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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Leaning Page

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

MCBA 2016-2017 List Announced

 Check out the new MCBA 2016-2017 Master List.

Everything MCBA!

Avi, Sophia’s War: A Tale of the Revolution

Bell, Cece, El Deafo

Barnhill, Kelly, The Witch’s Boy

Blakemore, Megan Frazer, The Water Castle

Bowen, Fred, Out of Bounds

Butler, Dori Hillestad, The Buddy Files: The Case of the School Ghost

Chambliss Bertman, Jennifer,  Book Scavenger

Ellis, Deborah, No Ordinary Day

Farber, E.S.., Fish Finelli Book 1: Seagulls Don’t Eat Pickles

Gibbs, Stuart, Poached

Graff, Lisa, Absolutely Almost

Herrick, Amy, The Time Fetch

Holm, Jennifer, The Fourteenth Goldfish

Holub, Joan, Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom (Heroes in Training)

Jones, Kelly, Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer

Kurtz. Chris, The Adventures of a South Pole Pig: A novel of snow and courage

Lendle, Ian, The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Romeo and Juliet

Lerangis, Peter,  Seven Wonders Book 1: The Colossus Rises

Littlewood, Kathryn, Bliss

Lloyd, Natalie, A Snicker of Magic

Martin, Lisa & Martin, Valerie, Anton and Cecil, Book 1: Cats at Sea

Schanen, Adriana Brad, Quinny and Hopper

Tarshis, Luaren, I Survived: The Great Chicago Fire, 1871

Watson, Jude, Loot: How to Steal a Fortune

Wright, Tamra , Mystery on Pine Lake: Cooper and Packrat

Thursday, May 5, 2016

New from Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond

If You Give a Mouse a Brownie 

 Available 10/18/2016

If You Give a Mouse a Brownie

From the bestselling team of Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond comes the ninth picture book in the "If You Give...series. 

Laura Numeroff is the author of many books for young readers in addition to the If You Give . . . series, including The Chicken Sisters and Laura Numeroff's 10-Step Guide to Living with Your Monster. She loves to play tennis and travel and lives in Los Angeles, California. A portion of her royalties will be donated to First Book, a national nonprofit organization that promotes children's literacy.


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

April is Poetry Month

Highlights Poetry Player Poems

Highlights Poetry Player Poems Archives 

Click on a title below.  Read and listen to a poem!

