Sunday, December 5, 2010

Uh oh! Lost or Damaged Library Books

Q: What happens when your student loses or damages a library book?

A: First of all, don't worry! If the book is lost, just keep looking around. Popular hiding places for books are:
  • under the seat in the car
  • in the back or side pockets of a car
  • cubby at school
  • on personal book shelves at home
  • on classroom bookshelves
  • in a stack going to the public library
  • family member's house
  • friend's house
  • the afterschool lost and found closet in the auditorium
If you cannot find the book or a book is damaged beyond mending, families can either pay for a replacement book or can bring in a comparable book from home. If you choose to bring in a book from home, please make the sure book is
  • hardcover
  • gently used or new
  • something that Cragmont students would enjoy
Missing books hinder your child's use of the library so it is important that we solve lost/damaged book issues quickly to get your student checking out new titles as soon as possible!

If you have any concerns or questions about missing or damaged books, please do not hesitate to talk to me! or 510-644-8810.

cleaning house?

If you are cleaning out your student's bookshelf, please consider sending some of your gently used books to the Cragmont Library!

We are always looking for more of our favorite series paperbacks like Magic Tree House, Junie B. Jones, Geronimo Stilton, Goosebumps, Captain Underpants and Secrets of Droon. These are all extremely popular and loved to pieces so replacements are always welcome! If the library cannot add them, I will make sure they get into a classroom library or save them for the Read-A-Thon in February 2011.

New Books!

Cragmont Library just received its Fall/Winter book order and many of our students are discovering new authors and subjects! In addition to Spanish translations of old favorites and next-in-the-series titles, we have several brand new additions that I was very excited to share.

Here are just a few of the newest additions to our collection!

Soup Day by Melissa Iwai: [picture book] Cheerful mother and daughter prepare soup together, simple, sturdy book about food and family, recipe included!

Pierre the Penguin by Jean Marzollo: [non-fiction picture book] True story about an African penguin at the CA Academy of Sciences in San Francisco who lost all his feathers and needed a special wet suit.

The Day-Glo Brothers by Chris Barton: [non-fiction picture book] Ever wonder how we got day-glo yellows, pinks and greens? This brightly illustrated biography tells the story the two brothers who made it happen!

Smile by Raina Telgemeier : [memoir graphic novel] Author Raina tells the story of her own experiences in elementary and middle school dealing with braces, missing teeth and growing up. (One of my favorite books of the past few years!)

Spaceheadz #1 by Jon Scieszka: [illustrated chapter book] First book of a series complete with aliens, a talking hamster and new-kid anxiety.

My Life As a Book by Janet Tashjian (and her 15 year old son Jake): [chapter book with sprinkles of illustrations] Part mystery, part Diary of a Wimpy Kid, main character Derek is dreading his summer reading list and instead, decides to spend his time trying to figure out why his mother is so secretive about an odd newspaper article he found in the attic.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Mrs. Dalloway's part II

A big thank you to everyone who got some shopping done at Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore this past weekend! Be sure to send in your receipts up to me, Mrs. Overlid, in the library by November 30th so that we can be reimbursed 20% of your purchase to use towards new materials.

More reviews and updates coming soon, we have had a fun November in the library full of baseball, clocks and tsunamis!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Mrs. Dalloway's Books, School Benefit Weekend!

This weekend, November 13 and 14, Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore is hosting a school benefit for Cragmont Library!

Mrs. Dalloway's will reimburse the library for 20% of purchases made by Cragmont families! Get some holiday shopping done and bring your receipt into me, Mrs. Overlid, in the library by November 30th. We will use the funds to purchase new books and replace our favorite titles.

Books make fabulous and rewarding holiday gifts, here are some titles that Cragmont kids will no doubt love to receive wrapped up with a bow!

Chapter Books
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth by Jeff Kinney: Of course, the newest installment of the Wimpy Kid series is sure to be on the top of wish lists!
  • The Heroes of Olympus, The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan: This new series keeps our favourite people from Percy Jackson and introduces some Roman gods to go along with Greek mythology. Another sneakily-educational hit!
  • The Popularity Papers by Amy Iganatow: Reviewed as Diary of a Wimpy Kid with more girl appeal, this brand new series is written as journal entries between two 5th grade best friends.
Picture Books
  • Cooking with Henry and Elliebelly by Carolyn Parkhurst and Dan Yaccarino: Let's pretend we are hosting a cooking show with this sweet and funny story about a brother and sister cooking together (with recipe included)!
  • Llama Llama Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney: One of my favorite picture book series, little Llama appears in his first holiday themed story.
  • Knuffle Bunny Free by Mo Willems: Good news/bad news for Knuffle fans. Good news, Knuffle Bunny is back for a third adventure, this time on a plane! Bad news: This could be Trixie's last Knuffle story.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Picture Book Fun!

The New York Times recently published a piece entitled "Picture Books No Longer a Staple for Children" and instantly, librarians around the country cried shenanigans! Several rebuttals popped up (here for example) suggesting other reasons for lower publishing rates for picture books and expounding upon the important role those titles play.

While chapter books are fabulous for young readers, picture books can be enormously special for students of all ages, not just emerging readers. They introduce vocabulary, support connection-making skills with illustrations, build reader confidence and provide an element of comfort, like a worn-in sweater. At Cragmont, I wanted to show that the picture book is indeed applicable to any age so this week, I shared some of my favorites with the chapter-book-reading 4th and 5th grade classes. Hoots and hollers for more proved to me that the picture book still has lots of appeal!

We read:

Bark George by Jules Fieffer: I introduced this book saying that though I usually read this book to much younger ages, it has a twist that we can all appreciate it. Highly recommended, storytime favorite, especially the very last page!

