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Read Across America 2018!

posted Feb 15, 2018, 7:19 PM by Susan Wells WW Library   [ updated Feb 16, 2018, 9:48 AM ]

In 2016 we "Hit the Books" and our very own 6th graders are planning a big surprise for our MARCH 2nd 2018 READ ACROSS AMERICA Assembly at 9:50 AM!
This ASSEMBLY will be student run and will feature our African American Read-In interviews, a new song, poetry and D.E.A.R. - DROP EVERYTHING AND READ! Bring a BOOK and join us!

MCBA Mashup Battle of the Books 2018

posted Feb 13, 2018, 2:01 PM by Susan Wells WW Library   [ updated Feb 13, 2018, 7:54 PM ]

The Battle is heating up and 4th - 6th grade are invited to come and vote for their favorite of the 25 MCBA Mashup Books!  Fourth and Fifth graders have been competing all week to see who knows the most about our 25 books this year. For the 1st time EVER Wildwood students will compete against Fort River students in a Virtual Battle!

Caldecott Update!

posted Feb 12, 2018, 7:41 PM by Susan Wells WW Library   [ updated Feb 13, 2018, 5:04 AM ]

It is exciting to report that our Caldecott Club and our K-2 voting results were pretty similar! Both in class and in our after school club there were some run away favorites that have become our award winners this year! The Caldecott was also announced today at the American Library Association's Midwinter conference in Denver.  Wolf in the Snow, a wordless Little Red Riding Hood tale turned on its head, took the top honor but we managed to overlap in our voting with the heart warming circular tale Big Cat, Little Cat.  It was so much fun to take this journey with our younger students.  Our students are deepening their understanding of story, book design, art and medium through observation, making connections to books and between books and authors.  The Caldecott study allows students to make connections with books and genres as well as building a community experience through shared reading.

  Best of Wildwood 2018  Caldecott 2018
 First Place 
Caldecott Medal Winner  
 Second Place
Caldecott Honor 
 Third Place 
Caldecott Honor 
  Caldecott Honor 
  Caldecott Honor 

New Titles for Our African-American Read-In. February 1st

posted Jan 31, 2018, 7:28 PM by Susan Wells WW Library   [ updated Jan 31, 2018, 7:33 PM ]

Caldecott and The Best of Wildwood

posted Jan 22, 2018, 8:37 PM by Susan Wells WW Library

Reading great books with great kids! Our Caldecott Club is working on narrowing down this formidable list of excellent picture books!  Our 3rd grade students will be working on arranging them by genre: Poetry, historical fiction, narrative nonfiction, realistic fiction, biography, folk tale.  
Here is the criteria the students have proposed for voting:
1. Kids like the story, 2. It is a good story, 3. The illustrations help to tell the story.
Best of Wildwood 2018

After the Fall

By Dan Santat

A Different Pond

By Bao Phi

Illustrated by Tai Bui

Wolf in the Snow

By Matthew Cordell

When’s My Birthday

By Julie Fogliano

Illustrated by Christian Robinson

Out of Wonder

By Alexander Kwame and Ekua Holmes

The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse

By Mac Barnett

Illustrated by Jon Klassen

Greyhound, a Groundhog

By Emily Jenkins

Illustrated by Chris Applehans

A Perfect Day

By Lane Smith

Grand Canyon

By Jason Chin


By Michael James Mahin

Illustrated by Evan Turku

Big Cat, Little Cat

By Elisha Cooper

How to Be an Elephant

By Katherine Roy

3 Billy Goats Gruff

By Jerry Pinkney

Book of Mistakes

By Corinna Luyken

All the Way to Havana

By Margarita Engle

Illustrated by Mike Curato


By Kevin Henkes

Her Right Foot

By Dave Eggers

Illustrated by Shawn Harris


By Joyce Sidman

Dazzle Ships

By Chris Barton

Illustrated by Victo Ngai


By Cynthia Rylant

Illustrated by Brendan Wenzel

Blue Sky, White Stars

By Sarvinder Naberhaus

Illustrated by Kadir Nelson


By Antoinette Portis

Rivers of Sunlight

By Molly Bang & Penny Chisholm


By Ed Galing

Illustrated by Erin Stead

The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet!/El Gallo que no se Callaba!

