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What's Happening in the Month of November?
National Family Literacy Month; Picture Book Month; National Native American Heritage Month; Adopt a Turkey Month; Family Stories Month; National Adoption Month; National Gratitude Month; National Peanut Butter Lovers Month

Nov. 1 - All Saints Day; National Authors' Day; National Family Literacy Day

Nov. 2 - All Souls Day

Nov. 3 - Sandwich Day

Nov. 4 - Daylight Saving Time ends

Nov. 6 - Election Day - Exercise your right to VOTE!!

Nov. 9 - Author Lois Ehlert's birthday

Nov. 10 - Author Neil Gaiman's birthday

Nov. 11 - Veterans' Day; National Young Readers' Week (Nov. 11-17); National Bible Week (Nov. 11-17)

Nov. 13 - World Kindness Day; Author Robert Louis Stevenson's birthday

Nov. 14 - Author Astrid Lindgren's birthday

Nov. 15 - America Recycles Day

Nov. 16 - Author Jean Fritz's birthday

Nov. 17 - Homemade Bread Day; Author Christopher Paolini's birthday

Nov. 18 - National Family Week (Nov. 18-24); National Game and Puzzle Week (Nov. 18-24); National Apple Cider Day

Nov. 20 - Universal Children's Day

Nov. 21 - No School; World Hello Day

Nov. 22 - Thanksgiving Day; No School

Nov. 23 - No School; National Day of Listening; Full Moon (Beaver Moon)

Nov. 24 - Author Frances Hodgson Burnett's birthday

Nov. 25 - Author Marc Brown's birthday

Nov. 27 - Author Kevin Henkes' birthday

Nov. 29 - Author C.S. Lewis' birthday; author Madeleine L'Engle's birthday; author Louisa May Alcott's birthday

Nov. 30 - Author Mark Twain's birthday


November - A Good Month to Be Thankful for Books!

NOVEMBER READING TIPS Sponsored by Sylvan Learning Center
Ideas For November Reading Adventures

* November 1 is National Author's Day. Who is your child's favorite author? Encourage children to locate information about their favorite author from your local library. Students can design a poster that talks about the author's written work.
* Celebrate family literacy day (Nov 1) by reading a story together. Read the first half of a book together, then take turns creating new endings for the book. As you finish reading the book, see who came closest to creating the actual ending.
* National Young Reader's Day is November 14. Have children design collector cards to illustrate their favorite books.
* American Education Week will be held November 11-17. Hold a contest in your classroom to see who can read the greatest number of pages during this week. Provide a prize for the winner.
* November 12-18 is Children's Book Week. Find a quiet corner, crack open something to read, and get on board to explore a new world. Have students make and then play a memory match game to review story characters they've read about.
* A fun way to enjoy the change of the season is by collecting leaves that have fallen to the ground. Using a guide to identifying trees from your local library, try to identify what trees the leaves came off of.

To visit Sylvan Learning Center, click on the following link or cut and paste it into your browser window:

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 :)