We were fortunate enough to start the year with a Skype visit from Lauren Tarshis, author of the very popular
I Survived series. All the third grade classes gathered in the library early one morning to have a conversation with this very engaging author. Lauren Tarshis told us how she got started writing and how she goes about writing her books. She answered questions from students who had some good ones! "Why don't any of your I Survived books have a girl as the main character?" one student wanted to know. The welcome answer was that Ms. Tarshis' latest book, I Survived Mt. the Eruption of Mount St. Helens does just that. Students were fascinated with the stories the author told about traveling to do research for her books and the experiences she has had while working on her books. It was a memorable event for our young readers.
We started the school year welcoming students back to the HCS Library by talking about the reading we had done over the summer. Many students had read an impressive amount of books. Great job, parents, for bringing your kids to the library, making sure they had good books to read, and reading with your children!
I shared a couple of wonderful books with students in the first weeks of school. With the first graders and kindergarteners, I read Where Are My Books by Debbie Ridpath Ohi. This is an intriguing mystery. Spencer is a little boy who loves to read. He has a collection of beloved books and many favorites that he loves to read at bedtime. One by one his books start disappearing. On his bookshelf in their place Spencer finds small tokens - flowers, nuts and bolts.... What could be happening to his books? The author/ilustrator leaves the readers visual clues which the students loved piecing together until finally the mystery is solved. This book was a great springboard for talking about some of OUR favorite books.
I read Surf's Up by Kwame Aleaxander to our older students. This is a lively romp of a book about two froggy friends, Bro and Dude. Bro pops his head in Frog Dude's window to ask if he'd like to go surfing, but Frog is deeply immersed in a book and is reluctant to put it down. Not to be deterred, Bro loads his friend, still reading, onto the back of his scooter and heads off to the beach. By this time, Frog is sharing the story with Bro who becomes hooked. We loved this book! Students shared stories about books they couldn't put down - even when they had been asked to stop reading! You can see some of our discussion in the Summer Reading video on the main page of the HCS Library website. Enjoy!