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What's Happening in the Month of January?
International Creativity Month; Get Organized Month National Mentoring Month; Brainteaser Month

Jan. 1 - New Year's Day 2018; Full Moon (Wolf Moon)

Jan. 3 - Author J.R.R. Tolkien's birthday

Jan. 4 - St. Elizabeth Ann Seton; Trivia Day; Author Jacob Grimm's birthday; Author Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's birthday

Jan. 6 - Author Carl Sandburg's birthday; Author Wendelin Van Draanen's birthday

Jan. 11 - Author Robert C. O'Brien's birthday

Jan. 12 - Author Clement Hurd's birthday; Author Charles Perrault's birthday

Jan. 15 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Jan. 16 - Appreciate a Dragon Day

Jan. 17 - Inventor/Statesman Benjamin Franklin's birthday

Jan. 18 - Peter Mark Roget's birthday (Roget's Thesaurus)

Jan. 19 - National Popcorn Day

Jan. 23 - National Handwriting Day

Jan. 24 - Compliment Day

Jan. 26 - Author Shannon Hale's birthday

Jan. 27 - Author Lewis Carroll's birthday; Author Julius Lester's birthday

Jan. 29 - National Puzzle Day

Jan. 30 - Author Lloyd Alexander's birthday; Author Polly Horvath's birthday

Jan. 31 - Full Moon (Blue Moon...also a lunar eclipse); Backwards Day

 

 
 
January - A good month to get cozy with a cup of hot cocoa and a good book!

 
 
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: http://tinyurl.com/St-Stans-Bookfinder. 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 www.mackinbooktalk.com and click on the Maud Hart Lovelace logos. Or, click on the Booktalk logo at the bottom of the www.Mackin.com 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 http://www.theliteracysite.com 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!

http://www.theliteracysite.com

 
 
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 :)