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2013 Newbery Award Winner

January 30, 2013

The 2013 Newbery Award was announced this week, and the winner is…THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN!  Wow!  If you want to read my review of this book, check out the previous post.  I think this is a book that a lot of students at Crescent Park School will enjoy.  Come on in and check it out.


December 14, 2012


Peyton, Caroline, and Myles are the first three third graders to read and blog about their five American Girl books!  These three students in Mrs. Wight’s third grade class have been so eager, meeting me every day in the library to swap out their books.  Peyton and Caroline have read well above the “required” five books, and I don’t think there’s any end in sight!  Congratulations!  See you at the Tea Party!

The Scholastic Book Fair is here

September 15, 2012

This  week during all recess lunches, half of the CPS Gym will be turned into a book store!  It’s time for the annual Fall Scholastic Book Fair. Students will have an opportunity to browse hundreds of quality books to purchase, and there will be a few school supplies and posters, as well. The Fair will also be open on Tuesday night during Open House.  Please come and buy a book or two; a portion of the proceeds stays in the library to purchase more books for all to enjoy.

Reading is Fundamental ad

May 22, 2012

I’ve been enjoying watching this Reading is Fundamental public service announcement lately.  This organization’s mission is to put a book in the hand of every child.  Awesome.  The ad  combines lots of things I am passionate about:  favorite book characters (Wimpy Kid, Madeline, Humpty Dumpty, Red Riding Hood, etc. etc.), a wildly positive message about the importance of reading, and a really catchy tune. Click  here  if you want to check it out.  You can take the “book people unite” pledge and get a free download of the song  (sung by John Legend, Chris Martin, Jack Black, Regina Spektor, and others) if you like it as much as I do!


March 2, 2012
Gracie with her mom and little sister, showing off their Seuss cake

Gracie with her mom and little sister, showing off their Seuss cake

We’ve been celebrating all week, but today is the REAL birthday of Dr. Seuss.  Elementary schools all over America are celebrating the wonderful, wacky books of Dr. Seuss and the joy of reading in general.

Here are TWO trivia questions, one for yesterday when we had a snow day, and one for today:

Question #4:  “How did Dr. Seuss serve his country during World War II?”

Question #5:  “Which Dr. Seuss book was in the top five of the Publishers Weekly best-selling children’s books of all time?”

Answer in the comment section below.  Prize winner will be announced on Monday.

Trivia Question #3, and answer for #2

February 29, 2012

Many of Dr. Seuss’s books were just plain silly, but some of them had a deeper message. List TWO books and the MESSAGE that Dr. Seuss was trying to get across.


Here’s the answer to yesterday’s question, WAS DR. SEUSS A DOCTOR?  EXPLAIN:

No, he wasn’t a doctor.  He was studying for an advanced degree in English when he left school to get married.

The k-2 question was, “what color is the ZELF on the SHELF in THERE”S A WOCKET IN MY POCKET?  The answer is PURPLE.  (By the way, it is perfectly ok to look in the book for these answers, or to do research on the internet.)

Trivia Question #2

February 28, 2012

Here’s Tuesday’s Dr. Seuss trivia question:

“Was Dr. Seuss a doctor?  Explain.”

Note that there are TWO parts to this question:  a simple yes or no will not be correct!

And remember, the answers will be posted after 3 p.m. to be fair to all contestants.

It’s Read Across America week at CPS!

February 27, 2012

CPS is celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday all week  (his actual birthday is this Friday, March 2.)  Every class will have a Seuss story, game, treat, and party favor. It’s going to be a wild week in the library, and I’m looking forward to it!

Check in each day for a Seuss trivia question. Answer the question in the “comment” area, (I won’t publish the answers until the end of the day) and all correct answers will be entered for a drawing on Friday.


Dr. Seuss was once challenged to write a book using only 50 words.  What was it?


June 16, 2011

“And Lucy got the feeling you have when you wake up in the morning and realize that it is the beginning of the holidays or the beginning of summer.”    From The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

That is one of my favorite quotes from a children’s book: what a wonderful way to describe a happy feeling! I hope you CPS students woke up this morning feeling the boundless possibilities of the summer days that stretch out in front of you. Make the best of them!


June 15, 2011

What an emotional day: today school got out, and there were SO MANY hugs and tears…I don’t think I’ve ever seen such an emotional last day of school in my 14 years as a school librarian.

The amazing thing for me this last week of school has been the INCREDIBLE EXCITEMENT from so many students about checking books out for the summer. My fiction shelves are literally half empty. Many kids checked out 20 fat novels, which is pretty ambitious for ten weeks of reading time! So I say, LET THE READING BEGIN! It is time for sitting in the backyard, at the beach, in the treehouse…wherever you feel happiest, and opening those wonderful books and losing yourself in the stories.  I certainly intend to do just that tomorrow.

And don’t forget to check in with me when you finish a book:  I would LOVE to hear how your summer reading challenges are going.  I have made a page called SUMMER READING (check out the pages on the right sidebar) and I look forward to hearing about your reading progress throughout the summer.  Imagine my surprise to open my computer this afternoon and see that four wonderful fourth grade girls have already left me messages today on various posts…CPS students are the best!