We are starting the year off with books heading in several different directions. In DK, kindergarten, and grade 5, we will be reading books nominated for the California Young Reader Medal. Grade 1 will look at New Year's resolutions. Grade 2 will hear a book new to our collection about the science of snow; there's a lot to learn from this book (I learned quite a bit myself!) and it supports second grade's viewing of a video version of Snowflake Bentley, which was originally a Caldecott-Medal-winning picture book by Jacqueline Briggs Martin. Grades 3 and 4 will hear How Ben Franklin Stole the Lightning, by Rosalyn Schanzer, who has written quite a few interesting history-themed picture books. Benjamin Franklin's birthday is January 17, and in honor of this, the day is also Kid Inventors' Day. Ms. Hooper's third-graders are working with biographies right now, and one of our upcoming schoolwide character traits is "inquisitive," so I could think of no better subject for a picture book than Franklin's scientific exploits.
The book club for 4th grade meets this Friday, January 6, in the library at lunch recess. The book club for 5th grade meets next week--Friday, January 13--in the library at lunch recess. Please eat lunch before coming to the meeting. All interested students are welcome.
There is a contest going on for students in grade 5! It is completely optional. I am looking for a 5th-grade student to accompany me to the school board meeting on the evening of February 1, at which the Manhattan Beach Historical Society will present the library with a gift of $600 for the purchase of history-related books. Students are invited to write a paragraph on the theme "Why learning about history is important to me." Any student who 1) can attend the February 1 school board meeting, AND 2) submits a complete paragraph (of the "green-yellow-red" format) will receive extra credit toward their history grade. The winning paragraph will be chosen based on content, clarity of expression, spelling and grammar, and overall effect. The winning student whose paragraph is chosen will read the paragraph aloud at the school board meeting on February 1, so students who submit a paragraph must be available for this event. The deadline for submissions has been extended to Friday, January 13. Students should turn in their paragraphs to me at the library. Thank you for your help in expressing our gratitude to the Manhattan Beach Historical Society.