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 www.goodreads.com)

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 www.goodreads.com)

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?

Monday, February 22, 2016

First Grade Dropout

I gave K-1 a sneak peek of one of the great 2x2 books we have to look forward to next year.  They could all relate to the main character, because they have also been embarrassed in school at one time or another.  They weren't disappointed in First Grade Dropout, and we look forward to learning about the other nineteen 2x2 books for the 2016-17 school year.


The first grade narrator of this book has been lots of things: Hungry. Four years old. Crazy bored. Soaking wet. Pretty regular kid . . . until he makes a mistake so big that he’s sure he will never be able to go back to Lakeview Elementary School. All readers, even those not in first grade, will find the narrator’s feelings familiar, and discover that even though embarrassing things happen, they’re usually not as bad as they seem. And sometimes they’re even funny!  (summary taken from www.goodreads.com)

Monday, February 1, 2016

Dear Hank Williams


It's 1948 in Rippling Creek, Louisiana, and Tate P. Ellerbee's new teacher has just given her class an assignment--learning the art of letter-writing. Luckily, Tate has the perfect pen pal in mind: Hank Williams, a country music singer whose star has just begun to rise. Tate and her great-aunt and -uncle listen to him on the radio every Saturday night, and Tate just knows that she and Hank are kindred spirits.

Told entirely through Tate's hopeful letters, this beautifully drawn novel from National Book Award-winning author Kimberly Willis Holt gradually unfolds a story of family love, overcoming tragedy, and an insightful girl learning to find her voice.  F HOL  (review taken from www.goodreads.com)

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Maker Spaces

The kids have enjoyed learning and creating in maker spaces.  These stations are the latest craze in libraries across the country, because they give students the opportunity to be creative while learning important social skills such as sharing, communication, collaboration, and much more.

Pictured below are some of the maker spaces that our Allen kids have experienced.

Each month we have a book mark maker space, and it is a favorite.  Students use stamps, ink pads, paint, markers, and crayons to design their own book marks.




Our construction maker space is always full.  In November, students used pumpkin shaped marshmallows and toothpicks to make structures.  It was fun and messy!!  Some of the younger kids just couldn't help but take a little nibble of the marshmallows.  :)




I don't have to tell most of you that Legos are well liked.  It is one of the first maker spaces to fill up at each library time.




Students have worked together by playing games...Roll a Pumpkin, Tic Tac Toe, and The Dreidel Game.







Who doesn't like to put puzzles together?  Our Allen students and teachers certainly do!!






How to draw and origami are popular centers, too.








Do you kids ever help you set the table?  They learned how to by practicing in a maker space.



Last but not least, students have had fun creating at our craft table.





Thursday, October 29, 2015

Aaaarrgghh! Spider

K-2 graders recently listened to a story called Aaaarrgghh! Spider. They then worked in pairs to play a math game. The kids took turns rolling a die and placed spider rings on their fingers for the number they rolled. The first person with ten spiders on their fingers won.


Don’t let this lonely spider frighten you! She just wants to be a family pet—and she thinks she would make a better pet than the typical dog or cat. But every time this clever spider tries to impress her chosen family, she scares them instead, until the day she unwittingly enchants them. Aaaarrgghh! Spider! spins a lively tale about one creature’s efforts to find her place. E MON (review from www.goodreads.com)





Thursday, October 15, 2015

The Meaning of Maggie


For Maggie Mayfield, turning eleven means she's one year closer to college. One year closer to voting. And one year closer to getting a tattoo. It's time for her to pull herself up by her bootstraps (the family motto) and think about more than after school snacks and why her older sisters are too hot for their own good. Because something mysterious is going on with her cool dude Dad, whose legs have permanently fallen asleep, and Maggie is going to find out exactly what the problem is and fix it. After all, nothing's impossible when you're future president of the United States of America, fifth grade science fair champion, and a shareholder in Coca-Cola, right? F SOV  (review taken from www.goodreads.com)

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Dog vs. Cats

This is another great 2x2 Book.  Before reading this story, the students and I discussed ways that cats and dogs are different.  I then read some facts from the second book shown below.  It is a non-fiction book we have in the library.  

Dog and Cat do not get along. But when they're forced to share a room, they agree to be on their best behavior...until Dog won't stop sniffing. Cat won't stop primping. Dog won't stop howling. Cat won't stop scratching. And when it comes to the litter-box...sharing is not an option!
What will it take to bring Dog and Cat together? Find out in Chris Gall's comic clash that brings out the best (and worst) in two very different pets. E GAL  (review taken from www.goodreads.com)


Monday, October 5, 2015

Revenge of the Flower Girls

Here comes triple trouble...

