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Summer Library!!!!

Kiker Comets,

We are so sad that the Kiker Library will be CLOSED this summer and while we will check work email, it will not be regularly. However, we have some fun ideas and activities available to you to KEEP KIKER READING all summer long! Our BLEND will be accessible to you and there you will find some GREAT resources-including a Summer Library page. Below you will find Reading Programs that we encourage you to participate in with your kiddos! Summer Reading is EXTREMELY important for Kiker Comets to be ready when we return to school. Let's all work together to KEEP KIKER READING!!!!

Can't wait to hear about all the books you are reading!

:) Mrs. Butler & Mrs. Smith

Kiker Summer Reading Program

We have TWO ways your child can participate in Kiker's Summer Reading Program. Your child can complete and submit the Kiker Summer Splash Reading Log or submit your Reading Report from Scholastic's Summer Reading Home Base Program. Students who submit by the first day of school will earn a reward when we return to school.

Kiker Summer Splash Reading Log (print the log, color in and submit when complete)

Scholastic Summer Read-A-Palooza (online program--students log minutes, play games, interact with book characters and by logging in students help donate books to kids who need them!)



We want to know what you are reading this summer! Click here to add to our padlet! Can't wait to see what Kiker Comets are reading!

Other Reading Programs

As a way to encourage reading this summer, here are a few more programs in which our Kiker Comets can participate. Below you will find links to each of the programs. Our BLEND page has links and printable logs as well.

Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Butler, Kiker Librarians

Students will have access to our Kiker Elementary Library Course in Blend (accessed through Student Portal).

Example Student Login:

Jane Doe / Birthday: March 15, 2019 / Student #: 10023456

AISD Technical Support for Parents - please call 512-414-9187 or CLICK HERE to email your question.

  • Username: S10023456
  • Password: D031519s

Kiker Library: May 11-15, 2020

This Week in the Library

Visit the Kiker Elementary Library Course to find:

Pre K - Storytime: Oceans & Beaches

K-2 - Storytime: Oceans & Beaches

3-5 - Digitial Citizenship Choiceboard

Fun Stuff - Reading BINGO, New Lego Challenge (Create something using one type of lego), Weave a Bracelet or Bookmark

Resource Spotlight: Britannica School Elementary

Comprehensive encyclopedia for elementary level. Includes information, magazine articles, web sites, atlases, interactive lessons.

What's Mrs. Butler Reading?

Stay by Bobbie Pyron

Piper's life is turned upside down when her family loses their home and have to move into a family shelter in a new city. She misses what she had before and hates being labeled "homeless" at her new school. Baby lives in a park with his person, Jewel. Baby loves his life on the streets with Jewel because they are never apart. That is, until Jewel gets sick. Told from alternating points of view, Stay explores the meaning of home and celebrates the power of friendship and hope.

Audience: 3rd-5th

This book is the 2020-2021 Texas Bluebonnet Award Nominee list.

This book is available in MackinVia.

What's Mrs. Smith Reading?

Dream On, Amber by Emma Shevah

Amber's half-Japanese, half-Italian background means she's stuck with a ridiculous name, which is a challenge when trying to make friends at her new school.

But the hardest thing about being Amber is that a part of her is missing. Her dad. He left when she was little, and he isn't coming back. Not for her first day of middle school and not for her little sister's birthday. So Amber will have to dream up a way for the Miyamoto sisters to make it on their own.

Audience: Grades 3-5

This book is available in

Kiker Library: May 4-8, 2020

This Week in the Library

Visit the Kiker Elementary Library Course to find:

Pre K - Storytime: Oceans

K-2 - Storytime: Children's Book Week--Storytime Choice Board (LOTS of stories from which to choose)

3-5 - Children's Book Week--Read Alouds, That Book Woman and Waiting for Biblioburro

Fun Stuff - Reading BINGO, New Lego Challenge (Build a model of your room!), Make Paper Bag Book

Resource Spotlight: World Book Kids

General reference website especially for young students. The site offers image-based navigation, easy-to-read articles, thousands of illustrations, and a wealth of engaging games, science projects, and activities.

username: austin2

password: austin2

What's Mrs. Butler Reading?

Ranger in Time: Escape the Great Earthquake

Ranger is a time-traveling Golden Retriever! He has a nose for trouble and always finds a way to save the day! In this book (6th in the series--books are not chronological so you can read in any order), Ranger goes back to the Great Earthquake in San Francisco in 1906 and helps Lily and May as they try to flee to safety.

*Adventure, Historical Fiction Series for 2nd-5th

What's Mrs. Smith Reading?

Sweep: The Story of a Girl and her Monster

by Jonathan Auxier

After her father's death, ten-year-old Nan Sparrow is forced to work as an assistant to a chimney sweep in nineteenth-century England. One day, she drops her favorite possession in a fireplace and accidentally creates a golem made of soot and ash. Together the two outcasts try to carve out a new life.

