Read, Listen, Explore Summer 2020

e-library for Week 10 at St.Joseph Catholic School

We made it!

Dear Friends,

Did we ever think this year would end? It has really been an "interesting time" for us all! What word would you use to describe your distance learning experience? Frustrating? Boring? Painful? Lonely, sleepy, restless, confusing, quiet? How about "awesome" or "not what I thought it would be." As we move into a season of unstructured time, hopefully, our beautiful state of Virginia will open up a bit and we can make plans for new adventures. I'm praying for this to happen! But no matter what, Jesus is with us, hears us and cares for us. Take time to talk with Him every day in prayer. Don't be shy: share all your hopes, fears, and joys. Ask him to bless you and your family and friends.

Next week we will finish out the 2020 school year with the Encore Extravaganza! Miss Bambino, Mrs. Hatley, Mrs. Sears, Mrs. Denmark, and Mr. O'Brien and I teamed up for the photo challenge you have been working on and we will be hosting Zoom meetings to showcase the submissions and play some fun games! Watch for further instructions! This will be the last e-library link, but the past e-links will be available to you all summer. If you are looking for books to read, stories to listen to, or things to do and investigate for the months of June and July, read on!

Summer Reading tips:

1. Be sure to make a plan.

  • Whether you have an assignment from your teacher or not, making a list of books you want to read will help you get started.
  • Know if your summer reading assignment includes a project. If it does, when is it due? What do you need to complete it? Start early.

2. Like a balanced diet, your reading plan should include a variety of genres.

  • Try a mystery, adventure, historical fiction, fantasy, biography, or sci-fi!
  • If new genres are not your style, pick short books that are below your reading level to get started. Work up to your own reading level.

3. Don't have any books?

  • search the local library for e-books
  • trade books with your friends
  • order new or used books online from one of the local bookstores! See the resources below!

4. If you enjoy listening to stories

  • try a podcast (see suggestions below)!
  • find an audiobook version of a title that interests you (check the library or Audible)

Stay in touch! Feel free to email me with questions, book reviews, photos, etc..

Be good. Pray always. Remember: You are loved.

~Mrs. Moschetto

Don't stop reading! Get your own LIBRARY CARD!

Fairfax County Public Library:

  • Sign up for a library card right on the homepage! Due to the stay-at-home order, it has become super easy to register for a card!

  • This link takes you directly to the “what is offered during the closures page.” Here you will find all sorts of links and activities that are available to cardholders.

  • FFCPL gives its users access to Overdrive and RBdigital, two fabulous sources for e-books and audiobooks! FREE!

Loudoun County Public Library:

  • It’s easy to sign up for a library card online! Find the information on the homepage.

  • Cardholders can use Overdrive, RBdigital, Hoopla, and Libby to download e-books and audio books

  • Be sure to check the website to find out what is being offered and when.


Battle of the Books 2020-21

Great books for kids who love stories!

What is Battle of the Books? BOB is an extra-curricular activity that meets once every two weeks. We read a book during each 2 week period and get together to discuss it and quiz each other on facts, Jeopardy style!

But you don't need to be in the club to read these fabulous books! Find book trailers and other links to the 15 titles selected for the 2020-21 school year!

BOOK TRAILERS, Reviews, and more will be your reward for using this link to a separate SMORES page dedicated just to the BOB titles! Thank you to Mrs. Lutter over at St. Tims for putting this together for us!

And now for your listening pleasure.....

Try a story time podcast!

If you like to be read to or enjoy listening to audio books, it might be time for a PODCAST. Most podcasts can be found on websites of the same title or on a podcast app. All it takes is a simple internet search to find what you want. Below are a list of my favorite STORY podcasts!

  • Story Pirates All star actors, singers, comedians “adapt stories written by kids into sketch comedy and musical theater.” Check out the website

  • Stories Podcast (for kids in grades 3 and up)

  • Be Calm on Ahway Island soothing voices make this perfect for bedtime (K-4)

  • What if World explores the answers to questions submitted by kids like, What if Legos were alive? (All ages)

  • Story Time with Yarn Story Factory. “A free audio stories podcast for kids. Bedtime stories, and stories for road-trips. We bring stories to life with music, sound, fx, and narration!” (all ages, limited episodes)

  • Circle Round A podcast that adapts carefully selected folktales from around the world into rich sound-music experiences (All ages)

  • Funky Dreamer Story time A mix of music and story.

  • Tales from the Lily pad: Fairy Tales, folk tales, and bedtime stories told by Lily the frog (k-3)

  • Saturday Morning Cereal Bowl A music show for the whole family.

  • Want more podcast ideas? Check out Common Sense Media’s list of best podcasts for students here.

Books Suggestions for Grades k-4 (buy these or check them out from a library)

Listen to the first book and get hooked!

The Bad Guys Book 1

Watch this book trailer and find out the truth about unicorns and other mythical creatures!

Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical Creatures

St. Joseph Teachers make Suggestions for Grades k-4

Recommended summer reading for Grades 1-2

Amelia Bedelia series - Parish

The Black Lagoon series-Thaler

Flat STanley Series-Brown

Fly Guy series-Arnold

Geronimo Stilton series-Stilton

Keena Ford series--Thomson

Kylie Jean series--Pescheke

The Magic Treehouse Series -Osborne

My Weird School Series--Gutman

Who Would Win series--Pallotta

Arnold Lobel books

Cynthia Rylant books

Dr. Seuss books

Syd Hoff books (

Mo Willems books (Elephant and Piggy series)

Mercy Watson series --DeCamillo

Recommended summer reading for grades 3-4

Bailey School Kids--various authors

A Boy Called Bat--Arnold

A Cricket in Times Square (Series) --Seldon

The Capital Mysteries series--Roy

The Humphrey Series--Birney

Imagination Station series--Hering

Matilda and other titles --Dahl

The Time Warp Trio series--Pallotta

Who Was?/What Was? Series --Penguin Books

The Fudge Series--Blume

Beverly Cleary Books

Books Suggestions for Grades 5 - 8 (buy them or check them out from a library)

Book trailers for grades 5-8!

The Queen Bee and Me by Gillian McDunn - Book Trailer
We're Not From Here
Chirp by Kate Messner (Audiobook Excerpt)
The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora - YRCA 2020 Junior Nominee

Summer Assignments for Grades 5-8

You will most likely receive this information in your summer packets, but in case you want to get a jump start on your reading....

Rising 5th graders: choose one book from the list below, be ready to discuss your book with the class and complete this project:

  • Ugly by Robert Hoge
  • Hidden Figures (Young Reader’s Edition) by Margot Lee Shetterl
  • Boys in the Boat (Young Reader’s Edition) by Daniel James Brown
  • Child of the Dream: A Memoir of 1963 by Sharon Robinson

Rising 6th graders Choose one book from the list below. After you read your selected book, complete the “One-Pager Project” as detailed here.

  • When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead (Genre bending story of a boy and a girl and a game show)
  • The View from Saturday by E.L. Konisberg ("This is a tale about a team, a class, a school, a series of contests and, set in the midst of this, four jewel-like short stories -- one for each of the team members -- that ask questions and demonstrate surprising answers")
  • Masterminds by Gordon Korman (Sci fi mystery, for details see the Mystery e-library link here.
  • The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holms (What would you do if your grandfather figured out how to reverse his age and became an annoying teenager?)

Rising 7th graders: *Students should read one selection from the following list and be prepared to complete an assessment upon return to school. Titles are grouped by genre.

  • Hatchet ***by Paulsen
  • Island of the Blue Dolphins by O'Dell
  • My Side of the Mountain by George
  • Dealing with Dragons by Wrede
  • Eragon or other stories by Paolini
  • Sisters Grimm, Fairy Tale Detectives by Buckley
  • A Wrinkle in Time or other novels in series by L'Engle
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone or other novels in series by Rowling Chronicles of Narnia Series by Lewis
  • Micheal Vey and the Prisoner of Cell 25 by Evans
  • Treasure Island *** by Stevenson
  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea *** by Verne
  • Around the World in Eighty Days *** by Verne
  • Little Women *** by Alcott
  • Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Cartaya
  • The Wednesday Wars by Schmidt
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events by Snicket

Rising 8th graders: Students should read 2 from the list below and be prepared to complete an assessment upon return to school

  • Peak – Smith
  • Okay for Now – Schmidt
  • Brown Girl Dreaming – Woodson
  • The Inquisitor’s Tale – Gidwitz
  • The Rithmatist – Sanderson
  • Restart – Korman
  • The Crossover & Rebound – Alexander
  • A Night Divided – Nielsen
  • Goodbye Stranger – Stead
  • Wolf Hollow – Wolk
  • House Arrest – Holt
  • The Seventh Most Important Thing – Pearsall
  • Legend- Marie Lu
  • I will Always Write Back Alifirenka,Ganda
  • The Boys in the Boat (Young Readers’ Edition) - Brown

Where can you buy REAL books AND help the local economy?


Mrs. McMahon, one of our star parents at SJS, works over at this fantastic book store in Reston Town Center. Visit the website for hours of operation, book suggestions, author events, and ways to order and pick up orders until the shelter-in-place order is lifted. THEY DELIVER FREE TO RESTON, HERNDON, and GREAT FALLS!

Mrs. McMahon wanted me to remind everyone that if you "place orders with the store, kids should be sure to note that they are from our school. Our store owner tries to give a percentage back of the sales to the school." Awesome!

RESTON's USED BOOK SHOP: a hidden gem in the heart of Lake Anne Plaza

I have been a frequent visitor to this wonderful book-stuffed store since it opened back in 1978! This shop is filled with books, has a reading area, and will buy and trade books!

Currently, Reston's Used Book Store is selling “reading bundles” that can be purchased and picked up outside the shop. Visit their website to find out how to get the books and how to order online from their shop and other used book stores in the area.

Barnes and Noble Booksellers

Barnes and Noble is currently providing curbside pick up. Find what you are looking for online, then see if it is available at the store nearest you. Payments are made online for quick pick up within a day. There are stores at One Loudoun and in Fairfax.

Besides regular books, you can download audio books, books for NOOK, purchase puzzles and games, stationary and craft items, and more.

Cool stuff to try this summer!