Anglerfish by Eileen Spinelli

Animal Storm by Tim Roland
Ant Olympics by Kathleen Doherty
Autumn by Paula Lesso
Autumn Evening by Eileen Spinelli
Baseball Fever by Wanda Vaughn
Brand-New Holiday by Eileen Spinelli
Bubbles by Tanya Seale
The Cactus Hotel by Mona Hodgson
The Christmas Story by Eileen Spinelli
City Garden by Eileen Spinelli
Coconut by Shelley Becker
Dandelions by Jody S. Thomas
December Song by Eileen Spinelli
Diwali by Uma Krishnaswami
Don't Give a Fish a Snorkel by Judie Farnsworth
Door by Stephen Scaer
Doughnut Dilemma by Cynthia Porter
Dressed for Easter by  Diana Murray
Easter Mischief  by Diane de Anda
Easter Day by Karen Casale
Fantastic Breakfast by Charlotte Gunnufson
Fossils by Eileen R. Meyer
Fred by Pamela Tesch
Friendship by Clare Mishica
From Thanksgiving Day by Lydia Maria Child
Giving Thanks by Donna Earnhardt
Goalie by Jen Bryant
Good-bye, Hello! by Laura Purdie Salas
Goosey-Gog and Ducketty-Duck by Joy Cowley
Grandma's Pickles by Marileta Robinson
Groundhog Day by Diane ZuHone Shore
The Grumpy Hiker by Diana Murray
The Haircut by Jessica Shaw
Hallowen Jig by Leland B. Jacobs
Hanukkah Treats by Elbee Jay
Heat Race by Lyda Williamson
How Doth that Little Crocodile by Lewis Carroll
How to Shake Hands with an Octopus by Diana Smith
Hush-a-Bye, Baby by Eileen Spinelli
I Asked the Little Boy Who Cannot See by Anonymous
It Fell in the City by Eve Merriam
It's A Jungle Out There by Anita Rodriguez Dowers
“Junk” Drawer by Bridget Reistad
Kissing Gurami by Eileen Spinelli
Labrador Winter  by Maria Gianferrari
Long Summer Night by Marty Crisp
Lost Shoes by Sharon Landeen
Martin Luther King, Jr. By Eileen Spinelli
Mice’s Song by Ivy O. Eastwick
Milk by Karen Casale
Moms by Sharan Landeen
Moonlight by Laura Wynkoop
Moonscapes by Charlotte Gunnufson
My Dragon by Suzanne Werkema
My Lizard by Elizabeth Tidy
My Nose by Robert Schechter
Night Light by Carly Pazakis
Old October by Marlene VanderWiel
Overstuffed by M. Sullivan
The Perfect Cure by DeAnn Marie O'Toole
Reaching for the Stars by Cynthia Reeg
The Rescue by Laura Sassi
Resolution by Viola Esther Base
Rug by Elsa Knight Bruno
Sandbox by Kathleen Thompson
The Sense-sational Sea by B.J. Lee
Shadows by Mary Ann Coleman
Sick Day by Diana Calio
S is for Snake by Raben Howell
Skeleton Trees by Monica Gunning
Sled-dog Dreams by Norma Lewis
Sleet by Rebecca J. Gomez
Smug by Janice Cooley Jones
Socked Away by Jean Daigneau
The Stars by Mary Carolyn Davies
Step Up to the Plate by Wendy Hobday Haugh
Summer Night by Renee Riede
Taking Turns by Elizabeth Glann
Tails by Viola Esther Base
Team Players, After All by Greg Trine
Theme in Yellow by Carl Sandburg
Thoughtful Friends by Cynthia Porter
Thoughts by Robert Schechter
Three Ghostesses by author unknown
Tock-Tick by Elsa Knight Bruno
Two Left Feet by Eileen Spinelli
Under My Bed by Patrica S. Baker
When the Sun Eats with Their Goden Rays by O. Sundui
Whose Boots? by Eileen Spinelli
Winter Walk by Sharon Chmielarz
Wish for a Mouse by Eileen Spinelli
The Wonderful Waterproof Tent by Patricia McNamee Hansen
Write a Poem by MW Penn
Yellow Yellow Yellow by Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook

Monday, April 4, 2016

Monday, January 25, 2016

Celebrate Chinese New Year February 8, 2016 - Year of the Monkey

Gung Hay Fat Choy

Best Wishes and have a prosperous and good New Year!

Chinese New Year starts on a New Moon and ends with the lantern festival on the full moon 15 days later.

Starfall Main Index

Chinese Fables

Discovery Education Streaming has several Full Videos and video segments.

Sam and the Lucky Money by  Karen Chinn -  (11:13)
Sam goes to Chinatown for New Year’s Day with his lucky money, and sees a homeless man on the way. He hasn't decided what to buy with his lucky money. What will Sam decide? 
Teacher Guide

Reading Rainbow: Liang and the Magic Paintbrush - (Full Video - 28:17)
Discover the places and faces waiting inside books. Host LeVar Burton shares stories about Chinese culture, including Liang and the Magic Paintbrush by Demi. The program meets a respected calligrapher and stamp maker then heads to Chinatown for an authentic Chinese meal.

Liang and the Magic Paintbrush featured book via Discovery Education - (8:56)

The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks (15:54)

Katherine Paterson's children's book, with illustrations by Leo and Diane Dillon, comes to life in this iconographic program. A compassionate couple risks their lives to reunite a pair of Mandarin ducks and are rewarded in the end - but by whom? Narrated by B.D. Wong


Check out these activities and lesson plans from Scholastic.

Grades: 1–2, 3–5
Create puppets, make traditional food, perform dragon dances, and celebrate with other fun activities perfect for Chinese New Year festivities!

Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5
From lantern festivals to landscape scroll paintings, these colorful activity ideas and resources from Instructor magazine will help you...

