Friday, January 31, 2014

Book of the Day by Mrs. Mattei!!!

I love fairy tales with a twist or with unique characters. If you do, too, then the book of the day is just for you! Happy reading! :)

by Charlotte Guillain
A simplified version of the familiar tale featuring a young poodle who has been lost in the woods then finds shelter in a palace where, by feeling a pea through many blankets, she proves that she is a real princess. Includes a note on the history of the tale.

Want to know more about the author? Click here

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Bluebonnet Voting Party 2014!

The Bluebonnet readers have voted! We are waiting for the rest of the Bluebonnet readers from across the great state of Texas to cast their votes for their favorite Bluebonnet book. Check out some pictures from the 2014 Bluebonnet Voting party. The results will be announced in a few weeks. :)

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Spring Book Fair 2014!!!

(Click the image above to access a larger view)

Click HERE for the online Book Fair! :)

Friday, January 17, 2014

Book of the Day by Mrs. Mattei!!!

Ever wonder what happened to Humpty Dumpty after he had that famous fall? Check out Humpty Dumpty Climbs Again by Dave Horowitz to find out! Happy reading! :)

by Dave Horowitz
Humpty Dumpty has not climbed a single wall since his great fall, despite the urging of friends and teasing of others, but when one of the king's horses is stuck he finds the courage--and the proper climbing equipment--to help out.

Want to know more about the author? Click here


Thursday, January 16, 2014

Library Stats: December Edition

(December Edition)

Happy winter, Y'all! Check out what happened in the Sonntag Library during the month of December! Happy reading! :)

Number of Whole Class Visits: 

Number of Total Items Circulated (Checkouts & Checkins)

Number of Items in Collection

Library Instruction/Programs/Community Outreach 
Kicked off Preschool Storytime with Sonntag's lil readers! 
Planned and coached the 3013-3014 Spelling UIL team 
Promoted the 2013-2014 Texas Bluebonnet Award Program with 3-5 grades
Promoted the 2013-2014 2x2 Reading Program with Preschool-2nd grades
Presented a weekly Good Morning Sonntag Book Bits update
Updated the Where in the World Do You Read? board
Maintained student writer & new items displays to promote reading interests 
Updated a daily Fact of the Day by Mrs. Mattei fact
Open checkout every day for all Sonntag students, parents, and staff
Planned weekly preschool storytimes with future Sonntag students and families  
Coordinated parent library volunteers

Administrative Activities 
Planned library activites through January
Creating QR codes for books in the library to allow students to connect with their next books
Started planning for the 4th annual Six Flags Read to Succeed Program starting in January
Added new items to the library collection as well as weeding damaged books out of the collection
Collaborated with teachers to pull library materials for classroom lessons
Maintained the mobile app for the Sonntag Library
Maintained a blog for staff to discuss book club books
Adjusted the library schedule to accommodate classes for various activities 
Contributed to Specials weekly newsletter
Purchased new library books and materials 
Updated library blog and Twitter account frequently
Opened new parent accounts
Hosted new and returning library volunteers

Professional Development Activities 
Attended campus and district library meetings
Read and kept up with new professional library journals & added new materials to future book orders

On the Horizon...
4th Annual Bluebonnet Voting Party in January for 3rd, 4th, & 5th graders
4th Annual Six Flags Read to Succeed program starts in January
Spring Scholastic Book Fair begins in February

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Six Flags Read to Succeed 2K14!

Attention all Sonntag Readers! The Six Flags Read to Succeed program has arrived again and is in full swing! You should have received your parent letter as well as your reading logs. If you need another copy, please see your teacher or stop by the library at any time. 

It's simple! Read for 6 hours or 360 minutes, track your reading minutes on your log, have your parents sign your log, and return your log to your teacher on or before the due date. 

All completed & signed reading logs are due to your teacher by Friday, February 21st in order to receive your FREE Six Flags ticket (one per student/log & Sonntag students only). No exceptions on late logs can be made because of the rules set forth by Six Flags. 

Please note that it takes a few weeks for the tickets to be processed. The tickets usually arrive by May. If you have any questions or need a new copy of the official reading log, please email Mrs. Mattei at or click here for more information. Happy reading! :)

Check out the reading log example below:

Thursday, January 9, 2014

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Early literacy is one of the greatest gifts any child can receive. For this reason, it is critical that parents expose their wee ones to as many books as possible before they reach kindergarten. is organization that challenges parents to read 1,000 books before their little one begins school. Check your local public library to see if they are participating in this wonderful program! 

As a new parent, I'm taking on the challenge! I accept the challenge to read 1,000 books and will keep track of what we have read before she skips off to school in a few short (and I mean REALLY short) years. I am going to keep a journal of what we have read and plan to give the journal to her when she is older so that she, too, can keep track of all of the wonderful books she has read. Here we go! Happy reading! :)

Here's my Lil Librarian going BANANAS over her Pinkalicious library book!! I'm not kidding! She went nuts when I gave it to her. :)

Click here to find out more about this great challenge as well as printable reading logs for you and your little one. 
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