Tuesday, May 1, 2018

It's Like Christmas Morning UP IN HERE!!!!!

Today, three new giant boxes filled with books arrived! We are freaking out Christmas morning-style!  Picture books, favorite series, graphic novels, unusual animals, Ripley's Believe it or Not, and more Harry Potter!  Thank you to the PTO and parent volunteers for our INCREDIBLE book fair! Please know the money is being put to good use. Seeing students so excited about books is the BEST thing about my job! #bookworms

Friday, April 27, 2018

Let the Battle Begin!

4th and 5th graders- It is time to Battle!
Battle of the Books has been a long-standing tradition at Michael T. and our district. Unfortunately, this year the other schools will not be participating. This means there will not be a district-wide competition.  However, Michael T. students will have the chance to have a friendly, low-stakes, no pressure team competition. 
The books were announced earlier this year, and many students have already read and reread them in preparation!  Teams of four have already been formed.
If you need to make changes to your team please talk to me at our Battle of the Books meeting on Tuesday, May 1st during your lunch recess.  
Competition will be held during your grade's specialist time on Wednesday, May 30th.

4th grade:
1)      One and Only Ivan- Katherine Applegate
2)      The Sorcerer’s Stone- J.K. Rowling
3)      Handful of Stars- Cynthia Lord
4)      Zane and the Hurricane- Rodman Philbrick

5th grade:
1)      The Honest Truth- Dan Gemeinhart
2)      The Girl Who Drank the Moon- Kelly Barnhill
3)      I am Malala (young person’s edition)- Malala Yousafzai
4)      Freak the Mighty- Rodman Philbrick

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Lunch Bunch Book Club!

The long-awaited Lunch Bunch Book Club day finally arrived!  I was in shock and disbelief when fifty-eight 4th and 5th grade students clambered into the library to read and discuss the classic "Wrinkle in Time" during their lunch/recess.  I never anticipated this kind of crowd! We quickly ordered more books for students, and assigned chapters 1 and 2. Please read chapters 3-6 over spring break and be prepared to delve into deep discussions about tesseracts, and how does Charles Wallace know so much,  and how does Meg truly feel about herself anyway?
We have so much to talk about. I can't wait to see you all after the break!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Who was.....

Anne Frank said, "There isn't anyone you couldn't love once you've learned their story."  As a teacher, this quote resonates strongly with me, and I always find myself curious about everyone's story. I am sure this is why I LOVE biographies so much.  One of my goals when I became the librarian was to intentionally buy books that exposed students to diverse stories; people from all walks of life. The "Who was...." series offers just that! I was able to order 30 new biographies and they all came in today!!!!  It is impossible not to feel inspired by some of these stories- Helen Keller could not see or hear, and yet she became a best-selling author! Bruce Lee, Martin Luther King Jr., Sojourner Truth, Joan of Arc, Blackbeard (he was a real person!), Bill Gates, etc.  I cannot wait to dive into this collection!

Friday, December 1, 2017

We're all WONDERS!

My goal this year was to make sure no Michael T student leaves for middle school without reading Wonder. This book is that special! I used my library budget to buy a classroom set and partnered up with the amazing 5th grade team to bring Wonder to all of our kiddos. Today, the entire 5th grade took over the movie theater! Music to my ears- “the book was sooo much better!” Icing on the cake- I got to do it all with my very own Wonder- my daughter Maya!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Can Dogs Teach Students to Read?

I am always brainstorming ways to boost literacy and the love of books here at Michael T.  I think I have finally found the answer.  We need to get a library dog (and a dedicated, nurturing handler like Ms. Eisenberg)!

I have seen first-hand the positive impact one little Brittany Spaniel is having on students in Ms. Eisenberg's 2nd grade classroom.  Both of my children were lucky enough to have Dover, the therapy dog join them for special reading time. Students take turns reading to Dover, and in return, she quietly listens. It's a partnership that instills confidence in emerging readers and a quiet calm to anxious students. Another possible benefit? Ms. Eisenberg's class won the attendance award already this year! Coincidence?! I personally want to thank Dover for helping my child have an extra pep in her step every Friday!
To read more about how therapy dogs can boost academics go to:

dogs in school
the bark

Monday, October 16, 2017

Scholastic Book Fair Nov. 7th-10th

Please keep a look out for the Scholastic Book Flyer to come home.  This will give you a sneak preview to the books that will be available for purchase this year. The students will be able to shop before and after school, as well as on their library day. Cash/credit only.
You are also welcome to purchase books online. Please check back for the scholastic link with our special code to give Michael T. credit for your purchases.