Monday, December 12, 2016

Wish by Barbara O'Connor


Eleven-year-old Charlie Reese has been making the same secret wish every day since fourth grade. She even has a list of all the ways there are to make the wish, such as cutting off the pointed end of a slice of pie and wishing on it as she takes the last bite. But when she is sent to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to live with family she barely knows, it seems unlikely that her wish will ever come true. That is until she meets Wishbone, a skinny stray dog who captures her heart, and Howard, a neighbor boy who proves surprising in lots of ways. Suddenly Charlie is in serious danger of discovering that what she thought she wanted may not be what she needs at all.  F OCO (Summary taken from  

Monday, October 31, 2016

Under Their Skin

From New York Times bestselling author Margaret Peterson Haddix comes the first book in a brand-new thrilling series about twins who are on a quest to discover the secrets being kept by their new family.

Nick and Eryn's mom is getting remarried, and the twelve-year-old twins are skeptical when she tells them their lives won't change much. Well, yes, they will have to move. And they will have a new stepfather, stepbrother, and stepsister. But Mom tells them not to worry. They won't ever have to meet their stepsiblings.

This news puzzles Nick and Eryn, so the twins set out on a mission to find out who these kids are - and why they're being kept hidden.  F HAD


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

2X2 Program and There's a Lion in My Cornflakes

We're kicking off the 2X2 Program this week for our K-2nd graders with a wonderful title called There's a Lion in My Cornflakes.  Students who read all 20 2X2's and complete their form by coloring it in as they read, can bring it back to the library for a surprise.  Students won't want to miss out on reading these great books!

Have you ever collected coupons from a cereal box? Maybe you were saving them up for a book or a toy. Well, when Dan and his brother decide to collect 100 coupons so that they can have their very own lion, they assume the task will be easy enough. How wrong can you be?! A wildly wacky story where anything can happen, There's a Lion in My Cornflakes brings together bestselling author Michelle Robinson and award-winning illustrator Jim Field for the very first time, with hilarious results.

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

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

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

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

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.