Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Mrs. P's 3rd Annual Be-A-Famous-Writer Contest



Did you ever read a story and think, “I could do that!” Well, now’s your chance to prove it. Enter Mrs. P’s 3rd Annual “Be-A-Famous-Writer” Contest. Write a story, submit it to MrsP.com – and Mrs. P herself might read your story on her website!

ENTRY DATES September 1st to October 15, 2011

For Children ages 4 to 13 years of age

Mrs P invites children to write a story on any topic, no less than 250 words and not to exceed 1,000 words. It may be fiction or non-fiction. All participants must be between the ages of 4 and 13 years old. There are two age competition categories: 4 to 8 years of age, and 9 to 13 years of age

The two (2) Grand Prize winners’ stories will be read by Mrs P and original illustrations will be created. The lucky child will receive an actual copy of the story in addition to having it posted on the website (www.mrsp.com) for viewers to watch and enjoy. MrsP Enterprises, LLC pays all costs of producing the winning book and video. Additionally, all 10 finalists in the contest receive prizes from the contest sponsors. Powell’s Books, the largest independent bookseller in the world, who has been a sponsor since the first year of the contest and our new sponsor, Sakura of America, an innovator in writing and artistic tools, believes in the Power to Express® - the idea that EVERYONE has ideas and thoughts worthy of expression. Sakura’s advocacy of individual self-expression makes them a perfect new sponso of Mrs. P’s writing contest.


Posted with permission from http://www.mrsp.com/.


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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Dotty by Erica Perl



Last August, Esme Codell sent me a short message that said something like, "Have you read Dotty? If not, you need to read it." Whenever Esme Codell sends me a book recommendation, I drop whatever I'm doing and head to Anderson's Bookshop. Thankfully, Anderson's was open for five more minutes and had two copies in stock. I bought both copies. I'll never forget reading Dotty in my car on a humid summer night. I sent Esme a note thanking her for introducing me to Ida, Dotty, and Ida's beloved teacher, Ms. Raymond.

Thank you, Erica Perl, for writing one of the best picture books about the power of friendship. Dotty belongs in every elementary school library and on every back-to-school book list. Trust me.


Back to School 2011

Make someone smile by sending a Dotty e-card.



Download Dotty lunchbox notes.


"Like in Dotty, Julia Denos created this marvelous creature that Dotty is that went beyond my imagination frankly. And then to talk to her about ways in which we could take Dotty to new places together was incredibly extraordinary." -Erica Perl


"Picture books for me are like popcorn, I just can't stop, so I start one and I pick up another one and I have another one that I'm kind of chewing on and I put one aside and then I grab another one and I love popcorn and I love picture books." -Erica Perl



Erica Perl reads an excerpt from her hilarious novel, When Life Gives You O.J.

Borrow Dotty and When Life Gives You O.J. from your school or public library. Whenever possible, please support independent bookshops.

Monday, August 29, 2011

The Story of First Book



First Book is a nonprofit organization that provides books to children in need. According to First Book's website,


I included The Story of First Book in this week's booktalk presentations for grades four and five. I hope during the next Student Council meeting (I'm the co-advisor) a member raises his hand and says, "I think we should organize a fundraiser for First Book." I would clap and clap and clap and clap and clap. ;)

Thank you, First Book, for providing access to new books for children in need.

The majority of low-income families do not have a single book for their children.
*Image credit: FirstBook.org


Sunday, August 28, 2011

A Guest Post by Shannon Miller

Shannon Miller, librarian extraordinaire, asked me if she could post here in honor of my birthday. Thank you, Shannon!


Today on Bookmark's, The First Book Blog, a bunch of John's friends wished him a very Happy 30th Birthday!

Erica Perl wrote the post Happy Birthday, Mr. Schu. And the incredibly FUN YouTube video, with lots of special Happy Birthday wishes from authors and friends was included too.

I have known John now for almost a year. He is one of my dearest friends, my teaching partner, and mentor. And there is no one that I know that celebrates literacy more than him.

Let's all wish him the very best of birthdays by donating to First Book in his name.

Happy 30th Birthday John!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

The Eight Most Requested Books during the First Week of School

On Wednesday morning, two kids raced to computers to place a hold on Squish: A Brave New Pond. "Yay! I'm the first person to put it on hold," shouted an excited fourth grader. Kids dropped by the library during the first week of school to place holds on forthcoming titles. Where did they learn about the books? In bathrooms, while getting a drink at the water fountain, and by word of mouth. Advertising around the school works!

Plastic Bingo Number 8



Darth Paper Strikes Back by Tom Angleberger
Available Now


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Squish: A Brave New Pond by Jennifer and Matthew Holm
Available on 9/27/11

number 6



Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
Available on 9/13/11

Bingo Number 5

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Available on 11/15/11

number 4



Sidekicks by Dan Santat
Available now

number 3



Lunch Lady and the Field Trip Fiasco by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Available on 9/13/11

number 2



Available Now

number 1



Available on 9/1/11








Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Welcome to the 2011-2012 School Year!

Yippee! Today is the first day of school. I spent the past two weeks preparing the library for this special day. I hope my students find the library inviting and comfortable. Here's to another year spent exploring, learning, and reading.

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The graphic novel section will NEVER look this neat again. It is the most circulated section.

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Elephant and Piggie took over the READER section.

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Mr. Schu's Reading Road Trip


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Frankie Pickle's Road Trip

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Owly's Road Trip

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Back-to-school display

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Two Libraries One Voice


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Read a Super Book

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Mr. Schu's toys

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Dav Pilkey's characters

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Peter Brown is visiting my library on September 6.


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New picture books

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A view of the library

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Another view of the library

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Okay, one more view of the library.

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Bluestem Book Award Gallery

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I advertise books and library services around the building.


The library was updated two years ago.