Posts tagged reading
Posts tagged reading
Happy Book Birthday to Star Cursed, the second in the wonderful Cahill Witch Chronicles by Jessica Spotswood. If you haven’t started this series yet, you really should. It’s a great blend of historical fiction, romance, and the supernatural, and I’m a big fan!
I’m featured over at thecardiganlibrarian with some info about the lunchtime book club that my coworkers and I run for 5th grade students in our county schools:
Program Title: Lunch Bunch Book Club
Name: Molly of Hey Boo Books, Public Services Librarian
Summary: Lunch Bunch is an outreach program that targets students at our local elementary schools. Because children are busier than ever with homework and extracurricular activities, we decided to come to them instead of adding more programming to their already busy evenings. Armed with dessert, books, activities, and discussion questions, we run a book club once a month during the 5th grade lunch period.
All of my library’s book displays for the month of June!
Neil Gaiman reads an excerpt from his forthcoming novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane.
Today marks the 30th anniversary of Reading Rainbow’s premiere. To celebrate my deep love for that show (and, let’s face it, for one Mr. LeVar Burton), here’s a link to an article that I wrote when the show was cancelled a few years ago. It originally appeared on the literary site Crunchable and was later edited and republished in the Washington College Magazine. Enjoy! And don’t take my word for it…
“Earning 26 Emmy Awards over its 26 years, “Reading Rainbow” went in a totally different direction from its public television counterparts. While shows like “Sesame Street” were busily and successfully teaching children how to read, “Reading Rainbow” went beyond phonics and focused on teaching children how to love to read.”
On Display: Something’s Fishy
Since June is Aquarium Month and also kicks off with National Fishing Week, I’m taking a plunge and focusing on fiction books with sea creatures in the titles. Enjoy a whale of a tale this month!
Dad is Fat, by Jim Gaffigan. Nonfiction/Memoir.
Jim Gaffigan is one of my favorite stand-up comedians, and his new book is a solid example of why I like him so much. Gaffigan’s writing style is snarky and wry, and the whole book focuses on his role as a father of five and the highs and lows that come along with parenting such a large brood in New York City.
In short snappy chapters, Gaffigan covers such topics as home births, the logistics of getting five children to bed in a two bedroom apartment (complete with hand-drawn diagrams), vacationing in Disney World, and the appalling table manners of toddlers. Throughout, you can really tell how much Gaffigan enjoys being a father, and I found myself smiling throughout the entire read.
Those familiar with his stand-up will likely recognize some of his bits from previous specials, particularly his recent Mr. Universe (which I got to see live last year), but there is enough new material to flesh it out that readers won’t mind a bit of repetition. I certainly didn’t, especially since I frequently found myself giggling out loud and reading excerpts to my husband (who is now reading it himself). I think Dad is Fat has wide appeal, and it would be an especially good gift for Father’s Day.
The Name of This Book is Secret, by Pseudonymous Bosch, is one of my absolute favorite books to recommend to my 5th graders. This book is a fabulously wacky mystery full of twists and turns and giggles, and I’ve not met a student yet who didn’t enjoy it. It also makes for a great read-aloud.
Activity: Code Names and Mad Libs
Using the official website for The Name of This Book is Secret, I typed in each of my student’s names to generate code names for them. All names are based on the book’s enigmatic Symphony of Smells. My name was be Minty Yogurt for the day, and I had each of my students’ code names written out on nametags for them too.
I also found some fun Mad Libs templates on the same site, so I went around the table and had each student contribute a word or two to make their own wacky stories. This was a much bigger hit than I thought it would be and we got through four different stories before we ran out of time.
Snack: Cass’s Super-Chip Trail Mix (recipe from the book)
Starfall is a free educational website geared towards younger kiddos to help them learn beginning reading skills.
The site is filled with games and videos that support phonemic learning and common core skills for pre-schoolers, kindergarteners, 1st graders, and children who are learning English as a second language. The activities on the site are all colorful, compelling, and age appropriate, and kids will have fun while they learn to become more capable and confident readers.
Someday, Someday Maybe, by Lauren Graham. Fiction.
I’ve been a big fan of Lauren Graham since I fell for her work on Gilmore Girls so many years ago. Most recently, I’ve been admiring her work on Parenthood, and now I can admire her in print too! When I heard that she was writing a book, I was excited to see what she had to offer and I wasn’t disappointed.
Someday, Someday Maybe follows the misadventures of Franny Banks, a gifted actress who is trying to break into show business before her self-imposed deadline comes around. After all, she doesn’t want to be one of those people who stays in New York City chasing dreams for too long. After her three years comes to a close, she will either have success in the acting business or she’ll pack her bags and go back home to try something else instead. Of course, as Franny will find, making plans and keeping them are two very different things. Life has some unexpected surprises in store that will keep her on her toes and make her reevaluate herself and the people she surrounds herself with.
Franny is deeply likeable, driven, and funny, and I really enjoyed watching her work her way through auditions and commercials and boyfriends and acting class debacles and catering jobs. Lauren Graham is a quick-witted writer and she has created a very distinct voice for her heroine.
Overall, her debut novel is fast and fun and perfect for light summer reading.