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My fourth and fifth grade students ask me for good books all the time. Here's the latest update for the current school year.

My fourth and fifth grade students ask me for good books all the time. Here's the latest update for the current school year.

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  • 1. Do you know any good books…? Dr. Mika LRC Director Beebe Elementary
  • 2. Yes, I do! Today’s lesson will help you: • Find a good book! • Search the catalog • Revisit popular series • Think about great authors • Use the Beebe Web Site • Discover other book lists
  • 3. Library Catalog • Author, Subject, Title, or Series
  • 4. Battle of the Books • Over twenty years in District 203 • A literature challenge for students in 4th & 5th grade • Team of four become experts on a list of 40 books – 30 new – 10 previous Battle book
  • 5. • Link to official web site • Book trailer • 2nd Year on Battle List • Also a Bluestem Nominee • Also a Rebecca Caudill Nominee
  • 6. Adventures of a South Pole Pig By Chris Kurtz Flora the pig ditches the sedentary life on the farm for an adventure in Antarctica, where she escapes the knife and lives her dream of pulling a sled with a team of dogs.
  • 7. Bo at Ballard Creek By Kirkpatrick Hill It's the 1920s, and Bo was headed for an Alaska orphanage when she won the hearts of two tough gold miners who set out to raise her, enthusiastically helped by all the kind people of the nearby Eskimo village.
  • 8. Breathing Room By Marsha Hayles In 1940, thirteen-year-old Evvy Hoffmeister and her newfound friends struggle to get well at Loon Lake Sanatorium, where they are being treated for tuberculosis.
  • 9. Candymakers By Wendy Mass Four gifted twelve-year-olds, including Logan, the candymaker's son, are set to be contestants in the Confectionary Association's national competition to determine the nation's tastiest sweet, but nobody anticipates that a friendship will form between them.
  • 10. Dog Called Homeless By Sarah Lean Fifth-grader Cally Louise Fisher stops talking, partly because her father and brother never speak of her mother who died a year earlier, but visions of her mother, friendships with a homeless man and a disabled boy, and a huge dog ensure that she still communicates.
  • 11. Duke By Kirby Larson In 1944, Hobie Hanson's father is flying B-24s in Europe, so Hobie decides to donate his beloved German shepherd, Duke, to Dogs for Defense in the hope that it will help end the war sooner--but when he learns that Duke is being trained for combat he is shocked, frightened, and determined to get his dog back.
  • 12. Each Little Bird that Sings By Deborah Wiles Comfort Snowberger is well acquainted with death since her family runs the funeral parlor in their small southern town, but even so the ten-year-old is unprepared for the series of heart-wrenching events that begins on the first day of Easter vacation with the sudden death of her beloved great-uncle Edisto.
  • 13. Egypt Game By Zilpha Keatly Snyder Melanie and April turn a deserted lot into an imaginary Egypt where they spend many hours enacting rituals and consulting oracles, but there are real dangers and problems lurking outside their make-believe world that almost bring their game to a disastrous end.
  • 14. Ella Enchanted By Gail Carson Levine In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her.
  • 15. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library By Chris Grabenstein Twelve-year-old Kyle gets to stay overnight in the new town library, designed by his hero (the famous game maker Luigi Lemoncello), with other students but finds that come morning he must work with friends to solve puzzles in order to escape.
  • 16. Five Lives of Our Cat Zook By Joanne Rocklin As ten-year-old Oona and younger brother Fred conspire to break their sick cat Zook out of the veterinary clinic, Oona tells the story of Zook's previous lives.
  • 17. Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel By Deborah Hopkinson Eel, an orphan, and his best friend Florrie must help Dr. John Snow prove that cholera is spread through water, and not poisonous air, when an epidemic sweeps across their London neighborhood in 1854.
  • 18. Half a Chance By Cynthia Lord Lucy, with her mother and her photographer father, has just moved to a small rural community in New Hampshire, and with her new friend Nate she plans to spend the summer taking photos for a contest, but pictures sometimes reveal more than people are willing to see.
  • 19. Hana’s Suitcase By Karen Levine A biography of a Czech girl who died in the Holocaust, told in alternating chapters with an account of how the curator of a Japanese Holocaust center learned about her life after Hana's suitcase was sent to her.