Fantasy, Historical Fiction

Available on MackinVia (multiuser)

Kiker Library: April 27-May 1, 2020

This Week in the Library Blend

Visit the Kiker Elementary Library Course to find:

Pre K - Storytime: Plants

K-2 - Storytime: Frogs! Tale of a Tadpole (nonfiction) & I Don't Want to Be Big! (fiction)

3-5 - Fiction Genres Lesson, Fiction Genre Fortune Teller/Bookmark Printable

Fun Stuff - Reading BINGO, New Lego Challenge, Make Earth Day Binoculars

Resource Spotlight: Scholastic

Scholastic is providing some amazing resources to families during COVID-19--Scholastic Learn at Home. They have education and movement activities and resources. They also have a site called Bookflix where fiction and non-fiction books are paired with games and resources. Their resources range from PreK-9th. Definitely worth your time to explore this resource!

What's Mrs. Butler Reading?

Charlie Hernandez & the League of Shadows

by Ryan Calejo

I am excited to read this fantasy, adventure, Bluebonnet Nominee! Reviews say its for older elementary students (5th grade) so if you have a 3rd/4th grader who is interested, this may be a good family read aloud! Here's the summary:

"Charlie's abuela, a fantastic storyteller, has raised Charlie on stories centered around Hispanic folklore. Little did Charlie know that while he was enjoying a great story, she was actually preparing in for a showdown between good and evil. When Charlie's parents disappear, it's up to Charlie and few trusting friends to face some very real mythical creatures in the fight to not only save his parents, but their own lives."

What's Mrs. Smith Reading?

Absolutely Alfie and the Furry Purry Secret

By Sally Warner

No pets are allowed in her house because Alfie is allergic to cats. Her best friend's cat has kittens and she falls in love with the small gray one. What is she to do? This is the first book in the series.

Kiker Library: April 20-24, 2020

This Week in the Library Blend

Visit the Kiker Elementary Library Course to find:

Pre K - Storytime: Plants

K-2 - Storytime: Tops & Bottoms, Plant Craft/Ideas/Extensions

3-5 - Bluebonnet Lesson, Book trailers for all the 2020-2021 Bluebonnet Books!

Fun Stuff - Reading BINGO, New Lego Challenge, Make a Birdhouse

Resource Spotlight: MyOn

Books! Books! And MORE Books! For those of you that miss having access to MyOn, they are offering temporary COVID-19 free access. Students have access to over 6,000 books. Books cannot be checked out, but students can read them online anytime they'd like! (Links to an external site.)

BLDG Name: Read Austin
Username: student
Password: read

What's Mrs. Butler reading this week?

Here in the Real World

By Sara Pennypacker

"From the author of the highly acclaimed, bestselling novel Pax comes a gorgeous and moving novel that is an ode to introverts, dreamers, and misfits everywhere, ideal for readers aged 9–12" from publisher Harper Collins. Read more about the book by clicking the title.

What's Mrs. Smith reading this week?

From The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

By E.L. Konigsburg

If you want to read a book that you will remember for the rest of your life, read this one. This book was originally published in 1968 and won the Newbery Award. In the book, Claudia and her younger brother Jamie decide to run away from home and where do they go? Well, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, of course. It is a classic!

Kiker Library: April 13-17, 2020

April is National Poetry Month

This Week in the Library Blend

Visit the Kiker Elementary Library Course to find:

Pre K - Storytime Daniel Finds a Poem

K-2 - Storytime Daniel Finds a Poem, Poetry Craft/Ideas/Extensions

3-5 - Poetry Lesson, Poems read from They Call Me Guero: A Border Kid's Poems

Fun Stuff - Reading BINGO, Lego Challenge, Make a Paper Plate Marble Maze

Resource Spotlight

Capstone Interactive is for Everyone!

This website has almost 4,000 interactive ebooks including non-fiction in all subject areas, high-interest series fiction, graphic novels, and more. Books can be read independently or will be read to users. Students have multi-user simultaneous access.

Temporary access to expanded ebook library provided during the COVID19 crisis only.

  • username: continue
  • password: reading

*Tutorial can be found in our Blend under Helpful Tutorials

What's Mrs. Butler reading this week?

Momentous Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling.

This book is the sequel to Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus.

The first book was a moving, unforgettable story of a girl named Aven Green. Aven has many challenges in life, one being that she was born without arms. Aven is witty and funny and definitely not helpless. Momentous Events brings a new challenge for Aven, she is starting high school! Recommend that you start with the first book.

This one is not available in MackinVia, but you can find it at Austin Public Library.

Audience: 5th and up

What's Mrs. Smith reading this week?

The Bridge Home

By Padma Venkatraman

A story of four homeless children who are finding to make a life for themselves in Chennai, India. This book is the 2020-2021 Texas Bluebonnet Award Nominee list.

This book is available on MackinVia.

April 6-10, 2020

Hi Kiker Comets!

