Friday, February 16, 2018

February's Library Corner

Welcome back to the Library Corner!  Each month our school librarian, Mrs. Connell, recommends three books that students are encouraged to read.  These titles are available in the Holy Trinity School Library, as well as, the Wallingford Public Library.  This month's books all celebrate Black History Month!

Recommendation for Grades 6,7& 8

Title: Bud, Not Buddy

Author: Christopher Paul Curtis

Summary: It’s 1936, in Flint Michigan. Times may be hard, and ten-year-old Bud may be a motherless boy on the run, but Bud’s got a few things going for him:

1. He has his own suitcase full of special things.
2. He’s the author of Bud Caldwell’s Rules and Things for Having a Funner Life and Making a Better Liar Out of Yourself.
3. His mom never told him who his father was, but she left a clue: flyers advertising Herman E. Calloway and his famous band, the Dusky Devastators of the Depression!

     Bud’s got an idea that those flyers will lead him to his father. Once he decides to hit the road to find this mystery man, nothing can stop him—not hunger, not fear, not vampires, not even Herman E. Calloway himself.

Recommendation for Grades 3,4 &5
Title: Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans

Author: Kadir Nelson

Summary: The story of America and African Americans is a story of hope and inspiration and unwavering courage. This is the story of the men, women, and children who toiled in the hot sun picking cotton for their masters; it's about the America ripped in two by Jim Crow laws; it's about the brothers and sisters of all colors who rallied against those who would dare bar a child from an education. It's a story of discrimination and broken promises, determination, and triumphs.

Told through the unique point of view and intimate voice of a one-hundred-year-old African-American female narrator, this inspiring book demonstrates that in gaining their freedom and equal rights, African Americans helped our country achieve its promise of liberty and justice—the true heart and soul of our nation.

Recommendation for Grades K, 1 &2
Title: The Other Side
Author: Jacqueline Woodson
Illustrator: L.B. Lewis
Summary: In this story, Clover, a young black girls lives in a home with her family.  Just on the other side of the fence lives a young girl who seems to be about Clover's age.  Clover's mother warns her that she should not be playing on the other side of the fence or bother the little girl.  One day she approaches the girl and starts to talk to her and a friendship blossoms.  

Check back next month for more recommendations!  Happy Reading!

Friday, January 12, 2018

January's Library Corner

Welcome back to the Library Corner!  Each month our school librarian, Mrs. Connell, recommends three books that students are encouraged to read.  These titles are available in the Holy Trinity School Library, as well as the Wallingford Public Library.  This month's books all have a Winter Olympic Theme!

Recommendation for Grades 6,7&8
Title: Freeze Frame: A Photographic History of the Winter Olympics

Author: Sue Macy

Summary: This book is one of the first to capture the heroics of the Winter Olympics.  From the unlikely Jamaican bobsled team to the unforgettable U.S.S.R. vs. U.S.A. hockey clash at Lake Placid, all the legends of great winter sports are recalled, including stars of skiing, bobsledding, ice skating, and even snowboarding.
Freeze Frame features spectacular photo galleries in addition to a superb map of Winter Olympic sites, an insight into the coverage of new extreme Olympic sports, and a complete Winter Olympic Almanac, which includes quick reference information on each Olympiad.

Recommendation for Grades 3,4&5
Title: A is for Axel: An Ice Skating Alphabet

Author: Kurt Browning

Illustrator: Melanie Rose

Summary: Four-time World Champion and professional figure skater, Kurt Browning, replaces his boots and blades with pen and paper to write this book.  From holding an edge to laces and hooks, Kurt glides and dances through the alphabet explaining history, techniques, and memorable moments of the sport.

Recommendations for Grades K,1&2
Title: Tacky and the Winter Games

Author: Helen Lester

Illustrator: Lynn Munsinger

Summary: Tacky and his fellow penguins have to work hard to get in shape so they can represent Team Nice Icy Land in the athletic competitions.  After rigorous training, they're ready- but are the games ready for Tacky?  Will his antics keep Team Icy Land from winning a medal?  From bobsledless racing and ski jumping to speed skating, Tacky lends his unique, exuberant style to each competition.  Tacky reminds readers of the underlying joy and enthusiasm that propels athletes to greatness.

Title: Snowman Paul at the Winter Olympics

Author: Yossi Lapid

Illustrator: Joanna Pasek

Summary: Snowman Paul dreams of becoming a Winter Olympics champion.  Dan is surprised by how well his snowman is doing in the competition.  But then, Dan becomes suspicious.  Is Snowman Paul competing fairly?  Or is he perhaps, enjoying some unfair advantages?