New Fifth Grade Book Trailers!

The Fifth Grade students read a great selection of books this year as independent reading choices. They used an online application called Adobe Spark to create book trailers, or short videos that introduce their books. Here are their terrific trailers:

Mia read the book Wish and found out why an 11-year old girl has been making the same wish every day.

Logan read Newbery Award winner The Invention of Hugo Cabret, a novel in words and pictures, which freatures a mystery inside of a 1931 Paris train station.

Kierstin read Hello Ruby: Adventures in Coding, which combines a great story about a girl with a big imagination along with basic concepts of coding.

Michael thinks you’ll enjoy My Life as A Fifth Grade Comedian.

Ava read Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, a classic story of a family dealing with racial prejudice in the South during the 1930’s.

Andy read the book The Recess Bully which is part of a new series called Superhero Harry.

James created his book trailer on Hatchet, the classic tale of survival in the wilderness.

Camden created his book trailer on Wonder, a great book that reminds you to choose kind.

Wilder read The Wizards of Once, a book that features the exciting adventure of a wizard prince and and a warrior princess.

Emma knows you’ll enjoy learning about Greek mythology in Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods.

Nathan read In the Heart of the Sea, the gripping true story of a whaling ship that was struck by a whale.

Andy’s book, Ready Player One takes place in the year 2045, where players can enter a utopian virtual reality world.

Willa read The Mark of Athena, where Percy Jackson and other Greek and Roman demigods have to team up in order to defeat giants.

Camp Half-Blood is the setting for Mona’s book, The Lightning Thief, the first of the Percy Jackson adventures. 

Free Access All Summer to Capstone Interactive eBooks!

Students can choose from thousands of Capstone titles and read them on any computer or on-the-go on any web-enabled device. Easy navigation on the ad-free site allows readers to search for books in English and Spanish by interest or reading level. See the link below that contains the welcome letter with the log in credentials needed. Have fun choosing & reading great books!
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More Suggestions for Great Books to Read

ALCS Notable Children’s Books 2018      The Association for Library Services for Children (a division of ALA) prepares this list each year to include notable books of “especially commendable quality, books that exhibit venturesome creativity, and books of fiction, information, poetry and pictures for all age levels (birth through age 14) that reflect and encourage children’s interests in exemplary ways.” It includes the current year’s Newbery, Caldecott,  Belpré, Sibert, Geisel, and Batchelder Award and Honor books.

A Book and a Hug At this site, readers can discover books that match their “reading personality types” and hundreds of books listed in categories.

Scholastic for Parents
This great list of 100 books can be filtered by age group or by different categories.


Stories From Space! Listen to Astronauts Read Kids’ Books

Story Time From Space, a project from the nonprofit Global Space Education Foundation features astronauts reading children’s books from the International Space Station. A team of educators and scientists select books to be read that are related to STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) concepts. An organization called CASIS (Center for the Advancement of Science in Space) then helps to get the books launched into orbit. Here’s a video of astronaut Kate Rubins reading Rosie Revere, Engineer.

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.