  • 20. Helen’s Big World: The Life of Helen Keller By Doreen Rappaport An illustrated biography of Helen Keller, introducing young readers to her life and legacy, and including quotations by Keller.
  • 21. Hiding Out at the Pancake Palace By Nan Marino When musical prodigy, Elvis Ruby, completely freezes up on television, he is forced to hide out in the Pinelands of New Jersey and try to find his way back to the music once again with the help of a new friend.
  • 22. Leepike Ridge By N.D. Wilson While his widowed mother continues to search for him, eleven-year-old Tom, presumed dead after drifting away down a river, finds himself trapped in a series of underground caves with another survivor and a dog, and pursued by murderous treasure-hunters.
  • 23. Matilda By Roald Dahl Matilda applies her untapped mental powers to rid the school of the evil, child-hating headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, and restore her nice teacher, Miss Honey, to financial security.
  • 24. Million Dollar Shot By Dan Gutman Eleven-year-old Eddie gets a chance to win a million dollars by sinking a foul shot at the National Basketball Association finals.
  • 25. MVP: The Magellan Voyage Project By Douglas Evans Twelve-year-old Adam Story is challenged by the deposed ruler of Babababad and his mongoose companion to become the first youngster to travel around the world in forty days without an adult.
  • 26. Never Say Die By Will Hobbs Fifteen-year-old half-Inuit Nick and his white brother, Ryan, meet and share an adventure on the Firth River in the Canadian Arctic, facing white water, wild animals, and fierce weather as Ryan documents the effects of climate change on caribou for National Geographic magazine.
  • 27. Numbed By David Lubar When a robot at the math museum zaps their math skills, sixth-grader Logan and his mischievous friend, Benedict, must pass a series of math challenges to retrieve their knowledge.
  • 28. One Dog and His Boy By Eva Ibbotson When lonely, ten-year-old Hal learns that his wealthy but neglectful parents only rented Fleck, the dog he always wanted, he and new friend Pippa take Fleck and four other dogs from the rental agency on a trek from London to Scotland, where Hal's grandparents live.
  • 29. One White Dolphin By Gill Lewis When a baby albino dolphin caught in old fishing netting washes ashore, Paralympics sailing hopeful Felix and English school girl Kara work with veterinarians and specialists to save and reunite the dolphin with her mother, setting off a chain of events that might just save the reef from the environmental effects of proposed dredging.
  • 30. Parrots Over Puerto Rico By Susan Roth A combined history of the Puerto Rican parrot and the island of Puerto Rico, highlighting current efforts to save the Puerto Rican parrot by protecting and managing this endangered species.
  • 31. Pi in the Sky By Wendy Mass Joss is the seventh son of the Supreme Overlord of the Universe. His older brothers help his dad rule the cosmos, but all Joss gets to do is deliver pies. That's right: pies. Of course, these pies actually hold the secrets of the universe between their buttery crusts, but they're still pies.
  • 32. Riley Mack and the Other Known Troublemakers By Chris Grabenstein Eleven-year-old Riley Mack and his friends, Briana, Mongo, Jake and Jamal outwit the school bully, solve the mystery of who stole the goldendoodle named Poodle, and get evidence to help the FBI catch bank robbers.
  • 33. Salt By Helen Frost Twelve-year-olds Anikwa, of the Miami village of Kekionga, and James, of the trading post outside Fort Wayne, find their friendship threatened by the rising fear and tension brought by the War of 1812.
  • 34. Short Seller By Elissa Brent Weissman While seventh-grader Lindy Sachs is recovering from mononucleosis, her father gives her access to his etrading account as a way to pass the time and she discovers that she has a knack for buying and selling stocks.
  • 35. Snicker of Magic By Natalie Lloyd The Pickles are new to Midnight Gulch, Tennessee, a town which legend says was once magic--but Felicity is convinced the magic is still there, and with the help of her new friend Jonah the Beedle she hopes to bring the magic back.
  • 36. Sugar By Jewell Parker Rhodes In 1870, Reconstruction brings big changes to the Louisiana sugar plantation where spunky ten-year-old Sugar has always lived, including her friendship with Billy, the son of her former master, and the arrival of workmen from China.
