Zilker Library: March 23-27, 2020
Hello from Mrs. Sharp!
I hope you all are well! Since we won't be seeing each other again for a bit, I wanted to share with you some great resources you can use at home during this time away. If you need anything at all, please feel free to send me an email or call me in the library (512-414-3325). I'll be checking email and voicemail regularly. Stay tuned for next week's newsletter!
What I'm Reading Right Now
A 2020-2021 Bluebonnet Book- listening to it on MackinVIA
A favorite in our household! Clara and I have been reading it almost everyday.
Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpre
I've been celebrating Women's History Month by reading about lots of amazing women. This narrative biography is all about one of my she-roes...Librarian Pura Belpre!
Plus, there is easy access to kid friendly online databases on the left hand menu by clicking "Databases". There you can find:
- World Book Kids
- National Geographic Kids
- World Almanac Kids
MackinVIA Top 5!
Here are Mrs. Sharp's "Top 5" books to read for each grade level
1. 11 experiments that failed
2. A bear and his boy
3. Whose house is this?: a look at animal homes- webs, nests, and shells (then find some shells/snails outside!)
4. Alphabet everywhere (then take an "alphabet" walk around your yard or neighborhood)
5. The quiet book (then use your best listening ears to see what sounds you can hear outside; read The loud book next!)
1. Wangari's trees of peace: a true story from Africa
2. Benjamin Bear toon books (several available on MackinVIA)
3. Telephone by Mac Barnett (then play a silly game of "telephone" afterwards!)
4. Animals in spring (similar version available in Spanish too)
5. Big box of shapes (then draw your own creations using the shapes in the book)
1. The watcher: Jane Goodall's life with the chimps (then look up more about Jane Goodall on PebbleGo or World Book Kids)
2. Breaking news: bear alert
3. Duck, Duck, Goose
4. Hank's big day: the story of a bug (then go on a bug scavenger hunt outside afterwards!)
5. Mustache baby (two available!)
1. Mary walker wears the pants: the true story of the doctor, reformer, and Civil War hero
2. Boy + bot (make a robot costume using found objects at your house or draw your own!)
3. Cam Jansen series (I loved reading these mysteries aloud to my 2nd graders before I was a librarian)
4. 5 steps to drawing...series (lots of ones available!)
5. DK first animal encyclopedia (then use PebbleGo or World Book Kids to look up more about some of the animals you find interesting or visit the San Diego Zoo animal cams!)
1. The bad beginning (the first book in the Series of Unfortunate Events, also a Netflix series!)
2. Creature features (all of Steve Jenkins books are awesome!)
3. Bessie Coleman: daring stunt pilot (awesome graphic novel about this hero, look her up on World Book Kids to learn more)
4. Alvin Ho (the whole series is available on MackinVIA!)
5. Unicorn Rescue Society (fans of fantasy will love this series)
1. The Wild Robot (available as both e-book and audiobook!)
2. Animals by the numbers: a book of infographics (all of Steve Jenkins books are fascinating and you can use Canva to make your own infographic!)
3. Alamo all-stars by Nathan Hale (read the other books by Hale, then take a virtual tour of the Alamo)
4. El Deafo (graphic novel, memoir)
5. The Candymakers
1. The Girl Who Drank the Moon (Newbery Award winner!)
2. The twelve most amazing natural wonders (then explore some of them using Google Maps in Satellite view)
3. The One and Only Ivan (then read the companion nonfiction book "Ivan: the remarkable true story...")
4. The Apprentices (fantasy, adventure, page flipping!)
5. The Land of Stories (almost the whole series is available on MackinVIA!)
*BONUS: Been there, done that: writing stories from real life (then write your own short story!)
Mac Barnett's Book Club Show on Instagram (with hats)!
Calling 2nd-5th graders!
Get a head start on next year's Bluebonnet Books!
The Zilker Library website has been updated with next year's Bluebonnet Award nominated books, as well as other resources, if you'd like to get a head start!