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.
Here are the most circulated books at FES during the 2013-2014 school year.
1) Smile (144 checkouts)
2) Cardboard (92 checkouts)
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)
8) Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw (67 checkouts)
9) Doll Bones (66 checkouts)
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11) Flora & Ulysses (64 checkouts)
12) Little Dog, Lost (62 checkouts)
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Chained (58 heckouts)
Cloak Society (58 checkouts)
15) We Are in a Book (57 checkouts)
16) The One and Only Ivan (56 checkouts)
17) Liar & Spy (53 checkouts)
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Binky Under Pressure (51 checkouts)
Squish: Super Amoeba (51 checkouts)
20) Small as an Elephant (50 checkouts)
The Scholastic Book Fair will be open in the FES Library from May 27- June 2.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This year we used book fair earnings to buy library book bags for every student in grades K-3.
We purchased copies of Rules by Cynthia Lord for all 4th and 5th grade classrooms,
and funded an author visit with Cynthia Lord along with PTO arts enrichment money.
We used book fair money to purchase a subscription to Pebble Go!, an online database for K-3 students
We also purchased a subscription to True Flix, a collection of social studies and science e-books for students in grades 3-5.
Families are invited to stop by the FES Library anytime between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19th (early-release day) to learn about digital and print resources available to FES students.
Find out how to access Tales2Go audio books from home!
Try out Maine’s Virtual Library (MARVEL)!
Search for resources on Destiny, the online catalog!
See new fiction and nonfiction titles!
Learn more about the Chickadee Award and Maine Student Book Award!
Last week 3rd grade students had the pleasure of meeting Melissa Stewart and learning about the process she goes through to research and write books.
Melissa is the author of over 100 nonfiction books for children including No Monkeys, No Chocolate, Under the Snow, and A Place for Fish. Visit Melissa Stewart’s web site to learn more about her books. http://www.melissa-stewart.com/
View the interactive, revision timeline that Melissa created for No Monkeys, No Chocolate: http://www.melissa-stewart.com/timeline/10yr_timeline.html
Thanks to the PTO for providing arts enrichment money to fund the author visit!
Last month a number of children’s book awards were announced.
Members of the FES Mock Newbery Book Club voted for the winner of the 2014 FES Mock Newbery Award. Click here to see the voting results.
Students in grades K-5 voted for the FES Mock Caldecott Award. Click here to see the voting results.
The ALA Youth Media Awards were announced in Philadelphia on January 27th. Mrs. Potter was in the audience as a member of the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal Committee. Click here to see the Sibert Medal winner and Honor books.
Flora and Ulysses won the 2014 Newbery Medal which delighted the readers at FES!
Locomotive by Brian Floca was the winner of the 2014 Caldecott Medal and a Sibert Honor.
The students and staff at Falmouth Elementary School have been busy reading and discussing the illustrations in picture books published in 2013. Today we voted for the FES Mock Caldecott Award, and here are the results.
FES Mock Caldecott Medal
Journey by Aaron Becker
FES Mock Caldecott Honor Book
A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet
FES Mock Caldecott Honor Book
Mr. Wuffles by David Wiesner
It’s December, and that means it’s time for Falmouth Elementary School’s 2nd annual Mock Caldecott program. All students in grades K-5 will read the same six picture books in library class and in their classrooms. The books were all published in 2013.
The Caldecott Medal is award annually to most distinguished picture book. Classes at FES will look at the books using the Caldecott criteria, and they will discuss books using the art terms: space, color, texture, line, shape, and medium. Last year students and teachers enjoyed reading, discussing, and comparing the Mock Caldecott books. Students at FES chose Extra Yarn as the winner of our first Mock Caldecott Award, and we were all pleased when it won a Caldecott Honor.
Students will vote for the book they think should win the 2014 Caldecott Medal on Thursday, December 19th. The winner of our Mock Caldecott Award will be announced at school on Friday, December 20th. The winner of the actual Caldecott Medal will be announced in Philadelphia on Monday, January 27th.
Mock Caldecott Nominees
The Dark by Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen
Book Trailer for The Dark
Journey by Aaron Becker
Book Trailer for Journey
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown
Peter Brown introduces Mr. Tiger Goes Wild
Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner
Book Trailer for Mr. Wuffles!
A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet
Visit the web site for A Splash of Red: http://asplashofredbook.com/
You’re Wearing That to School?! by Lynn Plourde and Sue Cornelison