Tadpole's Promise by Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross: Previous knowledge of tadpoles and caterpillars is useful to appreciate this tale. Again, with a twist that left even teachers gasping and laughing, it was made to be read to young and old!
(I recommend that parents read it before sharing with their children, the tasty ending could be hard to swallow for more sensitive children, pun very much intended.)

As the holidays approach, please keep picture books in mind for all ages. Here are more titles with wide appeal!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Local Author Event: Ivy and Bean!

  • What: Annie Barrows, author of one of our favorite series Ivy + Bean, will be reading from her latest book Ivy + Bean #7 What's the Big Idea?
  • When: Saturday November 6th at 11:00 am
  • Where: Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore 2904 College Ave, Berkeley
  • Why: Because Annie Barrows loves meeting her fans!

Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore will also be hosting a fundraiser for Cragmont Library on November 13 and 14th! Shop at Mrs. Dalloway's on those two days, bring me your receipts by the end of the month and 20% of your purchase will go towards the library! Get your holiday book shopping done early and help the Cragmont Library in one weekend!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Our Fall Favorites!

After a full month of school, all our classes have had the chance to hear lots of great stories during library visits. Here are brief descriptions of our favorites. Ask your student about their favorite stories because talking about storytelling and books is a crucial piece of emerging literacy!

Each week, students have helped read stories by saying repetitive parts out loud with me. Ask your child which part of these books we all said together and the action we used with it!
  • I Went Walking by Sue Williams
  • Chickens to the Rescue! by John Himmelman
  • The Napping House by Audrey Wood
We have spent a few classes learning about different places in the library and how to take care of books when they go home.
  • I Took My Frog to the Library by Eric Kimmel: students did a great job listening AND walking around the library finding animal books!
  • Read It Don't Eat It by Ian Schoenher: students already knew lots of these rules and it was extra silly to see them in action!
Second graders learned how to decide if a book is fiction or nonfiction and have been working on storytelling styles.

  • Alphabet picnic game: ask your student what they would bring to the alphabet picnic (hint, the food should begin with the same letter as their name)
  • Edwina the Dinosaur Who Didn't Know She Was Extinct by Mo Willems
  • The Perfect Nest by Catherine Friend
  • "Poor Little Bug on a Wall" poem: Ask them to tell you the poem in an extra sad voice!
We have talked a lot about fairy tales and have found that sometimes stories go in circles or even go backwards!
  • The End by David LaRochelle: This story starts with "The End" and moves backwards, we had to work together to think of ideas about caused the action.
  • The Stonecutter oral story from Japan
4th and 5th
Older grades have really enjoyed hearing folktales and oral stories. Some of their favorites so far were the ones with sound effects. Ask your student about the sound effects for these stories!
  • Roly Poly Rice Ball oral story from Japan
  • How Camel Got His Hump oral story from Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories
  • Anansi and the Moss Covered Rock by Eric Kimmel
Feel free to leave a comment with your own favorite readalouds or oral stories!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Parent Workshop Tuesday Oct. 5th

An exciting parent education workshop is coming up next week, brought to you by the Cragmont School Governance Council and PTA and the Rosa Parks School PTA:

Get the most out of reading with your child! Learn about the importance of reading together at home and pick up strategies about picking "just right" books.

-Tuesday, October 5th
-6-6:45 pm check-in and refreshments, 7-8:15 pm meeting
-Longfellow Middle School, 1500 Derby Street at Sacramento Avenue
-Workshop will be presented in English and Spanish
-Childcare will be provided

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Reviews of the Week: How a Book Feels

Sharing books is all about finding titles that are "just right" and that perfect fit can mean lots of things. One aspect of a book is how it feels, for example whether it is a funny book or a tender book. Sometimes, you are in the mood for a certain kind of read, something quiet to think about or something silly to lighten your afternoon. Today, I have reviews of very different types of books that are new to the Cragmont library, each with a very distinct “feel.”

The Big Fat Cow That Goes Kapow by Andy Griffiths, 2nd - 4th grades
Exploding cows are just one piece in this collection of short and very goofy stories perfect for readers moving to chapter books. There are tons of illustrations with lots of action but the book is a nice chapter-book shape and size, perfect for independent reading.

How to Heal a Broken Wing by Bob Graham, all ages
When Will finds a pigeon with a broken wing, he reaches out to help and with time, his compassion makes a big difference. The paneled, comic-like layout of this short and sweet picture book focuses attention on the progression of the bird's healing and the passage of time. A wonderful book about hope and patience.

Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman, 3rd – 5th grades
Fans of Percy Jackson will enjoy this shorter novel about Norse mythology and the Viking way of life. Odd is the son of a fallen Viking who encounters three Norse gods that have taken animal forms. Adventure ensues as the group braves the ancient Norwegian landscape. A quick read that is certain to make readers smile while learning a bit of history.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Welcome to the 2010-2011 School Year!

Welcome to the Cragmont Elementary School library blog for the 2010-2011 school year. Here I will be posting book reviews, information about using the library and details about special events in our beautiful space. My name is Mrs. Jackie Overlid and I am very excited about being your new librarian!

We are already in our third week of school and all our classrooms have visited the library and checked out books. We have shared classic books, new titles, oral folktales and stories told with help of our fingers. There are lots of new titles in the library and next week I will add some mini-booktalks about some of my favorites. A booktalk is like a movie preview for a book, a short description to share with someone to get them interested. This is a great way to practice talking about what we have read and articulating why we enjoyed a book, just be sure not to give away the ending!

Please feel free to come introduce yourself and say hello. I am looking forward to meeting many more members of the Cragmont community.