Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules

Author: Jeff Kinney
Call Number: F KIN

Greg Heffley tells about his summer vacation and his attempts to steer clear of trouble when he returns to middle school and tries to keep his older brother, Rodrick, from telling everyone about Greg's most humiliating experience of the summer.

Flashlight Reading

All classes will have fun flashlight reading when they come to the library this week. After the students check out their books we turn out the lights and they read using flashlights. This is so much fun and it only happens twice a year.

Book Swap

Student council held their first book swap in the library on Tuesday. Many, many books were brought in by Taylor students. They were then able to come to the library and choose "new" used books to take home with them. It was a huge success! The student council members who ran the book swap were incredible.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Taylor Book Club

The Taylor Book Club just finished our first novel, The Homework Machine by Dan Gutman. All students agreed it turned out to be a really good book after what some felt was a confusing/slow start. We meet on Mondays during fifth grade lunch to discuss the book we're reading. The club consists of sixteen fifth graders who signed up at the beginning of the year.

Vocabulary Parade

Our fourth annual Taylor Vocabulary Parade was a huge success! Thanks you so much to all of the students and teachers who created such amazing costumes! Here are a few more pictures to enjoy...

Mrs. Grimes was our winner for best staff costume. She was "Effervescent."

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

Author: Grace Lin
Call Number: F LIN

Minli, an adventurous girl from a poor village, buys a magical goldfish, and then joins a dragon who cannot fly on a quest to find the Old Man of the Moon in hopes of bringing life to Fruitless Mountain and freshness to Jade River.

Alabama Moon

Author: Watt Key
Call number: F KEY

After the death of his father, ten-year-old Moon Blake is removed from the Alabama forest where he was raised and sent to a boy's home, where, for the first time, he has contact with the outside world and learns about friendship, love, and humanity.

Escape Under the Forever Sky

Author: Eve Yohalem
Call number: F YOH
Lucy's mother, the U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia, keeps Lucy confined to the embassy, but Lucy's desire to see what is beyond the compound walls gets her kidnapped and she must rely upon her knowledge and courage in order to escape.

Monday, November 16, 2009

double eagle

Author: Sneed B. Collard III
Call Number: F COL
Michael and Kyle's discovery of a rare Confederate coin near an old Civil War fort in 1973 turns into a race against time as the boys try to find more coins before a hurricane hits Alabama's Gulf coast.

Surviving Jamestown

Author: Gail Langer Karwoski
Call Number: F KAR

Sam Collier, a twelve-year-old, serves as page to John Smith during the relentless hardship experienced by the founders at the first permanent English settlement in the New World.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Vocabulary Parade Is Next Thursday

Taylor's fourth annual vocabulary parade is almost here! Our vocabulary parade will be next Thursday, November 19. Word choice forms are due to your teacher by Friday. Each class will vote on a costume winner so try hard to make your costume special. Mrs. Fowler will be our Grand Marshal again this year. Parents are welcome to join us for the parade which will start around 8:30 am.

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Author: Marilyn Kaye
Call Number: F KAY

Amanda Beeson, the meanest, most popular girl at Meadowbrook Middle School, learns a lot about herself and others when the unacknowledged sympathy she feels for Tracy Devon, a girl who is so timid she sometimes seems invisible, causes her to somehow take over Tracy's body.

The Magic Half

Author: Annie Barrows
Call Number: F BAR

Eleven-year-old Miri Gill feels left out in her family, which has two sets of twins and her, until she travels back in time to 1935 and discovers Molly, her own lost twin, and brings her back to the present day.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Catherine Fowler Speaks to Third Grade

Catherine Fowler visited our school to speak to third grade students about the history of Frisco. She is full of knowledge about Frisco and taught the students so much. We were so fortunate to be able to meet and learn from her.

Mrs. Fowler turns students into a live timeline.

Mrs. Fowler explains the differences between a pilgrim and a pioneer.

Destination Book Fair

The Taylor fall book fair was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time to keep the fair running smoothly. Thank you also to everyone who shopped at the fair! Because of your purchases we were able to pull many beautiful new hardcover books to add to our collection, and many new paperbacks as well. I hope you're enjoying reading all of your new book fair books!

Monday, November 2, 2009

ivy + BEAN

By: Annie Barrows
Call Number: F BAR

When seven year old Bean plays a mean trick on her sister, she finds unexpected support for her antics from Ivy, the new neighbor, who is less boring that Bean first suspected.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Book Fair Is Here!

