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What's Happening in the Month of February?
National Library Lovers' Month; American Heart Month; National Black History Month; National Chilodren's Dental Health Month; National Bird Feeding Month

Feb. 1 - National Freedom Day; Author Langston Hughes' birthday; Author Jerry Spinelli's birthday

Feb. 2 - Candlemas; Groundhog Day; Author Judith Viorst's birthday

Feb. 3 - Feast of St. Blaise; Author Joan Lowery Nixon's birthday

Feb. 4 - Author Russell Hoban's birthday

Feb. 5 - Author David Wiesner's birthday

Feb. 7 - Author Charles Dickens' birthday; Author Laura Ingalls Wilder's birthday

Feb. 8 - Author Jules Verne's birthday

Feb. 9 - Author Matt de la Pena's birthday

Feb . 10 - Umbrella  Day; Author Mark Teague's birthday; Author E.L. Konigsburg's birthday

Feb. 11 - Inventor's Day; Author Mo Willem's birthday; Author Jane Yolen's birthday; Inventor Thomas Alva Edison's birthday

Feb. 12 - Lincoln's birthday; Author Judy Blume's birthday; Author Jacqueline Woodson's birthday

Feb. 13 - Mardi Gras

Feb. 14 - Ash Wednesday; St. Valentine's Day

Feb. 15 - Susan B. Anthony Day

Feb. 16 - Parent/Teacher Conferences; No School; Chinese New Year begins (Year of the Dog)

Feb. 17 - Random Acts of Kindness Day

Feb. 19 - Presidents' Day; No School; Author Jeff Kinney's birthday

Feb. 22 - Washington's birthday

Feb. 23 - Author C.S. Adler's birthday

Feb. 24 - Author Wilhelm Carl Grimm's birthday

Feb. 25 - Author Cynthia Voight's birthday

Feb. 27 - Author Uri Shulevitz's birthday

Feb. 28 - Author Megan McDonald's birthday; Author Lemony Snicket's (Daniel Handler) birthday


Fall in love with a really good book during February!!  Stop in at the St. Stan's Library or visit the Winona Public Library to find one!! 

February - A Good Month to Read About Something You Really Love!

Time Is Ticking

Time is ticking and drawing ever closer to the end of March when we will vote for the winner of this year's Star of the North Book Award and Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award.  There are many, many students in grades one through six who have been reading as many of the nominated titles as possible before voting time arrives.  The minimum titles to read to be eligible to vote is three.  Make good use of the time that is left and read, read, read!!!

Here is a list of the nominated titles:

Star of the North Book Award Nominees

Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret written and illustrated by Bob Shea
The Bear Ate Your Sandwich written and illustrated by Julia Sarcone-Roach
Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Laurie Ann Thompson, Sean Qualls ill. 
In a Village by the Sea by Muon Van ​, April Chu ill.
Night Animals written and illustrated by Gianna Marino
Red: A Crayon's Story written and illustrated by Michael Hall
Rhoda's Rock Hunt by Molly Beth Griffin, Jennifer A. Bell ill.
Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson, Sydney Smith ill. 
Water is Water  by Miranda Paul, Jason Chin ill.
Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman, Zachariah OHora ill. 

Maud Hart Loveless Book Award Nominees

Division I (grades 3-5)

  • Almost Home by Joan Bauer
  • Army of Frogs: A Kulipari Novel by Trevor Pryce
  • Ava & Pip by Carol Weston
  • Breaking Stalin's Nose by Eugene Yelchin
  • Capture the Flag by Kate Messner
  • El Deafo by Cece Bell
  • Escape by Night by Laurie Myers
  • Five Lives of Our Cat Zook by Joanne Rocklin
  • Kizzy Ann Stamps by Jeri Watts
  • ​Nickel Bay Nick by Dean Pitchford
  • Secret Chicken Society by Judy Cox
  • Wild River by P.J. Petersen
Division II (grades 6-8)
  • Almost Home by Joan Bauer
  • Better Nate than Ever by Tim Federle
  • Breaking Stalin's Nose by Eugene Yelchin
  • Doll Bones by Holly Black
  • El Deafo by Cece Bell
  • Flying the Dragon by Natalie Dias Lorenzi
  • Freakling by Lana Krumwiede
  • Ghetto Cowboy by Greg Neri
  • Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson
  • I Kill the Mockingbird by Paul Acampora
  • Never Say Die by Will Hobbs
  • Nickel Bay Nick by Dean Pitchford
*While there are none for this year's list, please be advised that an asterisk indicates titles for mature readers. The nominee lists are not intended to be an automatic recommendation of the books. Since selection policies vary, please apply your specific selection criteria to each title and purchase those titles that best meet the needs of your library or school.

