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The blog has moved!

posted Feb 21, 2011, 3:06 PM by Robinson Elementary Library

You can find future blog entries at Robinson Library's secondary website, rblibrary.weebly.com. Or you can directly access the blog here.

The 2011 Youth Media Awards winners announced

posted Jan 10, 2011, 12:01 PM by Robinson Elementary Library

View the entire list of winners here.
 
John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature
Moon over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
 
Newbery Honor Books:
Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm
Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus (FIC PRE)
Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Rick Allen
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
 
Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children
A Sick Day for Amos McGee illustrated by Erin E. Stead and written by Philip C. Stead
 
Caldecott Honor Books:
Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave illustrated by Bryan Collier and written by Laban Carrick Hill
Interrupting Chicken written and illustrated by David Ezra Stein
 
Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizing an African American author of outstanding books for children and young adults
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
 
King Author Honor Books:
Lockdown by Walter Dean Myers
Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri
 
Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award recognizing an African American illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults
Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave illustrated by Bryan Collier and written by Laban Carrick Hill
 
King Illustrator Honor Book:
Jimi Sounds Like a Rainbow: A Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix illustrated by Javaka Steptoe and written by Gary Golio  
 
Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent (Author) Award
Zora and Me by Victoria Bond and T. R. Simon
 
Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent (Illustrator) Award
Seeds of Change illustrated by Sonia Lynn Sadler and written by Jen Cullerton Johnson  
 
Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Practitioner Award for Lifetime Achievement
Dr. Henrietta Mays Smith is the winner of the 2011 Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Practitioner Award for Lifetime achievement. The award pays tribute to the quality and magnitude of beloved children’s author Virginia Hamilton’s contributions through her literature and advocacy for children and youth.
 
Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience
The Pirate of Kindergarten by George Ella Lyon, illustrated by Lynne Avril (for children ages 0 to 10)
After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick (for ages 11-13)
Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John (for ages 13-18)
 
Andrew Carnegie Medal for excellence in children’s video
Paul R. Gagne and Melissa Reilly Ellard of Weston Woods, producers of “The Curious Garden,” are the Carnegie Medal winners. The video is based on the book of the same name, written and illustrated by Peter Brown, and is narrated by Katherine Kellgren, with music by David Mansfield. 
 
Laura Ingalls Wilder Award honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.
Tomie dePaola, author and illustrator of over 200 books, including: 26 Fairmont Avenue, The Legend of the Poinsettia, Oliver Button Is a Sissy and Strega Nona.
 
Margaret A. Edwards Award honors an author, as well as a specific body of his or her work, for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature. 
Sir Terry Pratchett, author of such books as The amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, The Wee Free Men, A Hat Full of Sky, The Color of Magic, Guards! Guards!, Equal Rites, Going Postal, Small Gods, and Mort.
Mildred L. Batchelder Award for an outstanding children’s book translated from a language other than English and subsequently published in the United States
A Time of Miracles, originally published in French in 2009 as “Le Temps des Miracles,” the book was written by Anne-Laure Bondoux, translated by Y. Maudet
 
Batchelder Honor Books:
Departure Time by Truus Matti and translated by Nancy Forest-Flier
Nothing by Janne Teller and translated by Martin Aitken
 
Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States
The True Meaning of Smekday produced by Listening Library. The book is written by Adam Rex and narrated by Bahni Turpin.
 
Odyssey Honor Recordings:
Alchemy and Meggy Swann produced by Listening Library, written by Karen Cushman and narrated by Katherine Kellgren
The Knife of Never Letting Go produced by Candlewick on Brilliance Audio, written by Patrick Ness and narrated by Nick Podehl
Revolution produced by Listening Library, written by Jennifer Donnelly and narrated by Emily Janice Card and Emma Bering
will grayson, will grayson produced by Brilliance Audio, written by John Green and David Levithan, and narrated by MacLeod Andrews and Nick Podehl.
 
