First Book of the Summer….

24 Jun

Hello friends! It feels like the school year just ended a few hours ago! Wait! It did! 🙂 But I’ve already read my first book of the summer! I read Tea Party Rules, by Ame Dyckman. This year we read two other books by this author: Boy + Bot and Wolfie the Bunny. I knew that I was going to really enjoy this one, too.

What would you do for some delicious cookies? 🙂 And what is YOUR first summer read?
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Our favorite…

22 May

What is your favorite book that you’ve read this year?

March Book Madness!

17 Mar

Have you seen the bulletin board behind Mrs. Rinella’s desk? The next round of voting begins Wednesday! Many students were shocked that The Crossover didn’t make it out of the first round! What surprised you?

Vote Here! 

Half a World Away, by Cynthia Kadohata

4 Nov

Half a World Away, by Cynthia Kadohata    This is the book I’ve started reading now. Two fifth grade students suggested I give it a try, and they were right! The main character is kind of tough to relate to, but he’s certainly interesting. This book is very different from any other books I’ve ever read before, so I’m anxious to see if I still like it in a few chapters. I’ll tell you a little more about what it’s about when I am a little further into it. 🙂

Have you ever read a book you weren’t sure about just because a friend recommended it? Leave a comment below!

Coming Soon to Our Library…

4 Oct

Lantern Sam and the Blue Streak Bandits, by Michael Beil

28 Sep

I knew I had to read this book.

Lantern Sam and the Blue Streak Bandits

When I read about the book, I learned that there is a talking cat, and I feel like my cats at home would love to talk to me! I also knew the book took place on a train from New York City to Chicago, and I thought that would be cool. I had no idea I would have so many personal connections to this book, though!

In the first few pages, the book mentions Albany, which is where I live. That’s kind of cool, right? It’s not often you can read books that mention your hometown. However, Albany is the capital of our state, so I wasn’t that surprised. I was surprised, however, when Ashtabula, Ohio came up as the main character’s hometown. When I was younger, my grandfather had a farm very near Ashtabula. I spent 2-3 weeks there every summer for almost 15 years when I was growing up! I was so excited to have that personal connection, but it got even better!

Another major character is on her way to Conneaut Lake Park. Conneaut is the actual town my grandfather’s farm was in – and it’s a REALLY small town! Every summer, my grandfather took all his workers to Conneaut Lake Park. I was there many times myself. It is a really small amusement park, and it’s very old. There is a roller coaster there called The Blue Streak, like the title. I was never old enough to go on it, though. 🙂 I did, however, ride a roller coaster called the Wild Mouse. I hated it! It was so scary because the cars seemed like they would shoot off the edges of turns instead of going around a curve smoothly. I love roller coasters now, though.

One of my favorite things when reading books is an unexpected personal connection. It makes me feel like the book was written just for me – like the author and I have really important things in common. Being surprised by a book in that way doesn’t happen very often, so I feel lucky when it does. Has that ever happened to you? Let us know in a comment!

I’ll keep you posted about Lantern Sam! On top of the personal connections, it’s a very intriguing mystery!

Ninja Red Riding Hood!

14 Jul

Check out this awesome book trailer for a new book by Corey Rosen Schwartz and Dan Santat! If you’ve read The Three Ninja Pigs, you’ll love this one, too!

Boys of Blur, by N.D. Wilson

7 Jul

My heart is racing because I just finished a really great book! Check out the cover of N. D. Wilson’s Boys of Blur:

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Because there are two boys running on the cover, I thought this book was going to be about sports – but it’s not. It’s got magic, mystery, and zombies! The setting of this book is really unusual. It takes place in a fictional town in Florida. In this town, they grow sugar cane, and much of the story takes place in these sugar cane fields – “the muck.” Creepy!!

I love the way that N.D. Wilson writes – I was on the edge of my seat! If you are looking for a slightly scary, fast-paced read, this is the book snack for you!



30 Jun

I explored two new picture books this weekend, and they both surprised me!

WhenI first looked at Brother Hugo and the Bear, by Katy Beebe I thought it might be boring. It’s about a monk who needs to rewrite a book because a bear ate part of it. I was really surprised to learn all about how books were made in the 1100’s. They had to do all the ink-making and writing by hand! The illustrations were beautiful, and the style was different from other picture books. This would be a great book snack for students who are interested in the how books were made in the past.

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The second book that surprised me this weekend is Three Bears in a Boat, by David Soman. I wasn’t sure what kind of a book I was going to be reading, but I absolutely loved it. The artwork is so beautiful, and they experience wonderful adventures! I can’t wait to share this tasty  book snack with all my Loudonville friends!

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Third Graders!

25 Jun

Tell me about the best book you read this year, or about a book you want to read this summer!


Happy Reading!