**Go to the "Hot Books" area on this webpage to find out more about the nominated books or visit the official Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award site at the following web address:

Easy to Use AR Quiz/Book Level List Available at AR BookFinder
Are you at home and you want to see if there is an AR quiz for a book you own, want to buy, or have borrowed from the public library? Want to check the book/reading level of a book you are interested in reading?

Welcome to the Accelerated Reader BookFinder!

The Accelerated Reader BookFinder is online! We are very excited to have the Accelerated Reader Enterprise Program up and running. Through this online version students will be able to take quizzes on over 140,000 books, with more being added every week. Taking a quiz will still be done at school only, but you can check to see if the book you are reading is an Accelerated Reader book by clicking on the following web address: You can also copy and paste this address into your browser window and you will go right to the website. Don’t forget to bookmark the site as one of your Favorites.

This AR BookFinder allows you to search for a book by Title, Author or Topic using the Quick Search Tab. To search by Reading Level or Interest Level just click the Advanced Search Tab. Fill in as much information as you can and then click GO – the BookFinder will do the rest. Reading Levels and Interest Levels are all displayed once you have successfully found a book in the list. Reading Level is indicated next to the letters BL. Interest level is shown next to the letters IL.

Read on!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Mrs. Nicklay ( or 452-3766, ext. 1211)

Reading Strategies Guide
Good Readers:
1. Predict/Infer *Look for important words. *Look at the pictures. *Try to figure out what will happen next.

2. Self-Question *Ask questions while reading.

3. Think About Words *Figure out words by thinking about letters/sounds and word parts. *Think about what makes sense and look at the illustrations.

4. Monitor *Ask themselves if they understand what they are reading.

5. Summarize *Think about the important parts of the story. *Include the characters, setting, and major events for the stories. *Include topic, main idea, and important details for informational reading.

6. Evaluate *Decide if they like what they have read.

--Houghton Mifflin

Explore and Rate the Maud Hart Lovelace Titles on BookTalk
Now you can explore and rate the Maud Hart Lovelace titles on Mackin's BookTalk! Read a summary of each book. Learn more about the author. Find similar books. Rate your favorites and see what other kids recommend.

Just go to and click on the Maud Hart Lovelace logos. Or, click on the Booktalk logo at the bottom of the home page.

See what other kids are thinking about the Maud Hart Lovelace nominees and rate them yourself!

Pass On the Gift of Reading!
Pass it on!

Access to books is essential to reading development. However, 61 percent of low-income families have no books for the children in their homes. Over 80 percent of childcare centers serving low-income children lack age-appropriate books. Now you can help each day with a free click!

Visit The Literacy Site at daily and click the red "Give Free Books" button. This quick, simple action helps give a book to a child in need, many times the first book of their own.

There is no cost to you! Funding for the books is paid by site sponsors and goes to First Book, an award-winning nonprofit that uses all funding generated by The Literacy Site to provide free books to children from low-income families -- books that they can take home and keep.

The Literacy Site is new, and its success depends on the number of people who visit the site and click every day!

Please click at The Literacy Site once a day and forward this email to friends and family. Together, we can give more books to children in need and help spark a life-long love of reading.

Thank you!

Note from Mrs. Nicklay
Hey! Have you read any good books lately? Stop in at the library and tell me about them! I'm always looking for a good book to read and share with others!! See you soon :)