Library Life

September 2015

Sailing Through September!

We made it through the back to school weeks, and now to get a great start on the year! I have a few important dates and information about library events below. I've also provided some resources that might come in handy in your classrooms!

Upcoming Events

September Resources

Constitution Day

Thursday, September 17 is Constitution Day. If you are looking for resources to support teaching about the Constitution, I've linked some websites as well as listed books available from the NF library.

A few books from our library:
  • We the Kids by David Catrow
  • Shh! We're Writing the Constitution! by Jean Fritz
  • We the People by Peter Spier


Larry Ferlazzo's Best Constitution Sites

Infotopia Links to Learning about the Constitution

September 11

Many students are intrigued by the stories from 9/11. Here are some links and books to learn more.

These books from our library are always popular with kids:
  • 14 Cows for America by Carmen Agra Deedy
  • Heroes of the Day by Nancy Louis
  • Ground Zero by Nancy Louis
  • America is Under Attack by Don Brown
  • September 11, 2001: The Day that Changed America by Jill Wheeler
  • I Survived: The Attacks of September 11, 2001 by Lauren Tarshis

Scholastic's My Good Deed

Infotopia Links to Learning about 9/11

Battle of the Books

Kids are clamoring for the titles, but they haven't been released quite yet! Look for those at the end of September, as well as applications to participate in this year's Battle of the Books.

Last year's winners will travel to Emporia for the William Allen White celebration on Saturday, October 3. They should have received forms from me to return by September 9.

7 in 70

This is a feature I am trying every month. I'll feature 7 books in approximately a 70 second video, covering a range of levels. The idea is a book that fits each grade, K-6, but many books will work for many grades. Watch the video below for my picks for this month. I've also provided a list of the titles (and I'm including last month's titles because I forgot to list them!)

September 7 in 70:
  • Why is it Fall? by Sara Latta, part of the "Why Do We Have Seasons?" series (K-2)
  • Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems selected by Paul B. Janeczko (any age)
  • The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life, an autobiography by Lois Ehlert (a Bill Martin Jr. nominee for any age)
  • 14 Cows for America by Carmen Agra Deedy (a 9/11 story for any age)
  • Gingersnap by Patricia Reilly Giff (a William Allen White nominee on the grades 3-5 list)
  • Doll Bones by Holly Black (a William Allen White nominee on the grades 6-8 list)
  • Crossing the Wire by Will Hobbs (young adult novel, best geared for grades 5 and up)


August 7 in 70:

  • The Cows Came Running by Shelly Simoneau (K-2)
  • The Brave Journey by Jefferson Knapp (grades 3-6)
  • Fly Guys Presents series (informational text for K-2)
  • Scholastic Discover More series (information text for grades 2-6)
  • The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes (grades 2-5)
  • The Boy on the Porch by Sharon Creech (William Allen White nominee on the grades 3-5 list)
  • Counting by 7's by Holly Goldberg Sloan (William Allen White nominee on the grades 6-8 list)
7 in 70 September 2015