Pura Belpré (Author) Award honoring a Latino writer whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience
The Dreamer by Pam Muñoz Ryan
 
Belpré Author Honor Books:
¡Olé! Flamenco written and illustrated by George Ancona
The Firefly Letters: A Suffragette’s Journey to Cuba by Margarita Engle
90 Miles to Havana by Enrique Flores-Galbis
 
Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Award honoring a Latino illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience
Grandma’s Gift illustrated and written by Eric Velasquez
 
Belpré Illustrator Honor Books:
Fiesta Babies illustrated by Amy Córdova, written by Carmen Tafolla
Me, Frida illustrated by David Diaz, written by Amy Novesky
Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiuh
 
Robert F. Sibert Medal for most distinguished informational book for children
Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot written by Sy Montgomery
 
Sibert Honor Book:
Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan
Lafayette and the American Revolution by Russell Freedman  
 
Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award for English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered experience
Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher
 
Honor Books:
will grayson, will grayson by John Green and David Levithan
Love Drugged by James Klise
Freaks and Revelations by Davida Willis Hurwin
The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams 
 
Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book
Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee and illustrated by Tony Fucile (E DIC)
 
Geisel Honor Books:
Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same! written and illustrated by Grace Lin (RL 2 LIN)
We Are in a Book! written and illustrated by Mo Willems

Breaking down the picture book

posted Dec 29, 2010, 8:25 PM by Robinson Elementary Library   [ updated Jan 6, 2011, 2:47 PM ]

A great word cloud-style infographic of the picture book and its components. From the Picturing Books website. Visit the website to find more detailed information; go to The Palette on the left-hand navigation bar.

Grand View library in School Library Journal

posted Dec 29, 2010, 4:33 PM by Robinson Elementary Library

My esteemed colleague at the Grand View library, Mrs. Snively, was included in an article in School Library Journal about library volunteers.

Schedule change for September 24, 2010

posted Sep 17, 2010, 9:37 AM by Robinson Elementary Library

Due to vision and hearing testing in the library on Friday, September 24, Mrs. Walsh's and Mrs. Herbert's classes will come to library on a different day:
 
Walsh: TBD
Herbert: Thursday, September 23, 10:50am~11:20am
 
Please check the library calendar for any future changes.

Schedule change for September 15, 2010

posted Sep 17, 2010, 9:34 AM by Robinson Elementary Library

Due to minimum day schedule on Thursday, September 15, Ms. Whalley's and Ms. Lemmerman's classes will come to library in the morning:
 
Whalley: 9am~9:30am
Lemmerman: 9:30am~10:00am
 
Please check the library calendar for any future changes.

New Roald Dahl book!

posted Aug 5, 2010, 9:58 PM by Robinson Elementary Library   [ updated Sep 17, 2010, 9:42 AM ]

The Missing Golden Ticket and Other Splendiferous Secrets CoverAccording to Publishers Weekly, a new book of Roald Dahl writings will be published next month. Titled The Missing Golden Ticket and Other Splendiferous Secrets, it will include an omitted chapter from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and some biographical tidbits about Dahl's life. As a long-time Roald Dahl fan, I'm looking forward to adding this book to the Robinson collection and reading it for myself!
 
** Updated, September 17, 2010: The Missing Golden Ticket and Other Splendiferous Secrets (PB DAH) is now available for check-out!

Storytime, the high-tech way

posted Aug 3, 2010, 9:28 AM by Robinson Elementary Library

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day CoverFor those households with younger children, B&N is posting monthly online storytime segments. A picture book is read by the author, accompanied by streaming illustrations. This month's selection (August 2010) is Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, read by author Judith Viorst. Next month's reading will be posted on September 7. Also, I was able to find a couple of author read-alouds on the Borders Media website, although they're a little difficult to find: Laura Numeroff and Queen Rania of Jordan.
 
Instructions CoverMany publishers also post picture book readings with illustrations on YouTube. For example, HarperCollins Children's has many videos on its HarperKids channel. I'm partial to Neil Gaiman's reading of Instructions. Chronicle Books also has a kids section on their YouTube channel with read-alongs (there are a couple of Amy Krouse Rosenthal picture books).
 
Not surprisingly, Scholastic has lots of author read-alouds on the "Exploring Books" video page of their website (click through the tabs until you find "Author Read-Alouds"). Various authors read from picture books and chapter books: you can watch David Shannon reading from Too Many Toys or J.K. Rowling reading from The Tales of Beetle the Bard.
 
There are even smart phone apps like PicPocket Books and Oceanhouse Media for picture book read-alouds/-alongs on the go. (My 4 year-old daughter likes Mooncake from PicPocket Books and there are lots of Dr. Seuss books at Oceanhouse Media.) You can also search iTunes for more options. These apps can be helpful because the text scrolls along with the readings, helping readers with word recognition by sight and sound.
 
Hearing authors -- and even other children -- reading from books is a wonderful way for kids to learn about using expression and emotion in their own reading, as well as timing and cadence. The same goes for audiobooks. It may not be "reading" in the traditional sense but there is much to be gained from using your other senses to enjoy a book.

Free audiobooks for the summer

posted Jun 22, 2010, 9:57 AM by Robinson Elementary Library

SYNC is offering free audiobooks each week this summer, one YA (young adult) and one classic selection each week beginning July 1. What a great way to add to your audiobook collection, especially if you're planning long car or plane trips. I'm particularly excited about downloading The Hunger Games audio book on July 29.
 
[Please note, YA selections are geared toward older readers, age 13 and up. Please download at your (the parents') discretion.]

2010 Summer Reading

posted May 12, 2010, 11:23 AM by Robinson Elementary Library   [ updated Jun 22, 2010, 9:57 AM ]

The 2010 MBUSD Summer Reading lists are available! Please remember that for the elementary grades, these books are optional; incoming sixth graders are required to read three books from the MBMS sixth grade list.

For additional summer reading programs, please visit the County of Los Angeles Library system in late June/early July. Borders bookstore has a "2010 Double Dog Dare" summer reading program (read 10 books, get a free book) and Barnes & Noble's summer reading program requires that you read eight books to receive a free book. [see attachments below]
 

FOR STUDENTS ENTERING GRADES 1 & 2

Picture Books

All the World by Elizabeth Garton Scanlon (2009) (E SCA)
A gentle, meditative picture book (2010 Caldecott Honor) that helps children see their place in the larger world by following a family from the beach, to the market, and other places in the community.

The Ghost of Sifty, Sifty Sam by Angela Shelf Medearis (1997) (E MED)
A not-too-scary ghost story for summer campfires …To win a $5000 reward, a chef named Dan agrees to stay in a haunted house overnight and when he meets a very hungry ghost, he gets more than he had expected.

Guess Again! by Mac Barnett (2009) (E BAR)
One absurd riddle leads to another in this picture book, a goofy spoof of traditional riddle books where surprises await – is the answer to the riddle a cute little mouse, or the big toe of a Viking?

I Will Be Especially Very Careful by Lauren Child (2009)
When Lola borrows a friend’s new fluffy white coat in this picture book she almost ruins it while running errands and then must confess to her friend she lost the coat while visiting the library.

Miss Smith’s Incredible Storybook by Michael Garland (2003) (E GAR)
When the new teacher, Miss Smith, reads to her class, Zack and his classmates are amazed to find the characters come to life. Garland’s illustrations are bright and bold, fun to look at for clever details.

Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed by Emily Pearson (2002)
Follow Mary’s kind deed as it impacts all 6 billion people on the planet.

Seventeen Things I'm Not Allowed to Do Anymore by Jenny Offill (2007) (E OFF)
A silly look at the things we didn’t know we needed a rule about.  

Books in a Series

Cork and Fuzz by Dori Chaconas (2005) (RL 3 CHA)
A muskrat and possum are friends despite their many differences. In these books, different situations sometimes test their friendship. Enjoy the rest of the series: Short and Tall (2006); Good Sports (2007); The Collectors (2008); Finders Keepers (2009); and The Babysitters (2010)

Good Night, Good Knight by Shelley Moore Thomas (2000) (E THO)
A good knight helps three little dragons get ready to sleep. Fun to read with a repeating “chorus”. Follow-up books: Get Well, Good Knight (2002); Happy Birthday, Good Knight (2006); Take Care, Good Knight (2006); and A Cold Winter’s Good Knight (2008).

Upstairs Mouse, Downstairs Mole by Wong Herbert Yee (2005) (RL 3 YEE)
Mouse and his downstairs neighbor, Mole, discover that when they help each other, housecleaning and other daily tasks are much easier. The series continues with Abracadabra! Magic with Mouse and Mole (2007); A Brand-New Day with Mouse and Mole (2008); and Mouse and Mole, Fine Feathered Friends (2009)

Non-Fiction Books in a Series
An Egg is Quiet (2006) (591.4 AST) and A Seed is Sleepy (2007) (581.4 AST) by Dianna Aston and Sylvia Long
These non-fiction picture books are full of facts and wonderful illustrations. A pleasure to look at over and over again.

 

FOR STUDENTS ENTERING GRADES 3

Picture Books

The Black Book of Colors by Menena Cottin and Rosana Faria (2008) (535.6 COT)
This unique book about color is written in both Braille and English.  It is a delight!

Chowder by Peter Brown (2006)
What’s not to love about Chowder, a quirky dog who learns to make friends with other animals. 

