This week is an exciting week for literacy in Rhode Island. During the week of November 27 we will show our love for reading by posting pictures of our favorite books using the hashtag #RIReads and #HMSReads. We have a photo booth prop available in the library if you would like to use it. However, you really don’t need a prop other than a beloved book in your hand. I’m hoping to get students, parents, and staff involved in this one week activity from home or at school! Just take a picture of you and a book or just your book and post on social media using the hashtags above. Can’t wait to see what our school community comes up with!
Our students came up with a holiday wish list of book and magazine titles. You’ll enjoy seeing what our students recommend!
The first featured book of the week is on the Rhode Island Children’s Book Award list. Students must read at least three books to be eligible to vote in February. For those who enjoy historical fiction, this might be of interest to you.
Brave Like My Brother, (2016)
by Marc Tyler Nobleman
Goodreads summary: The story of an American soldier in WWII England who shares his war experiences (including a historic, dangerous secret mission) with his 10-year-old brother via letters.
Watch a Brave Like My Brother book trailer.
This next title is on our HMS Mock Newbery list. I adored this book because I had the opportunity to learn about another culture and religion. Yet the book was truly focused on the universal topics of friendship and fitting in. It is a must read!
Amina’s Voice, (2017)
by Hena Khan
Goodreads summary: A Pakistani-American Muslim girl struggles to stay true to her family’s vibrant culture while simultaneously blending in at school after tragedy strikes her community in this sweet and moving middle grade novel from the award-winning author of It’s Ramadan, Curious George and Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns.
Amina has never been comfortable in the spotlight. She is happy just hanging out with her best friend, Soojin. Except now that she’s in middle school everything feels different. Soojin is suddenly hanging out with Emily, one of the “cool” girls in the class, and even talking about changing her name to something more “American.” Does Amina need to start changing too? Or hiding who she is to fit in? While Amina grapples with these questions, she is devastated when her local mosque is vandalized.
Amina’s Voice brings to life the joys and challenges of a young Pakistani American and highlights the many ways in which one girl’s voice can help bring a diverse community together to love and support each other.
There is no book trailer, but check out author Hena Khan’s website.
This next picture book was ordered months ago and finally delivered to our library last week. Any time Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen team up, I am at attention. If you haven’t read their Caldecott honor Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, you’re missing quite a treat sure to elicit groans and laughs. I “test drove” this new one with a fifth grade class and they really enjoyed it. This title is on our HMS Mock Caldecott list.
The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse, (2017)
words by Mac Barnett and pictures by Jon Klassen
Goodreads summary: This is a story about a mouse and a duck who get swallowed by a wolf.
Early one morning a mouse met a wolf
and was quickly gobbled up.
When a woeful mouse is swallowed by a wolf, he quickly learns he is not alone: a duck has already set up digs, and, boy, has that duck got it figured out! Turns out it’s pretty nice in there, with delicious food and elegant table settings, courtesy of the wolf’s unchecked gluttony. And there’s something even better: no more fear of being eaten by a wolf! In fact, life is pretty good, until a hunter shows up. . . . With a nod to traditional fables and a wink to the reader, the award-winning Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen offer a tale of cooperation and creative cuisine that is sure to go down easy.
Watch the book trailer for The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse.
The Sibert Award is presented to award the most distinguished informational books for children. Fifth grade teacher Ms. Reynolds and I are piloting a “Sibert Smackdown” with her class this year. They will read and become familiar with 12 nonfiction titles and vote for the one they think should receive the Sibert medal in February. They will use these titles as mentor texts for their own informational writing. This nominee is a fun one because you read and guess which makes it very interactive.
Two Truths and a Lie: It’s Alive! (2017)
by Ammi-Joan Paquette and Laurie Ann Thompson
Goodreads summary: Two Truths and a Lie is the first book in a new series that presents some of the most crazy-but-true stories about the living world as well as a handful of stories that are too crazy to be true—and asks readers to separate facts from fakes! Did you know that there is a fungus that can control the mind of an ant and make it do its bidding? Would you believe there is such a thing as a corpse flower—a ten-foot-tall plant with a blossom that smells like a zombie? How about a species of octopus that doesn’t live in water but rather lurks in trees in the Pacific Northwest?
Every story in this book is strange and astounding. But not all of them are real. Just like the old game in this book’s title, two out of every three stories are completely true and one is an outright lie. Can you guess which? It’s not going to be easy. Some false stories are based on truth, and some of the true stories are just plain unbelievable. And they’re all accompanied by dozens of photos, maps, and illustrations. Amaze yourself and trick your friends as you sort out the fakes from the facts!
There is no book trailer, but check out author Ammi-Joan Paquette’s website.
I was not introduced to Anne with an “e” until college. My friend would reread one of the Anne books during the summer when she didn’t have school work, and encouraged me to try. Well, I did read and I was hooked. We convinced my mom to take us on a bus trip to Prince Edward Island to see all that Anne described. It was an amazingly beautiful place! When I found out Anne of Green Gables was now in graphic novel form I had to get it for our library. My hope is that our students read it and feel inspired to read Lucy Maude Montgomery’s classic series for themselves.
Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel, (2017)
pictures by Mariah Marsden and Brenna Thummler
Goodreads summary: Schoolyard rivalries. Baking disasters. Puffed sleeves. Explore the violet vales and glorious green of Avonlea in this spirited adaptation.
The magic of L.M. Montgomery’s treasured classic is reimagined in a whimsically-illustrated graphic novel adaptation perfect for newcomers and kindred spirits alike. When Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert decide to adopt an orphan who can help manage their family farm, they have no idea what delightful trouble awaits them. With flame-red hair and an unstoppable imagination, 11-year-old Anne Shirley takes Green Gables by storm.
Anne’s misadventures bring a little romance to the lives of everyone she meets: her bosom friend, Diana Barry; the town gossip, Mrs. Lynde; and that infuriating tease, Gilbert Blythe. From triumphs and thrills to the depths of despair, Anne turns each everyday moment into something extraordinary.
There’s no book trailer but here is the movie trailer for the 1985 Anne of Green Gables movie starring Megan Follows as Anne. You can still borrow this movie version through the public library. I highly recommend it!