Weekly Read Alouds

Each week, during class visits, one or two books are read to the children by Ms. Yukari (or, on occasion, a special guest). In most cases the book(s) relates to curriculum, a special holiday, or an event going on during that week. Click here to see a calendar of events in history and author/illustrator birthdays.

Brand new books are also "showcased" during weekly read alouds. A partial list of special event books can be found here.

Week of June 10, 2013

posted Jun 12, 2013, 9:29 AM by Robinson Elementary Library   [ updated Jun 12, 2013, 11:46 AM ]

  • June is Audiobook Month, National Caribbean American Heritage MonthGreat Outdoors Month, and National Candy Month.

  • June 7 has come and gone -- have you returned all of your library books? Please make sure you return your books or pay for lost or damaged books as soon as possible. Don't forget, it's MBUSD district policy to withhold report cards if library records are not cleared. 

  • Schedule changes this week:
    • Kindergarten: 
      • Masciel: Wednesday, June 12, 11:05am~11:35am
Kindergarten:
 

Week of June 3, 2013

posted Jun 3, 2013, 8:52 AM by Robinson Elementary Library   [ updated Jun 3, 2013, 1:09 PM ]

  • June is Audiobook Month, National Caribbean American Heritage MonthGreat Outdoors Month, and National Candy Month.

  • This is the last week of library visits for grades 1 through 5 (kindergarten students will continue to come to the library until the end of the school year)! I am so surprised that the school year is ending already; the year passed much more quickly than usual. 

    There are only a few more days until June 7, the last day to return ALL library books. Please make sure you return your books or pay for lost or damaged books. It is MBUSD district policy to withhold report cards if library records are not cleared. 

  • Schedule changes this week:
    • 1st grade: 
      • Yerke: Tuesday, June 4, 1:30~2:00 (instead of Thursday)
    • 3rd grade:
      • Whalley: cancelled
      • Tanita: Thursday, June 6, 12:05~12:35 (instead of Monday)
    • 5th grade:
      • Hamilton: Thursday, June 6, 11:15~12:00 (instead of Friday)
Kindergarten:
 
  • Hot Air: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Hot-Air Balloon Ride by Marjorie Priceman (629.133 PRI) and The First Air Voyage in the United States: The Story of Jean-Pierre Blanchard by Alexandra Wallner (629.130 WAL)
First Grade: 
  • Miss Maple's Seeds by Eliza Wheeler (E WHE); Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney (E COO)
Second Grade: 
  • Awful Ogre Running Wild by Jack Prelutsky (811 PRE) in support of the 2nd grade unit on poetry
Third Grade: 
  • Goldberg and Tanita: Hot Air: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Hot-Air Balloon Ride by Marjorie Priceman (629.133 PRI) and The First Air Voyage in the United States: The Story of Jean-Pierre Blanchard by Alexandra Wallner (629.130 WAL)
  • Whalley: no library visit this week
Fourth Grade: 
  • Ride Like the Wind: A Tale of the Pony Express by Bernie Fuchs (borrowed from the County of Los Angeles Public Library) 
Fifth Grade: meeting in the classrooms this week

Week of May 27, 2013

posted May 28, 2013, 8:54 AM by Robinson Elementary Library   [ updated May 30, 2013, 1:31 PM ]

  • May is Get Caught Reading Month, Latino Book Month, Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, and Jewish American Heritage Month.

  • June is Audiobook Month, National Caribbean American Heritage Month, Great Outdoors Month, and National Candy Month.

  • There is no school on Monday, May 27, in commemoration of Memorial Day.

  • Schedule changes this week:
    • The library will close at 2pm on Tuesday, May 28, because Ms. Yukari will be attending the School Site Council meeting.
    • 3rd grade:
      • Goldberg: Friday, May 31, 8:30~9:00 (instead of Monday)
      • Tanita: cancelled
      • Whalley: TBD

  • We're starting the countdown until June 7, the last day to return library books. Please make sure you return all library books by this date, or pay for lost or damaged books. It is MBUSD district policy to withhold report cards if library records are not cleared. First through fifth graders: next week is your class's last library visit!
Kindergarten:
 
  • I Like Sports: What Can I Be? by Muriel L. Dubois (796 DUB)
First Grade: 
  • Kundrat and Yerke: The Matchbox Diary by Paul Fleischman (E FLE)
  • Walsh: Betty Bunny Didn't Do It by Michael B. Kaplan (E KAP)
Second Grade: 
  • The Boy Who Painted Dragons by Demi (E DEM) in support of the 2nd grade language arts unit on courage.
Third Grade: 
  • The Wall by Eve Bunting (E BUN); portions of A Wall of Names: The Story of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial by Judy Donnelly (959.70 DON)
Fourth Grade: 
  • Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson (92 REE) 
Fifth Grade: 
  • Dreiling and Hamilton: no library visits this week
  • Spragg: Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead (FIC STE) to page 

Week of May 20, 2013

posted May 16, 2013, 3:06 PM by Robinson Elementary Library   [ updated May 31, 2013, 1:53 PM ]

  • May is Get Caught Reading Month, Latino Book Month, Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, and Jewish American Heritage Month.

