Monday, January 23, 2012

Did you know that today is National Pie Day?  Do I ever have the perfect book for you.  It's simply called Pie.  I knew it would be a treat as soon as I saw that its author was Sarah Weeks.

From the award-winning author of SO B. IT, a story about family, friendship, and...pie!

When Alice's Aunt Polly passes away, she takes with her the secret to her world-famous pie-crust recipe. Or does she? In her will, Polly leaves the recipe to her extraordinarily surly cat Lardo . . . and then leaves Lardo in the care of Alice.

Suddenly Alice is thrust into the center of a piestorm, with everyone in town trying to be the next pie-contest winner ... including Alice's mother and some of Alice's friends. The whole community is going pie-crazy . . . and it's up to Alice to discover the ingredients that really matter. Like family. And friendship. And enjoying what you do. (review taken from

I'm off to go make one of my family's favorite pies...cherry.  What kind do you like best?

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

This week in the library, we're learning about Martin Luther King, Jr....a man who loved to use big words.  Kindergarten through second grade students said that they also like learning big words to share with their families, because it makes them feel smart.  Here are some of the big words they'll be applying this week:  biography, boycott, equal, unfair, speech. 

We're reading this title in the library this week.  It's a brief biography that highlights some important events in the life of the man who won a Nobel Peace Prize for his nonviolent support of civil rights.

After hearing this biography, second graders are making a book of facts about Marting Luther King Jr. for their classroom.  The pattern for this activity was purchased at 

Learning about Martin Luther King Jr, is enlightening! 

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

How would you like to fly in an airplane for twenty one days?  That's what the charactes in this historical fiction book did as they traveled from the west to east coast in 1932.  In our current time, that same flight would only take about six hours.  Read on to find out about this brave duo called The Flying Hoboes.  You won't believe what they did to stay cool over the California desert! 

The extraordinary story of James Banning, the first African-American pilot to fly across country

During the Great Depression, the ace black pilot James Banning decided to fly from coast to coast to serve as an inspiration to people everywhere. So with a little ingenuity and a whole lot of heart, he fixed up the dilapidated OXX6 Eagle Rock plane with his co-pilot and mechanic, Thomas Allen, earning them the derisive nickname, “The Flying Hobos.” But with the help of friends and family along the way who signed their names on the wings of the plane in exchange for food, fuel and supplies, Banning and Allen made it through treacherous weather and overcame ruthless prejudice to receive a heroes’ welcome upon landing in New York on October 9, 1932.

This exceptional story of determination and pride, shown through John Holyfield’s energetic flight scenes and sweeping landscapes, will put you in the cockpit right alongside Banning and Allen as they complete the journey of a lifetime. 
(review taken from