We hope you are well. Since we won't be seeing each other for a bit, we wanted to share some great resources that you can use at home during this time away. We will be putting out weekly newsletters highlighting different resources and maker space ideas! If you need anything at all, please feel free to send us an email Mrs. Butler and Mrs. Smith . We will be checking email regularly.


Mrs. Smith & Mrs. Butler

This Week in the Library

Visit the Kiker Elementary Library Course to find:

Pre K - Storytime All Year Long

K-2 - Storytime All Year Long, How to Use MackinVia

3-5 - How to Use MackinVia

Fun Stuff - Reading BINGO, Lego Challenge, Make a Fun Marble Run

Resource Spotlight

MackinVIA is ALWAYS Open!

Comets, don't forget about MackinVIA! All AISD students have access to it through your student portal. Just search "MackinVIA" and click on the tile. There are over 16,000 e-books, including audiobooks. There are also 1,376 books in Spanish!

Plus, there is easy access to kid-friendly online databases on the left-hand menu by clicking "Online Resources". There you can find:

  • PebbleGo
  • World Book Kids
  • National Geographic Kids
  • World Almanac Kids

MackinVia Fun 5 for Each Grade Level!

Here are Mrs. Smith & Mrs. Butler's "Fun 5" books to read for each grade level


  1. Boo ABC: A to Z with the world's cutest dog (after reading go on a letter hunt)
  2. Animal Patterns (find patterns in your world)
  3. Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale (Mo Willems classic!)
  4. Colors All Around (make a color collage)
  5. Crunch The Shy Dinosaur (fun, interactive story)


  1. Backseat A-B-see (Go on an ABC scavenger hunt in your neighborhood)
  2. Animals Big and Small (draw your own Big/Small pictures)
  3. Map My Room (draw a map of your own room--other books in this series)
  4. Berenstein Bears picture book series (classic characters kids love)
  5. Cats: the sound of short A (simple beginning reader)


  1. I Am A Reader (fun, first grade level series)
  2. From Wax to Crayon (maybe melt down old crayons to create new multi-color crayons)
  3. Alma and How She Got Her Name (talk to your kids about how they got their name)
  4. Katie Woo (first grade chapter book series)
  5. Dino-Baseball (others in series basketball, football, wrestling)


  1. Rot, the Cutest in the World (funny picture book about self confidence)
  2. Boy+Bot (make a robot costume using found objects at your house or draw your own!)
  3. Cam Jansen series (great mystery series)
  4. DK First Animal Encyclopedia (then use PebbleGo to learn more about animals that interest you)
  5. 5 Steps to Drawing Cats and Dogs (lots of others in this series)


  1. Creature Features (checkout the other Steve Jenkins books too!)
  2. Alvin Ho (the whole series is available on MackinVia!)
  3. Dory Fantasmagory (fun loving character chapter book series)
  4. Picture Books by Patrica Polacco (third graders should read Picture Books too!)
  5. Explore and Draw Series (you learn about subject and how to draw it)


  1. Animals by the Numbers: A Book of Infographics (all Steve Jenkins books are fascinating and you can use Google Draw to make your infographics)
  2. Alamo All-Stars (read other historical fiction graphic novels by Hale)
  3. The 13th Story Treehouse (other books in this series also available)
  4. Biggest Names in Sports Series (for those that love learning about famous sports players)
  5. Check out the Group: 2020-2021 Bluebonnet books on your MackinVia Home Page (get a head start on the new list for next year!)


  1. The Menagerie (Enchanting fantasy series with lots of twists and turns! All three in MackinVia)
  2. The Book of Elsewhere (SCARY! series not for the faint of heart! All five in MackinVia)
  3. Time for Kids Nonfiction Reader series (so many topics to choose from)
  4. Rocket to the Moon (science graphic novel that's on the 2020-2021 Bluebonnet Reading List
  5. Who Was series (great biography series)

Austin Public Library

Visit the Austin Public Library's virtual library to access more online books and resources.

If you lost your library card, you can apply for a free e-card here

Maker Fun At Home!

Checkout our Kiker Elementary Library Course in Blend for weekly makerspace ideas and challenges! There will be a weekly Lego Challenge. Students can submit their creations and we will post on our Library Facebook Page. There will also be a fun maker activity added weekly!

ReAdiNg BiNgO

Another fun activity you will find in our Library Blend Course is Reading Bingo!

Kids can find ways to make reading fun. When they complete 5 in a row, then can submit a Bingo Entry! This will put their class' name in a drawing for a live, librarian story time during one of their class meetings!

What's Mrs. Butler reading this week?

Frankie Sparks and the Class Pet

This is a book on the New Bluebonnet List.

It's geared to kids 1st-4th.

This book is available in MackinVia.

What's Mrs. Smith reading this week?

The Luck of the Buttons

By Anne Ylvisaker

This historical fiction book takes us to

a small town in Iowa where Tugs, a tomboy,

comes upon a mystery that only she can solve.

This book is available on MackinVia.