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Adam Gidwitz to visit Clinton Elementary

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.






Here is a video from his recent tour to give you a sneak peek at what we will see!!!


Myth-O-Mania Series Gives a Voice to Hades

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.


Discover the Magical World of Urwald

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!


The magic of a good book trailer for a classic

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….

Are you excited to get a copy today?


Wonder defines kindness

R. J. Palacio; Random House Children’s Books 2012
 Kindness is explored in this truly moving debut book by author RJ Palacio.  We are introduced to Auggie, a 5th grade student who feels and acts like a normal 10-year old who is entering middle school after years of homeschooling.  The complication is that Auggie was born with facial abnormalities and has to live in a world where pauses and nervousness, agitation and fear surround him.  How Auggie and his family navigate life and affect those around them inspires me to treasure and teach kindness.  
This book has been recommended for children 8 and up, but I would strongly recommend that it is read by adults as well.  The storyline is beautiful and knows no age limit.
The following book trailer provides a wonderful visual for Wonder.


The Emerald Atlas celebrates the world of fantasy

Harry Potter fans unite!  John Stephens first of three books is a nail biting adventure for siblings Kate, Michael, and Emma.  It seems that there are plenty of orphaned children stories, but this one cleverly uses time travel.  A huge fan of fantasy, I am always eager to find the magic that I had discovered with Harry Potter.  While it is too early to tell, I will most definitely be reading the next books.  

If you liked the good v. evil of Harry Potter’s world, then you will find more of that here.  The Queen and her “animals” certainly are not kitty cats and there is no shortage of bad creatures.  The children are not unstoppable and each face challenges that they don’t always win.  I have posted the book trailer below, but must say that it is not my favorite.  My hope is that some of my students will be motivated to create one themselves!

Visit the Emerald Atlas book website or watch the book trailer below for more information.


The Mysterious Benedict Society is a smart adventure story

“Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?”  Reynie Muldoon our eleven year old main character discovers and answers an advertisement in the local newspaper.  He and three other children (Kate, Constance and Sticky) are faced with challenges and an opportunity to save the world.  Each child brings a unique perspective to each challenge and the book contains a blend of adventure, plot twists and of course humor.


If you like this book as I did, there are 3 more books in the series. including the newest book, The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict.  Visit The Mysterious Benedict Society website for more information.