This week and next, library visits will be focused largely on poetry. This week grade 3 will hear River of Words, a biography about the poet William Carlos Williams. River of Words was created by author Jen Bryant and illustrator Melissa Sweet, the team behind The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus, winner of the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award from the American Library Association. A complete list of the ALA Youth Media Awards is in my February 2 blog post.
Grades 4 and 5 are doing a poetry project--making their own "blackout poems" in the style of contemporary poet Austin Kleon. They will be working with pages from discarded books, choosing which words to keep and which to strike through, in order to create a poem. Please take a look at a short video from PBS NewsHour about Austin Kleon that I will be showing the students. They may even find a specific use for their "blackout poems" next week, which is....
Poem-in-Your-Pocket week at Pennekamp: next week students (and teachers, staff, parents, anyone who loves poetry) are encouraged to carry a poem in their pocket and to share their poem with others during the day. I will be photographing students with their poems for our annual poster. Our event is based on national Poem-in-Your-Pocket Day, April 30, 2015.
I am gradually putting up the many, many "Book Oscars" awards, given by students in grades 2 and 3. They chose their favorites in four categories: best story, best character, best illustrations, and most interesting nonficition book. You can find the awards displayed at the end of the "hall of science" in the library.
This Monday, February 23, is the monthly meeting of the 5th-grade book club. We are discussing Counting by 7s, by Holly Goldberg Sloan. What a great book.
Pennekamp's voting on the nominees for the California Young Reader Medal is finished, and we have our winners! For the "Primary" category, our winner is Randy Riley's Really Big Hit, by Chris Van Dusen, with 95 votes (cast by students in TK, K, 1st grade, and 2nd grade). In the category "Picture Books for Older Readers," our winner with 189 votes is Brothers at Bat: The True Story of an Amazing All-Brother Baseball Team, by Audrey Vernick. (Both of the winners at Pennekamp are about baseball!) The California Young Reader Medal winners are chosen solely by the votes of young readers. Our votes will be tallied with those of students throughout California, and the statewide winners will be announced on May 1.
Why are we sooooo busy in the library this week? Because we are in the home stretch of Literacy Month, which concludes March 6. Enjoy the last couple of weeks!