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What's Happening in the Month of July?
Summer Library Hours on Tuesday Mornings at St. Stan's (9-11am); Summer Reading Program at the Winona Public Library; National Ice Cream Month; National Hot Dog Month; National Park and Recreation Month

July 4 - Independence Day/4th of July

July 18 - Mandela Day

July 20 - Moon Day

July 21 - National Ice Cream Day

July 25 - Nationa Chili Dog Day

July 28 - Parents' Day

2019 Star of the North and Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award Winners Announced
The Minnesota Youth Reading Awards (MYRA) has announced the winners of the 2019 Maud Hart Lovelace and MN Star of the North Book Awards!!  

The Maud Hart Lovelace Award, named for the beloved Minnesota author, is the Minnesota Youth ReadingAward. The winning book in each division is chosen annually by young people throughout Minnesota.  The Star of the North, which honors a picture book has been more recently introduced.

For the complete listing of the past nominees for or to learn more about either award, go directly to Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award page or the Star of the North page (addresses below)

Click on "Star of the North Nominees" or "Maud Hart Lovelace Nominees" from the menu to the left to see the titles of the books that have been nominated for 2019-2020. Summer would be a great time to get a head start on reading your three books so you can vote next spring. I'm really excited because our library already owns many of these titles, so we are ready to READ!!!

Congratulations again to this year's winners and nominees!


2019 Star of the North Picture Book Award Winners!

   2019 Winner and Honor Books! 
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St. Stan's Library Offers Summer Hours!!!
St. Stan's Library will once again offer summer hours. The library will be open for two hours (9-11am) every Tuesday beginning June 4 and ending August 6.  We welcome students to take advantage of this opportunity to find something really "cool" to read this summer!  An adult companion would be much appreciated. 
  • Check out up to 6 books
  • Due three weeks from check out
  • Return to the library cart just outside the library door OR the yellow basket near the main office window

A special invitation goes out to our incoming 1st graders!!  Visiting the air-conditioned St. Stan's library during the summer is not only a great way to find some summer reading, but also a chance to get more comfortable with the St. Stan's building. The students will get to know Mrs. Nicklay, who will then be another familiar face in the fall!! smiley



June - A Good Month to Explore a "Universe of Stories!" at the Winona Public Library!

What is the Summer Reading Program?
Take some time to stop in at the Winona Public Library to sign up for the summer reading program!! The theme this year is "A Universe of Stories!". Kickoff day for signing up is Monday, June 3rd. The program runs through Friday, August 9th.


**"June 3rd - August 10th

Join the Winona Public Library staff for a summer of adventure that will help maintain and improve your reading skills! Our free program rewards children and young adults who read daily on their own time. Starting on June 3rd, come to the Youth Services Desk or go to our website to sign up. You will receive a reading log and sheet of stickers to track your minutes. 1 sticker = 10 minutes of completed reading time. For every 100 minutes of completed reading, bring your reading log to the Youth Services Desk to earn a prize. There are 5 prize levels total. It’s easy: read what you want, where you want, when you want. Read a book, magazine, or screen; be read to by an adult; listen to audiobooks—it all counts!

Prizes can be claimed from June 17 through August 10th.

Registration for special and ticketed events begins on June 3rd.

Download the full Calendar of Events!"

**Copied and borrowed from Winona Public Library's Site


Get a Head Start Reading the Star of the North and Maud Hart Lovelace Nominees for 2019-2020!!

The nominees for the 2019-2020 Star of the North and Maud Hart Lovelace Book Awards have been announced!! Now is the best time to get a head start on reading them...remember, you only need to read three of the nominees to vote for the winner next March!!