Grades: 1–2, 3–5
Teach students about Chinese inventions in science, technology, textiles, and the arts through hands-on exploration.

Grades: 1–2, 3–5
Compare the popular fairy tale of Little Red Riding Hood to a similar Chinese tale, Lon Po Po, and explore the similarities and...

Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5
Students will trace their handprints on brightly colored paper and color a beautiful dragon head to make a Chinese New Year craft.

Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5
Celebrate Chinese New Year with this cute, colorful craft that your students will love!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday - Celebrate this year 2016 on January 18th

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a federal holiday observed on the the third Monday of January - around the time of King's birthday of January 15th.

How much do you know about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.?  Click on the links below to find out.

Free BrainPop video - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. - Marching for Equality by Stephanie E. Macceca

Martin Luther King, Jr. by Eileen Spinelli

Visit FollettShelf:  Login and read:
Martin Luther King Jr. Marching for Equality

Login to World Book Encyclopedia.   
Here you will find several articles about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

BrainPop Video
Martin Luther King Jr.

Monday, January 11, 2016

2016 ALA Award Winners are Announced!

Caldecott Winner!


Finding Winnie:  The True Story of the Most Famous Bear
 Lindsay Mattick
Illustrated by Sophie Blackall

Before Winnie-the-Pooh, there was a real bear named Winnie. And she was a girl!

In 1914, while traveling to join his unit during World War I, veterinarian Harry Colebourn rescued a bear cub that he named Winnipeg after his hometown. The bear, called Winnie for short, went with Harry to England where it was the mascot for the Second Canadian Infantry Brigade. Unable to take Winnie with him to France, Harry arranged for her to stay at the London Zoo where a real boy named Christopher Robin would become her new friend. Author Mattick, the great-granddaughter of Colebourn, shares the true story of the bear who inspired one of the most beloved bears in literary history. “The book strikes a lovely, understated tone of wonder and family pride”

Newbery Award Winner! 


Last Stop on Market Street
Matt de la Pena 

Every Sunday little CJ and his grandma take the public bus, the Market Street bus, across town. Before today it never occurred to CJ to ask why they don't have a car, like his friend Colby does. This opens a floodgate of questions about his own possessions compared to other people's, but his lovely grandma has a wise answer for each: they don't have a car because they have a bus! Who needs an iPod with live musicians on the street? And their dirtier part of town, compared with the clean areas, still has beauty in it. Author de la Pena's story “finds beauty in unexpected places [and] explores the difference between what's fleeting and what lasts” 

 Theodor Seuss Geisel Winner!

Don't Throw it to Mo! 
David Adler

Even though Mo Jackson loves football, he is kind of clumsy, and no one will throw the ball to him. Mo will have to find a way to help his team in spite of no one throwing the ball to him.


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Historical Letters from the New World - Scholastic Presents

 November 5

 Letter 1: Wampanoag Welcome! Harvest for Winter  


Notes from a Wampanoag Child - Autumn 1620

Diary entry of 12-year-old Pometacomet, a fictional member of the Pokanoket tribe of the Wampanoag nation.

Letter 1: Pilgrim Greetings from the Mayflower


Notes from a Pilgrim Child - Autumn 1620 

November 12

Letter 2: A Good Morrow! Arriving at Plimoth Plantation 


Note from a Pilgrim Child - Autumn 1620


Letter 2: Wampanoag Hello! We Met the Pilgrims 


Notes from a Wampanoag Child - Autumn 1620 

Check back next week for additional letters

November 19
• Letter From a Pilgrim: The Thanksgiving Feast
• Letter From a Wampanoag: The Feast of the Pilgrims

Click below for additional Thanksgiving resources from Scholastic

Monday, October 19, 2015

Jumpstart Read for the Record® - October 22, 2015 - Not Norman: A Goldfish Story


On October 22, 2015,  join children and adults worldwide for the 10th anniversary of Jumpstart's Read for the Record!

Help break the world record (again!) for the most people reading the same book on the same day.


