Endeavour Library Newsletter

April 2018

Library Databases

Based on the responses I received from my recent email/poll, most teachers are unaware that there are quite a few databases available for you and your students' use. I have links to all the databases on the Endeavour library homepage, which also has access to the library catalog. Please feel free to bookmark this link or add to your Connect page!


BrainPop login:

username: endbp

password: 2012end

PebbleGo login:

username: endeavour

password: school

TrueFlix and CultureGrams do not require a log in. TrueFlix is connected to the Scholastic True Book series (3rd grade teachers! - the US Regions from the new Social Studies curriculum is included!).

CultureGrams is a fantastic database with information on every US state, Canadian Province, and all the countries of the world. Not only does it cover basic information about the country but the CULTURE as well. If you are looking for more information for Social Studies - this is the place to go!

Let me know if you have any questions!

What's Happening in the Library this Month?

Caldecott and Newbery 2018 Announced!

In case you missed it... The Caldecott and Newbery awards were announced at the end of January. The Caldecott is given to the best picture book of the year and the Newbery is given to the "most distinguished contribution to children's literature". See the Winners and Runner Ups below!

Newbery Winner:

Hello, Universe, written by Erin Entrada Kelly

Filipino folklore and real life converge at the bottom of a well. Even while following signs and portents, the characters are the definition of creative agency. Masterfully told through shifting points of view, this modern quest tale shimmers with humor and authentic emotion.

Newbery Honor Book:

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, written by Derrick Barnes

A boy walks into a barbershop; a prince walks out. Through lyrical free verse, Derrick Barnes’joyous paean celebrates the universal, transformative, confidence-building experience of a great haircut.

Newbery Honors:

Two other chapter books were awarded the Newbery Honor but both are geared to middle school/high school so I did not include them here. If you are interested in the other two nominees you can read about them here:


Newbery Info citation:

"Welcome to the Newbery Medal Home Page!", American Library Association, November 30, 1999.http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/newberymedal/newberymedal (Accessed April 24, 2018)

Caldecott Winner:

Wolf in the Snow,” illustrated and written by Matthew Cordell

In this spare, nearly wordless picture book, a girl and a wolf cub each get lost in the snow and rescue each other. Cordell uses pen and ink and watercolor wash to capture the frenzied snowfall and the brave girl’s frantic, frightful journey. Fairy tale elements and a strong sense of color and geometry offer an engrossing, emotionally charged story.

Caldecott Honor Book:

Big Cat, Little Cat, illustrated and written by Elisha Cooper

Simple and joyful domestic routines underscore the deeply entwined lives of two feline companions and the impact of loss on one. Cooper uses expressive black-and-white line art with strategic, evocative washes of color to convey the reassuring circular nature of life.

Caldecott Honor Book:

A Different Pond, illustrated by Thi Bui, written by Bao Phi

An early morning fishing trip between father and son provides food for that evening’s dinner and time to reflect on a similar pond in Vietnam. Bui’s evocative thick black ink brushstrokes with graphic novel panels create a cinematic experience, powerfully capturing facial expressions, mood, and quiet moments. Based on the experiences of both the Vietnamese American illustrator and author, this story depicts the immigrant experience as well as universal themes of family, love, and survival.

Caldecott Honor Book:

Grand Canyon, illustrated and written by Jason Chin

An Asian-American father and daughter explore this national park, from the Inner Gorge to the South Rim. Chin uses watercolor, gouache and pen and ink to render sweeping landscapes, culminating in an epic gatefold panorama. Diagrams, die-cuts and field-guide inspired illustrations of animals, plants and fossils reveal the multiple layers and eons of formation.

Caldecott Honor Book:

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, illustrated by Gordon C. James, written by Derrick Barnes

This book was awarded a Caldecott Honor and Newbery Honor!

Caldecott info citation:

"Welcome to the Caldecott Medal Home Page!", American Library Association, November 30, 1999.http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/caldecottmedal/caldecottmedal (Accessed April 24, 2018)

Thanks for Reading!