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TJI: Post-It Poetry

Last night was our final This Just In! meeting of the school year.  We were a smaller group than usual, but we made up for it in enthusiasm . . . and loudness.  Our "commercials" this month were Post-It Poetry.  Take a look at our Post-It Poets!

Emily = Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
Houston = Ranger's Apprentice: The Battle for Skandia by John Flanagan
J.P. = The Struggles of Johnny Cannon by Isaiah Campbell / Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo by Ted W. Lawson
Selma = The Odds of Getting Even by Sheila Turnage / The Classy Crooks Club by Alison Cherry
Sydney = Finding Ruby Starling by Karen Rivers
Miss Katie Jane = Soar by Joan Bauer

Just because This Just In! is taking a break doesn't mean YOU should take a break from reading new books!  Stop by the Kid Zone and browse our New Books bookshelf.  Simply follow the stars, look to the right, and stop when you spy the pink stickers.

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Stir It Up in Our American Girl Kidz Kitchen!

Make yummy treats from your favorite girls' era at our American Girl Kidz Kitchen on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 4:00 and 6:30 p.m.  We'll have four of the American Girls helping us in our kitchen:  Josefina will guide us as we whip up a Southwestern appetizer.  Molly will introduce us to something tasty from the 1940s.  Melody is the newest historical girl, representing the 1960s.  She will help us satisfy the sweet tooth with dessert.  Lea is 2016's Girl of the Year.  Her family trip to Brazil has inspired her to teach us how to make a Brazilian salad.

We won't be limiting our creations to food.  Express YOUR American Girl personality when you decorate an apron to protect your clothes while in the Kidz Kitchen.  And while we're talking about being messy . . . .  You are welcome to bring your American Girl doll to this event, but make sure you take proper precautions to keep her in good condition.  I suggest only bringing one doll, and try to limit how many accessories tag along with her.  And she should probably spend most of the program safely tucked away in a bag and/or under the table.

This is a very popular event, so registration is REQUIRED.  To sign up online, simply click on the blue time slot in this blog.  You can also register by phone (444-7830).

 

 

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Paper Marbling . . . with Shaving Cream

It's true.  Shawna will help teens (grades 7-12) make beautiful marbleized paper on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.  And the secret ingredient to these colorful masterpieces?  Shaving cream.  Register online or by phone (444-7826).

BONUS!
Want to learn more about the art and history of marbled papers?  Take a look at
this article from Past Is Present: The American Antiquarian Society blog.  It has lots of great information plus some stunning samples of paper marbling.

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Cue the Music

I am attending and performing in several musical events this month -- Flashdance, Boyz II Men with the Alabama  Symphony Orchestra, and A Night at the Grammy's.  It inspired me to name our monthly DVD spinner Cue the Music.  Stop by the Kid Zone to find movies with amazing musical numbers.  You'll soon be singing and tapping your toes.   Here are just a few examples of what you'll find:

  • Annie
  • Charlotte's Web
  • The Country Bears
  • Follow That Bird
  • Happy Feet
  • High School Musical
  • Kit Kittredge
  • Make Mine Music
  • Mary Poppins
  • Muppets Take Manhattan
  • Newsies
  • Raise Your Voice
  • Rio
  • Schoolhouse Rock!
  • Shrek: The Musical
  • Strange Magic
  • Tangled
  • Teen Beach Movie
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  • The Wizard of Oz
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The Jungle Book

It's a book!  It's a new movie!  It's a party inspired by the animated classic!

The Jungle Book is a collection of stories by Rudyard Kipling, first published in magazines in 1893 and 1894.  Walt Disney adapted the story of Mowgli the man-cub and his Indian animal friends (and enemies) into an animated movie in 1967.  Disney Studios is releasing a live-action/CGI movie this weekend.  And the Kid Zone at the Hoover Public Library is hosting a Jungle Book Sing-a-long on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.  Don your safari hats and sing and dance along to your favorite songs from the Disney classic. Explore the jungle with animal crafts and a banana toss. Continue your jungle groove in the musical petting zoo and try out some real instruments.  Be sure to sample some of Mowgli's favorite jungle food.  No need to register for this event.  Simply "Colonel Hathi's March" down the starred hallway.  You'll find more than "The Bear Necessities," and everyone will be saying "I Wan'na Be Like You" when they find out where you're heading.  (I did it!  I managed to fit my three favorite Jungle Book songs into the blog!)

Looking for the book?
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Looking for the animated movie?
J  JUN  DVD
J  JUN  BLU-RAY

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Mathical Prize Winners

April is Mathematics Awareness Month.  How can you find quality books to read in celebration?  The Mathematical Science Research Institute (MSRI) and the Children's Book Council (CBC) created the Mathical: Books for Kids from Tots to Teens Prize in 2015. The Mathical Prize honors a diverse selection of fiction and literary nonfiction which aim to foster curiosity and cultivate a love of mathematics.  The 2016 winners were selected by a national committee of distinguished children's literary figures and math educators.

MATHICAL PRIZE WINNERS (published in 2015)
Pre-K 
8: An Animal Alphabet by Elisha Cooper (also available as ebook)

K-2 
Max's Math by Kate Banks

3-5 
Secret Coders by Gene Yuen Lang & Mike Holmes

MATHICAL PRIZE HONORS (published 2004-2015)
Pre-K
Count with Maisy: Cheep, Cheep, Cheep! by Lucy Cousins

K-2
The Boy Who Loved Math by Deborah Heiligman

3-5
Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones
Just the Right Size: Why Big Animals Are Big and Little Animals Are Little by Nicola Davies

MORE PLEASE!
Want to see which books won in the inaugural year?  
Click here!

