Battle of the Books (BOB) is a program in which 4th & 5th grade students from all over Shelby County compete answering questions based on six specific books. Students interested in participating in Battle of the Books (BOB) will read the six pre-determined books, which this year are: Capture the Flag, Operation Yes, What We Found in the Sofa and How It Changed the World, Three Times Lucky, Stealing Air, and Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library. Students who choose to participate and READ the books (available in the media center beginning Monday, September 16th) will then be given the opportunity to try out for the Helena Intermediate School Battle of the Books team. This is a wonderful opportunity that our system provides students and we love to see the students excitedly reading the books. Students will be receiving information in their classes this week!
Thursday, September 12th, Helena Intermediate will join over 1,000,000 participants (so far!) from 75 countries to celebrate International Dot Day. “Dot Day began in 2009 when teacher Terry Shay, who believed so strongly in the power of the message in the book, The Dot by Peter Reynolds, that he established September 15(ish) as International Dot Day” (from the www.thedotclub.org). We are very excited to share in extending this message to our students at HIS as we encourage them to “make their mark” in their classrooms, in their homes, in the world. We are celebrating by having a “guessing jar” full of gumballs (students win a copy of the book, The Dot, along with the gumballs, students are creating their own dots, transforming dots into other things, wearing dots, eating dots, and writing about “making their marks”. It’s a fun week at HIS which celebrates the power of a book and its message.
Our book fair begins tomorrow and will run through the following Monday. The new Diary of a Wimpy Kid book will be released tomorrow as well, so it will be available for purchase in our fair. Tomorrow, Tuesday the 13th, we will be open in the evening from 3:00-8:00 in addition to our regular daily hours. You may also support our book fair with online purchases. Come see us and support the HIS Media Center. Thank you!
Last evening, I enjoyed reading four new picture books I’ve recently added to our collection her at HIS. The titles are: One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo, The Camping Trip that Changed America, by Barb Rosenstock, A Boy Called Dickens, by Deborah Hopkinson, and The Third Gift by Linda Sue Park. I’ll tell you a little about these gems, and then I hope you pick them up to enjoy yourself or maybe share with a friend.
A Boy Called Dickens: Hopkinson shares with us the humble childhood of one of England’s most famous authors, Charles Dickens, well-known for his novel A Christmas Carol among others. Dickens’ family struggled personally and financially, and at times he was not able to attend school but instead had to work in a factory. Always an avid reader and writer, eventually Dickens grew up and became a famous writer loved by many, and some details of his childhood are included in the books he wrote. I love sharing books like this with children because although they may have no prior knowledge of Dickens, the story is a pleasurable read and provides a backdrop for future encounters with this remarkable author.
The Camping Trip that Changed America: John Muir was a naturalist who loved the outdoors and worked hard to educate people about conservation. Theodore Roosevelt was an adventurer who also loved the outdoors and became president of the United States. Barb Rosenstock shares the story of a camping trip of these individuals, the only time the two men were actually together in person, although they became dear and respected friends communicating with letters the rest of their lives. During their outing in the Yosemite wilderness in which the men slept under the stars and even experienced a snow storm, Roosevelt discovered the need and passion to take care of the treasures we now call our National Parks. I love reading and sharing with children these tales of events in our history they may never have heard before.
One Cool Friend: What a fun book! I believe almost every child will identify with the desire to take a real animal home from a zoo instead of a stuffed one! I actually laughed out loud, rare for me when reading, when I got to the last page of this book because somehow, I didn’t see that particular ending coming. You’ll have to read it for yourself to find out what I’m talking about.
The Third Gift: I never read a book by Linda Sue Park without learning something new. What a gift she has for bringing us other cultures and crafts in such an accessible and entertaining way. This book relates the story of a father and son, not only sharing a special relationship, but also a special skill, the ability to harvest sap ‘tears’or myrhh from plants. Park weaves the story of the birth of a special child and the three magi into her tale, allowing the reader to consider how common people play a role in major historical events.
Enoy these new titles!
I’m really excited about the books that have been chosen for our 2013 Battle of the Books competition! I believe these titles are of literary quality, have a wide range of appeal for elementary age students, and also present important topics for meaningful discussion. Whether or not you, or someone you know, participates in our Battle of the Books competition, I highly recommend these books be added to your reading list! The titles are: One Dog and His Boy, Sylvia & Aki, True (…sort of), The One and Only Ivan, The Lemonade War, and Wonder. I am attaching a printable list of the titles to this post as well which also includes the authors’ names. BOOK LIST 2012-2013
Thank you so much for your support of our recent book fair. We could not do what we do in the media center without your help to make each fair a success. This is an exciting time, and exhausting time for us, but we love to get good books in the hands of students while raising much needed funds for our work here.
Coming November 16, we will have the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid book, Cabin Fever, available for purchase in the media center. These will be paperback copies available through Scholastic, and will cost $8.49. Look for pre-order forms to come home soon.
Enjoy this beautiful fall weather and curl up with a good book.
We are having an early book fair this year so you will be some of the first students to see all the new Scholastic Book Fair titles! Our fair will begin on August 29th and run through September 2nd. We look forward to seeing you at the fair!
You will be hearing a lot about Battle of the Books in the coming weeks as you return to school. This is a friendly, fun competition between schools (in our case, 4th and 5th grade students) in which students answer trivia question related to preselected books, and it is always exciting! We have just chosen our books for this year’s competition and they are:
Cosmic-Frank Cottrell Boyce
Flawed Dogs– Berkeley Breathed
Touch Blue – Cynthia Lord
My Life as a Book – Janet Tashjian
90 Miles to Havana – Enrique Flores Galbis
Unsinkable – Gordan Korman
Interested participants will meet with me in the coming weeks for more detailed information. Our team will be selected in early December, but it is never too early to begin reading the books and learning as much about them as you can!
Click the words “book list” below to see a more detailed description of the books.