Monday, February 23, 2015

Lawrence Reads!

For the third year in a row, Lawrence Reads will bring together families on the evening of March 5th.

The literacy team has selected four books, one for each of four grade levels, which we ask families to read together. Please register for the event, and come on the evening of March 5th for a fun time talking about books with other students, parents, and teachers.

This year we selected excellent nonfiction titles.

The selections are:

Grades K - 1: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer

Grades 2 -3: The Boy Who Invented TV: The Story of Philo Farnsworth by Kathleen Krull

Grades 4 - 5: My Life with the Chimpanzees by Jane Goodall

Grades 6 - 8: The Family Romanov by Candace Fleming

Our school library, the public libraries, and our local bookstores will have copies of the books on hand. Please join us! 

Thursday, February 05, 2015

And the winners are...

Caldecott and Newbery Medals were awarded on Monday, February 2nd. Here are the winners:

Caldecott Award: The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat

Caldecott Honor: 

  • Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo
  • The Noisy Paint Box by Barb Rosenstock, illustrated by Mary GrandPre
  • Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen
  • Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales
  • The Right Word by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet
  • This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
Third through fifth graders had a chance to look at many of these books and I'm happy to say that a few of our predictions showed up on the award list this year! Beekle was a favorite!

Newbery Award: The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Newbery Honor: 
  • El Deafo by Cece Bell
  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Sibert Award (for informational books):
The Right Word by Jen Bryant Illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Sibert Honor:
  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  • The Family Romanov by Candace Fleming
  • Josephine by Patricia Hruby Powell
  • Neighborhood Sharks by Katherine Roy
  • Separate is Never Equal by Duncan Tonatiuh