Pershing K-8 Library Loop

November 2021

November Reading Incentive

During the month of November, students are encouraged to share stories with us. These can be true stories or made up, and they can be submitted to our Book Creator library in numerous formats. Students should use their first and last names when submitting their stories, because each complete submission earns them a chance to win a Minecraft Snow Biome paper crafting kit!

To submit a story, author/creators must ask Mrs. Cox for the code for our Book Creator library. This can be done in person or via Canvas message.

What's the Big Idea?

For November, the Big Idea is being able to find just-right books independently. That looks a little different for each group.

  • Students in grades K-1 will be using text-to-self and text-to-text connection to explore what kind of books they like best.
  • Students in grades 2-3 will be using advanced text-to-text comparisons, utilizing graphic organizers, to explore what they like about picture books and how those preferences can translate to beginning chapter books.
  • Students in grades 4-5 will be continuing their New Chapter Book project. The goal is to have the book trailers finished by the end of the month.
  • Middle school students will be presented with book talks focusing on books that are similar to ones written by Mary Downing Hahn and Alan Gratz.

Battle of the Books

It is time to start forming our 2021-2022 Battle of the Books teams. We are looking for students who enjoy reading and trivia bowls! Each of the teams may have a maximum of six students.


Our Elementary team's questions will be pulled from this year's Mark Twain Award nominee list, and our Middle School team's questions will be pulled from this year's Truman Award nominee list. The student who reads the largest number of the books from their lists will be designated the Captain of the team.


If all goes according to plan, this year's Middle School Battle of the Books will be held at Glendale High School on March 31. The Elementary Battle of the Books will be virtual again this year, so that team will be competing out of our library. The date for Elementary Battle of the Books is yet to be announced.


Students who are interested in being on a Battle of the Books team should see Mrs. Cox as soon as possible to let her know. If more than six students per team show interest in joining, there will be preliminary Pershing battles to determine who will represent our school at the district Battles.

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Last year's Middle School Battle of the Books team brought home 2nd place in the district.

DEAR Days in December: Time to Prepare!

We are looking for parents and community members to create audio recordings of themselves reading advanced picture books or a middle school-aged appropriate short story. The recordings will be used by Mrs. Cox to make videos for our students to enjoy during 5-Star time during the week of December 20. Stories may be holiday-themed, but do not have to be.


If you are interested in helping with this project, please contact Mrs. Cox as soon as possible.