The Curious Garden by Peter Brown (2009) (E BRO)
In a gray and drab city, a curious young boy discovers a struggling garden.  Determined to help the plants grow, the boy learns to become a gardener and the garden takes on a life of its own, spreading color throughout the city.  This is a magical story about one person’s dream and the lesson of how the efforts of one can have a big impact on the world.

One Giant Leap by Robert Burleigh (2009) (629.45 BUR)
A beautifully illustrated telling of the 1969 lunar landing that conveys the sense of wonder and uncertainty of the trip.

Chapter Books

Adventures in Cartooning by James Sturm (2009: 109 pages) (741.5 STU)
A magical elf helps a princess learn how to draw a comic and by the twist at the end of the plot aspiring artists will know techniques for creating their own cartoon stories.

Greetings from Planet Earth by Barbara Kerly (2007: 256 pages)
2010-2011 California Young Reader Medal Nominee
It's 1977, and Theo and his class are creating a golden record inspired by the one Voyager 2 will carry into space as a greeting from Earth. But as Theo searches for an original answer to his teacher's question, other questions begin to surface: What happened to his father in Vietnam? And why has his mother been keeping secrets all these years?

Igraine the Brave by Cornelia Funke (2007: 212 pages) (FIC FUN)
2010-2011 California Young Reader Medal Nominee
The daughter of two magicians, twelve-year-old Igraine wants nothing more than to be a knight; and when their castle is attacked by a treacherous neighbor bent on stealing their singing magic books, Igraine has an opportunity to demonstrate her bravery.

Say What? By Margaret Peterson Haddix (2004: 91 pages) (FIC HAD)
Three children try to figure out why their parents are acting strange, saying things that make no sense. What is going on? Have they been replaced by aliens? Their investigation leads to a kids-against-parents war. This humorous book casts a new light on family rules.

The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook by Eleanor Davis (2009: 153 pages) (FIC DAV)
Eleven-year-old Julian Calendar thought changing schools would mean leaving his “nerdy” persona behind, but instead he forms an alliance with fellow inventors Greta and Ben and works with them to prevent an adult from using one of their gadgets for nefarious purposes. Written in graphic novel format with incredibly fun detail.

Zorgamazoo by Robert Paul Weston (2008: 288 pages)
2010-2011 California Young Reader Medal Nominee
Zorgamazoo tells the rhyming, rhythmical tale of a young girl named Katrina and Morty the zorgle. It isn’t long before Katrina and Morty uncover a bizarre, intergalactic conspiracy that threatens the existence of every last griffin, ogre, sphinx, dragon, mermaid, pixie and zorgle on the planet!

Series Chapter Books

Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon (2009: 146 pages) (FIC VER)
When Danny Dragonbreath (a dragon who cannot yet breathe fire) must rewrite his science paper he takes his friend Wendell (a timid iguana) to visit Cousin Edward (a sea serpent) and encounters a shark, a vampire squid, and a poisonous jellyfish in pursuit of an “A” on the science  paper. The adventure is told in a combination of text and cartoon panels and is followed by others in this fresh series: Attack of the Ninja Frogs and Curse of the Were-Wiener.

Magic Pickle by Scott Morse (2008-2009) (PB MOR)
A unique and funny superhero, in the tradition of Captain Underpants that has special appeal to reluctant readers.

Ottoline by Chris Riddell (2008-2009) (FIC and PB RID)
Follow Ottoline and her very helpful “dog,” Mr. Munroe, as they solve mysteries around town (in Ottoline and the Yellow Cat) and at school (Ottoline Goes to School).

The Pain and the Great One by Judy Blume (2001-2009) (E BLU)
Beloved author Judy Blume brings us the story of a six-year-old boy (The Pain) and eight-year-old sister (The Great One) who each believe that the other is a trouble-maker and the best-loved in the family. Followed by Friend or Fiend? with the Pain and the Great One, Going, Going, Gone! with the Pain and the Great One, and Cool Zone with the Pain and the Great One.

Thea Stilton (2009-2010) (PB STI)
A new series written by Geronimo Stilton’s sister Thea, these books are sure to be a hit with all fans of the original series.

Non Fiction

Christian the Lion by Anthony (Ace) Bourke and John Rendall (2009)
Christian was a lion who lived in a furniture store in London. John and Ace bought him and gave him a home, but soon Christian grew too big for them to keep him. Christian needed a chance to live in the wild where lions belong. This is the story of enduring friendship, first introduced to millions through the YouTube clip.
 