Jumpstart's Read for the Record is a global campaign that generates public support for high-quality early learning and highlights the importance of building children's vocabulary and love for reading.   On October 22, 2015, children and adults will take action by participating in the world's largest shared reading experience.  Each year, Jumpstart selects one children's book as the catalyst for Read for the Record.  This year's campaign book, Not Norman: A Goldfish Story, written by Jelly Bennett and illustrated by Noah Z. Jones, is a humorous tale about a child who finds a new friend in an unexpected place.

Jumpstart has partnered with issuu for a second year to bring Not Norman to your computer, smartphone, or tablet... for FREE!  Check out the preview of this year’s special editions available in both English and Spanish here.

Read Not Norman Online


The full online version of "Not Norman: A Goldfish Story" by Kelly Bennett will be available on Jumpstart's website starting on Monday, October 19th


Read Not Norman Online


Click on the title below to listen to Author Kelly Bennett read her picture book, Not Norman: A Goldfish Story

Not Norman: A Goldfish Story



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Activity Guides


Where's Norman? 


Thursday, October 15, 2015

Scholastic Presents - Get Ready for Thanksgiving With Letters From the New World

Sign up by November 4 to receive a series of emailed letters written from the historical perspective of a Pilgrim girl and a Wampanoag boy living in the new World.

Sign up by November 17 and you will receive all of the letters together on November 19.

Click here to sign up.

To watch Virtual Field Trips to Plimoth Plantation and the Wampanoag homesite and to explore more Thanksgiving activities, please visit


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The Tea Party in the Woods written and illustrated by Akiko Miyakoshi


You're never alone in the woods!


When a young girl named Kikko realizes her father has forgotten the pie he was supposed to bring to Grandma's house, she offers to try and catch him as he makes his way through the woods. She hurriedly follows her father's footprints in the snow and happens upon a large house she has never seen before. Curious, Kikko peers through the window, when she is startled by a small lamb wearing a coat and carrying a purse. Even more surprising, the lamb speaks, asking her in a kind voice, “Are you here for the tea party?” Suddenly, Kikko realizes her trip through the woods has turned into something magical.

Alice in Wonderland meets Little Red Riding Hood in this charmed tale.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Chelsea Clinton’s book, It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired, Get Going!

Chelsea Clinton hopes to inspire children to make a difference!

In a book that tackles the biggest challenges facing us today, Chelsea Clinton combines facts, charts, photographs and stories to give readers a deep understanding of the world around them—and how anyone can make a difference. With stories about children and teens who have made real changes big and small—in their families, their communities, in our country and across the world—this book will inspire readers of all ages to do their part to make our world a better place.

In addition to informing and inspiring readers about topics including Poverty, Homelessness, Food Insecurity, Access to Education, Gender Equality, Epidemics, Non-Communicable Diseases, Climate Change, and Endangered Species, this book encourages everyone to get going! With suggestions and ideas for action, Chelsea Clinton shows readers that the world belongs to every single one of us, and every one of us counts.

You can make a difference. You can make a change. It’s your world.



Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Study Jams - Science - The Human Body

StudyJams! is a tool to add to your existing lesson plans. Developed specifically for students in grades 3–6, the content covers science for those grades.

StudyJams! offers multiple learning methods and interactive multimedia to match the different learning styles of your students. It includes videos, music and songs, or slideshows. Plus quizzes on every topic reinforce comprehension.

Click on a title below to view the related multimedia

Description: The circulatory system is a huge and complex system within our bodies that transports materials, such as blood and waste. It is made up of the heart and blood vessels.   


The Digestive System
Description: Sure, food tastes good, but it is also necessary to fuel your body. Your digestive system helps turn food into fuel your body can use. It is made up of your mouth, salivary glands, throat, stomach, intestines, and bowels. 


Description: Heredity is the passing of traits, or features, from parents to offspring through genes. Genes, which are found inside cells, are shared from one generation to the next, passing on all kinds of characteristics like eye color, dimples, freckles, and height. 


The Human Body
Description: The human body is an incredibly complex system built with different cells. Similar cells get together to form tissue, like muscle tissue. All of these tissues form the organs that keep everything running smoothly in the body.  


The Immune System
Description: The many parts of your immune system work together to defend your body against diseases. White blood cells in your blood vessels and lymph vessels help protect your body by killing intruders and getting rid of harmful materials.  

