I am hooked… (to the podcast The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel) and cannot wait for season 2. As a huge fan of podcasts this happens often as I discover a new podcast and just can’t stop talking about it. What makes this show so much more exciting is that it is written for and recorded by kids. One of my students is even in the cast and I didn’t know it till episode 10!
This middle grade mystery centers around strange happenings at Pruitt Prep and if you give it a chance, it will make you a fan of the spoken word as well.
What happens when a librarian goes to the AASL conference and meets her favorite authors? Did you guess that she would be totally motivated to convince one of them, Adam Gidwitz, to visit her school? Well, I am happy to announce that Adam is visiting Clinton in April and the kids are totally psyched. Each 4th and 5th grade teacher has received a copy of A Tale Dark and Grimm to read to their class. You can totally tell that they have started reading due to the spike in requests for the book! Kids want their own copy to read along with in class and to read at home.
Ever since Creepy Carrots, I have wanted to read more books by Peter Brown. As a book discussed for the 2014 Caldecott Award, I was eager to read Mr. Tiger Goes Wild to classes. From the colorful cover that is hidden inside the book jacket, to the selectively colored art, I loved this book. Here is a video in which Peter Brown discusses the making of the book.
This year Clinton Elementary School is excited to host author Kate McMullan. She is the author of the Myth-O-Mania series (in addition to much more) that re-tells popular myth stories from Hades point of view. When students hear the prologue of Have a Hot Time, Hades! they are hooked. Here is an introduction book series trailer published by Capstone Publishers.
Don’t wander from the path…. at least that is what Jinx has always been told. In this fantasy story set in Urwald, our main character, Jinx, faces witches and wizards, trolls and talking trees. There are references to Little Red Riding Hood, although not the main reason for the story. I rather enjoyed this book and would recommend it for upper elementary and lower middle school students. There is a nice dose of mystery and magic and an open ending that invites a sequel. The book trailer below provides a quick overview!
Peter Nimble, a blind and parent-less boy happens to be a world-class thief. With his intense sense of smell and adventurous spirit, Peter leads the reader on a wonderful quest to save a kingdom from a treacherous ruler.
Kevin Henkes has again given us a wonderful new character to love with his new book The Year of Billy Miller. Billy is a second grade student who wonders if he will be smart enough for the new school year. He has a slightly annoying little sister and a new teacher who wears chopsticks in her hair! I will be recommending Billy Miller to my elementary students.
My 4th graders have heard me speak about my love of going to the movies and of my love of books. I am also hoping that by teaching them how to create a book trailer, they will be inspired to bring their reviews to life. The following trailer is for Charlotte’s Web. Through the magic of technology, this 60 year old book “sells” itself to me when I watch the trailer. Sit back, relax and enjoy the show….