2019-2020 Star of the North Nominees
2019-2020 Star of the North Nominees

Alma and How She Got Her Name - Juana Martinez-Neal

Bowwow Powwow - Brenda J Child & Jonathan Thunder

Can I Be Your Dog? - Troy Cummings

Crash, Splash, or Moo! - Bob Shea

The Day You Begin - Jacqueline Woodson & Rafael Lopez

Drawn Together - Minh Le & Dan Santat

The Good For Nothing Button! - Cherise Mericle Harper

The Honeybee - Kristen Hall & Isabelle Arsenault

John Deere, That's Who! - Tracy Nelson Maurer & Tim Zeltner

We Don't Eat Our Classmates - Ryan T. Higgins



2019-2020 Maud Hart Lovelace Division I Nominees

Amina's Voice - Hena Khan

The End of the Wild - Nicole Helget

Framed! A TOAST Mystery - James Ponti

Lemons - Melissa Savage

The Losers Club - Andrew Clements

The Parker Inheritance - Varian Johnson

Save Me a Seat - Gita Varadarajan & Sarah Weeks

The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse - Brian Farrey

Towers Falling - Jewell Parker Rhodes

Wish - Barbara O'Connor

2019-2020 Maud Hart Lovelace Division II Nominees

Cyclone - Doreen Cronin

The End of the Wild - Nicole Helget

Framed! A TOAST Mystery - James Ponti

Greetings From Witness Protection! - Jake Burt

The Parker Inheritance - Varian Johnson

Piecing Me Together - Renee Watson

Refugee - Alan Gratz

Terror at Bottle Creek - Watt Key

Towers Falling - Jewell Parker Rhodes

Wolf Hollow - Lauren Wolk

*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.

For the complete listing of the Star of the North and Maud Hart Lovelace nominees for 2018-2019 in both Divisions go directly to Star of the North or the Maud Hart Lovelace pages (addresses below) 

You can also visit the "Hot Books!" area of Mrs. Nicklay's website to find out more about the nominated books. (To be updated soon!)

4 Simple Steps to Build Your Child's Love for Reading provided by Cricket Media
The act of reading provides a chance to slow down and spend time together - a connection that can instill a lifetime love of reading in kids.  Here are four tips to help you encourage your young one to become a life-long reader, courtesy of The National Head Start Association:

1. Expand oral language.
     Depending on their skill level, kids can read a story, have a story read to them or even take turns reading and listening.  Invite your young reader to identify favorite parts of the story.  Read together and let them have fun picking out words and deciding when to move to the next page.

2. Read several stories every day.
     The more kids are exposed to stories and other literary works, the more likely it is that reading will become part of their daily lives.  With every story, your budding reader is introduced to new concepts, phonemic awareness and much more.

3. Teach rhymes and songs.
     Rhymes and songs are imaginative ways to encourage memorization, rhyming and melody with kids, while at the same time introducing them to poetry and other creative writing styles.  Read a poem a day!

4. Support reading and writing development through creative play.
     After a day of family fun, encourage your kids to write a story about the experience.  Or sit down together and write a play.  Gather friends and other family members to put on a show.

Copyright 2014, Cricket Media, all rights reserved.

Summer Reading Book Lists from 1st Grade - 8th Grade!
Plus...Tips to make summer reading happen...

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7 Tips to Keep Kids Reading All Summer and Prevent the Summer Slide
Check out these articles from the Daily Herald and the Ventura County Star to see just how important it is to keep kids reading all summer and preventing the "summer slide"!

Don't Let "Summer Slide" Set in Over the Next Few Weeks

7 Tips to Keep Kids Reading All Summer

Summer Reading Tips
Go to the menu on the left and click on "Summer Reading Tips" to explore several helpful links leading you to tips on making summer reading a priority and lists of books that will snag even the most reluctant reader.
Summer Book Riot
Visit the following link for...

The Ultimate Guide to Books for Reluctant Readers Ages 12 to 13

Summer Reading Counts
Did you know that reading at least 10 minutes a day during the summer will help keep your reading skills strong until school starts in the fall? So will reading 5 to 10 books during the summer months.

Below you will find a list of reading suggestions from Scholastic. Go to for more information. