You’ll be seeing a lot of picture books on my blog throughout the month of November as we celebrate Picture Book Month. You’ll definitely want to check out the website as picture book authors and illustrators will be posting an essay each day about the importance of picture books! Check back daily for some great pictures surrounding a specific theme!
- School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex
- The Bus for Us by Suzanne Bloom
- A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech
- In a Cloud of Dust by Alma Fullerton
- David Goes to School by David Shannon
- Miss Nelson Is Missing by Harry Allard
- Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes
- Follow the Line to School by Laura Ljungkvist
- The Teacher From the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler
- Rain School by James Rumford
So for my back to school Top Ten list, I went with not-so-typical back to school books – mainly focusing more on being yourself, gaining self-confidence and not making snap decisions about how people look; rather than your typical first day of school nerves. So, without further ado…
- Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
- A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon
- Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson
- One by Kathryn Otoshi
- Spoon by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
- The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds
- You’re Finally Here! by Melanie Watt
- The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig
- The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi
- My Teacher is A Monster! No, I Am Not. by Peter Brown
Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish
My kids in the library are still clamoring over Diary of a Wimpy Kid, especially now that a new book is coming out on November 3rd. So without further ado, here’s my Top Ten Readalikes for the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.
- Big Nate series by Lincoln Peirce
- Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell
- Amelia’s Notebook by Marissa Moss
- Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading by Tom Greenwald
- The Odd Squad by Michael Fry
- The Creature from My Closet series by Obert Skye
- Frankie Pickle series by Eric Wight
- How to Grow Up and Rule the World (Vordak the Incomprehensible) by Scott Seegert
- Frindle by Andrew Clements
- Ellie McDoodle Diaries series by Ruth McNally Barshaw
Last night, I took my cart of materials and set up a table at the middle school with the school librarian for Open House. We have four elementary school, a middle school and high school and a K-8 Catholic school in our service area and are always looking for ways to partner with the schools. We especially thought it was important to stop by the middle school this year as there is a new superintendent for the school district as well as a new principal and vice principal at the middle school. We wanted to show the administration that we value our partnership and are there to help.
Overall, the evening was fairly well attended, but because there is so much the parents need to do that evening – meet with teachers, set up online accounts to view grades, buy gym uniforms, etc. We rarely had people stop at our table, except to ask for directions or for other information. We started joking with parents that as librarians it’s our job to provide them with a well-researched and correct answer. And we could usually do that! I figure a positive interaction is better than no interaction!
Most of the people who stopped at our table (who didn’t need directions) were families who I see on a regular basis in the library, stopping to say hello – which is great, but my main goal for being there is to get to those families who aren’t familiar with our resources. The middle school students do receive iPads for class instruction and homework and the librarians encourage all the students to get their library cards to partake in OverDrive to read e-books. This has definitely helped and having September be library card sign-up month as well is a nice draw.
But even last night I had a dad ask how much it cost for a library card! This breaks my heart, it means we have people in our community who don’t know how awesome our library is, how many amazing programs we offer for all ages, and how many resources they can use for recreation and education. I believe this issue is two-fold. On the one hand, we clearly need to be creating more marketing toward people in our community who are not familiar with our library, which means finding where these people live, work and play and reach out to them in these places. On the other hand, we have a number of community members who move here from other countries where a public library is not the same thing as it is here. So again, we need to educate people on what a public library is and what it can do for them. We’ve got a lot of work to do!
I’m two weeks behind in my reading, but since I didn’t get to much this week. This should work. Over the past two weeks I finished Shadowshaper, which I absolutely loved. I also got my hands on a copy of Sunny Side Up and was blown away by the Holm’s take on substance abuse and how relatable the book was to older elementary students. I bawled after Orbiting Jupiter and have the perfect patron to give it too (she loves sad books!) and also really enjoyed The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy. I’m in the middle of Scrap City right now and just started Terrible Typhoid Mary: The Most Harmless and Yet Most Dangerous Woman in America, A True Story of the Deadliest Cook in America by Susan Campbell Bartoletti.
Over the next week, I also hope to read:
- Appleblossom the Possum by Holly Goldberg Sloan
- Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead
- Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty
- Throne of Glass by Sarah Maas
Join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers and share all of the reading you have done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. Follow the links to read about all of the amazing books the #IMWAYR community has read. It’s the best way to discover what to read next.