ghost by jason reynolds

Ghost (track #1) book review

Feb 24th, 2017 Book Reviews, Odyssey Award Rachel Reinwald 2 min read

Ghost (Track#1) by Jason Reynolds is a realistic fiction novel. Castle Crenshaw calls himself Ghost (although no one else does) when he ran as a fast as a ghost when his father chased him and his mother with a gun and they had to hid in their favorite store-owners walk-in refrigerator like they were ghosts. Ghost has a lot to be scared of and mad…

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

The Girl Who Drank the Moon (book review)

Feb 22nd, 2017 Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 2 min read

The Girl Who Drank the Moon is a fantasy novel that feels like a folktale. There is a town surrounded by dangerous woods and giant bog. It is ruled by the Protectorate, a group of elder men and [the sisterhood]. Antain is a boy apprentice to the Protectorate. The townspeople are full of sorrow because every year, the youngest child must be taken into the…

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Roller Girl (book review)

Feb 21st, 2017 2018 Caudills, Book Awards, Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 2 min read

For more 2018 Caudill book reviews click here. Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson is a realistic fiction graphic novel for grades 4-8. Astrid and Nicole have always been best friends. Astrid’s mom likes taking them on ECE’s or Evenings of Cultural Enlightenment, which usually bore the living daylights out of both girls. But when they go to see a roller derby, Astrid is hooked and…

Beneath by Roland Smith

Beneath (book review)

Feb 20th, 2017 2018 Caudills, Book Awards, Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 3 min read

Beneath by Roland Smith For more 2018 Caudill reviews and teacher resources, click here. Grades 4-8. Beneath is a middle-grade adventure fiction novel. Pat’s older brother Coop does not care about anything other than exploring underground, tap dancing, and Pat himself. He is an odd bird but Pat loves him anyways. The parents? Not so much. The parents don’t seem to care that they have…

2018 Rebecca Caudill Resources

Feb 17th, 2017 2018 Caudills, Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 1 min read

Hey all! There is a new award season among us, even earlier as our kids haven’t even voted yet for this year. Here is the new list. Click on each title for the book reviews as I add them. The Book Scavenger by Jennifer Bertman Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans by Don Brown (graphic novel; NF; YA) Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova (graphic novel)…

Little Listeners: March/April

Dec 16th, 2016 Early Literacy Skills, Little Listeners, Programming, Songs Rachel Reinwald 3 min read

I figured I’d post the rest of my Little Listeners (3-15 mos.) plans. So here’s the March/April session. Look at my past post to see pictures of the setup and the transitional songs we sing every week. The other plans: January/February March/April May/June July/August September/October November/December For this session, here are our choral read books (we do 1 choral read per class): Barnyard Dance by…

My First Ever Baby Playground!

Nov 3rd, 2016 Craft Programs, Early Literacy Skills, Little Listeners, Programming, Songs Rachel Reinwald 3 min read

This was my first ever Baby Playground program and the first for our library. Basically, I wanted to have a giant baby party that practices fine motor skills. I chose to focus on pincer grasp, gross motor skills, and eye tracking. It was so much fun! We had over 40 people attend. Babies were everywhere. Rice was everywhere (we used it as “sandbox” material). We…

Little Listeners: September/October

Oct 17th, 2016 Early Literacy Skills, Little Listeners, Programming, Songs Rachel Reinwald 7 min read

I figured I’d post the rest of my Little Listeners (3-15 mos.) plans. So here’s the September/October session. Look at my past post to see pictures of the setup and the transitional songs we sing every week. The other plans I have so far are: July/August November/December For this session, here are our choral read books (we do 1 choral read per class): Bunny Rabbit…

Confession Time

Oct 14th, 2016 Library Issues Rachel Reinwald 2 min read

Thank you to those who are still reading this blog! It’s surprisingly many. I have been very busy over the Summer Reading Program at work, which was so much different than last year and there was insane turn out for. See my (future) blog post here. I was appointed to the ALSC Education Committee that manages the continuing education programs and the ALSC Interdivisional Committee…

Family Storytime: Bedtime

Jun 9th, 2016 Family Storytime Rachel Reinwald 3 min read

I threw together this new storytime after my favorite book for my Toys Storytime is not only out of print and not available online (for under $200), but my personal copy is missing too. We started with my favorite play on a folktale, The Squeaky Door by Margaret MacDonald. I used to be really embarrassed reading it, but the more you do all the sounds,…