Reading Opportunities

If you'd like to participate, let's do it together!

Book Fairs

October 19 - 23: Scholastic Book Fair

February 6: Barnes & Noble (tentative date)

Spring 2016: Southwest Book Fair

September 15 - Dot Day - Any grade level

"The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”. What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe."

Website includes Educator's Handbook, downloadable certificates, idea gallery, and social media info.

Oct. 5 thru Nov. 15 - Global Read Aloud - Any grade level

The idea is one book to connect the world. You can spend a little or a lot of time on the GRA. There is so much information it can be overwhelming, so the best advice is to make it yours.

Basically, younger grades do an author study; this year it's Amy Krause Rosenthal, and I (will) have all the books in the library. For students ages 7 and up, the novel is The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes. For students ages 9 and up, the novel is Fish In a Tree by Linda Mulllaly Hunt (I know 5th grade started this already).

Last year the authors did live webcasts reading chapters (also recorded to watch when convenient) and responded to Twitter posts when using official hashtags. Whatever you decide to do, let me know how I can help. Your first step is to go to the website below and sign up so you can start receiving information.

K & 1 Visiting Author/Illustrator - Jeff Mack

Jeff will be here the morning of October 7th. He will do one presentation for all of Kindergarten, and another for all of 1st grade (times, TBA). I am open to making this "Pete the Cat" Big (if you were here the year Eric Litwin came), but I need your help and ideas!

2, 3 & 5 Visiting Author - Kirby Larson

I'm so excited to have Newberry-honor winning author Kirby Larson here on Veteran's Day November 11th. She will do 3 presentations - 1 per participating grade level. Her books Duke and Dash are on the Name That Book list and would make great read alouds! I think she is the first Newberry author we will have at Hamilton!

4th grade Visiting Author - Phil Bildner

He's back for his 4th visit to Hamilton to do writing workshop with our 4th graders all day on February 29th. Last year, Phil asked a group of students (now 5th graders) to create the official book trailer for his just-released chapter book, A Whole New Ballgame, which is a FANTASTIC read aloud! Watch the trailer below.
Book Trailer -- A Whole New Ballgame