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Mar. 28th

April Cans4Books Month
April School Library Month



Not Recommended for Purchase:

The Heart of Everything That Is: Young Reader's Edition

From  Kirkus Reviews (Nov. 2016):  "This adaptation will diminish Red Cloud's legacy, perpetuate negative stereotypes, and provide incorrect information to young readers: skip.

From SLJ:  "sensationalistic", "does a disservice to readers", Not recommended for purchase.


Mary's Musings

Every single day, do something that makes your heart sing.

                     - Marcia Wieder



Welcome to the 17th annual Cans4Books! 

In addition to being a great way to raise money for your school library during School Library Month, Cans4Books provides a wonderful opportunity to recycle aluminum.

Participating in Cans4Books is easy.  During the month of April:

  • Bring your aluminum cans to A-Can Recycling, 3255 S. 10th St
  • Mention ‘Cans4Books’ and donate your recycling refund to the school library of your choice.
  • The prizes:  Schools with the top dollar earnings per capita will receive Barnes & Noble Bookstore (SouthPointe) gift certificates.

You will receive two 11"x17" promotional posters for your school at the March 28 PLC. A PDF of the poster, as well as a promotional letter that you may want to distribute, are attached to this email, and they are also located in the Cans4Books folder in DocuShare: Library Media Services > Cans4Books > 2016-17. If you'd like graphics to use to design your own promotional materials or to share on your school's social media pages, they're in the Cans4Books folder, too: Library Media Services > Cans4Books > Graphics.

In the Library with Melody

This week I'm including books I've reviewed and added to the Wonders LibGuide for 1st grade (animal bodies books and the hero dog book).

The spunky monkey book is a great romp for preschoolers through kindergarten so those high schools with babies and toddlers will want this one too. You'll love the movement and rejoicing that will happen when you read this book with little ones who love to move.

I'm also including the new books from the "I Like to Read" series for supporting emerging and struggling readers.

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Hero Service Dogs - Jennifer Boothroyd
ISBN: 9781512425413
Publication Date: 2017-01-01
What do service dogs do? Service dogs work with people who need help with some special tasks. They can open doors and even bring medicine to their sick owners! Learn all about these furry helpers.

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Different? Same! - Heather Tekavec; Pippa Curnick (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781771385657
Publication Date: 2017-05-02
This clever picture book introduces the concept of animal characteristics by highlighting how there can be both differences and similarities within a group. For example, the zebra gallops, the bumblebee flies, the lemur leaps and the tiger prowls? But look closer now... We all have STRIPES!? And so it goes. Again and again, readers will be surprised to find that a group of four seemingly different animals all have one trait in common whiskers, horns, shells and the like for a total of thirteen traits in all. Observant children will notice that one of the animals from each group also appears on the following spread with three new animals that have a different characteristic in common. Finally, all forty of the featured animals are shown together, and readers are asked to search for those with specific characteristics not already covered in the book for example, those with spots, those who live in the ocean or those with six or more legs.

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Feathers and Hair, What Animals Wear - Jennifer Ward; Jing Jing Tsong (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481430814
Publication Date: 2017-03-07
From the award-winning author of Mama Built a Little Nest comes an oh-so-clever picture book that explores the feathers, fur, skin, or hair that different animals wear! Some animals wear feathers. Some animals wear hair. Some animals wear prickly spines and roam without a care! At first glance, a wild animal's appearance may seem simple. But there is fascinating science behind every part of an animal’s physique from its nose to its toes! Celebrated author Jennifer Ward explores different kinds of fur, feathers, skin, and scales in this nonfiction picture book that's truly like no other. From porcupines and polar bears to octopuses and owls, you'll never see animal outerwear the same way again!

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Spunky Little Monkey - Bill Martin; Michael R. Sampson; Brian Won (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780545776431
Publication Date: 2017-01-03
A hilarious, high-energy romp by a beloved author and an exciting new artist. Sleepy little monkey won't get out of bed. Mama called the Doctor and the Doctor said: "Apple Juice, Orange Juice, Gooseberry Pies - Monkey needs some exercise!" Sleepy little monkeys everywhere will clap, stomp, shake, and cheer - while chanting this rhythmic, energetic dance song based on a popular playground game. And as they move their heads, hands, hips, and feet - everyone will be bursting with clapping energy - and ready to start a new day! With humor, high energy, and Bill Martin Jr's trademark rhythm and rhyme, young readers will learn to name parts of the body. And the book makes a perfect exercise warm-up to start off a busy day of school!

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Pip Sits - Mary Morgan
ISBN: 9780823436767
Publication Date: 2017-02-21
I Like to Read series to support emerging and struggling readers. In this charming, easy-to-read story, ducklings think Pip is their Mama. Mother Duck asks Pip to sit on her eggs for a bit. As soon as Pip sits, he hears a tap! The chicks are hatching! The chicks follow Pip, even when Mother Duck returns. Oh no! They think Pip is their mother! With charming art and a sweet, simple text, Mary Morgan tells a fun and touching story about mistaken identity, childhood adventures, and motherly love.

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Peep and Zeep - Adam Gudeon
ISBN: 9780823436743
Publication Date: 2017-02-21
I Like to Read series to support emerging and struggling readers. Two accidental friends use innovation, trial and error, and some help from an unusual acquaintance to find their way home again. Peeper the bird and Zeep the alien both love to fly. When the little bird and the young alien meet after a tumble from the sky, they must band together to figure out a way home. With the help of the innovative but eccentric A. Frog, the three friends try various machines to get Peeper and Zeep off the ground and back home. One machine leaves them stuck in a pond. Another leaves them stuck in a tree. So the three friends cooperate to design an alternate solution. Peeper and Zeep learn the meaning of friendship and family.


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One Thing to do This Week

Ezra Jack Keats Resource!

Kindergarten teachers and students will be using Ezra Jack Keats books during 4th quarter in the writing - research & inquiry curriculum. See the Kindergarten pacing guide to see the details of these lessons. Then, talk with your Kindergarten teachers about how you can build background, during library class, for this unit and/or enrich it with some of the resources found in this Ezra Jack Keats website.  


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