The Muscular System

Description: Your muscular system helps your vital organs function, and it also performs another very important job. The muscular system is attached to your skeletal system, and that is what allows you to move! 



The Nervous System
Description: All day long, electrical impulses are being sent through the entire body by way of the nervous system. The central components of the nervous system that make it all work are the brain, spinal cord, and nerve endings.  


The Respiratory System
Description: Your lungs pull in oxygen through your nose, mouth, and throat. Then, in the lungs, the oxygen is transferred to the blood vessels and the lungs draw waste, carbon dioxide, out of the veins. Then you can exhale all that waste!  


The Senses: Hearing
Description: The ear is specially designed to change sound waves into signals the brain can understand, allowing you to hear. That is not all they do, though. Your ears also help you balance!  


The Senses: Seeing
Description: There are many parts to the human eye, all of which work together to both perceive and respond to light. Impulses that the eyes observe are sent through nerve fibers to the brain, where they are analyzed.


The Senses: Smelling
Description: The nose is your body’s instrument for smelling. Tiny pieces of matter are sucked into the nose and identified as smells. Nerve cells then tell your brain what you are smelling. 



The Senses: Tasting
Description: The tongue has thousands of taste receptors that respond to chemicals in the food you eat. Nerves in your tongue and nose send signals on to your brain, allowing you to taste the food you eat. 


The Senses: Touching 
Description: This is how you touch: Nerve cells throughout your body respond to external stimuli by sending nerve impulses to your brain. To put it another way, your skin’s nerve cells respond to the things you touch, allowing you to feel them. 

The Skeletal System
Description: Your skeleton gives your body a supporting frame and protects your internal organs. The skeletal system is attached to the muscular system, and they work together, allowing your body to move. 

Monday, October 5, 2015

Study Jams - Science - Ecosystems

StudyJams! is a tool to add to your existing lesson plans. Developed specifically for students in grades 3–6, the content covers science for those grades.

StudyJams! offers multiple learning methods and interactive multimedia to match the different learning styles of your students. It includes videos, music and songs, or slideshows. Plus quizzes on every topic reinforce comprehension.

Click on a title below to view the related multimedia. 

Aquatic Ecosystems
Description: There are two main types of aquatic ecosystems: freshwater and saltwater. The main difference between these two ecosystems is, you guessed it, saltiness. Oceans, rivers, swamps, bogs, and streams are all aquatic ecosystems. 

Description: The Earth is divided into six major kinds of large ecosystems, or biomes. The major difference between each biome is climate. The biomes are taiga, tundra, deciduous forest, tropical rainforest, desert, and grassland.

The Carbon Cycle 
Description: The carbon cycle describes how carbon passes from the air, to plants, to animals, and back to the air again 

Changes in Ecosystems
Description: Ecosystems are constantly going through gradual changes. Sometimes those changes are natural, and sometimes they are caused by humans. 

Description: Each ecosystem is made up of living and non-living things that interact and depend on each other for life. Some examples of ecosystems are deserts, tropical rainforests, and grasslands.

Food Chains
Description: A food chain is made up of three groups Ö producers, consumers, and decomposers Ö who interact with each other in an ecosystem to get the energy they need. 


Food Webs
Description: The food web shows all of the relationships between all of the plants and animals in a community. It also shows how different food chains interact with one another and overlap. 

The Nitrogen Cycle
Description: Nitrogen is important to living things because plants and animals use it to make protein, which allows them to live and grow. The nitrogen cycle describes how nitrogen is continuously transformed between organic and non-organic forms.  

Population Growth 
Description: Limiting factors control the growth of a population in a certain environment. Those factors can be living, like predators, or non-living, like sunlight and rain. If these factors change, it can have a big effect on plant and animal populations. 

Description: Symbiosis describes a relationship between two organisms in an environment. There are three main types of relationships: mutualism, parasitism, and commensalism.

The Water Cycle
Description: The water cycle is the constant movement of water through the Earth and its atmosphere. Water on the ground evaporates, becoming water vapor. The vapor rises, becomes clouds, and then falls back to the earth as rain, snow, sleet, or hail.