They All Saw a Cat

This month we are learning about the different children’s book awards  This past week we talked about the Caldecott Award (award given to the illustrator of the best picture book) and read one of this year’s honor award winners They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel. After reading the book, we talked about how the cat looked different from each animals point of view .  We used prior knowledge about the animals to explain why they perceived the cat as shown by the illustrator.

Extension Activities

Featured Books – Caldecott Award

Printable – Draw a cat /Color a Cat

Computer – They All Saw a Cat Song – Emily Arrow

Additional Resources – They All Saw a Cat


Infamous Ratsos / Geisel Award

This month we are going to talk about different awards that are given to children’s  books. This week I shared several Geisel Award Books and read one of this year’s Geisel Honor Award winners – Infamous Ratsos  by Kara LaReau, illustrated by Matt Myers


Extension Activities

Featured Books – Geisel Award

Printable – Matching Game and  Geisel Word Search

Computer – Video Infamous Ratsos meet Bikers for Books

My Father’s Dragon

This week we  continued talking about ways to select books. How do we find books that we are interested in reading? This week we talked about Book Lists and took a look at  Anita Silvery’s 100 Best Books for Children, School Library Journal’s Best of 2016  , Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children (NEA) and then read My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett, one of the books from those lists.


Additional Activities
Featured Books – Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children

Printables – Dragon Coloring Page and My Father’s Dragon Worksheet

Computer – Finish reading the book online  using Project Gutenberg or
MackinVia (Requires School name, Username and Password, see librarian)

Buddy files Series

 This  week we talked about ways to select books.  How do we find books that we are interested in reading? We started by watching the BrainpopJr. video called Choosing a Book (see link below).  One of the suggestions was to find another book in the same series. We talked about what a series is (books which share several similar traits, such as Author, Main Characters and Genre/Type of Book) and then read the first book in the The Buddy Files series, which is The Case of the  Lost Boy by Dori Hillestad Butler.


Additional Activities

Featured Books  – Series (Picture Books, Easy Readers, Chapter Books)

Printables  – Golden Retriever – Enchanted Learning ,  Buddy Maze

Computer  – Choosing a Book – BrainPop jr.

Snowmen at Work

This past week we  read Snowmen at Work by Caralyn Buehner, illustrated by Mark Buehner.   They are the author/illustrators of Snowmen at Night and Snowmen at Christmas.  We talked about the Hidden Pictures that they have on all the pages of their books.  The additional activities include a printable from the magazine Hidden Pictures and a computer activity from the magazine Highlights.  We talked about the magazines that we have in our library and that they could be checked out just like books.


Additional Activities

Featured Books  – Winter



Ant and Honey Bee: A Pair of Friends in Winter

This past week we read Ant and Honey Bee: A Pair of Friends in Winter by Megan McDonald, illustrated by G. Brian Karas.


In the story, Ant tries to think of  Things to Do in the Winter.    Then Ant and Honey Bee end up making a very large sandwich with lots of unusual ingredients on it. The story ends with Ant and Honey Bee falling asleep as it begins to snow.     After reading the story, we talked about the different types of books that Megan McDonald and Brian Karas have written or illustrated and how we can find them by searching the catalog.   Students then practiced searching the catalog by author (or illustrator) name and filling out a C.A.T. slip (Call #, Author, and Title) for one of their books.

Additional Activities
Featured Books – Winter

Things to Do (Winter)
Make a Sandwich

Make a Snowflake

Tooling Around

 This  week we are reading   Tooling Around by Ellen Jackson, which was selected as an Outstanding Science Trade Book, 2015. We learned about different kinds of animals who use tools.  We discussed what a tool was and then read the author’s definition which was an object used to achieve a goal.


This is a Nonfiction Book, so the Call # is  a number (unlike fiction books which we learned last week start with letters,  E = Easy/Picture Books or F = Fiction/Chapter Books).  Students will then do a  Catalog Search by Subject  to find the call # of a topic and fill out a CAT slip with the Call#, Author and Title.


Additional Activities

Featured Books – Animals (590- 599)

Printable – Animal Coloring Pages

Video –  Chimps Use Tools Like Humans

Capuchin Monkey Nut Cracking Tool Use

Sea Otter Using a Tool to Open Clams

Dragons Love Tacos

This past week we read Dragons Love Tacos written by Adam Rubin , illustrated by Daniel Salmieri.  This was a fun book to read aloud and I could tell that they were able to predict what was going to happen after the dragons eat the tacos, so I acted like I was afraid to turn the page, prior to revealing the result.


After reading the book, I talked about how they could check out the book later in the year. Since they might not remember the author’s name they would need to search for it on the catalog. Our library lesson this week was to learn how to find the call# of a book using the catalog .  The call# tells them the section of the library that the book is located (E= Easy Picture, F=Fiction Chapter, # = Nonfiction) and the first three letters of the author’s last name. They then searched the catalog by a title and filled out a CAT slip with the author’s name (Last name, First name) and call# (in red letters) .

Additional Activities

Featured Books – Books by Adam Rubin, Cookbooks

Printable – Unscramble Taco Words and Tacos or Pizza?

Computer Activity – Dragons Love Tacos Song, words are on this page, click on Song Download to listen to the audio version.


The Perfect Thanksgiving

For Thanksgiving, we read The Perfect Thanksgiving by Eileen Spinelli.  Prior to reading, I pointed out the Hand Turkey on the cover. While reading, I pointed out that one family was the opposite of the other.  I had them guess what the opposite of eating dainty,  being quiet and eating white meat would be.


Additional Activities

Printable –  Turkey Handprint Poem on half of a 8 x 11 sheet of paper.  On the other half, trace your hand  and turn it into a picture of a turkey.

Online Puzzle – Indian and Pilgrim


Tuesday Tucks Me In

Following Veteran’s Day, we read Tuesday Tucks Me In about Veteran Luis Carlos Montalvan and his service  dog Tuesday.  The book won the Outstanding Social Studies Trade Book Award 2015.  The book is a true story which means it is a type of nonfiction.


After reading the book, students were given a Call # of a book in the nonfiction section and asked to locate it and write the title and author of one book with that #.

Additional Activities


Help Tuesday find Luis’ shoe Maze

Places Tuesday visits Word Find


Book Trailer

How a Golden Retriever Saved Army Veteran Luis Montalvan

Featured Books

Service Dogs

Veteran’s Day