The book fair will be set up in the FES Library from May 26th- June 1st. Students will visit the book fair with their classes. Families may shop together at the book fair from 5:30-7:00 pm on May 26th. It’s a great time to stock up on books for the summer months! The money earned at the book fair last year was used to fund an author visit, purchase books for the library and for classrooms, purchase two new book carts for the library, and to subscribe to digital resources such as Pebble Go, Pebble Go Next and Tales2Go audio books.
Book Fair Hours
Tues., May 26th 8:30-3:30
Tues., May 26th 5:30-7:00 p.m. Family Night
Wed., May 27th 8:30-4:00
Thu., May 28th 8:30-4:00
Fri., May 29th 8:30-3:30
Mon., June 1st 8:30-2:00
Visit this site for online book fair shopping.
April is School Library Month. School libraries are places for students to learn and grow. School libraries contain print and digital resources that support learning and foster readers and thinkers.
Third grade students at FES created a music video to celebrate reading and libraries.
View a public service announcement for school libraries from Julianne Moore.
FES students in grades four and five may vote for the Maine Student Book Award. Students must read 3 or more books from the 2014/2015 Maine Student Book Award list to be eligible to vote.
Click on the online ballot to vote. (One vote per student) Please complete the online ballot by Friday, March 27th.
“Every year on the first Wednesday of March, World Read Aloud Day calls global attention to the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories.” (from the Lit World website)
Classes at Falmouth Elementary School celebrated World Read Aloud Day by connecting with authors and other classes across the country.
Ms. Burt’s class had connected with Andy Plemmons’ class in Athens, Georgia. Students had the pleasure of hearing author, Natalie Lloyd read aloud from her middle grade novel, A Snicker of Magic. There was even time for students to ask Natalie some questions about her book.
Mrs. Hartnett’s class Skyped with Shannon Hyman’s 5th grade class in Virginia and shared some of their favorite classroom read aloud from this year, and Mrs. Merrifield’s class read The Day the Crayons Quit with Angie Dickerson’s class in Missouri.
Mr. Rosenblum’s 5th grade students had the opportunity to Skype with author, Sarah Albee. We learned a lot about her new nonfiction book, Why’d They Wear That, and students had some excellent questions about how Sarah generates ideas, conducts research, and writes nonfiction.
Mrs. Merrifield’s students read Handle with Care, Beetle Busters, and selected chapters from Citizen Scientists before their Skype visit with nonfiction author, Loree Griffin Burns. Students were interested to learn about the hard work and research that goes into writing nonfiction books.
Thanks you to all of the librarians, teachers and authors across the country who made World Read Aloud Day a success for students at FES!
During the month of January classes at FES read books by Kate DiCamillo as part of a school-wide author study. Kate is the author of many books for children including The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, the Mercy Watson series, Bink & Gollie, and Because of Winn-Dixie. She won the Newbery medal for The Tale of Despereaux and Flora & Ulysses.
Ms. Hughes’ Kindergarten class celebrated Kate DiCamillo by reading and writing about Mercy Watson, eating buttered toast (Mercy’s favorite food), and creating special Mercy Watson headbands.
On Friday, January 23rd the winner of the 2015 FES Mock Newbery Award was revealed at a school assembly.
Members of the FES Mock Newbery Book Club
Winner of the FES Mock Newbery Award
The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson
Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin
A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm
Visit the FES Mock Newbery Book Club website for more information.
Congratulations to James from Mr. Carter’s class for being the first student at Falmouth Elementary School to read The Story of Mankind. The Story of Mankind was published in 1921, and it was the first book to win the Newbery Medal. It’s a long and complex text, and James accomplished his goal of finishing it!
The winner of the FES Mock Caldecott Award is…
Little Elliot, Big City by Mike Curato
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Three Bears in a Boat by David Soman
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Sparky by Jenny Offill
illustrated by Chris Appelhans
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This is the 3rd year students at FES will take part in a Mock Caldecott program. The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually to the most distinguished American picture book for children. This year I have selected six picture books that are eligible for the Caldecott Medal. Students will hear each book read aloud in the library or in their classrooms. We will use the following art terms to discuss the illustrations: color, shape, line, space, texture and medium.
On Thursday, December 18th all 925 students will vote for their favorite books. We will announce the winner of the FES Mock Caldecott Award on Friday, December 19th. The actual winner of the Caldecott Medal will be announced live from Chicago on Monday, February 2nd.
Students at FES know to identify quality illustrations. For the past two years, the winners of the FES Mock Caldecott Award have gone on to win Caldecott Honors (Extra Yarn and Journey). Which book will win this year’s Mock Caldecott Award? Check back on December 19th for the voting results.
Here are the nominees for Falmouth Elementary School’s Mock Caldecott Award.
Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of a Shopping Mall Gorilla
Little Elliot, Big City
Remy and Lulu
The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus
Three Bears in a Boat
Watch this video to see which new e-books are now available on the Follett Shelf in Destiny.
To access the e-books, login to Destiny with your username and password. (Your login information is the same username and password you use for gmail.)
Link to e-book video