This summer, we have one simple summer reading message for our students – we want you to read at least 20 minutes a day, every day. Books, eBooks, graphic novels, audio books, comics, magazines, newspapers – they all count! To help our students with this charge, we have had our students create their own summer reading lists. In the fall, we will have an End of Summer Reading Celebration complete with beach towels, cool treats and good times talking about our reading adventures.
To help you – we have added some of the lists we have on the summer reading website found on the Derby website.
We hope you all have a great summer – and happy reading!!!! – The Terry Library Staff
If you would like some ideas about what books your child may want to read – please look at the following links!
https://www.bookopolis.com/#/ – Bookopolis is similar to GoodReads and caters to students. Rising 5th and 6th graders have classroom accounts. Anyone can create an summer readingaccount and there are multiple lists and Quests to help you find the ‘just right’ book!
https://www.pinterest.com/kellydepin/summer-reading/ – For you Pinterest fanatics out there, here is a page of over 350 pins curated by Mrs. Fish and Mrs. Depin!
http://www.ala.org/alsc/booklists – Over 20 lists of award winning books recommended by the American Library Association, a professional organization for librarians.
http://www.ala.org/awardsgrants/awards/6/all_years – Complete list of Caldecott Medal winners (illustrations).
http://www.ala.org/awardsgrants/awards/browse/bpma/all/cyad?showfilter=no – A list of thirty nine lists containing recommended books for youth and children.
http://www.summerreadingnys.org/kids/kids-booklists/ – Summer reading suggestions from the New York Libraries.
Oh, hello, week six of school, and welcome to the Derby Library, where there is more to do than check out a book.
Please take advantage of family check-out time in the Lower School library, Monday through Thursday from 3:15-4:00 p.m. Sit quietly on a couch or cuddle with a bear on the floor and read. LS students know how to self-check-out books using the scanner should you find a book that you would like to borrow. Perhaps your children would like to share the skills they have learned in tech class and teach you how to make a card using Print Artist Gold. The computers and iPads are available to use while sitting in the LS library.
This month the Terry library is featuring a pumpkin book cover walk designed by MS students in Mrs. Depin’s library class. Students cleverly designed their pumpkins to resemble their favorite book. The pumpkins will be on display for about another week and can be seen as a slide on Lewis Dining Hall wall screen, which will run from morning snack through lunch.
A special thanks to our friends at Buttonwood Books and Toys for sharing two of their talented visitors. In September, Christopher Eliopoulos delighted students and teachers from Grade 2 with the illustrations from his “Ordinary People Change the World” book series. The following titles are available in the Lower School library: “I am Amelia Earhart,” “I am Abraham Lincoln,” “I am Albert Einstein,” “I am Helen Keller,” “I am Jackie Robinson,” “I am Lucille Ball” and “I am Rosa Parks.” Mr. Eliopoulos shared his step-by-step drawing style and the students drew several of the main characters of his books. Mr. Eliopoulos signed his drawings for the grade teachers to hang in their classrooms.
On October 13, Buttonwood again partnered with Derby Academy and scheduled a visit with Adam Shaughnessy, author of “The Entirely True Story of the Unbelievable FIB.” MS students and their teachers enjoyed a presentation in the Healey Family Center for Innovation about “The Unbelievable FIB.” After reciting the FIB oath, Mr. Shaughnessy left each student in Grades 4 and 5 an official Mister Fox authorized Fibber ID Card. The book is available in the Terry Library. We hope to see you soon!
The idea of creating a ‘battle of the books’ competition during the month of March has become increasingly popular in schools in the last few years as a way to encourage reading by tying it to the frenzy surrounding the college basketball tournament. For many reasons, March wasn’t a good time so I moved it to May incorporating the program into Children’s Book Week festivities. This year during Children’s Book Week we scheduled a Scholastic Book Fair to kick off summer reading, planned a Skype author visit with Raina Telgmeier and the digital photography students created a display of new book covers using their own images photo shopped into a book cover picture. May Madness was perfect way to tie it all together. I chose 16 books for the bracket split into 2 sides. I wanted to select books that many students had read, were part of pop culture or were taught in English classes. Then I decided to use a like vs. like (in terms of genre/subjects/appeals) strategy to make the bracket challenging: Wonder vs. Out of My Mind; Drama vs. Diary of a Wimpy Kid and so on then presented the program at Morning Meeting. Students created their brackets in library classes or in their homerooms. I was surprised by how much excitement the bracket decisions created! Younger students who were new to the concept of a tournament bracket were schooled by the sports fanatics in their class. Students (and teachers alike) questioned how I could pit Hunger Games vs. Divergent! In the first round no less! Then the conversations erupted whether they should choose their favorites or the books they thought others might vote for which would improve their chances at winning. The carrot I included: selectors of perfect brackets would receive a gift certificate to purchase a book at the book fair. We voted every other day during snack/recess and when it was all over, we had 9 students with perfect brackets!
