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What's Happening in the Month of March?
National March into Literacy Month, Youth Art Month, National Kite Month, Music in Our Schools Month, National Women's History Month, National Nutrition Month, American Red Cross Month; International Ideas Month

Mar. 1 - National Write a Letter of Appreciation Week (1-7); Peace Corps Day

Mar. 2 - Read Across America Day; Author Dr. Seuss' birthday: Iditarod; Pasty Day; Sock Monkey Day

Mar. 3 -  Return the Borrowed Books Week (3-9); Author Patricia MacLachlan's birthday; Princess Day; Simplify Your Life Day; World Wildlife Day; St. Katherine Drexel

Mar. 4 - National Grammar Day

Mar. 5 - Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday); Author Howard Pyle's birthday

Mar. 6 - Ash Wednesday; Author Sid Fleischman's birthday; Author Chris Raschska's birthday; Oreo Cookie Day

Mar. 7 - World Book Day

Mar. 8 - International Women's Day; Author Peter Roop's birthday

Mar. 9 - Librarian/Teacher Mrs. Nicklay's birthday; St. Frances of Rome

Mar. 10 - Daylight Savings Time begins

Mar. 11 - Spring Break - No School; Napping Day (the day after Daylight Savings Time begins)

Mar. 12 - Spring Break - No School; Author Marguerite De Angeli's birthday; Author Virginia Hamilton's birthday; Author Carl Hiaasen's birthday

Mar. 13 - Spring Break - No School; Donald Duck Day

Mar. 14 - Spring Break - No School; Pi Day; Potato Chip Day

Mar. 15 - spring Break - No School; Ides of March

Mar. 16 - Corn Dog Day

Mar. 17 - St. Patrick's Day

Mar. 18 - Poet Douglas Florian's birthday

Mar. 19 - St. Joseph

Mar. 20- First day of Spring (vernal equinox); Author Lois Lowry's birthday; Author Louis Sachar's birthday; Full moon (Worm Moon); International Day of Happiness

Mar. 21 - World Poetry Day; Author David Wisniewski's birthday

Mar. 22 - World Water Day

Mar. 24 - St. Oscar Romero

Mar. 25 - The Annunciation of the Lord; Tolkein Reading Day

Mar. 26 - Author Betty McDonald's birthday; Purple Day; Spinach Day

Mar. 27 - Author Dick King-Smith's birthday; Author Patricia Wrede's birthday

Mar. 30 - Author Anna Sewell's birthday; Artist Vincent Van Gogh's birthday

It's Almost Time to Vote!
Please remember that our St. Stan's students in grades 3-6 will have the opportunity to join students from all over Minnesota at the end of March when we cast our ballots for our favorite titles to be the winners of the Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award! Since fall students have been trying to read at least 3 of the books nominated for the award so they could earn the right to vote.

Students in grades 1 and 2 will be casting their vote for their favorite Star of the North Book Award nominee.  We have read all ten titles during library classes this year and many students have checked out these books to read on their own too. 

The 2019 winners of the Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award and the Star of the North Book Award will be announced on Saturday, April 13.  

The votes must be submitted by March 31, so students will cast their votes during the last two weeks of March. If you will be gone then, let Mrs. Nicklay know and arrangements will be made so you can vote early.  There has been a great response to the nominated books this year!!  Congratulations to the many students who have read more than three!!! You'll be able to make a truly informed vote. 

March into a great read!!

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!!
On March 2nd, the birthday of Dr. Seuss, children and adults across America participated in the annual Read Across America. Dr. Seuss loved children and learning. His fun use of rhyme made his books a very effective tool for teaching children basic skills which are critical for success in reading. What "kid" among us doesn't have a favorite Dr. Seuss book? Is it Green Eggs and Ham? How the Grinch Stole Christmas? One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish? The Lorax? Cat in the Hat? Horton Hears a Who?  Whenever we share these wonderful books, we let kids know that reading is fun and important!
March - A Good Month to Read Something Uplifting!

Caldecott Medal and Honor Books 2019
Do you know the winner of the Caldecott Medal for 2019?
The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

The Caldecott Book Medal winner for 2019 is : Hello Lighthouse written and illustrated by Sophie Backall.

The 2019 Caldecott Honor Books:

Alma and How She Got Her Name written and illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal

A Big Mooncake for Little Star illustrated by Mary GrandPre and written by Grace Lin

The Rough Patch illustrated by John Klassen and written by Brian Lies

Thank you, Omu!, illustrated and written by Oge Mora

The gold seal indicates the Caldecott Award winner and the silver seal graces the Caldecott Honor Books.

Newbery Medal and Honor Books 2019
Do you know the winner of the Newbery Medal for 2019?
The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

The Newbery Medal winner for 2019 is :
Merci Suárez Changes Gears, written by Meg Medina

The 2015 Newbery Honor Books:
The Night Diary, written by Veera Hiranandani 

The Book of Boy, written by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

The gold seal indicates the Newbery Award winner and the silver seal graces the Newbery Honor Books.

They're Here!
The books that have been nominated for the 2018-2019 Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award are here!!!

Maud Hart Lovelace grew up in Mankato, Minnesota at the turn of the twentieth century. She loved to read and write and began penning stories at an early age. Eventually she wrote her famous Betsy-Tacy series which describes her childhood in "Deep Valley". Her books provide us with a wonderful snapshot of life in Minnesota in the late 1800's and early 1900's. After her death in 1980 an award for excellence in children's literature, the Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award, was established. The exciting thing about this award is that this award is not chosen by adults. It is chosen by the young people for whom the books are written.

Here is a list of the nominated titles:

2018-19 MHL Nominees



Division I - grades 3-5

  • The Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chamblis Bertman
  • Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
  • Enchanted Files: Cursed by Bruce Coville
  • Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
  • Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar
  • The Hero Two Doors Down by Sharon Robinson
  • Last in a Long Line of Rebels by Lisa Lewis Tyre
  • Soar by Joan Bauer
  • The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett
  • Webster: Tale of An Outlaw by Ellen Emerson White‚Äč

Division II - grades 6-8

  • The Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chamblis Bertman
  • Codename Zero by Chris Rylander
  • Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
  • Ghost by Jason Reynolds
  • The Hero Two Doors Down by Sharon Robinson
  • My Diary from the Edge of the World by Jodi Lynn Anderson
  • The Nest by Kenneth Oppel
  • A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen
  • Soar by Joan Bauer
  • The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
  • *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:

MN Star of the North Nominees Are Here Too!!
Here is the list of the 2018-2019 Nominees for the Minnesota Star of the North Award for picture books (Gr.1&2)


2018-2019 Star of the North Nominees

  • After the Fall by Dan Santat
  • Alfie by Thyra Heder
  • Big Cat, Little Cat by Elisha Cooper
  • A Different Pond by Bao Phi, illustrated by Thi Bui
  • Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis
  • Give Me Back My Book! by Travis Foster and Ethan Long
  • Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall
  • The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Adam Rex
  • Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines by Jeanne Walker Harvey, illustrated by Dow Phumiruk
  • The Quickest Kid in Clarksville by Pat Zietlow Miller, illustrated by Frank Morrison

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 :)