Readers Assemble

@ CR Library

Book Fair Success

Thank you everyone for chipping in to make our spring book fair a huge success!

To start, over 50 students helped set up the fair on Thursday - creating displays, hanging signs, and getting everything ready.

Every class visited the book fair & we sold a record number of books!

On Tuesday, we were visited by Geronimo Stilton - a favorite character from many of our books.

And thanks to you - over 140 books will be donated to our amazing teachers this week for Teacher Appreciation week.

Profits from our book fair will be used to support our reading incentives, such as Battle of Books, Texas 2x2 Reading, Bluebonnet books, summer reading incentives, and most exciting of all... the purchase of new Lego storytelling kits for our library! Visit this link to see what it's all about. Lego Storytelling

Time to Battle!

Our 3rd and 4th Grade Students Prepare for Battle of the Books

After months of preparation, our battle teams are formed and ready to face off against each other. The 3rd grade Battle of the Books will be conducted this Thursday at 1:00, followed by the 4th grade Battle of the Books on Friday at 1:15. Each classroom will field a team of four students that will compete in a friendly, but intense book battle. (2nd graders competed in their own Fairy Tale battle earlier this spring.)

Battle of the Books is a fun, friendly competition where teams of students read books from a specified list and then compete in a trivia contest based on those books. Third grade students worked on a list of 12 chapter books, while fourth grade students had a list of 18 chapter books that included many of this year's Bluebonnet Award winning books.

In case you have students interested, the new lists for the 2015-16 school year will be posted on the CR Library webpage in time for summer reading!


I'd like to invite you to check out our newest library - the Encino Branch Library located at 2515 Evans Rd. This library features specific spaces designed just for children, teens, and adults. The library will also feature a makerspace where patrons can engage in creation and exploration, with support of library resources.

I've already stopped by myself - you will find many brand new books that you can't wait to check out! I know I've already got a stack of books to read!

And don't forget to sign up for SAPL's summer reading program!

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Collaboration with Art & the Library - Only One You

Our library and art classes have been collaborating to celebrate the uniqueness of each person at Canyon Ridge - from the smallest students to our graduating 5th graders, our teachers, administrators, and even our custodians. Each individual has designed a rock fish, based on the illustrations in LInda Kranz' book Only One You. With the assistance of volunteers from our PTA, these rocks will be sealed and then placed in Golden's Garden on our playground to provide a colorful tribute to the 2015-16 school year.

Summer Reading Bucket List

Summer is just around the corner!

Research shows that children need to keep reading during the summer, otherwise they can lose up to 2 months of the grown they gained the previous school year. Can you imagine starting your child in the next school year behind where they finished last year?

Yet it's simple to help them get ahead - keep them reading!

Click below for some great tips:

What Can Families do to keep Children Reading during the Summer?

Canyon Ridge Elementary provides some great opportunities to encourage reading all year long - including summertime:

  • Check out our great collection of e-books with Overdrive! Reading on a device can be a nice change of pace, plus it's very convenient when traveling! One of my favorites is to download some audio books for the long car rides. Did you know that students can understand stories read aloud to them many years above their reading level, which increases comprehension and vocabulary!
  • Stop by the CR Library from June 1-4 to check out books for the summer. Parents are allowed to check out up to 10 books for each child. We provide you a fun bag to keep the books in & you can keep them all summer long.
  • Visit the Canyon Ridge Library Webpage for recommended books, check out the NEISD summer reading suggestions, and plan ahead by reading some of the books for the coming school year, such as the new Texas Bluebonnet books, Texas 2x2 books for our younger readers, and Battle books for 3rd & 4th grade.
  • Check out your child's summer bucket list of books they would like to read & help them find those books at a local library, online, or a bookstore. The best part about summer reading is getting to choose what you want to read! Anything goes! I know I have a few favorite authors I can't wait to catch up on, like Kathy Reichs, J.D. Robb, and Ken Follett. What books will you put on your summer bucket list? All completed lists can be returned to the library in the fall for a special little treat.
  • How would you like your own library account so that you can check out adult e-books through Overdrive? (Student accounts are limited to elementary level materials only - and our e-book library includes books for all ages and interests). Email Mrs. Howk at and we will get you set up for summer too!

ALL LIBRARY BOOKS DUE MAY 19TH! Summer Check out available June 1-4. You may check out up to 10 books per child for the summer.