Thursday, August 2, 2018

Welcome Back, Agents!

The theme at Starling this year is MARVEL@US and we in the Media, Technology and Coaching departments have adopted the Agents of SHIELD name as our team since we are the ones who support the information needs of our students and staff.

Here's hoping for a great 2018-2019 year, Agents!

"So what do you say? Ready to save the world?"
-Agent Coulson, Director of SHIELD

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

And the Winners Are...

Most of you voted on the Georgia Children's Picture Book Award, along with all the other students in Georgia and the book with the most votes was...

All the books on the nominated list got many votes! But this was the one the students of Georgia gave the most votes to. Ben Clanton will be at next year's conference to accept his award and I will make sure to see him and tell him how awesome we think his book is! This book as well as his hilarious narwhal comics.

This was the winner of the Georgia Book Award and I'll be seeing Alan Gratz at the conference next year as well! He wrote this and Refugee and Prisoner B-3087! Refugee is nominated for next year's award.

Speaking of the conference, here's some of the authors I met at this year's meeting!

I met Louis Sachar! Author of Fuzzy Mud; Holes; and the Sideways Stories from Wayside School books.

I met local author Laurel Snyder who wrote Orphan Island!

I met Grace Lin who wrote probably one of my favorite books ever, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon!

And I met the winner of last year's Georgia Picture Book Award, Kelly DiPucchio who wrote the picture book Gaston!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid #13: The Meltdown Coming in October!

"When snow shuts down Greg Heffley’s middle school, his neighborhood transforms into a wintry battlefield. Rival groups fight over territory, build massive snow forts, and stage epic snowball fights. And in the crosshairs are Greg and his trusty best friend, Rowley Jefferson.

It’s a fight for survival as Greg and Rowley navigate alliances, betrayals, and warring gangs in a neighborhood meltdown. When the snow clears, will Greg and Rowley emerge as heroes? Or will they even survive to see another day?"

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Amulet 8 - Coming in September!

Here's a link with all the info you need to get ready for the next to last Amulet book coming out in the fall!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Read and Vote on the GA Children's Book Nominees!

Here's the list of the Picture Book nominees for 2017-18.

I'm about halfway through reading them out loud to the classes that come in regularly and ask me to read out loud. I probably won't read every single title aloud (some lend themselves to reading aloud better than others) but I will show and discuss them all.

Check them out of your local library and let me know which ones are your favorites!  We'll all be voting for our pick at the end of January. That should give everyone time to find and read the ones that interest them.

So far I've narrowed it down to three (well, maybe four) for myself that I just love reading aloud again and again. But which one should I vote for... Hmmmm...

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Ready for the 2017-2018 School Year?

These guys are!

Hope you had a great summer and are ready to learn some stuff with friends old and new!

Can't wait for you to see the new layout.

Should be easier to find the books you want.

See you all soon!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Author Visit March 20th!

Georgia Picturebook Award Winner for 2016!
David Biedrycki is coming to Starling Elementary for a full day of awesome presentations on Monday, March 20th!

Here's a link to a page with more information, including how to pronounce his name! (It's ba DREE key)

He is amazing. He's illustrated for other authors and done many books himself including his Ace Lacewing, Bug Detective series; his Santa series; his Dragon series; and his new Bear Alert series his working on.

I've read at least some of his books to most of the K-2 classes and mentioned his visit to every class I can.

I'll send a link to an order form to all the teachers if you'd like them to print one out for you. He'll bring paperbacks of many of his books, available for only $8 each and I'm sure he'll be happy to sign them!

Not everyone at Starling will fit in the Media Center at once so we will be having four presentations and streaming it live to the classrooms as well so everyone will have a chance to see him! [edit: And now all of his presentations will be available on our Youtube channel until school is out.]

David Biedrzycki