  • 37. The Thing About Georgie By Lisa Graff Georgie's dwarfism causes problems, but he could always rely on his parents, his best friend, and classmate Jeanie the Meanie's teasing, until a surprising announcement, a new boy in school, and a class project shake things up.
  • 38. Three Times Lucky By Shelils Turnage Map on inside covers. Washed ashore as a baby in tiny Tupelo Landing, North Carolina, Mo LoBeau, now eleven, and her best friend Dale turn detective when the amnesiac Colonel, owner of a cafe and co-parent of Mo with his cook, Miss Lana, seems implicated in a murder.
  • 39. True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp By Kathi Appett Twelve-year-old Chap Brayburn, ancient Sugar Man, and his raccoon-brother Swamp Scouts Bingo and J'miah try to save Bayou Tourterelle from feral pigs Clydine and Buzzie, greedy Sunny Boy Beaucoup, and world-class alligator wrestler and would-be land developer Jaeger Stitch.
  • 40. Ungifted By Gordon Korman Due to an administrative mix-up, troublemaker Donovan Curtis is sent to the Academy of Scholastic Distinction, a special program for gifted and talented students, after pulling a major prank at middle school.
  • 41. Wanderville By Wendy McClure To escape rumored terrors in Kansas, New Yorkers Jack and Frances, eleven, and Frances's brother Harold, seven, jump off an orphan train in 1899 and help new friend Alexander to build Wanderville, a safe place for homeless children.
  • 42. Warriors By Joseph Bruchac An Iroquois boy known on the reservation for his talent at the sacred game of lacrosse moves to Washington, D.C., with his mother and grows frustrated with the misleading statements about Native Americans that his new lacrosse coach makes.
  • 43. What the Moon Said By Gayle Rosegren When Esther's family moves to a farm during the Great Depression, she soon learns that there are things much more important than that her superstitious mother rarely shows her any affection.
  • 44. Winter Sky By Patricia Reilly Giff Almost twelve-year-old Siria, who chases firetrucks in the middle of the night to ensure her fire fighter dad's safety, learns about bravery one winter as she tries to mend a broken friendship.
  • 45. Worm Whisperer By Betty Hicks Ellison Ellis Coffey, a lonely fifth-grader, discovers he might have the special gift of talking to bugs and decides to use his ability to win his town's annual Woolly Worm Race.
  • 46. Where are they this year?
  • 47. Bluestem Nominees 2015 PowerPoint created by Katie Lawrence and Brian Wilson Bluestem Steering Committee Original design by Michelle Johnson This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/
  • 48. Chained by Lynne Kelly In order to help his family, Hastin takes a job in a circus taking as an elephant caretaker. However, when he discovers that the circus owner is being cruel to a little elephant, he tries to find a way to save the creature! Can he? Set in India! (248 pages)
  • 49. 49 A Dog Called Homeless by Sarah Lean Cally Fisher decides to stop speaking because talking won’t bring back her mother, or get people to listen to her either. After 31 days, Cally sees a vision of her mother, and meets a scruffy dog. Will new friendships and her new dog help Cally begin to hope again? (224 pages)
  • 50. Dogs on Duty: Soldiers’ Best Friends on the Battlefield and Beyond by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent Throughout history, dogs have helped soldiers on the battlefield. Learn how these canine helpers are trained to assist people in the military. Packed with photographs! (48 Non-fiction! pages)
  • 51. Drita, My Homegirl by Jenny Lombard Lonely Drita moves from war-torn Kosovo to New York City where she struggles to learn English. She meets funny rebel Maxie, who has a sad secret she tells no one. Will these two girls overcome their differences and become friends? (135 pages)
  • 52. The Dunderheads by Paul Fleischman, illustrated by David Roberts A bunch of misfit students have the meanest teacher in the world, Miss Breakbone! When she goes too far, they decide it is time to teach her a lesson! Will they pull off their plan? (56 pages) Quick read and funny!
  • 53. Frindle by Andrew Clements Nicholas decides to play a trick on his dictionary-loving teacher by inventing a new word for “pen.” Soon everyone starts using the word “frindle” and his teacher is not happy! Will things spin out of control? (105 pages) Funny!
