Friday, April 29, 2011

Books of the Day by Mrs. Mattei!

Today's recommendations are for those girls out there that love pink and would love to be a real princess some day!

Are you feeling PINK today? This series of books by Victoria Kann is wildly popular at our library and I just HAD to share the amazing Pinkalicious website! Check these out! Happy reading!  


After eating too many pink cupcakes, Pinkalicious turns pink and enjoys everything about being her favorite color.

Pinkalicious decides to earn money to buy pink gumballs by selling pink lemonade, but her first effort to make the drink pink by adding grapefruit, watermelon, frosting, and beets, is not a great success.

When Pinkalicious brings her imaginary unicorn, Goldie, to school and teaches him the rules, he helps her and the other students to become better friends.

Pinkalicious's new ice skates are plain white, so before she takes them out on the ice she decides to color them with her cotton candy pink magic marker.
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Feeling like an outcast from her classmates who all love black, Pinkalicious decides to stay true to her favorite color and learns that pink is pretty and powerful.

Pinkalicious turns to the tooth fairy for help after she loses her sweet tooth.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Book of the Day by Mrs. Mattei!

Do you love the I Spy books? Check out this lovely book by Laura Ljungkvist. Who knew that you could do so much with one little line?

Also, check out the Laura Ljungkvist's other work!

Presents animals in their natural habitats, going around the world from the Sahara Desert to the blue whales of Greenland, giraffes in Kenya, and kangaroos in Australia, with informative facts and a message oriented toward environmental stewardship.

Still want more? Check out the official I Spy wepage to find out more about the celebrated books as well as the awesome online games!

Happy reading! :)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Looking for some great reads over the summer?

Check out what the Frisco Public Library has in store for YOU!!!

All of the summer fun begins June 3!!!*

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Also, check out what's going on in the McKinney Public Library this summer!!!

All the summer fun begins here June 6!!!

*Note: The picture was retrieved from the Frisco Public Library website.

Book of the Day by Mrs. Mattei!

Are you looking for a great book that will help you find your voice? Check this one out!

by Jill Lewis

The king frantically rides throughout his kingdom trying to piece together fragments of his story.

I dare you to NOT read this book!! Just kidding! :)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Book of the Day by Mrs. Mattei!
H-I-LARY-O-U-S book!! You have to check this out! I loved it! 

 By J.Otto Seibold 

 Contains more than thirty illustrated nursery rhymes featuring classic Mother Goose characters with a modern twist, such as Humpty Dumpty, Jack and Jill, and Jack Splat.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Librarian A-La-Cart! :)

What a nifty day to be a librarian! In an effort to serve as many classes as possible before TAKS, I loaded up a cart of books, hooked a laptop onto a cart, and away I went (along with my amazing library assistant). Students who are taking the TAKS tests this week need to have a fresh new book to read and staying in the library wasn't going to do. Therefore, if I couldn't have all classes come to the library I would just go to them! It seemed to be a great success and the students thought it was the "bees knees" to check their books out from outside their classroom doors. I plan to do this to meet the needs of my amazing patrons in the future! :)

 My handy-dandy library cart and laptop ready to get fresh books into the hands of students!
   Book of the Day by Mrs. Mattei!

By Geoffrey Kloske & Barry Blitt

A tired father takes only a few sentences to tell a number of classic tales in order to get the persistent listener to fall asleep.

Happy reading! :)

Friday, April 22, 2011

Book of the Day by Mrs. Mattei!
Check out these books by author and illustrator sisters Kate Klise and M. Sarah Klise!!

As his fifth birthday party approaches, Little Rabbit decides to invite only those friends who are also too old to cry--until he learns that others of all ages weep for all sorts of reasons.

When Mother Rabbit knits a warm winter hat for Little Rabbit, he likes it so much that he suggests they make hats for all of their friends as Christmas gifts.

Ever Feel Like You Don't Belong?

Well, if you feel a little out of place in this world or you want a funny little book to get lost in, then these two books are for you! Stop by and check them out! :)

by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

A small spoon, feeling rather envious of fork, knife, and chopsticks, gets a lot to think about when his mother reminds him of all the things he can do that they cannot.

by Kyo Maclear

Spork, a misfit in the cutlery drawer, finds his combination of spoon and fork is just right for a very messy creature that has arrived in the kitchen.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

2nd Grade Wants to Live Happily Ever After....

This week, the 2nd grade students, teachers, and Mrs. Mattei teamed up to explore a wide variety of Cinderella tales! Each day, Mrs. Mattei read a different Cinderella story from around the globe. Students learned the characteristics of what makes a fairy tale from their fabulous teachers. Students also learned the importance of citing their sources each day. Since you cannot travel around the world without a passport, each student received a passport along with a stamp for each book they heard. Here are the Cinderella books that were explored: 

Day 1: Egypt

Rhodopes, a slave girl living in ancient Egypt, is chosen by the Pharaoh to be his queen.

Day 2: Korea

In this version of Cinderella set in ancient Korea, Pear Blossom, a stepchild, eventually comes to be chosen by the magistrate to be his wife.

