Archive for June 2010


June 18, 2010

I can’t believe it: school’s over for another year. I have spent the last two weeks doing two seemingly opposing actions: making sure all of the books that were checked out this year came back to the library, AND checking out books for the summer! Why would I let kids check out books when I’m working so hard to bring all the books back?? Well, I hate to see awesome books sit on the shelf all summer doing NOTHING, especially when my students are begging to borrow them. So as long as a student had a “clean slate”, (brought back all their books) and had their parent sign a permission slip for summer reading, I am thrilled to see the library books find a happy home over the summer. And I am proud to say that about 300 books were carefully chosen by eager, excited readers. That’s what it’s all about, as far as I’m concerned: connecting children with good books. LET THE READING BEGIN!

Fifth Grade Memories

June 7, 2010

I  do a “book memories” project in my Fifth Grade classes as each year comes to a close and the students have their last library class.  I ask each student to try to remember the books that they have loved through the years; the book that made them a reader, the book that they read 100 times, the book they remember reading with their mother or father, etc.  Then I give them each a piece of paper or two  (or six!),  and have them write the memory, and we glue it into the front cover of the book.  Now, a little piece of that student remains  in the library even when the student moves on to Sixth Grade.   Imagine how nice it is for me when I open a book and find these memories; I smile and it brings me right back to that student.  Over the years, quite a few books have been “signed”.
Here are a few awesome comments that were glued into the front covers of CPS library books this week:

Zoe:  The Pinballs by Betsy Byars

This book made me laugh and cry at a time that was very hard for me.  I wish I could explain what I feel about this book, but of course words can’t do everything (though they certainly did a lot in this book.

Zoe:  The secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene

When I first started to read real books, this was the book I turned to.  Full of mystery and romance, this book brought a new concept into the life of a second-grader, me.

George:  Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

At first I thought that I would never finish this book, but I made a bet to myself that I would finish the book and series.

Hakan and Sierra:  Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

This is my favorite book of all time.  This book is sad.

This is my favorite book ever.  It was so sad that I started  crying.

Kim:  Rufus M. by Eleanor Estes

I loved reading Rufus M.  I read this book with Mrs. Raymond in Literacy Group and could read it over and over again.You should read Rufus M.

Faith:  Into the Wild by Erin Hunter

This was the first chapter book that I loved! Anybody who reads this series will be glued to the books.  I met some 2nd graders that have almost finished the books and I am only on the third book!  I recommend these to adventurous, love and war readers.

Schuyler:  Niagara Falls, or does it? by Henry Winkler

The Hank Zipzer books are the funniest books I ever read.

I’m glad I’m not like Hank.

Kristi:  Judy Moody goes to College by Judy McDonald

This book  is my favorite book.  I like it because Judy ‘s sub sends home a note and it said Judy needs to have a tutor.  Will Judy like having a tutor?  Read  this book to find out.

Luke:  Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

This is an awesome book.  Wendy and Peter make a great father and mother.  Have a good time reading this book.  Love, Tootles

Zoe:  Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

Before I even had a desire to read, I poured over every copy of this tale of growing up.  This always has reminded me of my dad.  I hope he never grows up.

NOTE:  If you’re wondering why Zoe had three comments, the truth is Zoe could have had 300 comments.  That’s how many CPS library books she read.  And I think she loved them all.  Zoe has been one of my best all-time readers, and I will truly miss her!