Book Fair has come to Taylor! We have been busy selling books all week. If you haven't been to shop yet, you have until Friday at noon. Thanks to all of the PTA volunteers who make our book fair a huge success. Check out the awesome decorations...

Monday, October 26, 2009

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

By: Jeff Kinney
Call Number: F KIN
Greg Heffley recounts his daily experiences during summer vacation as he tries to live out his ultimate fantasy of spending the days indoors playing video games with no responsibilities and no rules, despite his mother's attempts to pack the summer with outdoor activities and family fun.

The Wish Master

By: Betty Ren Wright
Call Number: F WRI

Certain that his grandfather doesn't want him around, Corby is unhappy when he and his mother go to spend the summer in Wisconsin to help take care of his ailing grandmother, until a local boy takes him to the Wish Master.

Friday, October 23, 2009

The Summit

By: Gordon Korman
Call Number: F KOR

Four climbers, making a final push to be the youngest people to reach the summit of Mount Everest, must deal with low supplies, extreme conditions, a storm, and possible sabotage by one of their companions.

The Climb

By: Gordon Korman
Call Number: F KOR
The climbing contest to see who will be the youngest person to climb Mount Everest turns into a life or death mission.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Contest

By: Gordan Korman
Call Number: F KOR

Four climbers, winners of an American Junior Alpine Association contest, vie to become the youngest person ever to reach the peak of Mount Everest.

Monday, October 19, 2009


By: Patricia Reilly Giff
Call Number: F GIF

When Sam, who can barely read, discovers an old newspaper clipping just before his eleventh birthday, it brings forth memories from his past, and, with the help of a new friend at school and the castle they are building for a school project, his questions are eventually answered.

Thursday, October 15, 2009


By: Margaret Peterson Haddix
Call Number: F HAD

Jonah, Katherine, Chip, and Alex find themselves in 1483 at the Tower of London, and discover that Chip and Alex are Prince Edward V and Richard of Shrewsbury, imprisoned by Richard III; but trying to repair history without knowing what is supposed to happen proves challenging.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Taylor Book Club

The Taylor Book Club met for the first time today. Our book club has sixteen fifth grade members. Students received the first book that we are going to read together. We will meet weekly to discuss the books that we are reading together. Our meetings take place in the library during fifth grade lunch and students eat in the library while we talk. How fun is that!!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Frisco Storytelling Festival

Though the weather this year was not ideal, we still had a great time at the Frisco Storytelling Festival. This is an amazing event put on by the Frisco Public Library every year. We heard two professional storytellers, as well as four student storytellers.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

During storytime second grade classes listened as I read Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Caralyn Buehner. As I read the book a student from each class used the Goldilocks and the three bears doll to act out the parts. They did a great job and it was a lot of fun!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw

By: Jeff Kinney
Call Number: F KIN

Middle-schooler Greg Heffley nimbly sidesteps his father's attempts to change Greg's wimpy ways until his father threatens to send him to military school.

Monday, October 5, 2009


By: Wendelin Van Draanen
Call Number: F VAN

In alternating chapters, two teenagers describe how their feelings about themselves, each other, and their families have changed over the years.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

New Wimpy Kid Book Coming Soon!

Have you seen Greg in the library? He is generating lots of excitement for the newest Wimpy Kid book coming out soon. Dog Days by Jeff Kinney will be available for sale at our fall book fair the last week of October.

Greg Heffley's Journal

By: Jeff Kinney
Call Number: F KIN

Greg records his sixth grade experiences in a middle school where he and his best friend, Rowley, undersized weaklings amid boys who need to shave twice daily, hope just to survive, but when Rowley grows more popular, Greg must take drastic measures to save their friendship.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute

By: Jarrett Krosoczka
Call Number: 741.5 KRO

The school lunch lady, a secret crime fighter, uncovers an evil plot to replace all the popular teachers with robots.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Native American Research

Fourth grade is in the library this week doing research on four Native American tribes. Students are divided into four groups and are researching either the Caddo, Comanche, Jumano, or Karankawa tribe. They are doing a great job and learning a lot about these tribes that were native to Texas.

Bluebonnet Readers

I have had three Bluebonnet readers turn in their forms so far. Congratulations! This year when you turn in your form, I will be taking your picture to display in the library.