Day 3: Persia

A retelling of the traditional Persian tale in which Settareh, neglected and abused by her stepmother and stepsisters, finds her life transformed with the help of a little blue jug.

Day 4: China

A young Chinese girl overcomes the wickedness of her stepsister and stepmother to become the bride of a prince.

Cindy Ellen loses one of her diamond spurs at the square dance in this wild western retelling of the classic Cinderella story.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Mrs. Mattei goes to TLA!!!

I had a fantastic time at the Texas Library Association (or TLA) conference in Austin, Texas last week! I learned A LOT about the craft of school librarianship as well as gained some great ideas to implement in the Sonntag library in the very near future. I had the privilege of meeting authors, illustrators, poets, as well as a number of other librarians from around the great state of Texas. I hope that what I learned will help continue to shape the Sonntag library. Furthermore, I hope that the Sonntag library will continue to be a great place for students, teachers, parents, and the community to learn and enjoy!

Check out the pictures below to take a peek into my journey at TLA:

 Mrs. Mattei ru\bs elbows with Mars' finest!
You have to love those Black Lagoon books by Mike Thaler, too!

 Kevin Henkes and Mrs. Mattei!!!!

Author Lisa Wheeler signing books!

Poet Marilyn Singer with Mrs. Lambert (ECS librarian), Mrs. Biamont (Robertson librarian), and Mrs. Mattei!

Illustrator Matt Phelan with Mrs. Mattei!

Willy Claflin with Mrs. Mattei! Oh!? Have you seen his Maynard Moose by the way?

Please stop by any time to CHECK OUT some of the amazing books by these amazing authors, illustrators, and poets! Happy reading! :)

Monday, April 11, 2011

My cup runneth over!

I just wanted to say that I have the best students, parents, staff, and administration that any librarian could ask for!! Thank you for making this year so special!!!


Friday, April 8, 2011

New 'Gems' in the Sonntag Library!!!!

You just HAVE to check out some of the new books that have arrived at the library!! :)

Do you like the Magic Tree House series?
Check out the new nonfiction companions to Mary Pope Osborne's awesome books!

Jack and Annie share what they learned through their research on the penguins of Antarctica and the harsh conditions in which they live at the South Pole.

Jack and Annie continue to try helping Merlin the magician by searching for the secrets of happiness, and their magic tree house takes them to Antarctica, a wasteland where the penguins may know what to do.


If you like the You Choose Books then you need to check out what's new in the library!

by Bob Temple

Describes the events surrounding the sinking of the ship "Titanic" in 1912, revealing the historical details from the perspectives of a first-class passenger, a third-class passenger, and a crewmember.


Do you love graphic novels?? Don't be SCARED to check out this series of graphic novels!

by James Kochalka

Johnny Boo, whose muscles have become droopy and weak because he eats too much ice cream, runs into the Ice Cream Monster, who shows Johnny and Squiggles that eating apples makes one strong and happy.


Did you love the School of Fear?? Check out the next installment in this spooky series!

by Gitty Daneshvari

Thirteen-year-olds Madeleine, Theo, and Lulu, fourteen-year-old Garrison, and ten-year-old new "contestant" Hyacinth, must face their phobias and join forces to learn who is stealing wigs and pageant trophies from the School of Fear.


Check out the next amazing book from the creators of Captain Underpants!

by George Beard and Harold Hutchins

Silly caveboys Ook and Gluk travel to the future where they meet a martial artist who teaches them kung fu so they can return to their prehistoric time and fight an evil corporation that is endangering the past.


Are you crafty? Do you like toys? Check out this book!

by Rita Storey


If you love mazes you will LOVE these A-MAZE-ING books!

by Jill Kalz

Reinforces mapping and direction skills through eleven park-themed mazes and prompts which ask readers to find various objects in each scene. Includes answers.


Do you love to learn about icky, sticky, weird, crazy things??
Check out our new Ripley's Believe It or Not! books!!

by Mason Crest Publishers

Photographs and text document unusual and unexpected art and sculptures from around the world, including the plastic wrap figures, a bike that resembles a burger, and more.


Have you seen Waldo?? We don't know where he is?? Help the library find him by checking out our new collection of Where's Waldo? books!

by Martin Handford

Prompts readers to find the elusive Waldo in twelve color spreads as he hikes around the world; includes lists of other items to find as well.


Please stop by to check out the new 'gems' in the library! Happy reading!! :)

Friday, April 1, 2011

Check out these 'colorful' books for your preschooler!

By Eric Carle

A bored chameleon wishes it could be more like all the other animals it sees, but soon decides it would rather just be itself. Cutouts along the edges of the pages display various animals and colors.

by Jennifer Sattler

When Sylvie the pink flamingo learns her color comes from the little pink shrimp she eats, she decides to expand her choices, trying everything under the sun and, unfortunately, overdoing it.

by David McKee

All the elephants of the jungle were gray except Elmer, who was a patchwork of brilliant colors until the day he got tired of being different and making the other elephants laugh.
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