The next meeting of the book club for students in grades 4 & 5 will be Wednesday, June 8, from 1:30 to 2:30. Preregistration is required. The selected book is Cosmic, by Frank Cottrell Boyce. Copies are available at the Manhattan Beach branch of the County of Los Angeles Public Library. Ask for a copy at the reference desk in the library; reserving a copy online is likely to take a long time, because copies have already been pulled for us throughout the county system.
DK will be doing something a little different this week: hearing books about identity and self-acceptance. There are quite a few good ones, and I particularly wanted to try out a new book, Spork, by Kyo Maclear & Isabelle Arsenault, which has gotten very favorable reviews.
With 2nd grade I am beginning a short, funny novel--The Legend of Spud Murphy, by Eoin Colfer--about two boys who have to spend long summer hours in the children's section of their local library, presided over by a mean children's librarian known as "Spud" Murphy. Will the boys ever safely set foot off the "junior section" rug?
3rd grade will hear Baseball Saved Us, by Ken Mochizuki, in honor of Asian Pacific Island Heritage Month, which the month of May happens to be. The book recognizes the military service of Asian Americans during World War II and the Korean War.
The other grades are hearing books related to their classroom studies: K and 1st, about butterflies; 4th, California statehood; and 5th, the Lewis & Clark expedition.