2017 FES Mock Caldecott Award


This week we are kicking off our 5th Mock Caldecott program at FES! All 46 classrooms will read six picture books published in 2016 and will discuss and analyze the illustrations. We use the following art terms in library class to discuss illustrations: color, line, space, shape, texture and media. After reading all six books, students will vote and a winning title will be announced on December 22nd.



Here are the nominees for the 2017 FES Mock Caldecott Award.


Are We There Yet?
by Dan Santat


Maybe Something Beautiful 
by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell
illustrated by Rafael Lopez


The Night Gardener
by The Fan Brothers


The Secret Subway
by Shana Corey
illustrated by Red Nose Studio


They All Saw a Cat
by Brendan Wenzel


The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles
by Michelle Cuevas
illustrated by Erin Stead

FES Library- A Year in Review

 FES students and teachers checked out 43,786 books in 2015/2016!

Click here to read the FES Library Annual Report and learn about library programs, lessons, and special guests who visited the library last year.


Here are the top 25 titles that were checked out of the FES Library over the past year.

roller girl

Roller Girl
135 checkouts
2016 Newbery Honor Book

smile 2

114 checkouts
2012 Maine Student Book Award Winner

el deafo

El Deafo
108 checkouts
2015 Newbery Honor Book
2016 Maine Student Book Award Winner


106 checkouts

wimpy kid

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw
94 checkouts


88 checkouts

hard luck

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck
84 checkouts

the crossover

The Crossover
73 checkouts
2015 Newbery Medal Winner

war that saved

The War That Saved My Life
73 checkouts
2016 Newbery Honor Book
2016 FES Mock Newbery Winner

the long haul

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
68 checkouts


68 checkouts


Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley’s Journal
67 checkouts

big nate goes

Big Nate Goes for Broke
65 checkouts

mr. lemoncello

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
64 checkouts
2015 Maine Student Book Award Winner

big nate on a roll

Big Nate on a Roll
61 checkouts

dog days

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
61 checkouts

fairy tale comics

Fairy Tale Comics
60 checkouts


The Pigeon Needs a Bath!
58 checkouts

paper things

Paper Things
57 checkouts


Rump: The True Story of Rumplestiltskin
57 checkouts
2015 FES Mock Newbery Winner


56 checkouts
2016 Newbery  Honor Book


Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk
56 checkouts

star wars

Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary
56 checkouts

rodrick rules

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
55 checkouts


Darth Paper Strikes Back
54 checkouts

We’re going to read 1 million minutes this summer!


Classes at FES are going to take part in Scholastic’s Summer Reading Challenge. Our goal is to read 1 million minutes as a school between May and September.

This challenge is meant to be a fun way to encourage students to keep reading during the summer.

Each student at FES will receive a Username to login to the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge Website. Mrs. Potter and Mrs. Halligan will show students how log their reading minutes on the Scholastic site. Information about the challenge and directions for logging into the website will be sent home in upcoming weeks.

Click here to visit the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge website.


Parents, click here for more information about the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge.

Graphic Novels Are Amazing!!!

Third grade library classes have been learning about the benefits of reading graphic novels. Graphic novels help students build vocabulary, improve comprehension, and learn about story elements. Readers are also motivated to read more when they have access to graphic novels and comics. Graphic novels require readers to pay attention to both the illustrations and the text. Readers also infer and make connections as they read graphic novels.

Students watched part of this video from Capstone, which shows how graphic novels are created.

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has created a resource for parents that explains how graphic novels can help your children become better readers. http://cbldf.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/RaisingAReader2015sm.pdf

free comic book day

May 7th is Free Comic Book Day. Visit a local comic book store and receive free comic books.




Mark your calendars for the Maine Comics Arts Festival on Saturday, June 4th at the Portland Public Library. It’s free, and it’s a great family event.

Book Talks by Mr. Carter’s Students

Mr. Carter’s class recently celebrated World Read Aloud Day by connecting with a class in Ecuador. Students shared books that Mr. Carter had read aloud this year. The students wrote and recited book talks for each read aloud. You can see videos of the students’ book talks below.


Iqbal book talk by Anna and Sloane

A Long Walk to Water book talk by Chance

Fish in a Tree book talk by Maddy

Freak the Mighty book talk by Max