Booked for the Week

Information Literacy and Activities for BHMS Families

November 30, 2020
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Meet Author Kenneth Oppel

Ever since Star Wars broke the barrier all those years ago, Sci-Fi has become an increasingly more popular genre for kids and adults everywhere. Everything from aliens and robots to dystopian worlds have graced screens, populated books and even created challenges for players in video games.

Join us on Tuesday, December 1 at 3pm ET (that's 2:00 our time) for a launch party of Kenneth Oppel's newest book, Hatch (sequel to Bloom). Ken will treat us all to a live reading and then we'll sit down to talk about everything from his new book to his experience writing science fiction and fantasy for middle graders and the importance of the genre to transport youth to new worlds and foster their love of reading. Register here:

Perfect for students grades 5-8, but all are welcome.

Can't make the live webcast? Don't worry! Our webcasts are recorded and available to watch on-demand at

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Mystery, horror, sci-fi, realistic graphic novels and more! This year’s list of nominated books has something for everyone. Take part in book discussions and activities by joining Maud Squad today. We’ll also have special guests like a man whose father was a member of the Resistance during WWII and our own Ms. Riffe, who will teach us some sign language.

The access code to join Maud Squad 20-21 is RFNF-HTHN-Z92B7

Get a summary of all the titles by clicking on the link. Even if you don’t want to join the club, you are welcome to read the books!

Get Creative & Celebrate Books

Don't sit around the house being bored. Here's your chance to be a published photographer and build a culture of reading in our BHMS family. Look through the list of ideas below, take your photo, and send it to Ms. Ninteman. The photo will be in one of our future publications.

Photo Ideas

1. Take a picture of yourself or your family reading in a favorite place in your home, yard or park trail

2. Take a picture of yourself reading with a pet

3. Using materials found around the home, take a photo of yourself/family reenacting a scene from a picture book

4. Using materials found around the home, take a photo of yourself as a character from a book

5. Other ideas that you have to celebrate reading!

*All photos need to be appropriate for school audiences. (Example: No weapons.)

Scroll down to take a look at what some of our staff members have created.

New Book + Cuddly Guest = Happiness

Mrs. Edelman
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Summer reading with the Herem family

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The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

Try staging a scene from a book with live or inanimate models. If your family is feeling shy, round up props and stuffed animals to pose for you. Have fun and let your imagination fly.
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Have You Met These Books?

The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich, award-winning Minnesota author and owner of Birchbark Books and Native Arts.

Many people are familiar with the Laura Ingalls Wilder stories of pioneer life in the Little House books (especially if you're around my age). For another perspective, try Birchbark House. It's a touching and captivating story of family, community, love, and strength---especially during difficult times.

Summary: Omakayas, a seven-year-old Native American girl of the Ojibwa tribe, lives through the joys of summer and the perils of winter on an island in Lake Superior in 1847. (There are currently five books in the series.)

* Is social studies your favorite subject? This book connects to Minnesota studies.

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States for Young People by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz; adapted by Debbie Reese and Jean Mendoza

Summary: Spanning more than 400 years, this history examines the legacy of Indigenous peoples' resistance, resilience, and steadfast fight against imperialism.

Going beyond the story of America as a country "discovered" by a few brave men in the "New World," Indigenous human rights advocate Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz reveals the roles that settler colonialism and policies of American Indian genocide played in forming our national identity.

The original academic text is fully adapted for middle-grade and young adult readers to include discussion topics, archival images, original maps, recommendations for further reading, and other materials to encourage students, teachers, and general readers to think critically about their own place in history. - Goodreads

* This book connects to 7th grade social studies.

Fry Bread by Kevin Noble Maillard

Summary: "Told in lively and powerful verse by debut author Kevin Noble Maillard, Fry Bread is an evocative depiction of a modern Native American family, vibrantly illustrated by Pura Belpre Award winner and Caldecott Honoree Juana Martinez-Neal"--Dust jacket.

Virtual Storytime: FRY BREAD with Kevin Noble Maillard
***Fry Bread is one of the ten Star of the North nominated books . Although voting is limited to K-2 students, people of all ages are encouraged to read and share the stories.
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Curbside Checkout

Request books you want to read in Destiny, the library catalog. When you receive the email stating that your books are ready, schedule a time to pick them up at BHMS. All the directions are in the infographic. Just click the link.
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Contact Information

Julianne Ninteman, Library Media Specialist

Black Hawk Middle School and Thomas Lake Elementary