This week we are preparing for our second book fair of the school year. During classroom’s library time, we show the book fair video. While it is a sort of advertisement to promote the book fair, it does include booktalks by the author themselves and includes how they came up with the ideas for writing the story as well as talks by the illustrators telling us about how they made the illustrations. For decorations, I recruited our art teacher to help. She had a group of students who were interested in making some of the decorations themselves. This time the theme was a fiesta. Scholastic provides ideas, which are always helpful. Scholastic also provides flyers to send home with the students. I customize them by printing labels with the dates and times and get volunteers to put them on each flyer. They rubberband them in stacks to give to each of the classroom teachers to send home the week before.
Once the book fair is delivered, we number the posters in the box and pull one of each, which we put the number on it using post-its. We have a large picture window in the library, where I drape a clothesline and clothes pin the posters for students to see. They simply order the poster # they want and we get it for them out of the box. On Friday, parent volunteers will come help set up the books on the tables and open the cases around the library.
This week I decided to read One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo and illustrated by David Small. Since the book won a Caldecott Honor Award last year, it connected with our topic last week which was award winning books. In addition, our character education word this month at our school is manners and the character in this book is a very polite young man named Elliot. We talked about magic words (please and thank you), but that actions were even more important. David Small won another Caldecott award for his book “So You Want to be President” which just so happens to connect with President’s Day coming up next Monday.
While reading the story, I pointed out several times, the magic words that Elliott used . When we were introduced to Ferdinand Magellan and Captain Cook, I talked about how they were famous explorers. Later in the story, Elliott’s father was reading an atlas and we stopped and talked about what an atlas was and how you could use it like a maze to figure out different ways to get somewhere. After finishing the story, I talked about biographies and showed them some biographies about explorers and presidents and where to find them in the library. I, of course, had several on display in the library near where they are located.
Extension Activities – Read online Starfall’s nonfiction book Penguin, Penguin and watch Brainpop’s video about Penguins (subscription required)
Children’s Book Awards
Last week the American Library Association (ALA) announced their children’s book awards, so I decided to share some of the award winning books during the 1st and 2nd grade library programs. I decided to read them Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli, which won the Geisel award for best beginning reader. I also shared with them Locomotive by Brian Flocca, which won the Caldecott Medal Winner for best picture book and Mr. Wuffles by David Wiesner , which was one of the books that won the Caldecott Honor Award. I talked about what each of the awards were and how you can find them in the library. I put stickers on the side of the books so they can see them when they are on the book shelves. This week I pulled many of them and put them in a special display to make it easy for them to find. I also put up a display of the Newbery Award winning books for the older grades. The award winning books can also be found by searching the library catalog by the award name.
To see all the award winning books, go to ALA Award Books