|Aurelia Pennekamp Elementary School Library||
The library is open this week although most classes are not visiting. The minimum day schedule interferes with the usual class visit schedule, and furthermore, classes will be spending time visiting our fabulous winter book fair. The classes that do visit are hearing books about snow. January and February are such busy months in the library, what with the California Young Reader Medal nominees as well as the schoolwide Literacy Event, there's really no other time to talk about snow--and make sure our California kids know what it is!
Barbara Siegemund-Broka, library media specialist, maintains this blog to inform Pennekamp students and families about library news and related content. Any opinions expressed here are solely her own.
What's Ms. Barbara reading?
Ban This Book, by Alan Gratz
Jinny had read about ballerinas, girls who could spin on their toes. She’d read about pyramids, triangles of stone, with dead people buried inside them. That pyramid book had made everything sound true, but it was hard to imagine pyramids being real. Why would anyone go to the trouble of building with stone, only to place a dead body inside it? That seemed crazy.
Jinny had also read about wars, unicorns, and something called chocolate, but she couldn’t even begin to picture any of those things. Was there really a world out there of stone triangles filled with dead bodies and girls spinning on their toes? In books, there were giant metal boxes with wings that soared through the sky, carrying people. Surely that couldn’t be true. Just thinking about it brought the tightness back to Jinny’s belly. And a funny tingle to her scalp. She shivered it away.
--from Orphan Island, by Laurel Snyder