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Media Center News-January 2014

New Books!

Here are the newest books to hit the shelf at New Hope! I've created a display across from the Biography section of the new books if you want to come take a look.

Remember that if you would like a book and the media center doesn't own it, let me know or use the Wish List books binder that's on the check out counter. I am working on a new book order right now, so I'm open to suggestions to help improve our collection!

Everybody Books

Amy's Three Best Things by Philippa Pearce, E PEA

Come Back, Moon by David Kherdian, E KHE

Cub's Big World by Sarah L. Thomson, E THO

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, E DAY

Digger the Dinosaur & the Cake Mistake (I Can Read!) by Rebecca Kai Dotlich, E DOT

Fall Ball by Peter McCarty, E MCC

The Family Book by Todd Parr, E PAR

How to Hide a Lion by Helen Stephens, E STE

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss, E SEU

My Dog is as Smelly as Dirty Socks by Hanoch Piven, E PIV

Olive and the Bad Mood by Tor Freeman, E FRE

Otis Steele and the Taileebone by Tom McDermott, E MCD


Among the Betrayed (Shadow Children) by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Artemis Fowl: The Atlantis Complex by Eoin Colfer, F COL

Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer, F COL

Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox by Eoin Colfer, F COL

Cinderellis and the Glass Hill (The Princess Tales) by Gail Carson Levine, F LEV

Dark River (Warriors Power of Three) by Erin Hunter, F HUN

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney, F KIN

The Lonely Lake Monster (Imaginary Veterinary) by Suzanne Selfors, F SEL

Long Shadows (Warriors Power of Three) by Erin Hunter, F HUN

Mrs. Noodlekugel by Daniel Pinkwater

Mrs. Noodlekugel and Four Blind Mice by Daniel Pinkwater

Rising Storm (Warriors) by Erin Hunter, F HUN

The Sasquatch Escape (Imaginary Veterinary) by Suzanne Selfors, F SEL

Sunrise (Warriors Power of Three) by Erin Hunter, F HUN

The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett (Origami Yoda) by Tom Angleberger, F ANG

Graphic Novels

Lego Ninjago: The Golden Weapons, 741.5 WES

Lego Ninjago: A Ninja's Path, 741.5 WES

Lego Ninjago: Rise of the Snakes, 741.5 WES

Lego Ninjago: Way of the Ninja, 741.5 WES

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson & the Olympians) by Rick Riordan, 741.5 VEN

The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson & the Olympians) by Rick Riordan, 741.5 VEN


Generosity by Cynthia Amoroso, 179 AMO

Respect by Cynthia Amoroso, 179 AMO

Tolerance by Cynthia Amoroso, 179 AMO

The Great Big Book of Families by Mary Hoffman, 306.85 HOF

The Crocodile and the Scorpion by Rebecca Emberley, 398.2 EMB

Dictionario Espanol-Ingles, SPA 463 DIC

Map My Room by Jennifer Boothroyd, 526 BOO


Lance Armstrong: Racing Hero by Peter Hicks, 92 ARM


Spanish-English Junior Visual Dictionary, REF 463 COR

New Book Clubs

Both book clubs meet in the Media Center

Lunch Bunch Book Club

-For 3rd through 5th graders

-Meets on Wednesdays (starting January 15) during lunchtime

-Bring your lunch and talk about the books you've been reading and hear what your friends have been reading!

-Sometimes we'll do fun crafts and activities

-Students must have good behavior to stay in book club

-Application/teacher permission slip required.

Jumping Genres Book Club

-After school book club for 3rd through 5th graders

-Meets on the third Monday of every month after school, from 2:30 until 3:30 (However, our first meeting in January will be on the 4th Monday, January 27)

-Come learn about a different book genre (science fiction, fantasy, realistic fiction, etc.) every month! Once you've read a book from every genre we've talked about and completed your "book genre pizza," you'll get a prize!

-Sometimes we'll do fun crafts and activities

-Students must have good behavior to stay in book club

-Application/parent permission slip required.

Check out the Media Center's website for more information and to download the permission forms.


PebbleGo ( is an online database geared toward K-2 students. It bills itself as "The Emergent Reader Research Solution." It has four different sections, Animals, Earth and Space, Social Studies, and Biographies.

All the information is very basic, and there are great colorful pictures, sound clips, and videos. Students can also get citation information and print articles. The Social Studies section covers holidays, jobs in the community, then and now, families, maps, and some others. The Biographies section is broken down into categories such as athletes, explorers, scientists, inventors, African Americans, American Indians, and others. The Animals section is divided by groups of animals, and includes sections for animal behavior, classification, and habitats. The Earth & Space section covers earth science, seasons, space, and weather.

I requested a 2 week trial, but unfortunately, it ended 12/31/13. Anyone can request a free trial by visiting this website: The elementary media specialists are looking into getting a district license for PebbleGo, so I'll keep you updated on that. I think it would be a great resource for our students, but I'd like your feedback and thoughts!

Library Cards

I am in the process of creating library cards for the Kindergarten students to use for check out. Some of the students' lunch numbers are very long, and I hope that having cards to scan will make the self check out process easier on students who don't know their lunch numbers. The library cards will stay in the library so that students won't lose them (and you don't have to worry about keeping track of them). If you are interested in having library cards for your class, please let me know.