Category Archives: New in 2015

Find Momo by Andrew Knapp

Pet books – specifically dog books – were hot commodities for readers in MTigersLibrary.  There was an overflowing shelf of them in the 600’s which was usually decimated by the end of September.  While my elementary readers liked books on each breed, they really liked the ones with good pictures.  Forget the words: they wanted to coo over the photos of the doggies.  Like Momo.

Find Momo Coast to Coast & Let’s Find Momo by Andrew Knapp

The original Find Momo isn’t a typical addition to the elementary library: it’s a photo-journal of a dog, Momo, in landscapes and interiors.  But one element makes Momo a bona fide hit: the black and white dog hides in each photo.  This I Spy aspect is age-appropriate and perfect for readers of any age, language, or ability.  Momo’s first book had enough fans (my students included) to spur more titles: Find Momo Coast to Coast and a board book for the youngest readers Let’s Find Momo.  Both keep the element of I Spy and showcase beautiful photography with one hidden dog.  Momo Coast to Coast gives young readers a picturesque view of the United States through the adventures of an appealing dog.  Imagine the mapping activities one could do with Momo! The board book Let’s Find Momo is great for emerging readers and English-language learners, as it showcases four words and objects in a quadrant, inviting readers to find the matching objects on the following page…along with Momo, of course.  The only drawback may be if readers learn the name “Momo” as representing a dog.  Fun and appealing, share these with dog-lovers of all ages.   

Find Momo published in 2014.  Find Momo Coast to Coast published in 2015.  Let’s Find Momo is released April 18, 2017.

One of the previewed titles at 2017 London Book Fair at the Quirk books booth.

Cheers, y’all! 🙂 arika

Hilo, Books 1&2 by Judd Winick

Hilo: saving the whole wide world by Judd Winick

DJ and Gina – best friends reunited – are back with another out-of-this-world tale with their friend Hilo. In book 1, the friends meet Hilo and discover that he is a robot from outer space, intent on saving Earth from destructive alien monsters who want to destroy him.  Book 2 has Hilo settling into life on Earth when portals start to open from different dimensions, letting in untold monsters and destructive creatures.  With a diverse cast and hilarious hijinks, this is a must-read series for the graphic novel crowd.  (Ages 7-12)

One of the titles shared at Build a Better Collection, part of PSESD’s 2016 T-L Summit.

Game Changer by John Coy

Game Changer: John McLendon and the Secret Game by John Coy

Duke University is known as a college basketball powerhouse. But in the 1940’s, the all-white team secretly – and illegally – met to play the North Carolina College of Negros in the first non-segregated basketball game.  An important and true story on the need for inclusivity, understanding, and acceptance. (Ages 7+)

One of the titles shared at Build a Better Collection, part of PSESD’s 2016 T-L Summit.

Aaron and Alexander by Don Brown

Aaron and Alexander: The Most Famous Duel in American History by Don Brown

Meet Aaron and Alexander: two men more similar than different. Both were orphans, soldiers, and politicians. Alexander deeply disliked Aaron; Aaron’s duel challenge was met with Alexander’s unfortunate death.  A condensed yet thorough account of their actions and lives with detailed, divisive illustrations. Hamilton fans, don’t miss this one! (Ages 7+)

One of the titles shared at Build a Better Collection, part of PSESD’s 2016 T-L Summit.

Library Lessons: Jan 18, 2016

Week 19.

And what a doozy it was: 4 rainy-day recesses in the library on Thursday, an all-day Student Success Team meeting on Wednesday (while popping out to teach a class), and a soggy, unannounced, Friday afternoon fire drill. Phew.

The kindergarten students were to complete 2 Ezra Jack Keats stories: Pet Show! and Peter’s Chair. Alas, that didn’t happen for either class.  Both classes were interrupted with a fire drill. Add a full moon and Friday afternoon fever, and this lesson wasn’t the best ever. One class finished one book. The other didn’t finish one. I opened my Bag of Tricks, trying to get things back on course: we moved (making it snow like the blizzard on the East Coast). Students led our Rhyme Time. They chose their spots to sit, so there would be enough space. Lots of call-and-response. Nothing was working: too many students showed unexpected behaviors (forgetting books in their backpacks, walking away from the line, yelling at classmates, talking throughout the instruction, etc.).  The only good thing: talking with other specialists, this isn’t isolated to library class. I left school feeling frustrated, and I’m thoughtfully planning how to rebound next week.

The 2nd graders continued our mini-unit on building empathy, listening to Alan Rabowitz‘s autobiographical A Boy and a Jaguar. Not one student had either encountered or heard of stuttering, which caused young Alan much suffering and trauma.  Their Thinking Question – answered on our RSVP chart – stemmed from the ending of a video of Alan fluently speaking about his book. He tells listeners to find their passion, what they love, and never give it up. Students were asked to write their passion on a sticky note to share. I hope to make these into a window display in the coming weeks.

The 4th graders knocked it out of the ballpark this week. We read Matt de la Peña‘s Newbery-winning, Caldcott-honored Last Stop on Market Street, comparing the message of the story to the message of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. (whom students were studying in music class). In small-group and whole-class discussion, they got to the heart of the matter: MLK strove to peacefully impact equality by treating everyone – regardless of skin color – the same, while Nana and CJ strove to impact equality by treating everyone – regardless of socio-economic status – the same. Both MLK and Nana stood for justice: for treating people as people, no matter what the exterior looks like. In a school of high-SES families, this message to help and serve others is undeniably important.

No Lunch and Listen this week due to the all-day W meeting. Students were not thrilled. I, however, am thrilled that so many choose to come to the library and listen to picture books instead of socialize in the cafeteria.  It’s a good thing, y’all.

Weekly Reading: Jan 26, 2016

Week 3 of this year’s READolution! Below are the books I read for the first time ever this past week. Cheerful reading, y’all!

Picture Books and Early Readers:

Transitional and Chapter Books:

Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot (Ricky Ricotta #1) by Dav Pilkey

SUMMARY: Ricky Ricotta’s the target of bullies everywhere, until he befriends an evil robot who becomes his best friend and crime-fighting partner.

Fortune Falls by Jenny Goebel

SUMMARY: Convinced that passing her upcoming Luck Test will change her life, Sadie prepares as much as possible – saving her birthday wish and  performing lucky rituals – but changing from an Unlucky to a Lucky is harder than it appears.  Grades 2-5.  (c)2016.

All Paws on Deck (Haggis and Tank Unleashed #1) by Jessica Young

SUMMARY: A punny, homophone-filled tale of two friends with tails, whose imagination takes them from their boring yards to the adventurous, exciting high seas. Grades K-3. (c)2015.

Nonfiction & Graphic Novels: none this week 😦

Young Adult Novels: none this week 😦

What’s new in Valentine books

Love is (almost) in the air, according to every mass retailer.  But hold the candy, save the flowers: it’s books that foster the feeling of love that make me swoon.  Here’s are a few titles from the last two years that have me feeling the love. Can’t wait to pick these up at the local library or bookstore and share with J-girl, my boy H, and the children at #ReadAloudTuesday!