Book Smart

News & Notes from the Morningside Library

Google Classroom for the Library

If your child/student has not joined the library's Google Classroom yet, use code inhjds6 to join today!

How to Access & Use Infobase Learn 360

This short video tour of Infobase Learn 360 shows users how to access and use this valuable resource available to all APS educators and students through MyBackpack. Check out how to share videos, printables, and STEM lessons directly to your Google Classroom.
How to Access and Use Infobase Learn 360

Read Aloud Playlist

Each week during distance learning, I add another read-aloud to our playlist. These are posted in the library's Google Classroom each week, but if you missed one check it out here.

This Week's Read Aloud: Ivan - The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla

Read more about Ivan's time at Zoo Atlanta by clicking here.


See gorillas live on cam by clicking here.


Listen to chapter one of the chapter book, The One and Only Ivan also by Katherine Applegate by clicking here.

Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla

Directed Drawing Playlist

Each week during distance learning, I add another directed drawing to our playlist. These drawings accompany the week's read-aloud story. These are posted in the library's Google Classroom each week, but if you missed one check it out here.

This Week's Directed Drawing - Let's Draw a Gorilla

Let's Draw A Gorilla
Check out these student submissions so far!
Gorilla Directed Drawings

NEW! FlipGrid Book Recommendations

Let's share the love of books by recording short book recommendations over on FlipGrid. Click here.
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Emoji Story Title of the Week Challenge

Complete the Google Form below to guess the Emoji Story Title of the Week. Hint: This book won the Newbery Medal in the late 1990s, and in 2003, it was turned into a hit movie starring Shia Lebeouf and Sigourney Weaver.

Reading Rainbow of Books

Reading Rainbow of Books
I recently joined with other educators to create this fun video to celebrate International Children's Book Day. Maybe a title or two will drop on to your to-be-read list:


Marley Dias Gets it Done
Make Something Beautiful
No More Poems
Sulwe
Lady Legends Alphabet
When I Close My Eyes
I Walk With Vanessa
Fred’s Big Feelings
The Rabbit Listened
Educated
Not Quite Snow White
Fry Bread
Mary Wears What She Wants
The Wild Robot Escapes

April - National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month. You can create your own poems using the titles on the spines of books. Stack and arrange books to create a poem like you see in the examples. Don't have enough books at home? Play around with the books on this virtual bookshelf in Google Slides by clicking here.

Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Books

Check out the books for next year's Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl! Click here to download a list of titles for 4-5 and 6-8. I've read Saving Winslow and Louisiana's Way Home (both highly recommended), and I'm currently reading Lemons.
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