Calling all student readers! We have opened up a new opportunity to spread the word about your favorite book. You can submit reviews using the form here and we will add it to our student picks blog and post it in the library. Upper school students who need LEAD at home time can earn 20 minutes for each review submitted, but everyone is welcome to submit as many reviews as they like.
With the book fair coming up, we are especially looking for reviews of books that will be on sale. You can find a partial list here and we're keeping some of them behind the library desk. Feel free to check out a book from our stash to review!
Don't forget to check the student blog to see what your classmates are reading, and you can always find suggestions on the librarian picks blog as well.
We are excited to debut our new juvenile biography section this year! In the past, all biographies were shelved together on the second floor. We have pulled the picture book biographies for lower school students and moved them to the first floor. We have also added subject labels to their spines. This should make it easier to browse the collection and find biographies about people you may not have heard about before.
Make read aloud time your favorite part of the day!
Research has shown that children who are read to have a well developed vocabulary. A child can listen to books that they could not read independently. Books allow you to share important topics that will enrich their social and emotional development, such as friendship, prejudice and empathy. Most importantly, it is a sweet time to connect with your child for some quiet relaxation.
Here are some classics to get you started. Check out the summer reading lists for more suggestions. Your child may be ready to be read books on the next higher list. Enjoy!
Classic Chapter Books to Read-aloud Shorter Classics Bennett, Anna; Little Witch Berger, Barbara Helen; Gwinna Brooks, Walter; Freddy Goes Camping Brown, Peter; The Wild Robot Carlson, Natalie Savage; The Family under the Bridge Chew, Ruth; The Wednesday Witch Estes, Eleanor; The Hundred Dresses Gannett, Ruth; My Father’s Dragon Grahame; Kenneth; The Wind in the Willows Jenkins, Emily; Toys Go Out Jansson, Tove; Finn Family Moomintroll Jones, Elizabeth Orton; Twig King-Smith, Dick; Lady Lollipop Lindgren, Astrid; Pippi Longstocking Lovelace, Maude; Betsy Tacy and Tib MacDonald, Betty; Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle Milne, A. A.; The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh Selden, George; The Cricket in Times Square Thurber, James; Many Moons Williams, Margery; The Velveteen Rabbit Longer Classics Alexander, Lloyd; The Book of Three Atwater, Richard and Florence; Mr. Popper’s Penguins Barrie, J.M.; Peter Pan Burnett, Frances Hodgson; A Little Princess Burnett, Frances Hodgson; The Secret Garden Dahl, Roaldl; Matilda Eager, Edward; Seven-Day Magic Enright, Elizabeth; The Four-Story Mistake Estes, Eleanor; Ginger Pye Godden, Rumer; The Doll’s House Hamilton, Virginia; The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales Hunter, Norman; The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm Lewis, C.S.; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe MacDonald, Betty; Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle McDonald, George; The Princess and the Goblin Moody, Ralph; Little Britches Nordstrom, Ursula; The Secret Language. Norton, Mary; The Borrowers O’Brien, Robert C.; Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH Patterson, John; The Flint Heart: A Fairy Story Sharp, Margery; The Rescuers Spyre, Johanna; Heidi Streatfeild, Noel; Ballet Shoes Taylor, Sydney; All-of-a Kind Family White, E.B.; Charlotte’s Web White, E.B.; The Trumpet of the Swan Yep, Lawrence; Child of the Owl Yolen, Jane; The Young Merlin Trilogy
At the end of every school year, we read character books to every kindergarten to third grade class. They vote on their favorite using a ranked choice technique. The winner is added to our hall of fame and gets the chance to join MCDS community members on summer adventures. This year's candidates were Anna Hibiscus, Charlie & Lola, Frances, Little Rabbit, and Yoko. All of the competitors had a good showing and it was a tight race, but the winners are...
Charlie & Lola! We had a lovely crowning ceremony and victory party with all of our past winners in attendance to congratulate them on this honor. Now, on to the prizes: Charlie and Lola have won an all-expenses paid trip to visit you this summer! Print out Charlie & Lola to take with you, or add them to your vacation photos easily with our .png images. If you need any help, simply e-mail your photos to me and I'll add our winners in for you. Here's some pictures of us with last year's winner Rocket:
Charlie and Lola have packed their bags and are ready for any adventure. They have also requested that some students invite them into their homes to read with them, especially if you have a copy of Beetles, Bugs, and Butterflies! So, help us congratulate our winners and invite them to visit YOU this summer! Remember to send all your pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll make a display with them in the fall.