Wednesday, October 27, 2010

I had the privilege of meeting two authors yesterday.  Anastacia Suen spoke at Allen yesterday morning and then again at Frisco Reads.  Her presentations were enjoyed by all. 

Gordon Korman is one of my all time favorite children's authors.  He wrote the books Swindle, One False Note, Schooled, and many others.  Although I've enjoyed reading all of his books, I really liked Schooled!  I bet you would, too. 

Cover image for Schooled

Cap lives in isolation with his grandmother, a former hippie, but when she falls from a tree and breaks her hip, Cap is sent to a foster home where he has his first experience in a public school.  F KOR

Monday, October 25, 2010

We're having a roaring good time in the library this week as we read about monsters!  Check out some of these favorites:

After Sammy's dumping of the lima beans he does not want to eat, he starts a neighborhood trend to put rejected vegetables in a hole in a vacant lot, and a terrible lima bean monster rises to terrorize the neighborhood.  E YAC

Rhyming text describes a mother guiding her young monster through bedtime preparations, such as howling at the moon, snacking on worm juice and beetle bread, and choosing a bedtime story.  E KET

A young monster describes all the things its mother does to show she loves it.  E LEU

A monster offers to help a boy who is afraid of numbers do his math homework, but the first time the boy is asked to solve a problem in class and cannot, he realizes he has gotten no bargain.  E SCH

As Mr. and Mrs. Monster's three eggs begin to hatch, they happily welcome the first two ugly little monsters to come out, but are shocked and disappointed when they see what pops out of their last egg.  E MCA

When Gabe, the monster that lives under Ethan's bed, goes on vacation, Ethan finds that the substitute monsters Gabe has sent just won't do, and wonders how he will ever fall asleep.  E NOL

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Multi-Cultural Night was a blast!  We have many books on different cultures around the world like the ones shown below.  Check them out! 
The camel that visited Allen was a huge hit!  Mrs. Bowden compiled a list of interesting facts about camels by reading the following book:

1.  Camels can go without a drink of water for several weeks.
2.  Most camels are kept as domestic animals.  There are very few wild camels.
3.  Camels come with one or two humps.
4.  When a camel does drink, it can consume about thirty gallons of water in ten minutes.  That's the same as drinking five hundred glasses of water!
5.  The cultures that depend on camels use every part of the camel to sustain life:
     a.  Camel milk
     b.  Camel meat
     c.  Camel's fat is turned into butter.
     d.  Camel wool can be woven into cloth.
     e.  The skin provides leather for various items. 
6.  Camel urine can kill head lice!
7.  Camels are often referred to as "ships of the dessert", because in some countries they are the main source of transportation for not only people but goods as well. 
8.  Male camels are called bulls and female camels are called cows.
9.  If a camel's ears are pressed back against its head it usually means that they are upset. 
10.Camels are herd animals, and they travel in packs.  They won't wander off on their own. 

Monday, October 18, 2010

Just the Right Amount of Scary

Our students at Allen must be the bravest kids ever!  They are always asking me to purchase more scary books.  I hope this one fits the bill. 

Twelve year olds Madeleine, Theo, and Lulu, and thirteen year old Garrison are sent to a remote Massachusetts school to overcome their phobias, but tragedy strikes and the quartet must work together with no adult face their fears.  F DAN (Grades 4-6)

Friday, October 15, 2010

Do You Like Purple?

You can find all of these purple pleasing books in the Allen Library!

Today at Allen, we are wearing purple for citizenship.  Pictured are Ms. Norris and students. 

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

This is always an exciting time of the year.  We even have books in our library about characters that go to their school book fair!  Check them out...

Upon learning that his class will not be going to the school book sale until the last half hour of the day, Dewey worries that all the best books will be taken.  E PLO

On his way to lacrosse tryouts, the president of the PTA asks Trip Dinkelman to help her with the book fair, resulting in Trip sustaining a head injury which causes him temporary amnesia and makes for an interesting journey home.  F GUT

Monday, October 11, 2010

Moving to Hollywood with his academic parents, eleven-year-old Mitch feels like an outsider in his school where everyone has connections to the powerful and famous in the entertainment industry, until he is cast in a soda commercial that launches a popular catchphrase.  F WIL (Grades 4-6)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Do You Love Pink?

For those of you who love Pinkalicious and all her friends, the Allen Library has several new Pinkalicious books that you might want to check out!  Here are two...

Pinkalicious decides to earn money to buy pink gumballs by selling pink lemonade, but her first effort to make the drink pink by adding grapefruit, watermelon, frosting, and beets is not a great success.  E KAN

Pinkalicious feels the pressure to come up with funny jokes when she is chalenged by Tiffany to a laugh off.  E KAN

Monday, October 4, 2010

Dads Are Great!

We are so excited to have our WATCH D.O.G.S. on campus each day.  Although we have many great books about dads in the library, this one seemed really appropriate!

Photographs, illustrations, and simple rhyming text tells what might happen if a young child's dad were a dog.  E TEL

Thank you so much, Mr. Sousa for being our first WATCH D.O.G. of the year! 

Friday, October 1, 2010


We have been learning about all types of measurement at Allen.  The library is also a good place to practice those skills.