It’s that time of year! I love celebrating Children’s Book Week! We are preparing our 2nd Book Fair during that time to also kick off summer reading. Make plans to stop by and stock up on plenty of paperbacks for summer. Please note that books for sale will be for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8 interests, reading level and content. Be sure to talk with your child about what he/she is allowed to purchase or accompany your child to the fair to help with selection. In addition to the Book Fair, students in Grades 4-8 are voting for their favorite books as part of “May Madness”. Students completed a May Madness bracket which pits book against book for 4 rounds before a winner will be selected. Voting will begin May 4. I can’t tell you how exciting it is for a librarian to hear Grade 8 boys arguing that their bracket will win and the merits of The Giver over Harry Potter. Stay tuned for the results!
We still need volunteers to help run the Book Fair from May 11 – 15. Please take a look at the BookFairVolunteerSchedule and let us know if you can help out during the week. Email Mardie at firstname.lastname@example.org with a day and time.
This year we are promoting a classroom “Wish List” for teachers to add books to their classroom libraries. At the Book Fair you will notice a board with teacher names on a pocket and up to 6 books on their wish lists inside. What a great gift for teacher appreciation week!
Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and Grade 1 reading from his new book, How to Draw a Dragon by Douglas Florian
We welcomed poet and painter Douglas Florian on April 15th, thanks to the Joanne Chandler Mitchell Author Series. Mr. Florian spent the day reading, reciting, and talking about the many different styles of poetry with students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5. The students learned about the various stages in the life of a book. Mr. Florian explained how he moves from concept to a finished book ready to be published and sold. He discussed what an editor looks for when the writer and illustrator are one in the same, as well as how mixing the four main colors of yellow, red, blue, black can create many shades of ink colors used in his poetry books.
By Douglas Florian
The caterpillar’s not a cat.
It’s very small
And short and fat,
And with those beady little eyes
Will never win a beauty prize.
The caterpillar’s brain is small –
It only knows to eat and crawl.
But for this creepy bug don’t cry,
It soon will be a butterfly.
Grade 2 and Grade 3 and poet reciting The Caterpillar
Grade 4 and Grade 5 interactive poetry reading followed by Q&A
Douglas Florian (c) in the Terry Library with Barbie Zinkovich (r) and Amy Fish (l)
Derby Academy Library invites all our Grand Friends to commemorate their visit to Derby by donating a book to the library. A selection of new books will be on display and available for purchase from 8:25 – 10:00 a.m. in the lower school library and from 10:25 to 1:00 p.m. in the middle/upper school library. Grand Friends will have the opportunity to have a photo taken with their child, which will be placed in the book with a special bookplate. If you are unable to attend on that day you may still donate a book to the library in your child’s honor by downloading and completing the form GrandFriends_Order_2015 or emailing the necessary information to Mardie Orshak: email@example.com. Click on this link Book Selection 2015 for a list of books for all ages. Do not hesitate to contact the Derby Library with any questions.
Non-Fiction author, Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano spoke with students on Wednesday and facilitated several activities with the Primary and Lower Schools. Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, First and Second Grades created an A-B-C book after Ms. DeCristofano shared her book Leonardo’s ABC: Sharing Leonardo Da Vinci with Children.
The students from Third Grade were challenged to create structures using only a foot of tape, scissors, and a package of index cards. Then teams of three stacked, cut, and taped as well as assembled structures that could support a stuffed bunny for ten seconds.
A limited amount of signed books are available from the MS/US presentation, A Black Hole is not a Hole and Big Bang (The Tongue-Ticking Tale of a Speck That Became Spectacular). Please contact the library if you are interested in purchasing a copy of either book by Carolyn DeCristofano.
I challenged the Grade 4 and 5 book club to read as many books from our list as possible from September 2014 to January 2015. Students met every third Wednesday to discuss books, watch book trailers, learn about authors and, perhaps most importantly, eat snacks. Some members attended all meetings, some attended one or two based on their interest in that week’s book. After a hectic time maneuvering schedules around testing and our snow days the past two weeks, the book club finally had a chance to celebrate our time together and watch a video-taped version of the American Library Association Youth Media Awards. While our top pick for the Newbery award, The Greenglass House by Kate Milford didn’t win, we had cake and ice cream on hand to cheer us up. To quote a character from The Boys of Blur, the book club offers this advice to everyone as another snow storm is upon us: “Read a book, yo!”
(cake designed by Ava Bub)