Fifth Grade Book Trailers!

The Fifth Grade students read a great selection of books this year. They used an online application called Animoto to create book trailers, or short videos that introduce their books.

Joe read Redwall: Where Legends are Made.

Jack C. recommends Spy School

Eli thinks you’ll be interested in Keeper of the Lost Cities: Neverseen.

Chris B. read Bunnicula.

Daniel recommends Big Nate Flips Out

Jonathan thinks that you will like The Report Card.

Henry recommends Super Slugger.

Jack H. thinks that you will like reading Hatchet.

Sarah recommends Number the Stars.

Chris D. read Wayne Gretzky: an Autobiography

If you like basketball, Andrew thinks you will like Crossover.

Jehanara recommends Wonder.

If you like exciting books, then George thinks Stranded is a good choice.

Nick recommends Stick Dog Wants a Hot Dog.

Jared thinks you will like Alex Rider: Stormbreaker.

Spencer recommends Hatchet.

Elodie thinks that you will like Tangerine.

More Summer Reading Fun


From the folks at Reading Rockets, here’s a great site that helps families explore reading adventures for their children. The free resources from Start with a Book include favorite themes such as dinosaurs, building, animals, sports, superheroes and music and include great themed reading adventure packs. Children can have fun while strengthening their reading skills. The flyer below contains more information as well as the site’s web address. Have fun reading & enjoy the rest of the summer!


It’s Officially Summer–Have Fun Reading!


 Welcome to the lazy, hazy days of summer! In between all your fun in the sun, take time to relax with a great book. If you’re looking for some suggestions for books to read this summer, here are some good places to look:

A Book and A Hug 

 Here you will find all kinds of book suggestions, by age, by reading level, or by category. You’ll also find great book reviews, including some  written by our very own Fifth grade students.



 Summer Reading Lists 2014-Association for Library Service to Children
 At this site, you can find three different full-color brochures of annotated lists that you can print out. Three Summer Reading book lists are  available for K-2nd, 3rd– 5th and 6th-8th grade students.


summerreading_hornbook Summer Reading 2014-Horn Book Magazine
This magazine has been reviewing great children’s books since the 1920’s! The summer reading guide has lists of suggested titles from picture books to high school fiction and non-fiction lists that can be printed.                                     

Children’s Books with Positive Messages

“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”―Dr. Seuss

The link below is to a collection of inspiring children’s books that are noteworthy for their meaningful messages. The lists were compiled by author Julie Handler, who is the co-founder of Positively Positive, an organization whose goal is “to bring uplifting voices and messages to our community every day. Our growing supply of blog posts, videos, and handpicked quotations are designed to remind us that there is good in every situation, and possibility in every person.”

Books with a Positive Message for Children

Book Review: Pete the Cat, Rocking in My School Shoes


 Pete the Cat, Rocking in My School Shoes is our new favorite here at school.  This lively picture book by author-musician Eric Litwin with illustrations by James Dean is perfect for the beginning weeks of school.  The text invites readers to sing along as they see Pete discover the library, the lunchroom, and the playground.  Pete’s a cat who keeps his cool all day long.  Even though he’s experiencing these school places for the first time–is he worried? Goodness, no! 

A bonus to this great book is the free story and song that can be downloaded here.  Warning: be prepared to have this catchy song in your head all day long.  But as Pete says, “it’s all good!”

Be sure to check out the bulletin board outside of our library to see the great school shoes decorated by students.

Book Review: The Bat Boy

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Title: The Bat Boy

Author: Mike Lupica

Recommended For: Sports fiction fans

Review by:  Alex O.

This book is about a boy named Brian. He is working at his dream job as the batboy for the Detroit Tigers. When his all-time favorite player, Hank Bishop joins the Tigers, it gets even better. But Hank is not as nice as he seems. He falls into a huge slump, and Brian offers to help him, despite the mean things that Hank says to him. Will Hank finally get out of the slump thanks to the batboy? You will have to read to find out.