closet of doom by Eric Wight


Swords: an artist's devotion by Ben Boos

Yummy: eight favorite fairy tales
by Lucy Cousins

Mythological creatures: a classical bestiary
by Lynn Curlee

Moonshot: the flight of Apollo 11 by Brian Floca

Dinothesaurus: prehistoric poems and paintings by Douglas Florian

An illustrated guide to mythical creatures by Anita Ganeri

Red sings from treetops by Joyce Sidman

Wangari's trees of peace by Jeannette Winter