Our book valentines are up--they look great! Please come by the library to see the dozens of hearts decorated by our students in honor of the books they love.
This Monday, February 24, is the monthly meeting of the 5th-grade book club. We are discussing Wonder, by R. J. Palacio, and what a wonderful book it is. Next up for March is A Tale Dark and Grimm, by Adam Gidwitz.
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 Interrupting Chicken, by David Ezra Stein, with 69 votes (cast by students in TK, K, and 1st grade); a fairly close second place goes to Press Here, by Herve Tullet, with 55 votes. In the category "Picture Books for Older Readers," our winner with 40 votes is The Worst of Friends: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and the True Story of an American Feud, by Suzanne Tripp Jurman. What's interesting about the California Young Reader Medal is that the winners are chosen not by adult "experts" but solely by the votes of young readers. Our votes will be tallied with those of students throughout California, with the statewide winners to be announced on May 1.
This week grade 3 begins participating in a different contest--one we have not done before at Pennekamp. It is the Cook Prize, sponsored by the Bank Street School in New York City. The Cook Prize is like the California Young Reader Medal in that the winner is chosen by student voting. It is different, though, in that the nominees are all "STEM" books--books about Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math.
More information on Pennekamp's participation in these contests can be found on this website's Book Contests page.