LS Library News
As you visit school this week and conference with your child's classroom teacher, please take a few minutes to browse this newsletter, too, which highlights some recent library happenings.
As a reminder, all students visit the library at least once a week with their class in order to browse for and select books to check out. Many students also choose to spend part of their lunch recess in the library - reading, drawing, playing with friends, finger knitting, coding, etc.
The library is a place of exploration for students, where they can learn about and try out their interests, and a cozy place to snuggle up with a good book and a reading buddy. It's also a space for group instruction, from research to robots and everything information-related in between. With a diverse collection of carefully curated books and different spots for a variety of activities, our library is a bustling and beloved part of Lower School!
Wrapping up a great author visit...
Research starts in the library
Learning a new skill...
Celebrating Black History Month
ALA Youth Media Awards
Now the Newbery Award and the Caldecott Award (best children's book and best children's illustrations, respectively) get the most fanfare, but there are SO MANY great awards devoted to diverse literature. I highlight the Caldecott below because the committee, this year, did a stellar job of highlighting diverse talent, but check out some of these specific awards, too:
Coretta Scott King Book Awards recognizing African American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children and young adults:
Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience:
Pura Belpré Awards honoring Latino writers and illustrators whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience:
Stonewall Book Award–Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience:
And the Caldecott Award goes to...
About the Caldecott
These four books were named the 2018 Caldecott honors:
Big Cat, little cat, illustrated and written by Elisha Cooper
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, illustrated by Gordon C. James, written by Derrick Barnes
A Different Pond, illustrated by Thi Bui, written by Bao Phi
Grand Canyon, illustrated and written by Jason Chin
Starting next week, students will have to see me to check out library books IF they have any overdue books. Since the school year is more than half over, the expectation that students return their books on time and/or renew them will be a little more firmly enforced. Students will still be allowed to check out books (in most cases) - they'll just have to have a conversation with me first about their overdue books. :)
Please check your email for a list of overdue books. Pay special attention to any books that are over a month late. If anything looks amiss on your list of books, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for helping to get our books back for other readers to enjoy!