The King Open library is bustling! Settle in for a long post about activities K-8 this September and October.
Ms. Jen hopes to see you at the BOSTON BOOK FESTIVAL on Saturday, October 15. It’s FREE and there are activities for kids and adults all day long.
Kindergartners are learning to be thoughtful library citizens, caring for and checking out books. We’ve read books by Mo Willems, who will be at the Boston Book Festival. We’ve enjoyed hearty laughs at Knuffle Bunny and Amanda and her Alligator! Soon, we will welcome Liz Danner, from the Cambridge Public Library (Valente Branch), who will help us get public library cards for all kindergarteners. We will also begin a project modeling Lois Ehlert’s beautiful book, Leaf Man. Thanks to art teacher Kelley Mowers for her help!
1/2 students also enjoyed some Mo Willems books and old favorites. In October, we are looking at nonfiction, starting with pumpkins, apples, and other edibles. Next, we will move to nonfiction and folk tales about places that are important to us.
3/4 students are gaining independence as library searchers, learning how to locate books on the shelves using the author’s last name, and getting to know one another’s reading interests. We will research American rivers next, using print and online sources.
5/6 judges have begun reading the 2011-2012 Massachusetts Children’s Book Award titles, in preparation to vote for their favorites in March. After kick-off presentations by Ms. Jen to each of the 5 classes, the MCBA bookshelf is just about empty at all times – a good sign!
Ms. Jen attended the community day at Farrington with the 7/8 students and advises readers on great YA literature; soon, we’ll begin the Cambridge Middle School Book Award program. 7th graders have begun a 10-week unit on Digital Citizenship with Ms. Jen, while 8th graders take KYB.
And now for one book recommendation…
When fall arrives, my reading choices shift from breezy beach books to the meatier stuff of mysteries. Check out Sheela Chari’s first novel, Vanished, about a modern-day Massachusetts sixth-grader who loses her veena, an antique musical instrument passed to her from her grandmother. Her search for the veena takes her from Harvard Square to India, as she gathers clues about and tracks down shifty suspects. Sheela Chari will be at the Cambridge Public Library on October 22 – go! It’s free!