Tuesday, December 13, 2011

- Have You Seen the Gingerbread Man? - 

Last week, Sonntag Kindergartners took a journey through the school to hunt down the Gingerbread Man! They searched all across the school and even into the library to find the Gingerbread Man. With every stop they made they discovered a note that the Gingerbread Man had left behind. After a great morning of searching they were able to catch the Gingerbread Man in their very own classrooms! He must have been hiding! Check out some of the Kindergartners as they were about to search the library...

Want to read some good books about the quick-as-lightning Gingerbread Man? Check these out!

Retold by Jim Alyesworth
A freshly baked gingerbread man escapes when he is taken out of the oven and eludes a number of pursuers until he meets a clever fox.

by Janet Squires
A freshly baked gingerbread cowboy escapes from the rancher's wife's kitchen and eludes his pursuers in this western United States version of the "Gingerbread Boy."

by Lisa Campbell Ernst
After their first gingerbread disaster, the lonely old couple decides to bake again and create a gingerbread girl who proves herself to be one smart cookie.

Gingerbread Baby
by Jan Brett

A young boy and his mother bake a gingerbread baby that escapes from their oven and leads a crowd on a chase similar to the one in the familiar tale about a not-so-clever gingerbread man.

- Link to Love - 

Check out this musical edition of the story of the Gingerbread Man! Happy listening! :) 

- My Cup Runneth Over! -

I am absolutely thrilled!! I found out yesterday that I won the grant that I applied for through the Frisco Education Foundation!!! This grant will bring iPod Touches into the Sonntag library and the students will be able to connect to great books in new and unique ways. When the students want explore new authors or book trailers, I will not have to take the school's devices away from classroom use. Click here and check out how the school's devices have been used  by students in the library this year! The students are excited and I cannot wait to get these into the hands of students! Happy reading!

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Friday, December 9, 2011

I LOVE graphic novels! They are such a perfect tool for students who are reluctant readers as well as those who just want to read a different style of book. When I taught 2nd grade one of the novels we read together was The Boxcar Children #1. My students loved the book! Imagine my surprise when I became a librarian and discovered that this timeless series has been turned into a graphic novel series! Readers old and young can share this series for years and years to come. Check it out! Happy reading! :)

(Series originally written by Gertrude Chandler Warner)
Adapted by Shannon Eric Denton
A graphic novel adaptation of Gertrude Chandler Warner's story in which four orphaned children, afraid to go live with their grandfather, set up housekeeping in an abandoned boxcar.

- More Books to Love -

Want to read more of The Boxcar Children Graphic Novels series? Click here!

Want to read the original series? Click here! 

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Want to learn more about The Boxcar Children series or Gertrude Chandler Warner? Click here!

- Book Trailer to Love - 

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

( November Edition)

Happy winter, Sonntag Community! November was a fantastic month of fabulous activities and happenings! Not only did the library host the first Scholastic Book Fair of the year but the students (big and small) enjoyed lots of reading, activities, and fun. Check out what happened in the month of November! Happy reading! :)

Check out the new Fact of the Day by Mrs. Mattei board! Each day Mrs. Mattei adds a new fact to the board as well as the source she acquired the fact from! You NEVER know what new fact you will learn! 

Number of Whole Class Visits: 

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Library Instruction/Programs/Community Outreach
Hosted UIL Spelling tryouts (Mrs. Mattei is the coach)
Promoted the 2011-2012 Texas Bluebonnet Award Programwith 3-5 grades
Promoted the 2011-2012 2x2 Reading Program with Preschool-2nd grades
Presented a weekly Good Morning Sonntag Book Bits update
Maintained student writer & new items displays to promote reading interests 
Started a daily Fact of the Day by Mrs. Mattei fact
Open checkout every day for all Sonntag students, parents, and staff
Hosted the fall Scholastic Book Fair in the library as well as Bonding With Books during Scholastic Book Fair
Weekly preschool storytimes with future Sonntag students and families 
Modified the library schedule so that all students had the opportunity to check out new books before and after the Thanksgiving Break
Hosted the Sonntag Student Counsel meetings in the library
Hosted a student as the 'Librarian of the Day' (who was 'hired' during Sonntag's College Week)
Hosted 4th grade students as library helpers 
Hosted parent library volunteers

Administrative Activities
Attended PTA board meeting 
Managed the fall Scholastic Book Fair
Met with Scholastic reps to wrap up fall Book Fair
Contributed to Specials weekly newsletter
Purchased new library books and materials through Scholastic (using Book Fair profits)
Processed new library books acquired during Scholastic book Fair
Ordered dedication books
Updated library blog weekly
Opened new parent accounts
Hosted new and returning library volunteers

Professional Development Activities 
Attended monthly district library meeting
Attended Google Docs professional development 
Attended campus meetings and staff developments
Read and kept up with new professional library journals 

On the Horizon...
New books from the fall Scholastic Book Fair are on the way! 
UIL Spelling Team will be attending weekly practices in the library 
3rd Sonntag staff book club meeting in January 
Spring Scholastic Book Fair will be open from February 13th through February 17th 

- The Sonntag Library is Walking in a Winter Wonderland! -

Check out these photos of some 'cool' winter displays! Happy reading! :) 

Welcome to the Sonntatg Library!

 Need something to read for the holidays or the winter? There's a book for that!

 Check out these 'cool' ornaments in the window!

I LOVE the book The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keates! Do you? Check it out!

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Want to learn more about Ezra Jack Keates? Click here!

Want to learn more about winter animals? Click here! 

Friday, December 2, 2011

Looking for the newest installment in the wildly popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid series? Look no further than the Sonntag library! 

This series is the most popular series in the Sonntag Library! The Sonntag students cannot get enough! Stop by and see what all the excitement is about! Happy reading! :)

by Jeff Kinney
Greg, stuck indoors with his family over the holiday because of a blizzard, suffers from claustrophobia and worries they will not be able to weather the storm.

- Links to Love -

Want to learn more? Check out Jeff Kinney's awesome website
Want to have some 'Wimpy' fun? Click here

- Book Trailer to Love -

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