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National Library Lovers' Month; American Heart Month; National Black History Month; National Chilodren's Dental Health Month; National Bird Feeding Month
Feb. 1 - National Freedom Day; Author Langston Hughes' birthday; Author Jerry Spinelli's birthday
Feb. 2 - Candlemas; Groundhog Day; Author Judith Viorst's birthday
Feb. 3 - Feast of St. Blaise; Author Joan Lowery Nixon's birthday
Feb. 4 - Author Russell Hoban's birthday
Feb. 5 - Author David Wiesner's birthday
Feb. 7 - Author Charles Dickens' birthday; Author Laura Ingalls Wilder's birthday
Feb. 8 - Author Jules Verne's birthday
Feb. 9 - Author Matt de la Pena's birthday
Feb . 10 - Umbrella Day; Author Mark Teague's birthday; Author E.L. Konigsburg's birthday
Feb. 11 - Inventor's Day; Author Mo Willem's birthday; Author Jane Yolen's birthday; Inventor Thomas Alva Edison's birthday
Feb. 12 - Lincoln's birthday; Author Judy Blume's birthday; Author Jacqueline Woodson's birthday
Feb. 13 - Mardi Gras
Feb. 14 - Ash Wednesday; St. Valentine's Day
Feb. 15 - Susan B. Anthony Day
Feb. 16 - Parent/Teacher Conferences; No School; Chinese New Year begins (Year of the Dog)
Feb. 17 - Random Acts of Kindness Day
Feb. 19 - Presidents' Day; No School; Author Jeff Kinney's birthday
Feb. 22 - Washington's birthday
Feb. 23 - Author C.S. Adler's birthday
Feb. 24 - Author Wilhelm Carl Grimm's birthday
Feb. 25 - Author Cynthia Voight's birthday
Feb. 27 - Author Uri Shulevitz's birthday
Feb. 28 - Author Megan McDonald's birthday; Author Lemony Snicket's (Daniel Handler) birthday
Time is ticking and drawing ever closer to the end of March when we will vote for the winner of this year's Star of the North Book Award and Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award. There are many, many students in grades one through six who have been reading as many of the nominated titles as possible before voting time arrives. The minimum titles to read to be eligible to vote is three. Make good use of the time that is left and read, read, read!!!
Here is a list of the nominated titles:
Star of the North Book Award Nominees
Maud Hart Loveless Book Award Nominees
Division I (grades 3-5)
**Go to the "Hot Books" area on this webpage to find out more about the nominated books or visit the official Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award site at the following web address: http://www.maudhartlovelace.org/
Are you at home and you want to see if there is an AR quiz for a book you own, want to buy, or have borrowed from the public library? Want to check the book/reading level of a book you are interested in reading?
Welcome to the Accelerated Reader BookFinder!
The Accelerated Reader BookFinder is online! We are very excited to have the Accelerated Reader Enterprise Program up and running. Through this online version students will be able to take quizzes on over 140,000 books, with more being added every week. Taking a quiz will still be done at school only, but you can check to see if the book you are reading is an Accelerated Reader book by clicking on the following web address: http://tinyurl.com/St-Stans-Bookfinder. You can also copy and paste this address into your browser window and you will go right to the website. Don’t forget to bookmark the site as one of your Favorites.
This AR BookFinder allows you to search for a book by Title, Author or Topic using the Quick Search Tab. To search by Reading Level or Interest Level just click the Advanced Search Tab. Fill in as much information as you can and then click GO – the BookFinder will do the rest. Reading Levels and Interest Levels are all displayed once you have successfully found a book in the list. Reading Level is indicated next to the letters BL. Interest level is shown next to the letters IL.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Mrs. Nicklay ( or 452-3766, ext. 1211)
1. Predict/Infer *Look for important words. *Look at the pictures. *Try to figure out what will happen next.
2. Self-Question *Ask questions while reading.
3. Think About Words *Figure out words by thinking about letters/sounds and word parts. *Think about what makes sense and look at the illustrations.
4. Monitor *Ask themselves if they understand what they are reading.
5. Summarize *Think about the important parts of the story. *Include the characters, setting, and major events for the stories. *Include topic, main idea, and important details for informational reading.
6. Evaluate *Decide if they like what they have read.
Now you can explore and rate the Maud Hart Lovelace titles on Mackin's BookTalk! Read a summary of each book. Learn more about the author. Find similar books. Rate your favorites and see what other kids recommend.
Just go to www.mackinbooktalk.com and click on the Maud Hart Lovelace logos. Or, click on the Booktalk logo at the bottom of the www.Mackin.com home page.
See what other kids are thinking about the Maud Hart Lovelace nominees and rate them yourself!
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Access to books is essential to reading development. However, 61 percent of low-income families have no books for the children in their homes. Over 80 percent of childcare centers serving low-income children lack age-appropriate books. Now you can help each day with a free click!
Visit The Literacy Site at http://www.theliteracysite.com daily and click the red "Give Free Books" button. This quick, simple action helps give a book to a child in need, many times the first book of their own.
There is no cost to you! Funding for the books is paid by site sponsors and goes to First Book, an award-winning nonprofit that uses all funding generated by The Literacy Site to provide free books to children from low-income families -- books that they can take home and keep.
The Literacy Site is new, and its success depends on the number of people who visit the site and click every day!
Please click at The Literacy Site once a day and forward this email to friends and family. Together, we can give more books to children in need and help spark a life-long love of reading.
Hey! Have you read any good books lately? Stop in at the library and tell me about them! I'm always looking for a good book to read and share with others!! See you soon :)