Just an update on what we're doing in the library!
Kindergarten classes: we finished reading all of the McDuff books by Rosemary Wells and read a winter story of generosity called Rabbit's Gift. We've just started reading the very funny Bear and Mouse stories by Bonnie Becker--the first one is called A Visitor for Bear.
First Graders: We listened to the story Big Snow by Jonathan Bean and noticed the patterns in the words and in the illustrations. Several of the first grade classes are now borrowing two library books--a very exciting development!
Second Graders: We've read three pourquoi tales: How the Guinea Fowl Got Her Spots, How Chipmunk Got His Stripes and Coyote Places the Stars. I try to coordinate reading these tales with the classroom teachers' study of folktales.
Third Graders: All third graders were taught to use the library online catalog in December. They have had a chance to practice their new skills and are off and running looking for the books they'd like. Now we're learning about the Caldecott Medal and Honor books which will be awarded mid February this year. We read "After the Fall" by Dan Santat which is thought to be a contender for this year's award. Next we will look at a whole range of other contenders and rank our favorites!