  • STAR Testing continues this week for some grades. Please make sure your child gets plenty of rest and eats a healthy breakfast. 

  • Friday (May 24) is Robinson's annual I am a Scientist Day.

  • Schedule changes this week:
    • Ms. Yukari will be out of town on Monday, May 20, so the library is closed.
    • 1st grade:
      • Walsh: Tuesday, May 14, 1:15~1:45 (instead of Friday)
    • 2nd grade:
      • Herbert and Carlin/Ibrahim: cancelled
    • 3rd grade:
      • Goldberg: cancelled
      • Tanita: Thursday, May 23, 1:30~2:00 (instead of Monday)
      • Whalley: Friday, May 24, 1:15~2:00 (instead of Monday)
    • 4th grade:
      • Gustafson: Thursday, May 23, 8:45~9:15 (instead of Tuesday)
      • Holz: Friday, May 34, 2:15~2:45 (instead of Tuesday)
    • 5th grade:
      • Hamilton: Thursday, May 23, 11:15~12:00 (instead of Friday)
      • Spragg: Friday, May 31, 2:00~2:45 (instead of Friday, May 24)

  • One of the landmarks of the American West Coast, the Golden Gate Bridge opened to pedestrian traffic on May 27, 1937 and to vehicular traffic the next day. Construction of the bridge took over four years. 
Kindergarten:
 
  • Ortega: The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau by Dan Yaccarino (borrowed from the County of Los Angeles Public Library)  in support of the kindergarten science unit on sea creatures; The Amazing Book of Fish and Ocean Creature Records by Samuel G. Woods (597 WOO) in support of the writing unit on informational texts
  • Masciel and Asano: The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau by Dan Yaccarino (borrowed from the County of Los Angeles Public Library)  in support of the kindergarten science unit on sea creatures
First Grade: 
Second Grade: 
  • Kinnier: Grandfather's Journey by Allen Say (E SAY)
  • Herbert and Carlin/Ibrahim: no library visits this week
Third Grade: 
  • Tanita and Whalley: Pop's Bridge by Eve Bunting (E BUN)
  • Goldberg: no library visit this week
Fourth Grade: 
  • Calico Dorsey: Mail Dog of the Mining Camps by Susan Lendroth (636.7092 LEN) in support of the 4th grade social studies unit
Fifth Grade: 
  • Dreiling: Those Rebels, John & Tom by Barbara Kerley (973.4 KER) and Independent Dames: What You Never Knew About the Women and Girls of the American Revolution by Laurie Halse Anderson (973.3 ANS) in support of the 5th grade social studies unit on the American Revolution
  • Hamilton: Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead (FIC STE) to page 141
  • Spragg: no library visit this week

Week of May 13, 2013

posted May 13, 2013, 12:18 PM by Robinson Elementary Library   [ updated May 16, 2013, 8:45 AM ]

  • May is Get Caught Reading Month, Latino Book Month, Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, and Jewish American Heritage Month.

  • It's Children's Book Week! Celebrate books and a child's love of reading -- let them choose what they want to read. Letting children have control over choosing their free reading book encourages them to read more. The Children's Choice Book Awards is the only national book award where the children get to vote for the winner.

  • STAR Testing takes place this week. Please make sure your child gets plenty of rest and eats a healthy breakfast. 

  • Schedule changes this week:
    • Ms. Yukari will be out of town on Friday, May 17 (and Monday, May 20).
    • 1st grade:
      • Walsh: Tuesday, May 14, 1:15~1:45 (instead of Friday)
    • 2nd grade:
      • Herbert: cancelled
      • Carlin/Ibrahim: Thursday, May 16, 11:30~11:50 (instead of Friday)
    • 3rd grade:
      • Tanita: Thursday, May 16, 1:30~2:00 (instead of Monday)
    • 4th grade:
      • Holz: Monday, May 13, 2:15~2:45 (instead of Tuesday)
Kindergarten:
 
