Friday, September 30, 2011

- Books of the WEEK by Mrs. Mattei - 

What a wonderful week in the Sonntag library! In order to get ready for the our visit from author Kate Klise on Friday, October 7th, the students of Sonntag listened to her books and explored her life as an author! The students also learned that she even collaborates with her illustrator sister M. Sarah Klise to create her amazing books. 

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Kindergarten & 1st grades talked all about their imaginary friends (even Mrs. Mattei had two of them when she was a little girl) and listened to Ms. Klise's amazing story Imagine Harry.

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2nd & 3rd grade not only learned about what life was like in the 1800's, they also learned about the incredible 8 foot tall woman named Ella Kate Ewing. Her story is a fantastic example of how it is great to be unique. It was so amazing to see how the kids picked up on the difficult circumstances that Ella Kate lived with each day. Their perspective on how we are supposed to treat others was truly inspiring. In Ms. Klise's book Stand Straight, Ella Kate: The True Story of a Real Giant the students learned about her larger-than-life journey and how she changed her community. 

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4th & 5th grades learned about the life of Kate Klise using the magic of technology. The students rotated through three different technology stations: a Kate Klise glog, a Kate Klise video (see below) on iTouches, as well as a QR code station also using iTouches! The students got such a kick out of learning through technology! Check out some of the pictures from the 4th & 5th grade activities:

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Check out the Kate Klise Animoto from Good Morning Sonntag!

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Want to see the awesome Kate Klise video? Check it out:

Happy reading, Peeps!!! :)

Friday, September 23, 2011

The Sonntag library just received some new books! The students were so excited to have new books to check out! :)

Here are just a few books that are now in the eager hands of Sonntag students!

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 Check out some of my GMS picks! Happy reading!! :)

by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Lunch Lady, Betty, and the Breakfast Bunch are excited about their up-coming bake sale, but when all the treats go missing, Betty and the Bunch work together to find out who is sabotaging their endeavors.

Want to learn more about the Lunch Lady series? Click here!

by Kate Klise
In this story told mostly through letters, Noah Breth's feuding children come to Ghastly, Illinois, to follow a trail of limericks to their inheritance, while Seymour tries to convince Iggy and Olive to let him keep Mr. Breth's dog.

Kate Klise will be at Sonntag on October 7th! Click here for more details!
Want to know even more? Click here to go to her amazing website!

by Michael Dahl
Echo, a shapeshifter, gets mad because a boy likes Halo instead of her and, after stealing Halo's Aunt Pandora's Princess Candy, transforms herself to look like Halo and starts doing evil things. To stop Echo and save her own reputation, Halo must do battle with herself.

Uh-oh! Guess who has invaded the library this week?!

by Melanie Watt

Want to know more about Scaredy Squirrel? Click here! 

Here's another new critter that has come to live in the library!!

by Judy Schachner

Want to learn more about Skippyjon Jones? Click here!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

- Riddle of the Day by Mrs. Mattei -

Can you solve this riddle? ;)

Answer... "I Love Sonntag Peeps!" Happy reading! :)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Sensational at Sonntag!

Ever wonder which books are popular at Sonntag? Here is the top 20 books that were checked out the most during the 2010-2011 school year! Is YOUR favorite book on the list? Happy reading! :)

19. Big, Bigger Biggest (23 checkouts)
18. Over My Dead Body (23 checkouts)
17. The Last Olympian (23 checkouts)
16. The Battle of the Labyrinth (23 checkouts)
13. The World Book Encyclopedia (25 checkouts)
12. 11 Birthdays (25 checkouts)
11. The Lightning Thief (26 checkouts)
10. Duck! Rabbit! (26 checkouts)
6. The Uglified Ducky (33 checkouts)
5. Dying to Meet You (37 checkouts)

Congratulations to the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series for being THE most popular series last year! I wonder what will be sensational book or series for this school year! I will keep you posted! 

Oops! I can't forget Paz's favorite pick!

Monday, September 19, 2011

This past week was the 2nd annual Sonntag Elementary College Week! Each day the students learned about the importance about looking to their future careers as well as colleges they could attend some day. The students and teachers wore their favorite college gear as well as participated in events such as slipper day. Check out this cool slipper day picture! 

To get the Sonntag students thinking about what they want to be when they grow up, I found a nifty non-fiction book that talks all about weird and unusual careers that real people have! 

by Jessica Loy
Provides descriptions of the jobs done by professionals in fourteen unusual occupations, including chocolatier, game designer, and entomologist.

Want to learn more about author Jessica Loy? Click here!

Want to learn more about the colleges and universities in Texas? Click here!

Check out this our collection of books that focus on careers! 

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But wait! Don't go yet!!! Guess which book arrived at the Sonntag Library????

Darth Paper Strikes Back: An Origami Yoda Book
by Tom Angleberger
After several Origami Yoda-related incidences, Dwight is suspended for being a troublemaker and Yoda asks Tommy and Kellen to save Dwight by creating a case file that proves Dwight is an asset to Ralph McQuarrie Middle School.

Want to learn more about Darth Paper, Origami Yoda, or Tom Angleberger? Click here! 

Check out the earlier blog posts for more information about this awesome author! Click here! 

Happy reading! :)  

Friday, September 9, 2011

Have I got a treat for you!!! This week in second grade, we read the amazing Daniel Kirk book Library Mouse. We talked about how anyone can be a writer just like Sam the library mouse (who wrote amazing stories about himself and about many other ideas that came to his 'noodle')...all you have to do is put your pencil to paper and let your ideas flow onto the page.

Today in Good Morning Sonntag, I featured the new book Chloe's Great Blue Adventure. What's cool is that the book was written by the father of two amazing Sonntag students as well as a Sonntag 'Preschool Storytimer.'  What is even more amazing is that the names of many of the characters in the story are the names of his children! How cool is that? 

Mr. MacKinnon has always loved to tell his girls stories every night before bed and this book is one of many stories he has created for them. It is such a privilege to be able to have this book in our library! Thank you so much Mr. MacKinnon and family for sharing this book with the Sonntag family! Check out the pictures below! Happy reading! :)

Here is our Sonntag authors display! Students who write their own books are welcome to share it in the library. Our Book of the Day is in the middle. :)

Here is author Art Mackinnon and family sitting with his new book Chloe's Great Blue Adventure!

Here's Jaydon checking out the book for the first time! 

Friday, September 2, 2011

Do you LOVE to travel? I do!! Check out some of the places I traveled to this summer to see where I love to read! I discovered a fantastic book for peeps who just love learning about nifty, silly, and amazing facts. Dan Yaccarino's amazing book will have young and adult readers begging for more awesome facts about the good old USA! Check it out & happy reading! :) 

by Dan Yaccarino

Want to learn more about Dan Yaccarino? Stop by his 'studio!' Click here!

Check out these nifty USA facts by clicking here!

Want to know more about Go, Go America? Check out this Animoto!

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