Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Below you will find the suggested summer reading lists for Allen Elementary. K-2nd graders will enjoy the titles on the 2x2 list while 3-6 graders have the option of reading those books listed on the Texas Bluebonnet list. You'll find these and more at your public library.


Thursday, May 26, 2011


These are the top ten books that were checked out from Allen this year. What were your school's favorites?

*Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians
*Where's Waldo Now?
*Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
*Where's Waldo? The Fantastic Journey
*Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute
*Where's Waldo? The Great Picture Hunt
*Where's Waldo in Hollywood?
*Club Penguin Comics: Volume 1
*Dinosaur Hunt
*Duck! Rabbit!

Friday, May 20, 2011

I could certainly relate to Roxie in this book, because I have always disliked my first name. Thankfully, I had a second one to fall back on. How do you feel about your name?


In a new school, can Moxie finally live up to her name?

Moxie Roosevelt Kipper has endured thirteen years of being an ordinary girl with an unordinary name. Now that she’s entered boarding school, the time is ripe to reinvent herself. She’ll become unusual,outlandish, unexpected, sassy—someone worthy of a name like “Moxie.“ But who exactly? From Mysterious Earth Goddess to Hale and Hearty Sports Enthusiast; from Detached, Unique, Coolly Knowing Individual to Assertive Revolutionary Activist, Moxie tries them all, while keeping her true talent for piano-playing a secret. But at boarding school, Moxie isn't the only one who isn't what she claims to be. F KIM
(Review taken from www.goodreads.com)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


It seems that children aren't familiar with the old fairy tales that I enjoyed as a young girl. I still remember sitting beside my grandmother's large green record player listening to tales like Peter Rabbit. When Farmer MacGregor would storm after the rabbits nibbling in his garden, the combination of the scratchy record and the impending doom for those cute little rabbits was more than I could bear. I was filled with not only fear but delight and learned some valuable life lessons, too.

Characteristics of Fairy Tales:
*begin with once upon a time
*the number three appears often
*usually have good, evil, and sometimes royal characters
*good wins over evil
*repetition is used often
*they end with "happily ever after"

I've recently read two wonderful fairy tales books that kids would really like. They'll only really "get them", though, if they have some prior knowledge of the fairy tales highlighted in the books.

Best-selling author Esme Raji Codell takes readers through a very different version of some beloved fairy-tales in Fairly Fairy Tales.

Brooklyn schoolteacher Adam Gidwitz offers imaginative new slants on children's classics in this new collection inspired by nine Grimm Brothers fairy tales. Never before have Hansel and Gretel had an adventure like this!
(Reviews taken from www.goodreads.com)

"Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale." by Hans Christian Andersen

Monday, May 16, 2011

Did you know that children who read just fifteen minutes each day in the summer retain eighty percent more of what they learned that school year? This week in the library, the kids will be watching a short video from the Frisco Public Library that will inform them about their summer reading program. It starts on June 3rd. You can watch the video by clicking on the following link. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmarFEzCk18

Thursday, May 12, 2011


Last week was Children's Book Week, and we had an awesome time in the Allen Library. There were a couple of competitions that the kids participated in, and I wanted to be sure and recognize those students who won.

One contest was to guess how many books we have in our library. Allen opened last year as a brand new school, but we are only fifteen titles short of 12,000 books...11,985 to be exact! The child on each grade level that came closest to guessing that number got a prize. Here are their pictures:

Destiny-Ms. Smith-Kindergarten

Austin-Ms. Upchurch-First Grade

Ariel-Ms. Gayden-Second Grade

Nicole-Ms. Meagher-Third Grade

Jade-Ms. Goodgion-Fourth Grade

Brock-Ms. Ragland-Fifth Grade

It was so difficult to determine the winners for the bookmark competition, because they were all so good!

Isabella-Ms. Ellis-Kindergarten

Fiona-Ms. McNatt-Grade One

Brinkley-Ms. Johnson-Grade Two

Jaishnav-Ms. Figueroa-Grade Three

We had a tie for fourth grade!
Emily-Ms. Brooks

Spencer-Ms. Goodgion

Caroline-Ms. Murphy-Grade Five

Congratulations to all these winners!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Are you ready for summer? This week in the library, we'll be discussing and dreaming about some of the fun summer activities that are in store for us in a few short weeks.

Camping is great family fun, and I'll show the K-2 graders a non-fiction book that will help them prepare and enjoy a camping trip. I'll then read Froggy Goes to Camp. For this story, kids will come into a dark library and sit in a circle campfire style. I'll read the story with a flashlight. A couple other props will be used, too: a feather duster to tickle the kids when Froggy is being tickled in the story AND a squirt gun to start a little one-sided squirt gun fight. Froggy loved that activity, and I bet the kids will, too!


Look out, Camp Run-A-Muck! Here comes Froggy. . . .

Froggy's off to camp—and Camp Run-A-Muck will never be the same!

Froggy packs a lot into one week: hikes and archery lessons, K.P. and food fights, scary stories and funny songs around the campfire. But only Froggy could also manage to lose his trunks during swim class and overturn his kayak with the camp director in it. Lovable, bumbling Froggy will keep his many fans laughing with his latest antics. E LON
(review taken from www.goodreads.com)

Friday, May 6, 2011

Teachers, before you crank out those "required" reading lists for your students for the summer, you'll want to read My Life as a Book. It's a great reminder of what Donaly Miller has written in The Book Whisperer. Kids should have the freedom to read what they want to read. My Life as a Book is a wonderful read aloud about a boy named Derek who is a reluctant reader. Our Allen 3rd-5th graders have enjoyed listening to it this week especially due to its similarity in style to A Diary of a Wimpy Kid.


Summer’s finally here, and Derek Fallon is looking forward to pelting the UPS truck with water balloons, climbing onto the garage roof, and conducting silly investigations. But when his parents decide to send him to Learning Camp, Derek’s dreams of fun come to an end. Ever since he’s been labeled a "reluctant reader,” his mom has pushed him to read "real” books" something other than his beloved Calvin & Hobbes.

As Derek forges unexpected friendships and uncovers a family secret involving himself (in diapers! no less), he realizes that adventures and surprises are around the corner, complete with curve balls. F TAS
(review taken from www.goodreads.com)

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Mother's day is right around the corner, and this is a cute book to share for that special occasion.


It's Mother's Day, and Gilbert wants to show his mother that she's the best! But nothing he does seems to work out quite right. To make matters worse, his little sister always manages to be in the way! Can Gilbert ever have his mother all to himself today? But more importantly, can he make this Mother's Day truly special?

Diane deGroat's heartfelt story and endearing illustrations will resonate with any reader who has ever had to share a parent's attention with a sibling. E DEG
(review taken from www.goodreads.com)