  • The Amazing Book of Fish and Ocean Creature Records by Samuel G. Woods (597 WOO) and slideshow in support of the kindergarten science unit on sea creatures 
First Grade: 
  • Mirror by Jeannie Baker (E BAK); A Country Far Away by Nigel Gray (E GRA)
Second Grade: 
  • Kinnier and Carlin/Ibrahim: Charlie Cook's Favorite Book by Julia Donaldson (E DON)
  • Herbert: no library visit this week
Third Grade: 
  • A Little Book of Sloth by Lucy Cooke (599.313 COO) in support of the 3rd grade science unit on endangered animals
Fourth Grade: 
  • Nine for California by Sonia Levitin (E LEV)
Fifth Grade: 
  • no library visits this week

Week of May 6, 2013

posted May 6, 2013, 10:33 AM by Robinson Elementary Library   [ updated May 31, 2013, 1:54 PM ]

  • May is Get Caught Reading Month, Latino Book Month, Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, and Jewish American Heritage Month.

  • It's National Wildflower Week (May 4 ~ May 12), a week originally started by the American Wildflower Center in 1988; the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center became the celebration's home in 2002. Lady Bird Johnson was the First Lady from 1963 to 1969 (her husband was President Lyndon B. Johnson).

  • Schedule change this week: Mrs. Walsh's class will not be coming to library this week because of the 1st grade field trip on Friday.
Kindergarten:
 
  • Ortega: When the Tide is Low by Sheila Cole (E COL); How to Hide an Octopus & Other Sea Creatures by Ruth Heller (591.92 HEL) in support of the kindergarten science unit on sea creatures
  • Masciel: How to Hide an Octopus & Other Sea Creatures by Ruth Heller (591.92 HEL) in support of the kindergarten science unit on sea creatures
  • Asano: How to Hide an Octopus & Other Sea Creatures by Ruth Heller (591.92 HEL) in support of the kindergarten science unit on sea creatures
First Grade: 
  • Kundrat and Yerke: Orange Peel's Pocket by Rose Lewis (E LEW)
  • Walsh: no library visit this week
Second Grade: 
  • Betty Bunny Wants Everything by Michael B. Kaplan (E KAP) in support of the 2nd grade social studies unit on economics
Third Grade: 
  • Papa and the Pioneer Quilt by Jean Van Leeuwen (borrowed from the County of Los Angeles Public Library) in support of the 3rd grade social studies unit on the Oregon Trail
Fourth Grade: 
  • Miss Lady Bird's Wildflowers: How a First Lady Changed America by Kathi Appelt (973.92 APP)
Fifth Grade: 
Other events this week
  • Mother's Day is May 12.
    Read: The Mother's Day Mice by Eve Bunting (E BUN)

Week of April 29, 2013

posted Apr 29, 2013, 8:57 AM by Robinson Elementary Library   [ updated Apr 30, 2013, 1:31 PM ]

  • April is National Poetry MonthSchool Library Month, Celebrate Diversity Month, and World Habitat Awareness Month. 

  • May is Get Caught Reading Month, Latino Book Month, Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, and Jewish American Heritage Month.

  • April 29 starts Screen-Free Week, a week to encourage kids and families to turn off screen media and spend time together talking, crafting, enjoying the outdoors, cooking, and playing. Of course Ms. Yukari encourages you to read and share stories together. 

  • In California we often celebrate Cinco de Mayo on May 5. But did you know that in Japan, May 5 is Children's Day? Up until modern times, though, Children's Day was celebrated as Boys' Day, Tango no Sekku (Girls' Day is March 3, and is called Momo no Sekku or Hina-Matsuri). But now we celebrate all children on May 5. 
Kindergarten:
 
  • Tasty Baby Belly Buttons by Judy Sierra (398.209 SIE)
First Grade: 
  • When Charlie McButton Lost Power by Suzanne Collins (from Ms. Yukari's personal library)
Second Grade: 
  • The American Wei by Marion Hess Pomeranc (E POM)
Third Grade: 
  • Mrs. Harkness and the Panda by Alicia Potter (599.789 POT)
Fourth Grade: 
  • Westward Expansion: An Interactive History Adventure by Allison Lassieur (978.02 LAS)
Fifth Grade: 
  • no library visits this week
Other events this week
  • It's Staff Appreciation Week! Mrs. Doyle, the teachers, and support staff work hard throughout the year to make Robinson the amazing school that it is.
    Read: Number 1 Teacher: A School Counting Book by Steven L. Layne and Deborah Dover Layne (513.2 LAY)

  • The world's largest day for amphibian education and conservation is Save the Frog Days, April 27. Frogs (and other amphibians) are often considered the health barometer of rain forests. They are so in tune with the health of the rain forest that scientists and ecologists know that a rain forest is not doing well if the number of frogs is decreasing.
    Read: Frog Rescue: Changing the Future for Endangered Wildlife by Garry Hamilton (597.8 HAM)

Week of April 22, 2013

posted Apr 22, 2013, 9:37 AM by Robinson Elementary Library   [ updated Apr 26, 2013, 2:45 PM ]

  • April is National Poetry MonthSchool Library Month, Celebrate Diversity Month, and World Habitat Awareness Month.

