Well, the April Shelf Challenge is over, phew! Did I get all the way through my assigned section, the S section? No, no I did not. Am I still glad I tried? Yes, yes I am!
It was great fun to read through my section and revisit some old favorites like: The Stinky Cheese Man and other fairly stupid tales by Jon Scieszka & Lane Smith, Where the wild things are by Maurice Sendak, One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish, by Dr. Seuss and yes, by Dr. Seuss.
I also discovered some new favorites like: Monkey and Elephant by Carole Lexa Schaefer and Shark and Lobster’s Amazing Undersea Adventure by Viviane Schwarz
I must admit one that should have already been an old favorite but I had never actually read was Skippyjon Jones and the big bones by Judy Schachner.
I have recommended Skippyjon Jones books millions of time but they are always flying off the shelves and I never had the chance to read one myself. I read it to my daughter after school one day and we laughed and laughed. Talk about a book you need to practice with first if you really want to use your best read aloud voices and accents! Thank goodness I had a supportive audience in my 5 year old daughter and not a whole class of kindergartners!
Along with some misshelved finds, (Henry and Mudge what are you doing jumping a shelf down into the S’s!) I found some holiday books by Lola M. Schaefer that should be in nonfiction. While they probably circulated fine in the easy section my younger readers LOVE to go the nonfiction section and this way I can steer them to some that I know they can read. A win-win for everyone!
April was busy with testing…poetry… more testing… formal observation… still more testing…and reading! I didn’t get all the way through my section but I have fun almost making it around the corner of my book case. Who knows, maybe I’ll keep going into May. I do know that I will be signing up again next year…maybe a fiction section next time!
April is a busy month and I couldn’t be more excited! Since I have started using Twitter for my PLN my eyes have been opened to all kinds of fun projects and activities to do. So in addition to state testing and formal observations that I have this month, I plan to:
1. Participate in Matthew Winner’s (@MatthewWinner aka The Busy Librarian) Shelf Challenge 2013. I let Matthew assign me an easy section to read and lucky me got the “S” section. I looked over my shelf list to start planning and saw there is a little over 500 books! After I cleared out the multiple copies I have 400 titles to read. I plan to start right away on Monday. If I only read on school days I need to average 18 to 19 books a day. There are some great titles I’m looking forward to reading again and I’m excited to find some lost treasures. Be sure to check back as I will post photos and update my progress.
2. April is School Library Month Plans are in progress for this, some ideas include:
- Hide Post-it notes inside of several library books, when a student checks out one of these special books they receive a prize.
- Treats for teachers who encourage check-out.
- Announce on the morning show which grade level had the highest circulation for the previous day.
- Give out prizes at faculty meetings to the teacher(s) with the highest circulation.
- Have an library themed estimation station at the circulation desk. Students can enter the contest each time they checkout a book.
- Allow students to check out more books at a time
- Book mark contest
- School wide door decorating contest
3. It is Poetry Month, we will be sharing poetry all month on the morning show and in my lessons with kindergarten. We will also participate in Poem in Your Pocket Day, Thursday April 18. I am looking forward to connecting with other schools through Skype to read poems together. I am also going to attempt to create some Book Spine Poems. I plan to use it as a display and maybe get some of my library pages to try and create some during one of their shifts.
This is going to be a fun, busy month and I can’t wait for it to start!
Okle : )