Encourage Reading with a Summer Reading Challenge!

summer reading challenge

Want a fun way to help students be successful next year?  Encourage reading with a summer reading challenge! Educators know the dangers of students not reading during the summer, and we even have a term for it…the dreaded “summer slide”.  I always talk with my kiddos about the importance of continuing their reading before we leave…

I Am Not A Chair

Author: Ross Burach

Illustrator: Ross Burach

Summary: Poor Giraffe…it’s his first day in the jungle and things are not quite going the way he expected. Instead of getting to know the other jungle animals, he is misjudged as a chair. You and your kids will surely end up laughing as Giraffe tries everything he can to show that he’s not a chair.

Tricks to Getting Library Books Returned

getting library books returned

The end of the year in the library brings many stresses, but the biggest one for me is how to get library books returned at the end of the year.  I’ve tried making announcements in the morning and handing out certificates for classes to post on their door showing that they have turned everything in…

Great, Now We’ve Got Barbarians!

Author: Jason Carter Eaton

Illustrator: Mark Fearing

Summary: There's nothing worse than being told to clean up your room by your parents! What's the big deal?! Is leaving a few crumbs here and there really going to cause the end of the world? You and your kids will laugh out loud as you follow along (and if you’re lucky, you may even learn an important lesson or two!)

Battle of the Texas 2×2 Books!

Battle of the Texas 2x2 books

I’ve been wanting to find a way to celebrate books with my Kinder, 1st, and 2nd graders, and I finally came up with the idea to do a Battle of the Texas 2×2 books!  I modeled it after the March Madness basketball tournament, but with the award books competing against each other to move onto…

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