  • Monday, April 22, is Earth Day! I say this every year, but we really should think of everyday being Earth Day. I'm glad, though, that we have at least one day to truly reflect on our actions and how we can be better citizens (and protectors) of our planet. Have you done anything new this past year to improve the condition of the earth? Are you thinking of stopping an ecologically harmful behavior or adopting a new habit that will reduce your carbon footprint? Let's think about how each one of us can make little changes to bring on big, global changes.

  • Schedule change this week: Mrs. Tanita's class will be coming on Thursday, April 25, at 1:30 (instead of Monday).
Kindergarten:
 
  • Recycle Everyday! by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace (from Ms. Yukari's personal library)
First Grade: 
Second Grade: 
  • Where Does the Garbage Go? by Paul Showers (628.4 SHO); discussion about current vs. out-dated information
Third Grade: 
  • Can We Save the Tiger? by Martin Jenkins (591.68 JEN); going over elements of a bibliography (see 3rd grade library website)
Fourth Grade: 
  • Dandelions by Even Bunting (E BUN) in support of the 4th grade social studies unit on frontier life
Fifth Grade: 
  • Dreiling: Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead (FIC STE) to page 132
  • Hamilton: no library visit this week
  • Spragg: Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead (FIC STE) to page 103
Other events this week
  • The one-and-only Bard, William Shakespeare, was born on April 23, 1564. He wasn't just a playwright and poet, he was also an actor.
    Read: Shakespeare for Kids: His Life and Times: 21 Activities by Colleen Aagesen and Margie Blumberg (822.3 AAG)

  • Ella Fitzgerald, an icon of jazz singing, was born on April 25, 1917 in Newport News, Virginia. She's buried in Inglewood Park Cemetery, not far from Robinson. 
    Read: Skit-Scat Reaggedy Cat: Ella Fitzgerald by Roxane Orgill (92 FIT)

  • How can you not love the slobbery, droopy face of a bulldog? Celebrate National Bulldogs are Beautiful Day on April 27.
    Read: Chowder by Peter Brown (E BRO)

Week of April 15, 2013

posted Apr 15, 2013, 8:44 AM by Robinson Elementary Library   [ updated Apr 18, 2013, 9:20 AM ]

  • April is National Poetry MonthSchool Library Month, Celebrate Diversity Month, and World Habitat Awareness Month.

  • National Library Week is April 14~20, 2013. Celebrate the libraries you visit -- classroom, school, and public -- by utilizing their services and thanking a library staff member (Tuesday is National Library Workers Day). Besides lending books, libraries provide many services to members of their communities; they are truly a great equalizer. 

  • Ms. Yukari will be back from her leave on Monday, April 15. I can't wait to see everyone!

  • Schedule changes this week: Carlin/Ibrahim and Herbert cancelled their library visits this week because of the 2nd grade field trip on Friday; Masciel also cancelled due to Kindergarten Screening.

Kindergarten:
 
  • Ortega and Asano: Our Library by Eve Bunting (E BUN) and B is for Bookworm: A Library Alphabet by Anita C. Prieto (borrowed from the County of Los Angeles Public Library)
  • Masciel: no library visit this week
First Grade: 
Second Grade: 
Third Grade: 
  • Talk about the endangered animals report and how to search for print and online resources (meet in the computer lab). Check out the 3rd grade library webpage.
Fourth Grade: 
Fifth Grade:
  • no library visits this week
Other events this week
  • Spring Astronomy Week begins April 15.
    Read: The Young Astronomer by Harry Ford (520 FOR)

  • Superman turns 75 years old on April 18! He appeared in the first issue of Action Comics on that date in 1938; recently one of those issues sold for $2 million!
    Read: Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman by Marc Tyler Nobleman (920 NOB)

Week of April 8, 2013

posted Apr 8, 2013, 9:26 AM by Robinson Elementary Library   [ updated Apr 15, 2013, 8:47 AM ]

Kindergarten:
 
First Grade: 
Second Grade: 
  • voting for their favorite Irma Black Award book; The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins by Barbara Kerley (567.9 KER) in support of the 2nd grade science unit on fossils
Third Grade: 
  • Crocodile's Tears by Alex Beard (E BEA) in support of the 3rd grade science unit on endangered animals
Fourth Grade: 
Fifth Grade: 

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