  • 54. Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins In this action-packed fantasy, Gregor and his 2-year-old sister fall into an underground world. There they meet bats and cockroaches…and evil rats who want to take over the world! Can Gregor save humankind against these vicious rodents? (311 pages) First in a series!
  • 55. If You Lived Here: Houses of the World by Giles Laroche Imagine living inside a mountain, or in a home where you could catch fish from your bedroom window. This book takes you all over the world, showing you the coolest of houses! Which house would you choose as your favorite? (32 pages) Non-fiction!
  • 56. Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead After he moves into a new apartment building, Georges meets Safer, a boy who says he is a great spy. They start spying on neighbor Mr. X, who may or may not be completely evil! What will they discover about this possibly dangerous man? (180 pages)
  • 57. Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute by Jarrett J. Krosoczka The new substitute teacher seems to be up to no good! Who will save the school? Why, the crime-fighting Lunch Lady and her brave assistant Betty will! Which supercool gadgets will she use to save the day??? A funny graphic novel! (95 pages) Funny, first in a series, and a quick read!
  • 58. Niagara Falls, or Does it by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver Hank Zipzer does not like to read or write. When asked to compose an essay about his summer vacation, he decides to build a model of Niagara Falls instead! What happens when he shows off his epic project? (137 pages) Funny and first in a series!
  • 59. 59 Night of the Twisters by Ivy Ruckman 12-year old Dan Hatch finds himself at home with his baby brother and his best friend Arthur when tornado sirens begin to go off. Hiding in the basement, the three boys face multiple twisters in a night none of them will ever forget. An exciting story about survival and strength. (160 pages) Based on a true story!
  • 60. 60 The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate Ivan has spent most of his life in a circus-themed mall. He has his art, his friends and he can even watch TV. When a baby elephant is brought in to draw in more customers, Ivan begins to view his life in a new light. Can he find a way to save them all? Newbery Medal Winner. (320 pages) Based on a true story! Short chapters and illustrations.
  • 61. 61 Rich: A Dyamonde Daniel Book by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie Dyamonde Daniel cannot wait to enter the library’s poetry contest with her friend Free. They could do so many great things with the $100 prize! When they discover their classmate, Damaris’ secret, they have to decide whether winning, or helping their new friend is more important. (95 pages)
  • 62. 62 Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor When Marty discovers a beagle in the hills behind his house he falls in love at first sight. Unfortunately Shiloh belongs to a cruel man, Judd Travers. As Marty protects Shiloh the secrets and danger grow greater. Read this classic to find out if Marty can ever have Shiloh for good. (144 pages)
  • 63. Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio by Peg Kehret 63 The true story of how Peg Kehret battled polio when she was twelve years old. Surviving the initial paralysis brought on by the illness, Peg then had to learn how to walk again. A story of strength and courage in the face of an uncertain future. (179 pages)
  • 64. The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi When a terrible creature lures their mother away from their new home, Emily and Navin find themselves on a dangerous mission. They must rescue her from an underground world full of talking animals, robots and demons. (192 pages) 64 First in a graphic novel series!
  • 65. The Truth About Poop by Susan E. Goodman, illustrated by Elwood H. Smith 65 A fascinating look at one of the more private bodily functions. Learn how far a skipper caterpillar can shoot its poop as well as about all of the substitutes there have been for toilet paper in history. Full of hilarious illustrations too! (48 pages)
  • 66. Wild River by P.J. Petersen Ryan, a video game addict, finds himself in a real life adventure when a camping trip with his older brother Tanner goes horribly wrong. Can Ryan save his brother and brave the wilderness on his own? (128 pages) 66
  • 67. Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick 67 This is the story of Ben and Rose. Though they live 50 years apart, both wish for different lives and set out on quests to find what they are missing. Ben’s story is told in words, while Rose’s is told in dynamic illustrations. (608 pages) By the author of The Invention of Hugo Cabret!
  • 68. Where are they this year?
  • 69. Rebecca Caudill • Born in KY, later moved to TN • One of ten children, both parents were teachers • She graduated from Wesleyan College and received her master's degree from Vanderbilt University in 1922. • She taught English in high school and college and worked as an editor for a time. • She published her first book for children, Barrie and Daughter, in 1943.
