September 2012

 Reading News:  
Ebooks in Pleasant View Library Collections!   

Thank you Scott County Regional Authority! With a grant from SCRA we have added ebooks to the elementary library collections. Each school was able to select approximately 24 ebooks that are connected to specific curriculum content. The ebooks can be read on any computer or used by the teachers with interactive white boards. 

 Featured Author: Ralph Masiello

Thank you to the Pleasant Valley PTA for sponsoring illustrator, Ralph Masiello in April 2012. Each elementary school hosted an entire day with Mr. Masiello (or Mr. Mashed Potato as he called himself). Students not only learned about the process involved in illustrating picture books but also enjoyed his drawing demonstrations and humorous stories. Students are still very excited about his step by step drawing books, including his newest release The Halloween Drawing Book. 

Ralph Masiello's website

 Book Reviews:    

 Grandpa's Tractor by Michael Garland

This digitally illustrated picture book takes the reader on a journey through memory lane during a time when small family farms were commonplace. Grandpa Joe and Timmy visit the farm where the grandfather grew up. As they explore the site they come upon a rusty tractor owned by the boy's great-grandfather. The discovery of the tractor sparks a recounting of Grandpa Joe's memories of life on the family farm.

Author's website

The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? by Mo Willems

Pigeon is back! In classic Mo Willems style Pigeon is irate that the Duckling got a cookie just by asking politely! Pigeon expounds on the unfairness of this situation and other times when he has asked for something but has not received it. Young readers will enjoy the humor but also catch the message of using good manners and sharing.

Author's website

 Missing on Superstition Mountain by Elise Broach 

The Barker brothers have been warned repeatedly not to explore Superstition Mountain, but when their cat disappears they have no choice. Something about the mountain is creepy and when they find three human skulls they know they must not stop until they uncover the mystery of the mountain. This first book in a series will keep readers on the edge of their seats and begging for more! Watch for a sequel in early 2013! 

Author's website

Clementine, Friend of the Week by Sara Pennypacker

Fans of fun loving Clementine won't want to miss out on her latest adventure. Now in third grade she has been selected to be "Friend of the Week" a privilege and a responsibility. She wants to make sure everyone likes her, but oh, that is hard to do especially when her cat goes missing. For readers new to Clementine this is great place to start! 

Author's website

Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Ha tells of her life first in Saigon, then Guam, Florida, and finally Alabama during the aftermath of the Vietnam War. Her free verse narrative speaks of loss, change, growing up, and finally acceptance of her new life and new country.  This National Book Award winner is based on the author's personal experience. 

More about the author

 The Clockwork Three by Matthew J Kirby
If you enjoyed Brian Selznick's The Invention of Hugo Cabret, try this adventure set in the early 1900's. The lives of three children intersect as each tries to solve a problem to improve his or her future. Guiseppe plays the fiddle on street corners in hopes of earning enough money to go home to Italy. Hannah, a hotel maid, hopes to find the treasure hidden in the hotel to secure a better financial future for her family, and Frederick, an apprentice clock-maker tries to build an automaton to gain recognition in his field. 


Reid's Read-Alouds: Selections for Children and Teens
 by Rob Reid

Books published between 2000-2008 for children and young adults are the focus of this read aloud handbook. Each book was selected by Rob Reid because it demonstrates strong writing and has text that flows easily making for a great read aloud.  Most books were chosen to be read in several sittings but each review is accompanied by a 10 minute read aloud selection to entice even the most reluctant listeners. 

Check out book recommendations on the author's blog

 Reading Tips:   Reading Websites:   More Reading Tips:
Reading aloud –
Reading aloud is a great way to spend time together and build your child’s literacy skills.

Read aloud to your child every day, and continue this even after your child has learned to read on their own.

Talk as you read, asking questions like “What do you think is going to happen next?” “Why did that character do that?” and “What would you do?”

Encourage your child to write after reading. For example, ask your child to describe his or her favorite part or imagine a different ending.

Have  your child retell the story in his or her own words.
Created by Elizabeth Williams Bushey this site gives children the chance to explore original stories, poems, games and more.

Reading is Fundamental:

Reading Rockets:

Finding the right book:

Pick books on subjects your child is interested in. If he or she takes a trip to an aquarium, borrow a book on sharks or dolphins.

Check online for reading lists of award winning books for children. The International Reading Association website ( features Children’s Choices, a list of books chosen by young readers.

Explore different genres with your child: storybooks, fairy tales, informational books, magazines, and more.

Become frequent visitors to your local public library and get your child a library card at the earliest opportunity. This gives your child a feeling of ownership.