If you’ve got a third grade child in the Moline-Coal Valley School District No. 40, ask your child if their library class at school has had any visitors lately?
Our children’s department staff has been visiting all the 3rd grade library classes the past couple of weeks. Our objective has been to booktalk some new books, talk about what’s happening in the public library, and hand out library card application forms.
Booktalks are short, informal presentations designed to inspire others to read the same book – we essentially are trying to “sell you” on reading that book! “Booktalking” is one of the most effective ways to get kids reading, and we’ve had a blast talking to and with these terrific kids!
Here’s a list of what Miss Teresa was “selling” in her booktalks!
Anne of Green Gables: a Graphic Novel adapted by Mariah Marsden
The Boxcar Children – Fully Illustrated Edition by Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine by Mark Twain and Philip Stead
Bad Kitty – Camp Daze by Nick Bruel
The Secret Cookie Club: P.S. Send More Cookies by Martha Freeman
Hilo – The Boy Who Crashed to Earth by Judd Winick
How To Be An Elephant – Growing Up in the African Wild by Katherine Roy
Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers
Dog Man and Cat Kid by Dav Pilkey
Ruth Bader Ginsburg – The Case of RBG vs. Inequality by Jonah Winter
Big Nate – Thunka, Thunka, Thunka by Lincoln Peirce
Irish folklore tells of Leprechauns granting wishes to people who capture them, but be careful! Leprechauns are tricky.
Grab your craft supplies and have fun with glitter, boxes, streamers, holiday lights or whatever you choose. Most traps I’ve had the pleasure of viewing are green and about shoebox size. There have been nets, holes, false bottoms and foliage. Let your child’s imagination run wild and let them build whatever makes their heart smile.
Traditionally Leprechaun traps are place out the night before St. Patrick’s Day. Often Leprechauns will leave gold chocolate coins, real coins and small toys. But your Leprechaun can leave what is appropriate for your family.
I’m eager for spring, but time changes always seems to bring big adjustments in schedules. It also brings a great learning opportunity. Have you ever wondered, why we change our clocks twice a year? Who came up with the idea? How did people tell time before we had cell phones? How do I teach my child how to tell time from a traditional face clock?
Now & Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin by Gene Barretta
What Time Is It, Mr. Crocodile? by Judy Sierra
Just a Second by Steve Jenkins
Make It Work! Time by Andrew Haslam