  • 70. Rebecca Caudill • Illinois Children’s Choice Book Award Gr. 4-8 • Books nominated by children • Master list of 20 titles is sent to participating elementary and middle schools • Students read the books on the list and vote for their favorites each February • Votes are sent to the award committee, which compiles the final tally • Winning title is announced in March • Plaque is given to the author of the winning book
  • 71. 2014 Rebecca Caudill Vote Tallies - Statewide Wonder: 4657 The Running Dream: 2944 A Tale Dark and Grimm: 2315 Mockingbird: (Mok'ing-bûrd): 1350 Ways to Live Forever: 1315 How They Croaked: The Awful...: 1250 The Apothecary: 1203 Close to Famous: 1069 The Lions of Little Rock: 1051 The Hunt for the Seventh: 901 Ghetto Cowboy : 885 I, Emma Freke: 757 The Outcasts: 671 Boys Without Names: 645 Bamboo People: 590 Okay for Now: 567 Candy Bomber: The Story of the...: 550 Blizzard of Glass: The Halifax...: 350 Words in the Dust: 317 Breaking Stalin's Nose: 287 23,674
  • 72. Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award
  • 73. Grades 5-8 2015 Joan Bauer Joan Bauer
  • 74. Grades 6-8 2015 Steve Sheinkin
  • 75. Grades 5-8 2015 Tommy Greenwald
  • 76. Grades 4-8 2015 Chuck Close
  • 77. Grades 6-8 2015 Matthew J. Kirby
  • 78. Grades 5-7 2015 Kathryn Fitzmaurice
  • 79. Grades 4-5 2015 Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
  • 80. Grades 5-8 2015 Jennifer A. Nielsen
  • 81. Grades 4-6 2015 Joanne Rocklin
  • 82. Grades 7-8 2015 Marie Lu
  • 83. Grades 5-8 2015 Linda Sue Park Born in Urbana, Illinois!
  • 84. Grades 6-8 2015 Clare Vanderpool
  • 85. Grades 5-8 2015 Will Hobbs
  • 86. Grades 4-6 2015 Katherine Applegate
  • 87. Grades 5-8 2015 Lynda Mullaly Hunt
  • 88. Grades 5-8 2015 Randi Barrow
  • 89. Grades 5-8 2015 Ellen Potter
  • 90. Grades 4-8 2015 Jessica Day George
  • 91. Grades 5-8 2015 Gordon Korman
  • 92. Grades 5-8 2015 Tim Green
  • 93. ALA’s Newberry Award • Named for the 18th century bookseller John Newberry • First children’s book award in the world (1921) • Awarded annually to the most distinguished children’s literature published the previous year.
  • 94. Other Lists • Anderson’s Bookshops – Kid’s Picks – Mock Newberry List • Naperville Public Library – General Book Lists – Children’s Book Awards • Lisle Public Library – Literature Links
  • 95. Mr. Mika’s Favorites • Hey, you’re the librarian! What are you reading? • Library Thing • Do you have a recommendation? – Alex Rider Series – Geronimo Stilton – Warriors Series – …and more!
  • 96. LRC Online • Book Lists • Series Books • Books made into Movies • Rebecca Caudill • Anderson’s Book Lists • Naperville Public Library • Mr. Mika’s Favorites!
  • 97. References • Book covers used without permission for promotional purposes in educational setting only. • Book summaries retrieved from Follett’s Titlewave Database: http://www.titlewave.com/login/ • LCPS. 9138112. 2012. Battle of the Books, Lenoir County Public Schools. Elementary Battle of the Books. Web. 7 Sept. 2013. • “More old books…” by guldfisken (Creative Commons License: Attribution) http://www.flickr.com/photos/92269864@N00/398144161 • “Stack of Books Design Template” available from Microsoft Online Templates http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/ templates/TC011594401033.aspx?pid=CT101427471033 • School Clipart. "Pupil, Student Reading a Book." Cartoon. Clip Projects. N.p., n.d. Web. 5 Sept. 2012. http://www.clipproject.info/Clipart_Schule_Seite_3.html.