Monday, October 1, 2018

Digital Breakout Session

The students in grades 3-5 had a great time learning about library procedures during a digital breakout session.  The kids below were excited about finishing first in their class. Success!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Top Ten Book Checkouts

I can't wait to see all of our Allen Readers in the library soon.  We have been getting ready for you!  Have you ever wondered which titles are checked out of the library the most?  Wonder no more!  Here are the top ten book checkouts. 

1.  Diary of a Wimpy Kid:  Old School
2.  The Day the Crayons Quit
3.  Sunny Side Up
4.  Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute
5.  Ghosts
6.  Barbie:  Ballet Dreams
7.  The Last Kids on Earth
8.  Wonder
9:  Spirit Animals:  Wild Born
10.My New Friend Is So Fun!

Do you think these will stay the same this year?  We will find out! 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Mary McScary by R.L. Stine

Mary McScary
Meet Mary McScary. Mary likes to be scary. She scares her mom, her dad, her pets, and even a balloon! But there's just one person Mary can't scare -- her cousin, Harry McScary. He's not afraid of the usual things, like spiders, snakes, and other creepy crawlies. But Mary doesn't give up that easily, and one way or another she'll find a way to give Harry the scare of his life. . . Beware of Mary McScary!

Renowned bestselling children's book talents R.L. Stine, creator of the Goosebumps series, and Marc Brown, creator of the Arthur Adventure series, join forces once again in a spine-tingling, wildly funny picture book story featuring a fearless anti-heroine that will have kids and their parents cheering, "BOOOOOO!"  E STI  (review from

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Restart by Gordon Korman

Chase's memory just went out the window.

Chase doesn't remember falling off the roof. He doesn't remember hitting his head. He doesn't, in fact, remember anything. He wakes up in a hospital room and suddenly has to learn his whole life all over again . . . starting with his own name.

He knows he's Chase. But who is Chase? When he gets back to school, he sees that different kids have very different reactions to his return.

Some kids treat him like a hero. Some kids are clearly afraid of him.

One girl in particular is so angry with him that she pours her frozen yogurt on his head the first chance she gets.

Pretty soon, it's not only a question of who Chase is--it's a question of who he was . . . and who he's going to be.

From the #1 bestselling author of Swindle and Slacker, Restart is the spectacular story of a kid with a messy past who has to figure out what it means to get a clean start.  F KOR (review from

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

If You Ever Want to Bring a Circus to the Library, DON'T!

This is a perfect book to read at the beginning of the school year to reinforce good library manners.  
The third book in the bestselling MAGNOLIA SAYS DON'T! series, which started with If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don't!, is another loud and cautionary tale of what not to do--this time, at the library!

If you see a poster that says "You Can Do Anything at the Library!", it is NOT giving you permission to put on a circus! But Magnolia doesn't see any problem with setting up her own big top. She's got a lot of gusto and one mean human cannonball routine. So what if her greatest show on Earth won't fit between the bookshelves? Elise Parsley's boldly expressive illustrations perfectly complement this mostly-librarian-approved guide on how to be everything BUT quiet in the library! E PAR  (review taken from

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Garvey's Choice by Nikki Grimes

Garvey’s father has always wanted Garvey to be athletic, but Garvey is interested in astronomy, science fiction, reading—anything but sports. Feeling like a failure, he comforts himself with food. Garvey is kind, funny, smart, a loyal friend, and he is also overweight, teased by bullies, and lonely. When his only friend encourages him to join the school chorus, Garvey’s life changes. The chorus finds a new soloist in Garvey, and through chorus, Garvey finds a way to accept himself, and a way to finally reach his distant father—by speaking the language of music instead of the language of sports.  F GRI

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Eric Carle Kindergarten Unit

The kindergarten students spent a day in the library learning about Author Eric Carle.  Each class rotated through five stations which highlighted a different book written by Mr. Carle.  The students enjoyed learning more about the author while utilizing technology, making an art project, writing creatively, and more.

