This week we continue reading the California Young Reader Medal nominees. In the lower grades, Miss Brooks Loves Books (And I Don't) fits in nicely with Literacy Month, as it describes a 1st-grade girl's consideration of several classic picture books (Where the Wild Things Are, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and others) as she searches for a book she truly loves (plot spoiler: her favorite turns out to be the "warty," "snorty" Shrek, by William Steig). Grades 4 and 5 will hear the last of their level's nominees, The Camping Trip that Changed America, a story of California and John Muir (both subjects of 4th-grade study) and of Theodore Roosevelt's role in creating the National Parks. The CYRM contest is one of the library's Literacy Month activities. Voting will take place for all grades during Literacy Month, except for TK, which was ready to vote last Friday. The winner in TK was Exclamation Mark, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal--it is always fun to see which books win! Statewide winners will be announced on May 1. By the way, next Monday, February 2, the winners of the ALA Youth Media Awards (including the Newbery and Caldecott medals) will be announced!
Speaking of winners, the library's other Literacy Month activity this week is the "Book Oscars." In honor of the upcoming 87th Academy Awards, grades 2 and 3 are honoring their favorites in four categories: best story, best character, best illustrations, and most interesting nonfiction book. Their "Oscar" slips will be displayed in the library. Thanks to my son Isaac for creating our Oscar statuette graphic.
Book club news: the book club selection for March is The One and Only Ivan, and Mr. Warner IS able to order Scholastic copies for only five dollars! Please contact him if your student would like to purchase a copy through Scholastic.