Friday, September 18, 2015

Book of the Day by Mrs. Mattei!

This week, 3rd, 4th, & 5th graders enjoyed Lois Ehlert's autobiography book The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life. This fantastic read truly earned the chance to grace the 2015-2016 Texas Bluebonnet Award list.  Today's featured book is also a story of Lois Ehlert's life as a little girl and how her parents inspired her to create. I hope you are inspired to create, too! Happy reading and creating! :)

As the child in this story watches her mother and father work with their hands, she knows she wants to build and sew and garden and paint just like they do. All she needs is a special place to work, lots of good materials--and plenty of encouragement. With these tools, she is able to make the most wonderful things.From Caldecott Honor-winning artist Lois Ehlert, here is a book for anyone, young or old, a book that celebrates the importance of nurturing the creative spirit within us all. Includes an inspiring author's note.

Want to learn more about author/illustrator Lois Ehlert? Click here

Friday, September 11, 2015

International Literacy Day at Sonntag!

On Tuesday, September 8th, Sonnntag Elementary celebrated International Literacy Day!! It was a GLOBAL event where students from all walks of life participated in a variety of literacy activities to raise awareness about the importance of literacy and equal access to education. At Sonntag, students throughout the grade levels enjoyed some great books with their fellow students. 

3rd, 4th, and 5th graders enjoyed a speccial treat. Dr. Lyon, the Frisco ISD Superintendent, read Flight School by Lita Judge. In addition, the Heritage High School football and soccer players came to our campus to read with our students. The kids, from both campuses, had a blast! Check out some of the pictures from this powerful event!

If you would like to learn more about International Literacy Day you can click here or follow this amazing organization on Twitter at @worldliteracy or using #worldliteracy

Book of the Day by Mrs. Mattei

I love to sleep. Don't you?? In today's book of the day a little girl is desperately trying to avoid going to sleep. To help her fall asleep, she wonders if all things go to sleep at night. It's a beautiful book written by Mary Logue and earned the Randolf Caldecott Honor Award in 2013. Please check this book out! Happy reading! :)

In this magical bedtime story, the lyrical narrative echoes a Runaway Bunny – like cadence: Does everything in the world go to sleep? the little girl asks. In sincere and imaginative dialogue between a not-at-all sleepy child and understanding parents, the little girl decides in a cocoon of sheets, a nest of blankets, she is ready to sleep, warm and strong, just like a tiger. The Caldecott Honor artist Pamela Zagarenski’s rich, luminous mixed-media paintings effervesce with odd, charming details that nonsleepy children could examine for hours. A rare gem.

Want to learn more about author Mary Logue? Click here!

Want to learn more about illustrator Pamela Zagarenski? Click here!

Friday, September 4, 2015

Book of the Day by Mrs. Mattei

Are you a fan of classic Seuss stories and I Spy books? Today's books of the day are the perfect blend of these two literary all stars. If you've never read any books by Bob Staake you are definitely in for a real treat! Look! A Book! A Zany Seek-and-Find Adventure and Look! Another Book! will be a hit with the Sonntag Readers. Happy reading! :)

  • Easy-to-read, rhyming text invites the reader to search for items on a different theme on each page, while celebrating the wonder of a picture book.

Book Jacket for: Bob Staake's Look! Another book!

A boot!
A fruit!
A crossing guard newt!

Once AGAIN a seek-and-find, MORE images of every kind!
From a music note to a teeny red boat, a blue kangaroo to a robot or two, there are endless things to discover in this zany follow-up to Look! A Book! from award-winning artist Bob Staake. Die cuts on the cover and every spread reveal hidden treasures in each vast landscape, from a zoo gone wild to an out-of-this-world moon base to a crazy art museum, and more, providing hours of entertainment to readers young and old.

Want to learn more about Bob Staake?? Click here

Here's where you can check these books out in the Sonntag library: 

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