Our winners were:
Students at East Oakview have been participating in "mock" committees to read, evaluate and vote on books. Kindergarten and first grade students have been participating in a Mock Geisel unit. Second, third and fourth graders have been participating in a Mock Caldecott Unit. And 14 fourth graders participated in a Mock Newbery club.
Our winners were:
We have SO many awesome books in our library. It would be impossible to list all the amazing titles and authors that our students love. These titles, however, were the titles that were circulated the most this school year. CLICK HERE to watch a short video of these books. Enjoy!
Here is a link to the most recent edition of Library News!
Today was a great day! Bestselling author, Kelly DiPucchio spent the day with us! We had been preparing since the beginning of the year by reading and discussing her many books!
The school and library were decorated and ready to greet Kelly when she arrived!
Kelly spent with day with each grade level, talking about what it's like to be an author.
Students had the opportunity to purchase copies of Kelly's books and could meet her and have their books signed.
And because we love her book Everyone Loves Bacon, we had....BACON!
It was a FANTASTIC day!
Having a friend to share a book with makes reading even better!
Last year, Journey by Aaron Becker was the winner of East Oakview's Mock Caldecott Award. You can imagine how excited we were when the second book in the trilogy, Quest, came out this fall.
After reading Quest, third and fourth graders worked together to formulate questions for Aaron, who graciously agreed to be interviewed. It was hard for us to narrow down our questions, but here they are! (Aaron's answers are in red!)
1.) What do you like best about being an author/illustrator?
It’s a job that doesn’t require a lot of the things that other grown up jobs require: long meetings, commutes, phone conferences. I get to draw pictures all day and write stories. How cool is that?!!
2.) When did you know that you wanted to write/illustrate children's books?
I started writing books when I was about eight years old, so it’s something I’ve always done. But Journey wasn’t published until I was about 38 years old. So it took me 30 years!!!
3.) What inspired you to write this trilogy?
The architecture and places I wanted the girl to journey to. I drew a big picture of a castle one day and that’s where it all began.
4.) When you started writing Journey, did you already know that it would be the first story in a trilogy?
Not at all, but once I was done, I realized I had created this whole world with lots of other things going on that never made it into the final book. I wrote out the general stories for the 2nd and 3rd books at the same time, so the trilogy was planned from that point forward. There’s lots of cool stuff still to come!
5.) How did the girl and boy get the red and purple markers at the beginning of Journey?
Great question! And there is an answer! There’s a long back story about where the six colored markers come from and it involves an elder king and his three sons and the purple bird. And a black marker. And a white marker. Some of this will be hidden as backstory in Return but you really have to dig for it! But the markers make their way into our world so that someone in the fantasy realm won’t find them and use them for evil. It’s a much longer story as to how the girl and boy actually end up with them!
6.) Can you give us a hint: What will the setting be of Return? Will there be any new characters?
The story still takes place in Pallonezia near the castle, but there’s some new underwater stuff and a cave. There are no brand new characters, but let’s just say that a character we met in Journey (briefly) comes back to play a much larger roll.
7.) What are your writing plans after Return?
I have no idea! I’m thinking of working on a book with words in it. Maybe something with all of the backstory I’ve developed for the Journey Trilogy but in a middle-reader format, like a lost journal with pictures. But I also have some non-Journey related ideas too!
8.) What was your favorite book when you were a child?
The Art of Star Wars by Carol Titelman. My copy is completely demolished from so many readings.
Thank you so much for taking the time to answer theses questions. We appreciate you and your books very much!!!!
I sure hope that you're going to be reading this summer. Summer is a great time to catch up on those books you've been wanting to read. I know that I love summer because I have extra time to read....and I can't wait to share my reading with you! You can see what I'm reading by checking into this website.
I want to see what you're reading too. Please comment on this blog entry when you finish a book. Tell me the title of the book, what you liked about it, and your name/grade. (Remember only your first name and last initial.) I can't wait to see all the great books that you're reading!
Have a great summer...and Happy Reading!
As part of our third and fourth grade Battle of the Books, we read Cynthia Lord's book, Rules. She was gracious enough to take the time to answer our questions.
1.) What inspired you to write Rules?
Rules was inspired by my children. My daughter is 24 years old, and my son is 21. My son has autism, just like David in Rules. Though the characters in Rules are not my own family, some of the small details in the book are true. When my son was young, he loved “Frog and Toad,” and he used to drop toys in our fish tank!
2.) What is your favorite scene?
I have two favorites. I love the running scene with Catherine and Jason in the parking lot, and I like the scene where David drops the Barbie in the fish tank.
3.) What is your favorite genre to read?
I like a variety of genres. I like to read poetry, realistic fiction, some fantasy, and non fiction.
4.) What is your favorite book that you did not write?
Charlotte's Web, because I've read it at least 6 times and I've read it at different times in my life (as a child, as a mom, as a teacher). Every time I read it, I cry near the end. I've experienced the scene before, and I can even tell you the sentence E.B. White uses: "No one was with her when she died." Even though I know that line so well, E.B. White touches me in that moment, each and every time. That's the mark of a very powerful writer.
5.) What lesson do you want us to learn from reading Rules?
Well, first, I hope you just enjoy it as a story. But I hope readers take away less fear of people who are different. It can be scary to meet people who act in ways we don't always understand. I hope through meeting David and Jason, you'll look at the people you meet who have severe disabilities with more understanding and less fear. They really aren't so different, and I guess that's the main lesson I'd like the book to give.
Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions. We really appreciate it!
About Mr. Stroh
I'm Mr. Stroh and I'm in my 26th year of teaching for the Northview Public School district. This is my second year as the librarian at East Oakview. My goal is to find the perfect book for each student. In addition to reading, I love camping, spending time with my family and the Detroit Tigers!
Mr. Stroh is reading: