Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Book Swap Today!!

The book swap is today! It is so much fun watching students come and choose "new to them" books. There are many wonderful books to choose from. Thank you so much to Mrs. VanCura and the student council for organizing our second annual Taylor Book Swap.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Flashlight Reading All Week!!!

It's that time of year again! We'll be flashlight reading all week in the library. You may bring a pillow, blanket, and an animal with you to library this week if you would like to. I will provide the flashlights. It's going to be great!

New Library Displays

Check out our adorable new displays! Come by to check out a books about polar animals or big cats today!!

Monday, December 6, 2010


Author: Gordon Korman
Call Number: F KOR

After unscrupulous collector S. Wendell Palamino cons him out of a valuable baseball card, sixth-grader Griffin Bing puts together a band of misfits to break into Palomino's heavily guarded store and steal the card back, planning to use the money to finance his father's failing invention, the Smart Pick fruit picker.


Author: Roderick Gordon
Call Number: F GOR

Boy archaeologist Will Burrows wanders the caverns beneath the Colony with his best friend Chester and brother Cal, falls upon the Styx's plan to get rid of Topsoilers with a deadly plague, and risks his life to foil their plot while wondering if his killer stepsister is still on the loose.


Author: Alice Mead
Call Number: F MEA

An inquisitive young boy who lives with his mother and younger sister in a rough housing project in New Haven, Connecticut, approaches his tenth birthday with a mixture of anticipation and worry.

Alchemy and Meggy Swann

Author: Karen Cushman
Call Number: F CUS

Meggy Swann, a girl who walks with the aid of two sticks, arrives in Elizabethan London, along with her goose Louise, to stay with her father who really does not want her, and while he pursues his dream of transforming base metal into gold, Meggy undergoes a transformation herself.

The Seventh Level

Author: Jody Feldman
Call Number: F FEL

Twelve-year-old Travis is invited to become a member of The Legend, Lauer Middle School's most exclusive secret society, but first he must solve seven puzzles.

Monday, November 29, 2010


What is your favorite book you have read from the library this year? Please answer by posting a comment below.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Vocabulary Parade

Taylor's fifth annual vocabulary parade was on Thursday, November 11. It was a wonderful parade and everyone did an amazing job on their word costumes. Here are some pictures from the day for you to enjoy...

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Bluebonnet Book Club

Our Bluebonnet Book Club had our last meeting today. We read five bluebonnet books together and now every student who attended all of our meetings will be a bluebonnet reader! Congratulations!! I had a lot of fun meeting with you over the past five weeks.

Monday, November 8, 2010

The Mysterious Howling

Author: Maryrose Wood
Call Number: F WOO
Fifteen-year-old Miss Penelope Lumley, a recent graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, is hired as governess to three young children who have been raised by wolves and must teach them to behave in a civilized manner quickly, in preparation for a Christmas ball.

Bird Lake Moon

Author: Kevin Henkes
Call Number: F HEN

Twelve-year-old Mitch, spending the summer with his grandparents at Bird Lake after his parents' separation, becomes friends with ten-year-old Spencer, who has returned with his family to the lake where his little brother drowned years earlier, and as the boys spend time together and their friendship grows, each of them begins to heal.


Author: Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams
Call Number: F GOR

When Will Burrows and his friend Chester embark on a quest to find Will's archaeologist father, who has inexplicably disappeared, they are led to a labyrinthine world underneath London, full of sinister inhabitants with evil intentions toward "Topsoilers" like Will and his father.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Flat Stanley

Author: Jeff Brown
Call Number: E BRO
After a bulletin board falls on Stanley while he is sleeping, he finds that being flat has its advantages.

Island of the Blue Dolphins

Author: Soctt O'Dell
Call Number: F ODE

Records the courage and self-reliance of an Indian girl who lived alone for eighteen years on an isolated island off the California coast when her tribe emigrated and she was left behind.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Catherine Fowler Visits the Library

Mrs. Fowler spoke to our third grade students on Monday and Tuesday. Her "History of Frisco" presentation is so interesting and informative! Students learned about Native Americans in Texas, pioneers, cattle drives, farmers, and how Frisco became a city. I wish everyone in Frisco could hear her speak on these subjects because I know I learned a lot! Mrs. Fowler is truly a treasure. I am so glad for our students to have the opportunity to meet her so they can remember this experience when they go to Fowler Middle School.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Go Texas Rangers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Out Texas Rangers are going to the World Series!!! We have many baseball books available for check out. Come on down and get one today!

Pumpkin Time!

I love it when thid grade brings down their pumpkin pal projects to display in the library. Aren't they fantastic! Every student in third grade designs and creates a pumpkin to look like a character from a book that they've read.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Vocabulary Parade Coming Soon!

Taylor's fifth annual Vocabulary Parade will be taking place on Thursday, November 11. Parents are welcome to join us in the cafeteria to view the parade. Every Taylor student and staff member will be dressed as a word for the parade. Look for information that will begin coming home in this week's Thursday folders. When you decide on the word you want to portray, don't forget to turn in your word form to your teacher.

Storytelling Festival

Fourth grade headed out to the Storytelling Festival on Friday, October 8. I tried to take pictures of the storytellers but we were too far away from them for the pictures to turn out. We had a great time listening to all of the wonderful storytellers. The highlight for me (and many of the students that I asked) was hearing Willy Claflin. He is the author of The Uglified Ducky and he brought Maynard Moose with him. He was hilarious! I am so glad that we got to hear him in person. I am ordering more Maynard Moose books for the library for sure!

Fifth Grade Book Club

Our fifth grade book club met for the first time yesterday. It was a lot of fun! We have seven student members, plus Mrs. Howeth and me. The students were excited to find out what our first book to read together would be. The answer: The Homework Machine by Dan Gutman!

Hotel For Dogs

Author: Lois Duncan
Call Number: F DUN
Andi, unable to adopt an adorable stray dog because of her aunt's allergies, enlists her brother Bruce in a plan to care for the dog and its puppies in an abandoned house down the street, but when the siblings give in the urge to take in more canine guests, the secret becomes too large to keep.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Author: Gordon Korman
Call Number: F KOR

Six children try to escape from a desert island in the Pacific Ocean in order to save their lives.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Frisco Reads

Frisco Reads will take place at Heritage High School on October 26 from 4:30 - 6:30. This is a fun event for Frisco ISD staff, students, and their families. Featured authors this year include Anastasia Suen and Gordon Korman. Please visit the Frisco Reads website for more information:


Author: Gordon Korman
Call Number: F KOR
Four children, having survived a shipwreck and a week with no food, arrive on a deserted island in the Pacific Ocean, missing two of their friends, and find themselves in danger of being found by some very dangerous people.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Bluebonnet Book Club

Our Bluebonnet Book Club met for the first time this morning. If you signed up to join the club, don't forget to be here early on October 21 and 28, and November 4 and 18. Today we listened to The Uglified Ducky by Willy Claflin. Which one will we read next week? You'll have to come to find out!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Author Anastasia Suen

One of the most exciting parts of my job is the privilege of hosting authors who come to speak at our school. Today we had author Anastasia Suen visit our school and present to all of our students.
She signed many books for students while she was here.
The students listened to Mrs. Suen speak about how a book is made and the process she uses when she writes a book.

Love Those Book Fair Decorations

I always love to see the library and hallway decorated for book fair. The kids get so excited because the decorations mean book fair is on the way!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Because of Winn Dixie

Author: Kate DiCamillo
Call Number: F DIC

Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie.