The Creek Mock Newbery Club celebrated World Read Aloud Day with a Skype author visit. Natalie Lloyd was gracious enough to spend 30 minutes with us this morning. She read Chapter 1 of her new book (A Snicker of Magic), recommended several books, and took LOTS of questions from club members.
Read Alouds are powerful experiences. In this brief read aloud our club realized that the characters have southern accents. This was a revelation for all but two of the kids - what an important element of the story to understand! Natalie uses onomatopoeia to great effect and hearing the sounds added to our enjoyment of the story.
Natalie told us about some of her favorite books when she was in middle school and also recommended a new book by Rebecca Behrens, When Audrey Met Alice. I've added it to my To Be Read Pile. The club will convene again next week to discuss A Snicker of Magic using the Newbery Criteria as our guide - more coming soon from this band of readers! Thanks again to Natalie for visiting with us.
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Thursday, January 16, 2014
The announcement of the 2014 Newbery Medal winner and honor books is coming at the end of January.
The entire ceremony is available as streaming video. It will all begin at 7 a.m. central time. Fear not fellow teachers and students the Newbery winner will probably come up at 7:45 a.m. or there abouts (just in time to bring up the stream in your class or library).
What are your favorite 2013 books? Have any Newbery predictions?
We have a spot reserved for the winning title in our hallway display case.
Thursday, January 9, 2014
The Mystery Machine heads to the beach for the gang to have a break from all their sleuthing. The whole crew is on board, playful pooch Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Velma, Fred, and Daphne, but they are bound for more than swimming and sunshine.
The crew splits up to do there own thing. Scooby-Doo and Shaggy visit the Wild-World Beach's hot dog stand to consumer lots (and I mean lots) of hot dogs. The humorous dialogue between these two is worth sharing (and like the hot dogs there is plenty of humor).
"It's dog-eat-dog, if you know what I mean Scoob!" says Shaggy , chuckling
"Ryeah!" Scooby agrees "Ri never met a rog Ri didn't rike"
It doesn't take long before trouble appears at the beach in the form of a sea creature. What will happen to the gang? That question is up to YOU. This series is a Choose Your Own Adventure style story where you as the reader decides which character to follow and what actions they will take to solve the case. I really appreciated the chance to see how Velma would think through this sea creature invasion.
This will be an enjoyable read for fans of the Choose Your Own Adventure series in our library. If you like the Scooby-Doo cartoon or the mystery genre (with many possible solutions) check this one out soon. The illustrations look like the television series - colorful and full of action.
(images from Capstone Publishing website)
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Curious about the lives of animals? Interested in averages (or want more examples of how to calculate an average)? This picture book is a clever look at animals using numbers.
Here is page one for alligators (the other page has many, many more eggs). Look for this informational picture in the Creek library.
The description from the Chronicle website:
In one lifetime, a caribou will shed 10 sets of antlers, a woodpecker will drill 30 roosting holes, a giraffe will wear 200 spots, a seahorse will birth 1,000 babies. Count each one and many more while learning about the wondrous things that can happen in just one lifetime. This extraordinary book collects animal information not available anywhere else—and shows all 30 roosting holes, all 200 spots, and, yes!, all 1,000 baby seahorses in eye-catching illustrations. A book about picturing numbers and considering the endlessly fascinating lives all around us, Lifetime is sure to delight young nature lovers.
*book images also from Chronicle site.