Thursday, November 29, 2012

Author David Shannon

This week in the library, we've been highligting one of my favorite authors...David Shannon.  Did you know that he wrote and illustrated his first book when he was just five years old?  There were only two words in this book, No David, because those were the only two words that he knew how to write at that time.  He drew a picture of something he wasn't supposed to do, and then wrote the words No David at the bottom of the page.  He then drew another picture of something he wasn't supposed to be doing and wrote No David at the bottom of that page, too.  He continued with this format for the rest of the book.  When he became an adult, his grandmother showed him the No David book she'd saved for him, I bet you can guess which book it became! 

Our kindergarteners are about five years old... the same age David Shannon was when he wrote his first book.  I asked them to write a word that they knew how to spell on our white board.  I think you'll be impressed with all the words our kindergarteners know!

Our students enjoy all of the "David" books that Mr. Shannon has written.  Did you know that David Gets in Trouble is #3 in our Top Ten Favorites that are checked out at Allen? 

I have a lot more to write about David Shannon, so please check back to learn about the other books we read by this great author! 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Splat Says Thank You!

Don't you just love Splat the Cat?  In Splat Says Thank You!, Splat the Cat's trusty mouse friend, Seymour, needs cheering up, and Splat wants to help. He's been working on something special for Seymour—not just a thank-you card but a thank-you book! His book lists all the sweet and often hilarious reasons Splat is thankful for their friendship like the time that Splat gets his toe stuck in the bathtub faucet.  How do you think Seymour helps Splat get his toe unstuck?  Want to hear what some of the students at Allen Elementary suggested he try?

Call 9-1-1
Ask for Mom and Dad's help
Pull on Splat's toe. 
Dig his toe out with a stick.  OUCH!
Turn the water on full force to make his toe fall out..
Use butter to make his toe slippery.
Call the doctor.
Seymour could run down the pipe and push his toe out.
Burn through the metal faucet
Break the faucet open.
Tie a rope to Splat's toe and yank it out.
Saw through the faucet.

You'll have to read the book to find out how Seymour really helps Splat! 

 The funny adventures that Splat and Seymour have had together, complete with animated illustrations and a laugh-out-loud text from bestselling author and illustrator Rob Scotton, will leave Splat fans thankful to know this cat-and-mouse duo.  (review taken from

Monday, November 12, 2012

Thank You, Sarah

We the people of the United States...
Almost Lost Thanksgiving
Yes. That's right!
Way back when "skirts were long and hats were tall" Americans were forgetting Thanksgiving, and nobody seemed to care!
Thankfully, Sarah Hale appeared. More steadfast than Plymouth Rock, this lady editor knew the holiday needed saving. But would her recipe for rescue ever convince Congress and the presidents?
Join acclaimed author Laurie Halse Anderson on a journey of a woman and a pen that spanned four decades, the Civil War, and five presidents, all so you could have your turkey and eat it too! (review taken from

Friday, November 9, 2012

Grace's Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving smells fill the house. Grace is making a list of the things she's thankful for: yummy food, a loving family, and the fact that that her dog didn't eat all the pies. Find out how people celebrate this special time of year!  How do you spend Thanksgiving? 
Look for other books in this series that teach about additional holidays. 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Bluebonnet Books

If you come to The Allen Library, you'll probably not find a Bluebonnet Book on the shelf.  Why?  Our third through fifth graders are keeping them checked out.  If they read five Bluebonnets, they'll get to come to a voting celebration at the end of January to vote for their favorite one.  To learn more about these great books, the students recently used the iPads in the library to scan QR codes that took them to a Bluebonnet author's website, a Bluebonnet book's book trailer, or a website that pertained to a Bluebonnet book.  Bluebonnet Books are the best!