Mrs. Primm's Blog

Best Books of 2013

posted Dec 6, 2012, 1:07 PM by Chris Primm   [ updated Jan 10, 2014, 12:10 PM ]

School Library Journal recently released its list of the best new books for 2013.  Some of my new favorite picture books made the list!
The picture book list includes:


Journey by Aaron Becker
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
The Highway Rat by Julia Donaldson
Henry’s Map by David Elliot
Papa’s Mechanical Fish by Candace Fleming
If You Want to See a Whale by Julie Fogliano
Penny and Her Marble by Kevin Henkes
Little Red Writing by Joan Holub
Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle
The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig
Sophie’s Squash by Pat Miller
The Mighty Lalouche by Matthew Olshan
 Xander’s Panda Party by Linda Park
The Tortoise & the Hare by Jerry Pinkney

Welcome to the 2012-2013 School Year

posted Aug 31, 2012, 8:44 AM by Chris Primm

Welcome back Meadows Mustangs!!!  I am so glad to be back in the library this year.  As anyone with access to news knows, school districts all over California are struggling to maintain services.  We are fortunate that our district, with the overwhelming financial support of parents and the community, have been able to continue to fund our library.  Thanks to all of you who make this possible!!
The new school year brings changes and new ideas across the district, and the Meadows library is no exception.  Plans for this year include collaboration with fourth and fifth grade teachers on book reports to include on-line book reviews in our library catalog, more lesson enhancements using websites, apps, and interactive whiteboards, and encouraging independent readers to participate in California Young Readers Medal Award (CYRM) selections.  Successful ideas, like class participation in CYRM picture book voting, the fifth grade book club, and our summer post card project, will continue to enhance student visits to the library.  
Books are displayed, bulletin boards are organized, and new books have been catalogued.  All that's needed in the library is YOU!  
Looking forward to another great year!! 

Fifth Grade Gift

posted Jun 21, 2012, 2:13 PM by Chris Primm

Every year the Fifth Grade Class donates a parting gift to our school.  This year our Fifth Grade chose the library.  The Meadows Library is now the proud owner of six brand new, brightly colored, lice free, structured bean bag chairs.  THANKS FIFTH GRADERS!!

Author Visit

posted May 22, 2012, 9:54 AM by Chris Primm   [ updated Jun 1, 2012, 10:30 AM ]


On Wednesday Darren Farrell, author and illustrator of "Doug-Dennis and the Flyaway Fib", will be visiting our library.  This picture book has been well reviewed and we are excited to welcome him to our regularly scheduled Wednesday classes. 

Look what our kinders did with the help of Darren Farrell.   

Earth Day

posted Apr 26, 2012, 9:16 AM by Chris Primm   [ updated Apr 26, 2012, 9:19 AM ]

Meadows Library celebrated Earth Day by speaking for the trees.  Students read "The Lorax" by Dr. Seuss and then decorated a tree with ideas for the environment.  No actual trees were harmed in the process - we used wind downed branches for the tree and paper scraps for writing.  Earth Day celebrations continue at Polliwog Park on Saturday 4/28.  More info is available at

Lauren Myracle Visits Meadows

posted Apr 25, 2012, 9:41 AM by Chris Primm   [ updated Apr 25, 2012, 9:44 AM ]

Lauren Myracle, nationally recognized author of children's books recently visited the Meadows Library.  Lauren ta
lked to fourth and fifth grade students about her books, the writing process and the importance of following your dreams.  Lauren also took the time to answer questions from
the audience.  Her personal website is curren
tly under construction at but you can learn more about Lauren and her books at her publisher's website
Her "The Winnie Years" series is available in the library but they are in high demand.  Feel free to log into the Meadows Catalog at to put these books on hold. 

Catalog Hall of Fame

posted Apr 9, 2012, 10:23 AM by Chris Primm

The library is introducing a Catalog Hall of Fame for fifth grade students.  To qualify, students must complete all three of the Destiny Catalog Challenges.  The worksheets were presented during library class time but additional copies are available below.
Let's see which Fifth Grade Class has the most Hall of Famers.
Good Luck!!

Generation Always On

posted Mar 5, 2012, 11:58 AM by Chris Primm   [ updated Mar 19, 2012, 1:28 PM ]

A new study recently released by  Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project looks at Generation Always On (those born in 2000 and beyond) and predicts some of the ways they will process and use information. 
On the plus side, GAO's will be comfortable multi-tasking and accessing information from a broad array of sources.  On the negative side, they will be less focused on a single task and less likely to work through a difficult problem.  Only time will tell if they end up with " incredible opportunities to connect, create, and collaborate" as claims Janna Anderson, the report’s coauthor and director of Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center or as others surveyed predicted, these hyper-connected young people will favor a world where instant gratification and entertaining, but shallow, distractions rule. 
What do you think? 

Funding for School Libraries

posted Jan 30, 2012, 9:24 AM by Chris Primm

Please join me in
supporting a White House petition that ensures that every child in America has access 
 to an effective school library program.  The petition can be accessed at  The petition asks in part for "the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) to provide dedicated funding to help support effective school library programs. Such action will ensure more students have access to the resources and tools that constitute a 21st century learning environment."  Time is running out to sign so please log on, create an account, and sign the petition today.

Heavy Medals

posted Jan 24, 2012, 1:29 PM by Chris Primm   [ updated Jan 26, 2012, 12:00 PM ]

The American Library Association recently announced their book awards for 2012.  The winners include:
John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature:
Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos.
Honor books include Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai and
Breaking Stalin's Nose by Eugene Yelchin.
Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:
A Ball for Daisy illustrated and written by Chris Raschka.
Blackout illustrated and written by John Rocco,
Grandpa Green illustrated and written by Lane Smith and
Me...Jane illustrated and written by Patrick McDonnell
were named as honor recipients. 
Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book:
Tales for Very Picky Eaters by Josh Schneider.
Honor books included
I Broke My Trunk by Mo Willems,
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen and
See Me Run by Paul Meisel
 Coretta Scott King Book Awards recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults:
The Author Award went to Kadir Nelson, author and illustrator of Heart and Soul:  The Story of America and African Americans.
Honors were awarded to Eloise Greenfield, author of The Great MigrationJourney to the North and Patricia C. McKissack, author of Never Forgotten.
The Illustrator Award went to Shane W. Evans, illustrator and author of Underground: Finding the LIght to Freedom.

The Pura Belpre Awards for a Latino writer and illustrator whose children's books best portray, affirm, and celebrate the Latino cultural experience.
Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall was awarded the Author Award and the Illustrator Award went to Duncan Tonatiuh for Diego Rivera: His World and Ours.

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