Mock Caldecott Winner

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The winner of the FES Mock Caldecott Award is…

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Little Elliot, Big City by Mike Curato

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 Honor Books

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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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Announcing This Year’s Mock Caldecott Nominees

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2014-2015 Mock Caldecott Books

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

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Little Elliot, Big City

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Remy and Lulu

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The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus



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New e-books available on the Follett Shelf

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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

It’s Picture Book Month!!!

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Falmouth Elementary School is celebrating Picture Book Month for the fourth consecutive year. Students at FES know that the “E” in the picture book section stands for “everybody” because picture books are for everybody including readers of all ages.


This year our staff members shared the titles of their favorite picture books. Students may check out these favorite books from the FES Library.


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On November 17th, some FES library classes will take part in a Picture Book Smackdown! We’ll use Google Hangouts On Air to connect with students in Georgia, Texas, Iowa, and Connecticut. It will be a fast-paced hour of sharing favorite picture books and discussing why reading picture books is important.

Dot Day at FES

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Students at FES celebrated International Dot Day during the week of Sept. 15th. Dot Day is based on the picture book, The Dot, by Peter Reynolds and celebrates creativity, courage, and connections.

This map shows the Dot Day connections we made with classes in others states via Skype and Google Hangout.

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Here’s a video that captures some of the Dot Day activities at FES last week.

Click here to play the video on a tablet.

This slideshow displays Dot Day projects created by 3rd grade students in
technology class at FES.

International Dot Day

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September 15th is International Dot Day. It’s a day to celebrate creativity and courage.
Based on Peter Reynolds’ picture book, The Dot, Dot Day is a day for kids to make their mark on the world.
We’ll celebrate Dot Day all week at Falmouth Elementary School.

FES Library Annual Report

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FES Library Annual Report 2014 by Cathy Potter

End of Year Report

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I’m excited to announce that we have broken another record for the number of books circulated at FES. Students and staff at FES checked out 41,359 books and other resources this year.

Keep reading over the summer! Be sure to check out the summer reading lists and resources I’ve shared on the library site.

Scroll down to see which books were checked out the most during the 2013-2014 school year.

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Here are the most circulated books at FES during the 2013-2014 school year.


1) Smile (144 checkouts)


2) Cardboard (92 checkouts)

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3) The Water Castle (87 checkouts)


4) Earthling! (86 checkouts)


5) Rump: The True Story of Rumplestiltskin (79 checkouts)


6) Wonder (70 checkouts)


7) Squish #5: Game On (69 checkouts)

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8) Diary of  a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw (67 checkouts)

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9) Doll Bones (66 checkouts)

10) Tie between…

Giants Beware! (65 checkouts)

Sidekicks (65 checkouts)

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Mr. Wuffles (65 checkouts)


11) Flora & Ulysses (64 checkouts)

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12) Little Dog, Lost (62 checkouts)

13) Tie between…

Duke (61 checkouts)

The Genius Files: Mission Unstoppable (61 checkouts)

Where’s Waldo: The Wonder Book (61 checkouts)

14) Tie between…


Chained (58 heckouts)


Cloak Society (58 checkouts)

One for the Murphys (58 checkouts)

Words with Wings (58 checkouts)

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15) We Are in a Book (57 checkouts)


16) The One and Only Ivan (56 checkouts)


17) Liar & Spy (53 checkouts)

18) Tie between…

Binky Takes Charge (52 checkouts)

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Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians (52 checkouts)

19) Tie between…

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Binky Under Pressure (51 checkouts)

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Squish: Super Amoeba (51 checkouts)


20) Small as an Elephant (50 checkouts)

Book Fair Hours and Author Event

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The Scholastic Book Fair will be open in the FES Library from May 27- June 2.

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Book Fair Hours:

Tuesday, May 27   8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
(Cynthia Lord will sign books from 6:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, May 28 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 29 8:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Friday, May 30 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Monday, June 2 8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Cindy (90115) Newbery Honor Winner, Cynthia Lord, will sign books from 6-7 pm on Tuesday, May 27th.
Copies of Ms. Lord’s books will be on sale at the book fair.


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Book Fair- Where Does the Money Go?

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Everywhere I go in the school students are abuzz about the upcoming book fair. It’s an exciting reading, event for children of all ages. This year the book fair will be open from May 27th- June 2nd in the FES Library.


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We have two goals for the book fair.
One goal is to make sure students are stocked up on books for the summer months.
The other goal is to raise funds for the FES Library.




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This year we used book fair earnings to buy library book bags for every student in grades K-3.

rulesWe purchased copies of Rules by Cynthia Lord for all 4th and 5th grade classrooms,

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Cynthia Lord shows her Newbery Honor award to fifth grade students.

and  funded an author visit with Cynthia Lord along with PTO arts enrichment money.

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We used book fair money to purchase a subscription to Pebble Go!, an online database for K-3 students

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We also purchased a subscription to True Flix, a collection of social studies and science e-books for students in grades 3-5.

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