Wednesday, February 27, 2008

What's Your Favorite Book?

Share your favorite book with the SMS community by recording a podcast! Starting next week, we'll begin recording brief podcasts about our favorite books and why we love them. It will be a great way to get some new reading ideas and learn a lot about the people we're at school with everyday. If you'd like to record a podcast about your favorite book, talk to Mrs. Akers in the Upper School Library.

The awesome logo for My Favorite Book was created by Claire B. Thanks Claire!

Birthday Book Club Update

Just a few months to go before the Birthday Book Club is finished for the year and we know what grades get the party. Right now the 5th and 10th grades are leading. Find more Birthday Book Club info here.

Congratulations to Theresa G. and Mary P. for winning the birthday drawing cakes!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

More of the Decor You'll See in the New Library

Picture it--you are curled up by the fireplace with a great book on comfy furniture with great fabrics, in beautiful colors, and interesting combinations. Just a few more months before that furniture gets delivered and we move the Middle School and Morrow Room libraries together. For now, here's another glimpse of what it will look like.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Calming Colors, Rich Textures, and Space, Space, Space

Though it has been cozy to have the library in the Morrow Room, its getting really exciting to think forward to the new library! Here’s a sneak peak at the color palette we’ll have in the new space. This “finishing board” shows the carpet, paint colors, and the tones of the wood and metal that will be in the building.

Get Ready for Battle of the Books

The 6th grade library ambassadors are getting set for the ultimate Battle of the Books, which will take place on Monday April 14th during National Library Week. This year, these reading Turkeys will strut their stuff against the the 6th grade PDS Crusaders.

Battle of the Books Reading List

Crispin: The Cross of Lead
Crispin: At the Edge of the World
Something Upstairs

Balliett, Blue
Chasing Vermeer
The Wright 3

Banks, Lynne Reid
The Indian in the Cupboard

Barker, Clive
Abarat: Days of Magic; Nights of War

Barry, Dave and Ridley Pearson
Peter and the Starcatchers
Peter and the Shadow Thieves

Choldenko, Gennifer
Al Capone Does My Shirts

Christie, Agatha
Murder on the Orient Express
The A.B.C Murders
And Then There Were None

Colfer, Eoin
Artemis Fowl
Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident
Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code
Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception
Artmeis Fowl: The Lost Colony
The Supernaturalist

Curtis, Christopher Paul
The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963
Bud, Not Buddy

DuPrau, Jeanne
The City of Ember
The People of Sparks
Prophet of Yonwood

Funke, Cornelia
Dragon Rider
The Thief Lord

George, Jean Craighead
My Side of the Mountain

Haddix, Margaret Peterson
(Shadow Children Series)
Among the Hidden
Among the Imposters
Among the Betrayed
Among the Barons
Among the Brave
Among the Enemy
Among the Free

Henry, Marguerite
King of the Wind

Hiaasen, Carl

Horowitz, Anthony
(Alex Ryder Series)
Point Blank
Skeleton Key
Eagle Strike
Ark Angel
Hunter, Erin
(Warrior Series)
Into the Wild
Fire and Ice
Forest of Secrets
Rising Storm
A Dangerous Path
The Darkest Hour

Jacques, Brian
(Redwall Series)
Mariel of Redwall
Martin the Warrior

Kerr, P. B.
(The Children of the Lamp Series)
The Akhenaten Adventure
The Blue Djinn of Babylon
The Cobra King of Kathmandu

Kimmell, Elizabeth Cody
Ice Story: Shackleton’s Lost Expedition

Konigsberg, E. L.
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
The View from Saturday

Korman, Gordon
No More Dead Dogs
The 6th Grade Nickname Game

L’Engle, Madeleine
A Wrinkle in Time
A Wind in the Door
A Swiftly Tilting Planet
Many Waters

Lewis, C. S.
(The Chronicles of Narnia)
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Prince Caspian
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
The Silver Chair
The Horse and His Boy
The Magician’s Nephew
The Last Battle

Lowry, Lois
The Giver
Number the Stars
Gathering Blue

Nimmo, Jenny
(Children of the Red King Series)
Midnight for Charlie Bone
Charlie Bone and the Time Twister
Charlie Bone and the Invisible Boy

Naylor, Phyllis

Paolini, Christopher:

Paulsen, Gary
Harris and Me
The River
Brian’s Winter
Brian’s Return
Brian’s Hunt

Rawls, Wilson
Where the Red Fern Grows

Rodgers, Mary
Freaky Friday

Rowling, J. K.
Harry Potter and the:
Sorcerer’s Stone
Chamber of Secrets
Prisoner of Azkaban
Goblet of Fire
Order of the Phoenix
Half-Blood Prince
Deathly Hallows

Sachar, Louis

Sage, Angie

Snicket, Lemony
(A Series of Unfortunate Events)
The Bad Beginning
The Reptile Room
The Wide Window
The Miserable Mill
The Austere Academy
The Ersatz Elevator
The Vile Village
The Hostile Hospital
The Carnivorous Carnival
The Slippery Slope
The Grim Grotto
The Penultimate Peril
The End

Spinelli, Jerry
Love, Stargirl
Maniac Magee

Stevenson, Robert Louis
Treasure Island

Stroud, Jonathan
The Amulet of Samarkand
The Golem’s Eye
Ptolemy’s Gate

Taylor, Mildred
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
Let the Circle Be Unbroken
The Land

Tolan, Stephanie
Surviving the Applewhites

Tolkien, J.R.R.
The Hobbit
The Fellowship of the Ring
The Two Towers
The Return of the King

Vande Velde, Vivian
Never Trust a Dead Man

White, E. B.
Charlotte’s Web
Stuart Little

Gordon Korman is Coming to SMES

On Thursday, February 28th, Gordon Korman will be on campus, having lunch with 5th and 6th grade library ambassadors, speaking with the middle school, and signing books.

Korman is the author of several young adult books, including the Kidnapped and Everest series. His newest books are Schooled and The Swindler. You can check out Korman's books from the Middle School Library.