One bride. Two boys. Three flower girls who won't forever hold their peace. What could go wrong with this wedding? Everything!

The Brewster triplets, Dawn, Darby, and Delaney, would usually spend their summer eating ice cream, playing with their dog, and reading about the US Presidents. But this year they're stuck planning their big sister Lily's wedding. Lily used to date Alex, who was fun and nice and played trivia games with the triplets, and no one's quite sure why they broke up. Burton, Lily's groom-to-be, is not nice or fun, and he looks like an armadillo.

The triplets can't stand to see Lily marry someone who's completely wrong for her, so it's up to them to stop the wedding before anyone says "I do!" The flower girls will stop at nothing to delay Lily's big day, but will sprinklers, a photo slideshow, a muddy dog, and some unexpected allies be enough to prevent their big sister - and the whole Brewster family - from living unhappily ever after? F ZIE 
(review by www.goodreads.com)

If you'd like to read about more fun with Dawn, Darby, and Delaney consider reading the sequel Revenge of the Angels.  


When we last saw them, Dawn, Darby, and Delaney Brewster tried to stop their big sister from marrying the wrong guy, proving that they can accomplish a lot when they work together. Now, they are turning their smarts and high-energy hijinks to something completely different: their local Christmas pageant! They've been practicing looking wise and stroking long, fake beards in preparation for their roles.

But what if they're not cast as the wise men? What if instead they have to play angels in the pageant? Distasteful. Deplorable. Dreadful. And it's not like anything else is going their way this holiday season, either. Can the triplets figure out what to get for their mom, solve a mystery about a stolen Santa, and recover their holiday spirit in time for the pageant? Of course they can! And they'll do it with humor and charm, or they're not the Brewster triplets. F ZIE
(review by www.goodreads.com)

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Storybook Pumpkin Patch

The Allen Library is growing a storybook pumpkin patch, and we need your help!  Students in all grades can decorate a pumpkin to look like a favorite storybook character and bring it to the library to "plant" in our Storybook Pumpkin Patch!

No REAL pumpkins will be accepted.  Please use a fake pumpkin.  

*Think of your favorite book and design your pumpkin based on your favorite character.
*Fake pumpkins can be found at Dollar Tree, Hobby Lobby, Walmart, Target, and many other stores.
*Gather your decorating supplies.  Acrylic paints or permanent markers work best.  Other options include adding materials such as yarn, buttons, wiggly eyes, etc.
*Bring your pumpkin and the form below to the library starting Monday, October 5th.
Pumpkins are to be taken home at the end of school on Wednesday, November 18th.  If your child needs assistance getting it home, please make arrangements.  All pumpkins will be disposed of on November 20th at 3:30 pm before our Thanksgiving week holiday.
*Participation is completely voluntary.
*This is not a contest.
*Have fun and be creative!
*Need ideas?  You can look on Pinterest or google storybook pumpkins for TONS of inspiration.


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Illustrator AG Ford

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We will have a visitor at Allen on November 1st whose name is AG Ford.  Mr. Ford is an illustrator who lives in our area.  It won't take one long to notice that he is one amazing and talented artist.  Our students have an opportunity to purchase Mr. Ford's books using the order form below.




Wednesday, September 16, 2015

2x2 Books-Extraordinary Jane

This week in the library, grades K-2 will be introduced to this years 2x2 Books.  These are books specifically for children in PS-2nd grade that are the cream of the crop in literature.  As students read the 2x2 Books, they are encouraged to fill out the chart below.  Once it is all colored in, they can bring it to the library for a small prize.


To introduce the 2x2 Books, the kids and I "visited the circus" by reading Extraordinary Jane and then played Circus Bingo.  


For anyone with a beloved pet, this delightful and heartwarming story set at the circus shows that quiet qualities like friendship, kindness, and loyalty are important and worthy.
 
Jane is an ordinary dog in an extraordinary circus. She isn't strong, graceful, or brave like her family. When she tries to be those things, Jane just doesn't feel like herself, but she also doesn't feel special. Is she really meant for this kind of life? Her Ringmaster thinks so, but not for the reasons Jane believes.
 
Ordinary can be extraordinary!






Friday, September 11, 2015

PAC=Public Access Catalog

We really like our new online catalog system called PAC.  The kids have learned how to use it very quickly and enjoy using our library iPads to find books they want to check out.  You can even access PAC from this blog at home.  Look for this picture on the right hand side of the screen, and click on it.  You'll be searching for your favorite titles in no time!!


The students below are from Mrs. Hilliard's second grade class.