Last week brought two more Skypes to the Hollis and George E. Jack libraries! On Monday, Ms. Reoch's class had their fist Skype of the school year. Their Mystery Skype was with a class in Virginia! They did a great job in determining the location of our Mystery class.
On Friday, Mrs. McAllister's class had a Skype with author Sarah Prineas! She is the author of several fantasy novels, including the Magic Thief series. Prior to the Skype, we had prepared by reading the Magic Thief in small groups. The class asked many excellent questions during the Skype and learned a lot about Ms. Prineas and what it is like to be an author. To learn more about Sarah Prineas and her books, click here to visit her website.
One of the best parts about being a librarian is introducing my new readers to the books of some of my favorite authors and illustrators! In kindergarten and 1st grade I do a lot of author studies. Author studies are a great opportunity for students to learn about amazing authors and the books they created. As we read the works of these authors, we learn and practice other skills such as identifying and describing characters, setting, important details, and message the story is teaching.. I also will tie in book location skills during these units, for example how we can use a call number (or, as I like to call it, "book address") to locate the books by the author in the library.
Currently, the Hollis kindergartners are learning about the works of author/illustrator Peter Brown. Peter Brown, the author and illustrator of many great books, has also illustrated several books by other authors, including the Caldecott Honor Book Creepy Carrots. To learn more about Peter Brown, click here to visit his website.
Peter Brown books that we have read so far during our author study:
The Hollis 1st graders are learning about one of my favorite author and illustrators, Jerry Pinkney. Jerry Pinkney, a Caldecott winning illustrator, is best known for his wonderful retellings of favorite classics such as The Lion & The Mouse, The Grasshopper & The Ants, Puss in Boots and many other folktales and fairy tales. To learn more about Jerry Pinkney, click here to visit his website.
Jerry Pinkney books we have read so far: during our author study:
The last two weeks have been busy with Skypes at the Hollis and George E. Jack libraries!
Last week, Mrs. Steeves' 5th grade did a Mystery Skype with a class in Maryland. This week Mrs. Caruso's class had a Mystery Skype with a class in Arkansas, Mrs. Evans' class had an international Mystery Skype with a class in Uruguay, and Ms. Libby's class had an international Mystery Skype with a class in Canada! It was so amazing to connect with these classes.
In addition, two of my George E. Jack book groups were able to Skype with the authors of books they recently completed with me. Author Jennifer Chambliss Bertman did a lunchtime Skype yesterday with three fourth graders who recently read Book Scavenger with me for our book group. Today, Christina Diaz Gonzalez, author of Moving Target, Skyped with three 5th graders who read Moving Target. We had a great time meeting these authors and learning more about them!
More Skypes are scheduled for the upcoming weeks including two author Skypes, an international Mystery Skype, a national Mystery Skype, and a Mystery National Parks Skype. We are so excited to find out where we will be "visiting" next via Skype!
Three GEJ fifth graders Skyping with author Christina Diaz Gonzalez: