April is National Poetry Month, and we'll be celebrating in the Lower Division Library with a poetry festival and readings throughout the month. Be sure to check out our wonderful poetry books as you plan for Poem-in-the-Pocket Day on Friday, April 27.
Favorite author Dan Gutman visited the Lower Division on Wednesday, November 8. Gutman has written the My Weird School series, the Homework Machine, and most recently, the Flashback Four series. His visit marked the official start of the Book Fair Celebration at the Lower Division.
Check out the slideshow of photos from his visit below.
School's Out For the Summer! What a perfect time to read! Take a look at recommended reading and librarians' picks through this website. Don't forget, you can also find some great reads by going to our catalog and selecting Visual Search. Happy Reading!
The winner of the Caldecott Award for the best illustrations in a picture book for 2017 goes to, "Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat" illustrated and written by Javaka Steptoe. There were four Caldecott Honor awards given as well. The First Caldecott Honor Award was given to "Leave Me Alone" illustrated and written by Vera Brosgol. The second Caldecott Honor went to "Freedom in Congo Square" illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, written by Carole Boston Weatherford. "Du Iz Tak?" illustrated and written by Carson Ellis received the third Caldecott Honor Award. A fourth Caldecott Honor Award went to "They All Saw a Cat," illustrated and written by Brendan Wenzel. Congratulations to all Caldecott winning illustrators and their books!
The Lower Division students in grades K-3 will welcome David A. Adler author of the Cam Jansen, Young Cam Jansen, and Bones mystery books on Thursday, December 1. Adler is also the author of numerous biographies, historical fiction stories, and holiday books. Students in 4th and 5th grade are excited to welcome Gennifer Choldenko on Friday, December 2. Choldenko is the author of Al Capone Does My Shirts and Chasing Secrets.
Welcome back to a fun-filled year of books and reading! We’re off to an exciting start to the new school year! Our library displays are full of new books. One of my personal favorites is, “What Do You Do With an Idea?” by Kobi Yamada. Stop by the library and share your summer favorites.
Our holiday break is a wonderful time to curl up in a cozy spot to read a good book. Children in grades K-2 will be checking out plenty of books to read over break. Happy reading and happy holidays one and all...Learn, Explore, Grow...READ! and have fun!
Our extremely motivated second grade students set an all-time Accelerated Reader record at the Lower Division, while working toward their grade goal. Their grade goal of 1,210 was established by totalling each student's personal goal for the 2013-2014 school year. By our cut-off date of May 16th, students had successfully recorded an astounding 1,657 Accelerated Reader tests taken! Congratulations to our second grade readers!
We have been studying the Caldecott Award in all of the first grade library classes. Based on their study of the Caldecott Award, first grade students awarded The HM Lion Award for illustrations in some of their favorite picture books. View our first grade students presenting their picture books for the Lion Award.
1E/G Presentations for the HM Lion Award
1D/JPresentations for the HM Lion Award
1G/EPresentations for the HM Lion Award
1 Y/GPresentations for the HM Lion Award
Here are the award winning books by class:
1 D/G Lion Award Winner
KnuffleBunny: A Cautionary Tale written and illustrated by Mo Willems
Top Secret: A Handbook of Codes, Ciphers, and Secret Writing by Paul B. Janeczko; illustrated by Jenna LaReau
Brave Bear story and pictures Kathy Mallat
Library Mouse: A Museum Adventure written and illustrated by Daniel Kirk
1 E/G Lion Award Winner
Duck and Goose written and illustrated byTad Hills
Dino-Baseball written by Lisa Wheeler; illustrations by Barry Gott
Night City written and illustrated Monica Wellington
Circus Family Dog written by Andrew Clements, illustrations by Sue Truesdell
1 G/E Lion Award Winner
Dino-Football written by Lisa Wheeler; illustrated by Barry Gott
I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato written and illustrated by Lauren Child
My Heart Is Like a Zoo written and illustrated by Michael Hall
Dino-Basketball written by Lisa Wheeler; illustrated by Barry Gott
1 Y/G Lion Award Winner
Dino-Football written by Lias Wheeler; pictures by Barry Gott
Oh, No! witten by Candace Fleming; illustrations by Eric Rohmann
Double Trouble in Walla Walla written by Andrew Clements; illustrated by Salvatore Murdocca
Miss Smith’s Incredible Storybook written and illustrated by Michael Garland
Back by popular demand, Caldecott Honor illustrator Bryan Collier returned to HM for a visit with kindergarten and first grade students. Children experienced Bryan's collage work through his books "Rosa," "Dave the Potter," "Your Moon, My Moon," and "Fifty Cents and a Dream." The children especially enjoyed hearing Brian read "Your Moon, My Moon" during his visit.
Tadd Hills is the author of the "Duck and Goose" series, as well as, "Rocket Learns to Read" and "Rocket Writes a Story". He will meet with Kindergarten and 1st grade students on Wednesday, November 28. Dan Greenburg has written the "Zack Files", "Weird Planet", and "Secrets of the Dripping Fang" series. Judith Greengburg has written the "Andrew Lost" series. They will co-present to 2nd and 3rd grade students on Friday, November 30 in Gross Theatre. The annual book fair will be held on Friday, November 30 and December 1.
Through this project, we explored the influence of children's literature on our school community over the last 125 years. Our celebration included alumni readings to K-5 students, a display of HM's favorite children's books, and audio podcasts by former and current students sharing their favorite books and HM memories.
The “First Grade Featured Readers” Program is off to a great start in their library classes. It is a voluntary reading program designed to encourage the children to work cooperatively and act as reading role models for their classmates.
First grade students choose a partner and sign-up to be Featured Readers. They work together with their partner to choose an appropriate book. The children prepare for their reading experience by practicing during scheduled recess times the week before they are scheduled to read to their class.
The Featured Readers develop a sense of pride and confidence reading to their class and the children in the audience (the rest of the class) love hearing stories read by classmates and enjoy the book and character discussions that follow the reading.
K-2 students have been very busy during their library time.
To prepare for our Earth Day celebration, Kindergarten children viewed the “The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss. Then they put on “the thinking cap” to come up with ideas to save our environment. They also heard the story “10 Little Rubber Ducks” by Eric Carle and colored their own ducks.
First grade students have been getting ready to read to their class during our “Featured Reader” program.
You’re in for a special treat if you spend time in the library with our second graders. The children are presenting their fun facts about famous people after learning about and reading biography books.