May 2011 Update

April reading was entertaining.  It was fun to enjoy a variety of poems and poetry books.  Also, I enjoyed some picture books, fiction books, and nonfiction books.  Here are highlights of the month:

Fiction:
Brendan Buckley’s Universe and Everything In It by Sundee Frazier: Fiction 4th grade and up:
Interesting story with a boy who is curious why he never met his grandfather on his mom’s side of the family… slowly the reason is revealed through the book in a touching manner that includes families learning how to grow beyond racial bias.

Nonfiction:
Queen of the Falls by Chris Van Allsburg
Fascinating, interesting, smooth reading true story about the first woman to go over the Niagara Falls and survive!

Me… Jane by Patrick McDonnell
Terrific book introducing Jane Goodall’s childhood.  Great partner with the book  The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life with Chimps by Jeanette Winter.

Everybody:
Zero by Kathryn Otoshi
Beautiful story with self reflection, also enjoy reading One by Kathryn Otoshi.  “How can a number worth nothing become something?”

Oregon Battle of the Books now has newly selected books for 2011-2012!  I am excited about all three lists-  I’ll personally highlight books in June/July/August:
3rd-5th Grade:

6th-8th Grade:

9th-12th Grade:

EVERYBODY:

The Loud Book By Deborah Underwood

Ready to be LOUD?  This book is the perfect partner and opposite of Deborah Underwood’s The Quiet Book.  Call Number: E UND

loud book

NONFICTION

Emma’s Poem The Voice of the Statue of Liberty by Linda Glaser 811 GLA

Beautiful biography highlighting the life of a poet who overcame presumptions and became famous for her poem.

Give me your tired,  your poor Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…

Emma's Poem

FICTION

Notes from the Dog by Gary Paulsen

I really enjoyed reading a book about a boy who thought all he wanted was the least amount of human contact for the summer who discovers his talent for connecting with others.  Call Number: FIC PAU

notes from the dog

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