BiblioBlog: BWS Library Update, October 2019

BiblioBlog: BWS Library Update, October 2019

Thousands of spines line our fiction shelves at the Bishop Walker School Library but how can a young reader determine which one holds A Good Story?

The traditions of literature help us out by dividing fiction into Genres. Just like various styles of music, stories tend to fall into different categories such as Mystery, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Humor and Horror or Thriller and more. Even books written for the youngest readers can hold to the tradition of a real mystery or detective Who-Done-It.
Each student in grades 3-5 spent the month of October exploring our collection in order to find the Genre that most suits him for pleasure reading.

Realistic: Ellray Jakes, Humphrey and Judy Moody series, Rita W. Garcia, Jerry Spinelli and Jason Reynolds books

Mystery: A Lunch Buddy started reading Sherlock Holmes stories in class after hearing a Library session on solving mysteries;
-Clubhouse Mysteries, Eddie Red series, A-Z Mysteries, Time Warp Trio

Fantasy: We examined qualities of a fantasy in Where Wild Things Are and applied them to Dragon Master series, Harry Potter, Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Artemis Fowl, Ranger Apprentice,Black Panther

Humor: A huge range from Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Dav Pilkey books, Louis Sachar’s Wayside School series, James Patterson’s Middle School series to Roald Dahl books- which can be scary!

Horror: We explored classics: Dracula and Frankenstein and loads of Ghost stories. Then we noted how satire and humor can cut through the goblin and ghoulish tales- scared silly. We ended the month focused on Ron L. Smith who will visit BWS through Open Book Foundation, especially his newest The Owls Are Coming to Take Us Away

Our Early Primary students learned to break down the huge collection of Picture Books by focusing on the variety of books written by the same author. At the start of the month we said “Hello” to Kwame Alexander by looking at three particular books of his written for young children, especially Undefeated. In fact, we hoped to say Hello in person because St. Agnes and St. Stephens had invited us to a book reading of his newest book, Read Me A Book, Alas, Kwame fell ill and we had to turn our bus around. The rain date is Nov. 4.

Next in line for our Author Studies was the very busy Eric Carle. As most of the boys already knew Brown Bear and The Hungry Caterpillar, Mrs. Hilton and Ms Sara shared A House for Hermit Crab. A green milk crate offers dozens of Carle books for those who want to dig into his works which show animal and human nature through very colorful illustrations.

library artWhile Carle made collage artwork a brand for his books, Leo Lionni used the form before him, winning an award for Little Blue and Little Yellow in 1959. We read It’s Mine to the youngest as a way to show a strong message of learning how to share. A rattle of percussion instruments emphasized the quarreling amongst the frogs. We kept the beloved Frederick for the 2nd graders. Ms. Sara showed how Lionni tore paper from a magazine to make some of his collages, even composing one of her own before their very eyes. The story ends with the lone mouse bringing hope through poetry to inspire his brood to hang in there through the winter even though food is low. One boy said that he really was gathering stuff for the winter. Another said he was holding onto words to make them feel better. Frederick knew Spring was on the way.BWS volunteer librarian with scholar

In between author studies, we are bringing Fall into the library with non-fiction displays about songbirds, owls and trees. A new book about the life cycle of an acorn sparked discussion about what is happening in the woods just outside the windows. Some boys show a preference for information books; they want to know the facts about the world around them. Instead of holding a bird or puppet during checkout time, the boys inspected acorns and pinecones this month.

More Author Studies continued with Kevin Henkes and Ashley Bryan. The BWS readers can find these collections in Green crates on the Picture Book bottom shelves by the green, green grass. And notice how a forest grew and grew and grew right beside our picture book Nest!

The Nest