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Perfect Pair #21

This month's pair focuses on a very difficult period in America's history.  Fear of Japan following the attack on Pearl Harbor prompted the government to relocate Japanese American familites to internment camps.

  • Paper Wishes by Lois Sepahban (2016)
    J  SEP  NEW BOOK
    Ten-year-old Manami did not realize how peaceful her family's life on Bainbridge Island was until the day it all changed. It's 1942, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and Manami and her family are Japanese American, which means that the government says they must leave their home by the sea and join other Japanese Americans at a prison camp in the desert. Manami is sad to go, but even worse is that they are going to have to give her and her grandfather's dog, Yujiin, to a neighbor to take care of. Manami decides to sneak Yujiin under her coat and gets as far as the mainland before she is caught and forced to abandon Yujiin. She and her grandfather are devastated, but Manami clings to the hope that somehow Yujiin will find his way to the camp and make her family whole again. It isn't until she finds a way to let go of her guilt that Manami can reclaim the piece of herself that she left behind and accept all that has happened to her family.
  • Remembering Manzanar: Life in a Japanese Relocation Camp by Michael Cooper (2002)
    J  940.54  COO
    Uses firsthand accounts, oral histories, and essays from school newspapers and yearbooks to tell the story of the Japanese Americans who were sent to live in government-run internments camps during World War II.
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Reverso Poems

It's still April, which means it's still National Poetry Month.  Yes, I've already written three other poetic posts this month.  You're welcome.  Now get ready for the fourth.

The reverso form of poetry was invented when Marilyn Singer wrote a poem that could be read both up and down, so that it would have different meanings in each direction.  Her first two collections of reverso poems, Mirror Mirror and Follow Follow, turns beloved fairytale stories onto their heads . . . with sometimes silly and sometimes profound results.  Her newest book, Echo Echo, features reverso poems about Greek myths.  Explore two sides of the same story.  From Perseus and Medusa to Arachne and Athena, gods and mortals rarely see eye-to-eye.  Echo Echo is gloriously illustrated by Josée Masse.  Feast your eyes on sun-drenched Mediterranean colors, the perfect backdrop to these epic poems.

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National Library Week 2016

Celebrate libraries (and their power to transform individuals and communities) during National Library Week, April 10-16, 2016.  Yes, the official theme is Libraries Transform, and this year's honorary chair is Gene Luen Yang.  And it is quite an honor . . . for us! "His highly acclaimed work is an example of the ways libraries can embrace diversity of thought, interests and readership. This level of community engagement is the transformation that we celebrate in our libraries during National Library Week. Just as libraries are dynamic places, Yang’s graphic novels contribute to the changing landscape of excellent titles available for our nation’s readers.” (American Library Association President Sari Feldman)  Gene Luen Yang is a multi-award-winning author and the current National Ambassador for Young People's Literature.  He is also thrilled to be this year's honorary chair.  "Libraries were such an important part of my childhood, and they're an important part of my life today. I visit my local library to research, to read, to write, and to be inspired. I'm deeply grateful for our nation’s libraries and librarians." 

Why not celebrate NLW 2016 by reading one of his books?

  • American Born Chinese (also available as ebook)
    His 2006 novel received the coveted Michael Printz award; an Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album; and was the first graphic novel recognized as a finalist for a National Book Award.
  • Boxers & Saints
    This bestselling graphic novel diptych was also a National Book Award Finalist and the first ever graphic novel to win the LA Times Book Prize for Young Readers.
  • Secret Coders
    The first book in his newest graphic novel series won the 2016 Mathical Prize (grades 3-5).
  • The Shadow Hero
    In the comics boom of the 1940s, the Green Turtle was the first Asian American super hero. The comic had a short run before lapsing into obscurity, but Gene Luen Yang has revived this character in an origin story for the Green Turtle.

NLW BONUS!
Yes, we are still celebrating National Library Week with your favorite commemoration -- the $5 coupon!  Use the coupon to make a payment on your overdue fines.  The coupon is not good for lost item payments.  There is a limit to one coupon per card holder.  The coupon is good during National Library Week, April 10-16, 2016.

 

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Boy, Were We Wrong!

Humans.  We think we know it all, but the truth?  We make a lot of mistakes.  We were wrong about dinosaurs, the solar system, the weather . . . even about our own bodies!  You want ME to explain?  I think you'd do better to read the Boy, Were We Wrong! series by Kathleen V. Kudlinski.  This award-winning series is especially meant for the budding scientist and is perfect for children who are fascinated by the natural world and how it works.  Let's take a closer look at one of the most recent titles -- Boy, Were We Wrong About the Weather!

"Did you know that some people used to think that angry weather gods caused lightning and thunder?  Others thought that a dragonfly moving up and down instead of sideways predicted rain.  Thanks to science, we now know much more about the weather and the earth's atmosphere, including the grave dangers of global warming.  This thought-provoking book presents that new knowledge to children in terms they can understand.  It looks at beliefs people once held about the weather and how those beliefs have changed through scientific progress.

TEACHER BONUSES!  COURTESY OF PENGUIN.COM/COMMON CORE

  • RI2.2 = Identify the main topic of a multi-paragraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text.
    Start by reading the book aloud.  Then, as a class, in pairs, or in small groups, create a graphic organizer with two sections: "What People Used to Think" and "What Scientists Know Now."  Have students go through the book and identify old beliefs and new knowledge to put on the chart.
  • Author Tie-In
    Pair this with the author's other books in this series, Boy, Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs! and Boy, Were We Wrong About the Solar System!
  • Poetry Tie-In
    Introduce your students to the humorous, science-oriented poems in Science Verse, written by Jon Scieszka and illustrated by Lane Smith.
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