Monday, August 31, 2015

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Monday, August 31, 2015

A new year school starts tomorrow! As I think about the past summer and all the books I've read, my favorite turns out to be one I have read before: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Even though it was written in 1960, it made me think of some of the current news items we hear and read about today. I read it again because I want to read the author's recently released book: Go Set A Watchman, published this summer.

It goes to show that "Good Books never grow old."
Mrs. Zoeller

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Seedfolks by  Paul Fleischman was a nice quick read and one that really warms the heart.  If you're looking for a feel good book about the world around you, this is the book to pick up; especially if time is a factor.

I read the first book in The Land of Stories series by Chris Colfer on the recommedation of Mrs. Bernardo.  I confessed to her that I wasn't a big "series reader".  I'll read book one in a series, but then I move on to other reads because there are so many great books out there!  I was so impressed with the creativity and the excellent writing in The Wishing Spell, I just may have to read them all!  Chris Colfer has really found his purpose here on Earth and I don't think it's singing...although he is very good at that. Thanks for the great recommendation, Mrs. Bernardo. It was also fun to think of you as I read it ;)

In the morning, I like to catch up on the world around me by reading the CNN app on my ipad.  I like that I have multiple ways to "read" my news.  I can swipe through to the stories that interest me and have compelling photos, and when I want more than what the text provides, I can watch the video. It's a very universally designed way for me to get my news in the morning over a healthy breakfast, of course!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Nora Webster was the first book I read this summer.  I read for me.  Not for a book chat, not from a recommendation and not for any class. It was fun to select a book knowing there were no attachments. My Mom was born and raised in Northern Ireland so I enjoy reading books that have similar settings. I've since passed the book on to her and she's enjoying it now. An adult read, I don't think it would hold the interested of our students.

 I'm a Jacqueline Woodson fan so it was fun to read this book, written in verse, about her childhood.  Biographies are one of my favorite genres so this was a treat; not to mention it was a Newbery Honor winner for 2015!  If you're looking for something good to read, select a book that has won the Newbery Honor for Best Children's Literature.

Every Saturday morning I look forward to walking to the end of my driveway to get the first half of my New York Times delivery.  The weekend edition is so large they split the delivery up into two days.  The good bits come on Saturday.  First, I read the Book Review, next Arts and Leisure, The Week in Review, Metropolitan, then Travel. Do you have a newspaper delivered to your home?  If not, ask someone at home to pick one up for you and spend some time with it this summer.  Each paper offers different things so know they're not all the same.  I have my favorites.

I'm still making my way through this book; it's one I've always wanted to spend time with and read cover to cover.  It is chock full of information so I need to visit it periodically and then take some breaks.  When I do read it, I like to sit in my window seat.  It's a special place in my home I had built just for me! Do you have a special place you like to read?
I've been reading so much this summer I haven't stopped to take the time to post about all the exciting books I've been reading! I'm hoping to be able to post the pictures I've taken of each book I've spent time with. I LOVE to read and can always find time to do so no matter what I'm doing. THERE IS ALWAYS TIME TO READ! ;)

We want to reach our summer goal!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

How is everyone doing with their reading? 
I decided to take a break from the world of
fantasy and dip into some adventure. This 
was a nice change. The Apothecary by Maile Meloy 
had been staring at me for a year in the library.
I don't know why I took so long to pick it up!
It was full of adventure and suspense. A teeny bit
of fantasy too. Has anyone else read an adventure 
title or series?

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Gordon Korman

The last couple of weeks, Gordon Korman books have dominated the Del Coro household reading. First it was No More Dead Dogs. Loved that book. The main character- he can't lie. So when he has to write a book review about a story that he really, really does NOT like, he cannot tell a lie. Unfortunately, the book is his teacher's FAVORITE story ever. So, this leads to multiple problems for our protagonist. Definitely a fun read.

Cover artThen, there is the  Swindle Series which includes Swindle, Zoobreak, and Framed. The main character in this story is known as the "Man with a Plan," and boy does he have plans! These mystery books are super funny and keep you wanting to read more. Plus, the characters are just kooky enough to make you laugh without being ridiculous. There are several more books in the series, but they are currently all checked out at the Sparta Public Library! That's okay because I have another series to check out!

Next up, The Sammy Keyes mysteries by Wendlin Van Draanen. Will let you know how it goes!

Friday, July 10, 2015

LAND OF STORIES, #4! Got my copy!

Wow! How can I say more? Chris Colfer's imagination is brilliant. He is so vivid and lively with this title. Great to see the return of some former characters but also nice to have a handful of new ones too. It has only been out two days and I am yearning for the next (and last) title.

It has also been fun to chat with Mrs. Sawicki, Mrs. Arlen and some former 5th graders about this storyline. Anyone else reading?

This title helped me accrue a lot of minutes for the Challenge.
Are you logging your minutes?

Mrs. Bernardo

Thursday, July 9, 2015

On the High Seas!

I love to read stories, real or fictitious, about adventure and endurance.  About fifteen years ago I read  In the Heart of the Sea, by Nathaniel Philbrick.  It immediately became one of my favorite books as I could not imagine how the survivors of a shipwreck could survive drifting in the middle of the Pacific Ocean for as long as they did.  By the end of the book I could almost taste the salty air, as I was so engaged in the story.  

I recently saw a trailer for the movie version of this book, coming out in November, and was inspired to read it again.

An interesting fact about this true story is that it inspired Herman Melville's Moby-Dick.  I would recommend this book to any adult interested in Nantucket, sailing and stories of surviving the harshest of elements.

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle is another story about an ocean adventure, that takes place, like In the Heart of the Sea, in the early 1800's.  I think young boys and girls will like this story about a young girl and her numerous adventures while on board an 19th century merchant ship.

I am ready for a sailing lesson!

Next:  Mr. Layman is diving (falling is more appropriate) into the Land of Stories series.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

It's not a secret....

My favorite book series in the library is Land of Stories by Chris Colfer. Chris takes us back into our traditional fairytale world that is still continuing to thrive and solve problems that arise with the help of our favorite fifth grade twins. His fourth book is being released on JULY 7! Many members of our HMS community have been eagerly awaiting this moment! Will you get the book on 7/7? Or perhaps you have already pre-ordered your title on your digital device? Let us know your thoughts.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

We've been out for a full week! What have you read?

I am trying to catch up to Helen Morgan'ers.
I've read three I Survived books (now I know why they are rarely on the shelves during the school year)! I also read Maze of Bones  and the first Sisters Grimm

Find time to read and add to our Million Minute Challenge! Even a few minutes a day can help!
Find a cozy spot and just start!
Mrs. Bernardo

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Hi! Welcome to Helen Morgan's...

We are setting the goal HIGH by encouraging our students, teachers, and administrators to read for ONE MILLION MINUTES in order to promote school-wide literacy! 

Use this blog to tell us about what you are reading, how you think we are doing as a school or even just encourage each other. 

Check back often and keep on reading this summer!

Love, Mrs. Bernardo