By Joyce Sidman

Illustrated by Taeeun Yoo

Ruth Bader Ginsberg

By Jonah Winter

Illustrated by Stacy Innerst

Jabari Jumps

By Gaia Cornwall

La la la

By Kate DiCamillo

Illustrated by Jaime Kim

Mama Lion Wins the Race

By Jon Muth

The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do

By Ashley Spires

The Bad Seed

By Jory John

Illustrated by Pete Oswald

Thank you to Our PGO!

posted Jan 22, 2018, 8:54 AM by Susan Wells WW Library   [ updated Jan 22, 2018, 9:03 AM ]

Thank you to our awesome PGO for making this author/illustrator visit possible for our students!  Just two years ago when I began as the librarian at Wildwood there was no money budgeted at the district level or within the WW PGO budget to support author visits.  Our current PGO has allocated money for this program and I sincerely thank the PGO for supporting these opportunities.  Meeting an author/illustrator allows a student to see possibilities for their future selves.  Studying a body of work by one writer/illustrator compels students to make a deeper connection to their work and understanding overarching themes in literature.  When we are able to host an author, like Jeff Mack, whose work spans from Kindergarten through upper elementary our community shares in an indelible experience together which strengthen our connections as a community.

Thank you to our WW community!  Please continue to support the 

See Jeff's nice appreciation of our students below!

Hi Susan,

Thank you so much for your thoughtful email. I'm so glad to hear that you, your students, and the teachers all enjoyed my visit. I can't tell you how much hearing this means to me!

I want to say how much I enjoyed meeting and talking with all of your students. They were bright, creative, enthusiastic and very well-behaved. I couldn't have asked for a nicer bunch of kids to work with. You and your fellow teachers are clearly doing an amazing job with them! 

I visit about 60 schools per year, and I have seen quite a variety at this point. Visiting Wildwood was truly one of my all-time favorites! I really think of these programs as team efforts. The audience's high level of engagement and preparedness adds so much to making it a positive experience.  So thank you for everything you did to get your students ready, to make me feel at home, and to make the whole day go so smoothly. I love seeing the photos and the video too! Great memories!

I hope we'll get another chance to work together in the future.

Please tell your students I said hi! I'll be thinking about them. (McGee will be too!)

Caldecott Club!

posted Jan 9, 2018, 4:15 PM by Susan Wells WW Library   [ updated Jan 9, 2018, 4:16 PM ]

We had a great time at our first meeting of the Caldecott Club.  40 1st and 2nd graders learned about the history of the Caldecott award and practiced evaluating picture books using a kid version of the official criteria. 

Jeff Mack was here today!

posted Jan 8, 2018, 6:46 PM by Susan Wells WW Library   [ updated Jan 8, 2018, 6:57 PM ]

Thank you to our generous PGO for making this visit possible. 
Jeff inspired many young authors and illustrators today!

Jeff Mack's Author Illustrator Visit and The Book in Hand!

posted Jan 2, 2018, 7:21 PM by Susan Wells WW Library   [ updated Jan 4, 2018, 7:34 AM ]

Happy 2018! Jeff Mack will be here on Monday, January 8th and we are so excited! 

Many classes have been reading his books. From the oldest to the youngest, students are enjoying the MCBA Mashup book: Clueless McGee to Good News Bad News and the NEW Caldecott 2018 contender: MINE!

The Book In Hand was a program developed by Megan Lambert at The Eric Carle Museum.  We are employing the technique to introduce our students to the works of Jeff Mack. Check it out by watching the 5 minute video below:

MCBA MakerSpace Play Day 2017 was a hit!

posted Dec 21, 2017, 11:06 AM by Susan Wells WW Library   [ updated Dec 21, 2017, 4:35 PM ]

Thank you to all our VOLUNTEERS and our incredibly creative STUDENTS for a great MCBA MAKERSPACE PLAY DAY!
There were over 60 STUDENT MADE games to PLAY in 6 spaces! 130 students participated in this HUGE event!

Please watch the recap and our student reflections on the process:
1. Read an MCBA Mashup Book
2. Design and Plan a game or an activity to go with the BOOK.
3. Build it.
4. Play it with others!

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