Friday, March 26, 2010

Animal Adaptations Research

Fourth grade came to the library this week for animal adaptations research. They used Zoobooks to research four animals of their choice. Then they used the information they gathered to create awesome flip books. I love this unit because I learn so much while I'm helping the students! Did you know that elephants are wonderful swimmers and polar bears have black skin?

Calvin Coconut: The Zippy Fix

Author: Graham Salisbury
Call Number: F SAL
Calvin tries to earn money to buy Stella, the babysitter, a present for her sixteenth birthday because he feels guilty for taking advantage of her allergy to cats.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Ocean Animal Research

First grade came to the library in March for ocean animal research. Each student researched ocean invertebrates, mammals, fish, crustaceans, and birds. They were able to choose animals of each type to learn more about. It was exciting to be a part of these students first library research project.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Arctic Animal Research

Third grade came to the library in March for arctic animal research. They used library resources to complete several activities including making a life size penguin and arctic food chain. We had fun and they learned a lot in the process.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Jake Ransom and the Skull King's Shadow

Author: James Rollins
Call Number: F ROL

Jack Ransom and his sister, Kady, are sent on a wild hunt for answers when a mysterious letter arrives on the doorstep and leads them to a strange world inhabited by a mix of long-lost civilizations, where they hope to learn the truth about their parents' disappearance.

Dying to Meet You

Author: Kate Klise
Call Number: F KLI

In this story told mostly through letters, children's book author, I. B. Grumply, gets more than he bargained for when he rents a quiet place to write for the summer.

11 Birthdays

Author: Wendy Mass
Call Number: F MAS

After celebrating their first nine same-day birthdays together, Amanda and Leo, having fallen out on their tenth and not speaking to each other for the last year, prepare to celebrate their eleventh birthday separately but peculiar things begin to happen as the day of their birthday begins to repeat itself over and over again.

Monday, March 22, 2010

The Old Willis Place

Author: Mary Downing Hahn
Call Number: F HAH

Tired of the rules that have bound them ever since "the bad thing happened," twelve-year-old Diana ignores her brother's warnings and befriends the daughter of the new caretaker, setting in motion events that lead to the release of the spirit of an evil, crazy woman who once ruled the old Willis place.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Umbrella Summer

Author: Lisa Graff
Call Number: F GRA
After her brother Jared dies, ten-year-old Annie worries about the hidden dangers of everything, from bug bites to bicycle riding, until she is befriended by a new neighbor who is grieving her own loss.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Secret Language of Girls

Author: Frances O'Roark Dowell
Call Number: F DOW

Marylin and Kate have been friends since nursery school, but when Marylin becomes a middle school cheerleader and Kate begins to develop other interests, their relationship is put to the test.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Book Fair Diner

The Book Fair Diner came to Taylor recently. There were so many good books to choose from! Thank you to the Book Fair moms for all of their hard work that made it possible!

Check out the awesome decorations!