Thursday, January 28, 2010

The library is pleased to host a rock concert!

Lucas Miller the Singing Zoologist is on tour! He has a gig here at Forest North on Thursday, 2/4! Order forms will go home Monday to pre-order books and DVDs. Lucas has generously offered to autograph books and CDs between shows!

Check out his website at to get information on his books and CDs. Keep rocking, Eagles!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Bluebonnet Voting Party!

We had a whopping 37 kids read 5 or more Bluebonnet Book Award nominees! Out of these 20 books, if you read 5 or more, you are qualified to vote for the best book of the year. Forest North made an event of it! All qualified voters were invited to a soiree in the library with bingo, free posters, free books, and the Nintendo Wii! They also got a sneak preview for next year's Bluebonnet Book nominees!

Congratulations to all of my 37 voters! After the votes were tallied, it was a tie. Our two winners were Surprises According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney and The Gollywhopper Games by Jody Feldman.

Reading Rally!

The Forest North Library is holding our annual Reading Rally! Great American Opportunities has generously offered to have a magazine drive with us- they will give half of their profits to the Library. Students took home postcard booklets last Thursday. All students who brought back at least 7 postcards ready to be mailed received a rubber ducky! Rubber duck fever has swept the school!

Mackenzie, Kindergarten student, brought back her postcard book and received a rubber duck of her very own. She was so happy, she wrote a book called My Lucky Duck all about it. In it, she fills out the postcards, brings it in, and gets to choose a rubber duck from the box with her friends. I look on as they choose their rubber duck. There are 24 different ones, so it's quite the process to choose that special one! Here is an illustration from Mackenzie's book:

Friday, January 15, 2010

Cover Illustration by Travis

Here at the library, we sometimes have books that get old and worn out after a while. We send them away to be re-bound so that they can still be read by more students, but when they get re-bound, we lose the beautiful cover art.

A book without cover art is a sad thing! It usually doesn't get checked out very much by our younger readers.

Travis had a great idea. He drew his own illustrations for Richard Scarry's Busy, Busy World. He used the inside of the book for inspiration and designed a beautiful new cover.

Feel free to stop by anytime and check out Travis' beautiful new cover!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Bluebonnet Book Reviews

Two very special students, Kara and Andy, have submitted special book talks for your viewing. They have written reviews for two Bluebonnet Book Award nominees. Kara reviewed Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School and Other Scary Things, and Andy reviewed The Hound of Rowan. They then set out turning their book review into a real script, and set up a set to film their reviews. They trained on how to use a Flip Video Camera to record and edit each other's reviews. Here are their finished products:

Please feel free to come check out Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School and Other Scary Things or The Hound of Rowan anytime here at your friendly Forest North Elementary Library!