Thursday, May 10, 2018

Interview with Author, Diana Glass

We are excited to interview Children's Book author, Diana Glass in this week's episode. She wrote Benny's Moving Buddy, which she wrote as a result of her own personal history of moving from place to place and school to school. We are sure children all over the world can relate to this book, especially if they have to experience a move to another school.
Scroll to the bottom to go straight to this week's episode or click the podcast button near the top of this page!
Here's a link to her book on Amazon if you'd like to own  your very own copy.


What we're reading now:

Persais is reading The Land of Stories: Beyond the Kingdoms
Author: Chirs Colfer 

Beyond the Kingdoms by Chris COlfer

Sarah is reading Hot Cocoa Hearts
Author: Suzanne Nelson
Book Website: https://www.suzannenelson.com/hot-cocoa-hearts/

HOt Cocoa Hearts by Suzzane Nelson

Kaden is reading Diary fo an 8 bit Warrior Book 2 From Seeds to Swords
Author Cube Kid
Ms. Reynolds is reading Refugee
Author: Alan Gratz
Book Website: https://www.alangratz.com/writing/refugee/

Books Blurb


Doll Bones by Holly Black   

Doll Bones

The Doll in the Garden

The Dollhouse Murders

The Doll People

Season 2 Episode 2

Monday, April 30, 2018

The Podcast is BACK for Season 2!

We are back at it for our podcast and we hope to record weekly episodes for this season. We got a later start (my fault) and still would like to record at least 4 to 5 episodes.

We have our new Podcast cohosts and they are readers! This is important, being out podcast is about reading, books, and authors!
Below are links to information about the books our cohosts are reading and also the Book Blurb segment!

Season 2
Episode 1

What We Are Reading Now

Sarah is reading Diary of a Wimpy Kid - The Long Haul By Jeff Kinney
Call Number: F Kinney
Book Website: http://www.wimpykid.com/books/book9/

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul

Persais is reading
Book 3 of The Land of Stories - A Grimm Warning by Chris Colfer
Call Number: F Colfer
Series Website: http://thelandofstories.com/books/
The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning

Kaden just finished reading
America is Under Attack: the day the towers fell: September 11, 2001 by Don Brown
Call Number: 973.932 B
Book website: http://www.booksbybrown.com/non-fiction-for-older-readers/
America is Under Attack book: the day the towers fell: September 11, 2001
Ms. Reynolds is reading WEdgie & Gizmo by Suzanne Selfors
Call Number: F Selfors
book Wedgie & Gizmo

Book Blurb

Info about the book: The Magnificent 12: The Call
Call Number: F Grant


Monday, May 1, 2017

Writing Camp Podcast Episode 3!

We are a little behind posting our blogs, but we are up and running still!
We hope to produce 2 -3 more podcasts before the summer break!

Today's episode was recorded right before the Writing STAAR test for our 4th Graders.
We are featuring two students and some of the writing the produced in Writing Camp!
Scroll to the bottom for the link to Episode 3!

Here are the books the hosts were reading, in case you want to check them out!

Persais' Book

Ms. Reynolds' Book

Roger's Book

Click the link to hear the podcast!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Battle of the Books Podcast

This week we are adding episode 2 of our Little Black Library podcast!

Episode 2 is all about Battle of the Books!
We interviewed the winning teams from our school and got the 6th grade teams take on their feelings before the Semi-finals.

Here are links to the books that my co-hosts and I are reading as well as the book blurb books. Scroll to the bottom for the link to the podcast! Enjoy!

Persais' book:

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Maybe a Fox

The 2017 Bluebonnet Books are now in the library! Over Spring Break I began reading Maybe a Fox, which is one of the new Bluebonnet Books. Let me tell you, I could not put this book down. I read it in a day! I don't usually have that kind of time! But, this was worth the day's read!

Maybe a Fox is about two sisters (human by the way). One is a runner and the other is an avid rock collector. The girls are already broken from the loss of a parent. But, tragedy strikes the family again leaving the family in survival mode. All the while, 3 foxes are born and one has a special connection to humans, especially little Jules. The fox has a connection with the spiritual world and her senses are hopefully used to help Jules find peace and understanding.

I highly recommend this book!  

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Podcast Obsessed

I, Ms. Reynolds, confess that I cannot STOP listening to podcasts. I listen ALL the time. I listen mostly in the car, but sometimes I listen when I'm cleaning my house.
I am addicted!
I listen to all types of podcasts. I listen to parenting podcasts, comedy podcasts, librarian/book loving podcasts, mystery podcasts, etc... The greatest part is downloading and listening to a podcast is absolutely FREE!
Two weeks ago I was able to go to an educational technology conference in Austin called TCEA. One session I could attend stood out to me...how to create a podcast! Duh! I had to take it! Fast-forward two weeks and we have created our Little Black Library Podcast! 
I chose two students (4th graders) to be my co-hosts and we will interview other students and teachers about reading, writing, book reviews, favorite books, and so much more!
My co-costs are ecstatic to say the least! Our plan is to plan the podcast one week and record the it the next week. Therefore, publishing our podcast every other week. 
I'll admit, it is a learning process for me. I'm still playing around with it. My prediction is the students will love it, because they love listening to play-aways from our library. Our 4th, 5th, and 6th graders all have 1:1 ipads in the classroom and should be able to access it there. I hope to somehow find ways for the primary grades to listen as well.
My goal is to promote reading and writing! So, with out further ado, I present to you Season 1, Episode 1 of our very first podcast. 

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Drama, Drama, Drama

My students are SO into Raina Telgemeier's graphic novels. I decided I would read at least one and see why they love them so much. So I started with Drama. So far, I like it!
It looks like she is in the process of writing another one! It's called Ghosts. It will be out in the Fall of 2016. 
Here's the link to her blog where Raina talks about her new book. 

I know some of my kiddos will be excited! 

Have you read one of Raina Telgemeier's books? What'd you think? Is there another graphic novel author you love?