Friday, January 13, 2017

An Oldie But Goodie...Skinnybones


If you thought Junie B. Jones was FUNNY—catch more laughs from New York Times bestselling author Barbara Park with Skinnybones! Just right for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and I Funny, Skinnybones has been a kid and teacher favorite for almost thirty years and has sold over 1 MILLION copies!
Play ball??? Alex Frankovitch is the smallest, second-worst kid on his team. But he has a MAJOR-LEAGUE-sized mouth. And it gets him into MAJOR-LEAGUE trouble! Even Alex knows he’s gone too far when he brags his way into a pitching contest with T.J. Stoner, the best player—and BIGGEST jerk—in the whole school (and maybe the whole world!). Can Alex talk his way out of his mess? Or is he in for the GRAND SLAM of all humiliations? Find out in the award-winning, laugh-out-loud novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Junie B. Jones!  F PAR  (review taken from

Monday, December 12, 2016

Wish by Barbara O'Connor


Eleven-year-old Charlie Reese has been making the same secret wish every day since fourth grade. She even has a list of all the ways there are to make the wish, such as cutting off the pointed end of a slice of pie and wishing on it as she takes the last bite. But when she is sent to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to live with family she barely knows, it seems unlikely that her wish will ever come true. That is until she meets Wishbone, a skinny stray dog who captures her heart, and Howard, a neighbor boy who proves surprising in lots of ways. Suddenly Charlie is in serious danger of discovering that what she thought she wanted may not be what she needs at all.  F OCO (Summary taken from  

Monday, October 31, 2016

Under Their Skin

From New York Times bestselling author Margaret Peterson Haddix comes the first book in a brand-new thrilling series about twins who are on a quest to discover the secrets being kept by their new family.

Nick and Eryn's mom is getting remarried, and the twelve-year-old twins are skeptical when she tells them their lives won't change much. Well, yes, they will have to move. And they will have a new stepfather, stepbrother, and stepsister. But Mom tells them not to worry. They won't ever have to meet their stepsiblings.

This news puzzles Nick and Eryn, so the twins set out on a mission to find out who these kids are - and why they're being kept hidden.  F HAD


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

2X2 Program and There's a Lion in My Cornflakes

We're kicking off the 2X2 Program this week for our K-2nd graders with a wonderful title called There's a Lion in My Cornflakes.  Students who read all 20 2X2's and complete their form by coloring it in as they read, can bring it back to the library for a surprise.  Students won't want to miss out on reading these great books!

Have you ever collected coupons from a cereal box? Maybe you were saving them up for a book or a toy. Well, when Dan and his brother decide to collect 100 coupons so that they can have their very own lion, they assume the task will be easy enough. How wrong can you be?! A wildly wacky story where anything can happen, There's a Lion in My Cornflakes brings together bestselling author Michelle Robinson and award-winning illustrator Jim Field for the very first time, with hilarious results.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

We are so excited to see all of our Allen Readers back at school.  There are so many excellent books that I can't wait to share with you!

This picture was taken at the new Dallas Cowboy Training Facility. Remember these friendly faces?  Pictured are Mrs. Garelick, Mrs. Kimbrell, myself, and Mrs. Aldridge.  See you soon!!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Save Me A Seat

I can't wait to read this book aloud to the older grades in the fall.  It will be perfect for the beginning of the school year.

Joe and Ravi might be from very different places, but they're both stuck in the same place: SCHOOL.

Joe's lived in the same town all his life, and was doing just fine until his best friends moved away and left him on his own.

Ravi's family just moved to America from India, and he's finding it pretty hard to figure out where he fits in.

Joe and Ravi don't think they have anything in common -- but soon enough they have a common enemy (the biggest bully in their class) and a common mission: to take control of their lives over the course of a single crazy week.  F WEE  (Summary taken from

Thursday, May 5, 2016

All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook

Oh my!  This is my new favorite book.  I shared it with fifth grade during library time and am pretty sure it will be their new favorite, too.  

From Leslie Connor, award-winning author of Waiting for Normal and Crunch, comes a soaring and heartfelt story about love, forgiveness, and how innocence makes us all rise up. All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook is a powerful story, perfect for fans of Wonder and When You Reach Me.

Eleven-year-old Perry was born and raised by his mom at the Blue River Co-ed Correctional Facility in tiny Surprise, Nebraska. His mom is a resident on Cell Block C, and so far Warden Daugherty has made it possible for them to be together. That is, until a new district attorney discovers the truth—and Perry is removed from the facility and forced into a foster home.

When Perry moves to the “outside” world, he feels trapped. Desperate to be reunited with his mom, Perry goes on a quest for answers about her past crime. As he gets closer to the truth, he will discover that love makes people resilient no matter where they come from . . . but can he find a way to tell everyone what home truly means?  F CON  (review taken from

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Kindergarten Eric Carle Author Unit

We had a great week learning about Author Eric Carle in the library recently.  The kindergarten students below are using their puppets to retell one of Eric Carle's most popular works of art...Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?