Vote For Your Favorite!

K-3 students will begin voting on Monday, 2/28/11,  for their favorite from the North Carolina Children’s Book Awards nominees.  Students must have read at least five books from the list in order to vote.  Having the book read to them counts in the total books read.  The school winner will be announced on Friday, March 4, 2011.

A list of nominees can be found at

Published in: on February 25, 2011 at 3:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

Spelling Bee Winners

Congratulations to the winners of our grade level bees! 4th grade-Jordan, Cole, & Autumn; 5th grade- Michael, Alexis, & Sharon; 6th grade- Alivia, Laura, & Christian; 7th grade- Nikki, Noelle, & Shay;  8th grade- Trevor, Da’Vion, & Gavin

Special congratulations to the winners of  the school-wide bee: 1st Place- Christian, 2nd Place- Jordan, and 3rd Place- Michael!

Published in: on February 3, 2011 at 4:12 pm  Leave a Comment  

Book-A-Day Alamanac

Author/editor/publisher Anita Silvey has set a goal to recommend a children’s book each day in 2011.  Check out her site daily to see what she recommends.  Today’s title is 10 Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle.  This site also provides additional titles to supplement the featured one plus important events/history of the day.  Did you know that the second Monday in January is National Clean Off Your Desk Day?  I guess I better get to work. 🙂

Published in: on January 10, 2011 at 12:42 pm  Leave a Comment  

Super Book of Web Tools for Educators

A college friend and technology director for Forsyth County schools shared this link, and now I’m sharing it with you.  There are some great resources here, elementary through secondary.  If you are looking for some new ways to integrate technology into your classrooms, it definitely deserves a look.

Just a click away!

Published in: on December 14, 2010 at 4:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

It’s Book Fair Time!

December is in sight, and that means book fair time!  This year’s theme is Hooray for our Heroes! Reading Saves the Day!  Our fair will be December 2-7 from 8:00- 3.45, with a special Family Night event the evening of December 2.  Please come out that night from 6:00-8:00 pm.  Students will be eligible for a drawing for book fair bucks!!   There will also be a student performance for the holidays in the gym at 7:00 pm.

Published in: on November 30, 2010 at 11:53 am  Leave a Comment  

Greetings from the NCSLMA Conference!

Author of Kira-Kira, Cynthia Kadahota

It has been such an enjoyable time here in Winston-Salem at the 10th anniversary conference of NCSLMA.  The sessions have been informative and inspiring, but the highlight has definitely been meeting some of my favorite authors.  I am so excited to be returning with autographed copies of some of our most popular titles by Joseph Bruchac, Alan Gratz, Cynthia Kadahota, and Lisa Yee.

Published in: on November 4, 2010 at 10:26 pm  Leave a Comment  

Top 20 Teacher Websites for 2010-2011 School Year!

Just a click away!

Faculty and Staff,

Check out this awesome site! Someone has already compiled a list of possible resources for you to use in the coming school year.  Try one or more and we can discuss our experiences during tech Thursdays this fall! I’ll be adding the site to the library’s resources page.

Published in: on July 22, 2010 at 9:06 pm  Comments (1)  

Wild Things by Clay Carmichael

I thoroughly enjoyed this book although I don’t typically care for books that are “outdoorsy”.  The majority of the story is told by main character Zoe, but the glimpses the reader is given of Mr. C’mere’s (a cat) perspective are skillful.  The title Wild Things is appropriate on so many levels.  The wild element that runs through the novel kept me involved in Zoe’s story.  Animals are not the only things that can be called wild, and Mr. C’mere is not the only creature who gets tamed.

*Recommended for grades 4+

Published in: on July 22, 2010 at 12:01 am  Leave a Comment  

The Underneath by Kathi Appelt

“Do not leave the safety of the underneath! Do not, under any circumstances, go out into the Open.” This was the rule the Calico Cat and Ranger gave the silver-furred twins Sabine and Puck.  Rules, though, are made to be broken, and this one is no exception.  However, there is a price to pay for disobedience.  There’s always a price; Old Grandmother knows that truth well.

I normally don’t read novels set in the great outdoors.  Not being an outdoorsman myself, I am not interested in animals in their natural habitats and the characters that interact with them.  However, I’m glad I gave The Underneath a chance.  There are many lessons to be learned from Ranger the devoted bloodhound, Sabine the hunter, and Puck (who’s very lucky he didn’t end up being named Possum) in addition to Hawk Man, Night Song, and the Alligator King.  I was particularly impressed with how central the old pine tree was to the plot while the themes of love and betrayal are woven artistically throughout the novel.

*Recommended for grades 4+

Published in: on June 9, 2010 at 10:46 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Truth-Teller’s Tale by Sharon Shinn

“What would you say if I told you there was a time a Safe-Keeper told a secret, a Truth-Teller told a lie, and a Dream-Maker did everything in her power to make sure a wish went astray?  Believe what I tell you, for I am a Truth-Teller, and every word I say is true.”

So begins the tale of Eleda, a Truth-Teller, whose story cannot be told without including her sister Adele, a Safe-Keeper.  Eleda and Adele are “Mirror Twins”, identical twins whose looks and special talents are reflections of each other.  While Eleda cannot tell a lie when asked a direct question, Adele can be trusted never to reveal a secret. Their skills are often sought after by the residents of Merendon, particularly by their best friend Roelynn whose father  is the wealthiest man in town and intends for his daughter to marry none other than the prince.

In this sequel to The Safe-Keeper’s Secret, Sharon Shinn weaves a tale of friendship, romance, and mistaken identity. Sometimes people are not who they seem, and neither a Truth-Teller nor a Safe-Keeper are privy to everyone’s secrets.

Recommended for grades 6+

Published in: on February 22, 2010 at 4:40 pm  Leave a Comment