FOR STUDENTS ENTERING GRADES 4 & 5

Sisters and Brothers by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page (2008)
Another great offering from Steve Jenkins that explores sibling relationships in the animal world.

Big Nate in a Class by Himself by Lincoln Peirce (2010: 214 pages)
In this irreverent look at middle school life, Ned Wright is a sixth grader who can make earning detentions from all of his teachers in one day seem like something to brag about.  Fans of Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series will love this one – a mix of prose and cartoons.

Extra Credit by Andrew Clements (2009: 183 pages) (FIC CLE)
To avoid having to repeat sixth grade Abby is offered an extra-credit pen pal project and corresponds with studious Sadeed who lives in a mountainous village in Afghanistan, though the villagers don’t approve of him writing to a girl.  The plot twists at the end in this topical story of international relations that could be ripped from today’s headlines.

Flawed Dogs by Berkeley Breathed (2009: 208 pages)
After being framed by a jealous poodle, a dachshund is left for dead but returns to disrupt the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club dog show and exact revenge on Cassius the Poodle.  Spoiler alert: the dogs are not well-treated in this book, but there is a happy ending. 

Greetings from Planet Earth by Barbara Kerly (2007: 256 pages)
2010-2011 California Young Reader Medal Nominee
It's 1977, and Theo and his class are creating a golden record inspired by the one Voyager 2 will carry into space as a greeting from Earth. But as Theo searches for an original answer to his teacher's question, other questions begin to surface: What happened to his father in Vietnam? And why has his mother been keeping secrets all these years?

Igraine the Brave by Cornelia Funke (2007: 212 pages) (FIC FUN)
2010-2011 California Young Reader Medal Nominee
The daughter of two magicians, twelve-year-old Igraine wants nothing more than to be a knight; and when their castle is attacked by a treacherous neighbor bent on stealing their singing magic books, Igraine has an opportunity to demonstrate her bravery.

The Name of This Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch (2007: 384 pages) (PB BOS)
Readers can’t resist the clever title or the warning on the first page.  Join the adventure that begins with the discovery of a magician’s notebook.

The Magic Thief by Sarah Prineas (2008: 448 pages) (FIC PRI)
A rich, magical read that will thrill fantasy fans for hours.

One Beetle Too Many by Kathryn Lasky (2009: 48 pages)
A richly illustrated biography of Charles Darwin and his studies of flora and fauna as a naturalist aboard the Beagle and the publication of his controversial book, The Origin of Species, in 1859.  Read this before reading The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly, 2010 Newbery Honor winner.

Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff (2002: 176 pages) (PB GIF)
Hollis Woods, named after the place she was found as a baby, has been in many foster homes, running away even from a family who offers her a home.  When Hollis is sent to Josie, an elderly artist, she wants to stay.  But will Social Services take her away if they discover the truth about Josie?  This 2003 Newbery Honor book captures the yearning for a place to belong.

A Season of Gifts by Richard Peck (2009: 176 pages)
Mrs. Dowdel, the colorful character from A Year Down Yonder and A Long Way from Chicago, shows that compassion and kindness don’t necessarily come from where we most expect.

The Unfinished Angel by Sharon Creech (2009:164 pages) (FIC CRE)
A quirky mischievous angel in the Italian-speaking region of Switzerland teams up with a free-spirited American girl (whose father is setting up an international school to promote world peace) to create a series of small miracles in this off-beat, up-beat, tender, comical story.

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead (2009: 199 pages) (FIC STE)
As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1980s television show, “The $20,000 Pyramid,” a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space. Winner of the 2010 Newbery Medal.

The Wish Stealers by Tracy Trivas (2010: 288 pages) (FIC TRI)
Griffin Penshine is always making wishes.  But when a sinister old woman tricks her into accepting a box of shiny Indian Head pennies, Griffin soon learns these are no ordinary pennies, but stolen wishes.  They come with a curse: Wish Stealers never have their own wishes granted.  Will Griffin be able to set things right and reverse the curse?

Zorgamazoo by Robert Paul Weston (2008: 288 pages)
2010-2011 California Young Reader Medal Nominee
Zorgamazoo tells the rhyming, rhythmical tale of a young girl named Katrina and Morty the zorgle. It isn’t long before Katrina and Morty uncover a bizarre, intergalactic conspiracy that threatens the existence of every last griffin, ogre, sphinx, dragon, mermaid, pixie and zorgle on the planet!

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