Saturday, October 17, 2009

Some of My Favorite Elementary Books

I invite you to visit the H.P. Webb Library. Let me start out by telling you about our library. First, you need to stop by and see our beautiful facility, and our great selection of books. The shelves are full of books for Pre-K to Fifth graders to enjoy. Second, The Academic Booster Club had a very talented lady from Olton paint book characters around the library. She painted characters such as Junie B. Jones, Curious George, Nate the Great, Arthur, The Boxcar Children, Roald Dahl's BFG and more. Third, Our library is a little different from most, sometimes I call it a jungle full of monkeys. We try to keep it upbeat and fun, and it isn't always as quiet as your typical library.

Pictures of Webb Library

We have several contests through the year to encourage the students to read, and we have a great selection of books. The biggest contest that we have is the Accelerated Reader wall. The theme this year is "Racing to Read". The students recieve points for each book they read, and as they reach a new level they earn prizes and get to move their Mustang on the racetrack.

"Racing to Read" Prizes "Racing to Read" Racetrack

We have four contests inside the library throughout the school year also.

  • The first contest is KICK of the school year with a good book!!! The students get to kick a paper football through a small homemade goal post each time they make a good grade on an A.R. book. Each field goal earns stickers. The top 5 students from each classroom get to attend an autograph party with the football players and cheerleaders.

  • The second contest is the Christmas contest. Each student gets a wish present (pictures I cut out of circulars) and a sticker for each book they make a good grade on. The winners wear their pajamas to a Polar Express party in the library with hot chocolate, cookies, and a movie.

  • After Christmas break we start the Blizzard party. The students decorate the library with paper snowflakes. Each student gets to throw a snowball through a wooden cutout of a snowman for good grades on an AR book. The winners get to go to the Dairy Queen for a blizzard.

  • We finish the year with a Coke Float contest. The students are trying to progress to the next level by this time of the year so the contest changes. They are filling up a coke float on the bulletin board by reading "bigger" books. The winners go to a coke float and water gun party at the park.

I was asked to choose my 10 favorite books but I couldn't do that so I chose series and a few of my favorite titles that you might enjoy.

Webbers - I want to hear from you and find out what your favorite books in the library have been through the years or make a request for a book that you would like to have in the library.

These are a few of my favorites.......

3rd Grade Series

Judy Moody Series by Megan McDonald

Goosebump Series by R.L. Stine

Magic Treehouse Series by Mary Pope Osborne

4th and 5th Grade

Spider Wick series by Tony DiTizzerilli

Warriors Series by Erin Hunter

Hank the Cowdog Series by John Erickson

A few 4th-5th grade books that I have read that I really enjoyed are

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

How to Steal A Dog by Barbara O' Connor

Keeper of the Night by Kimberly Willis Holt

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

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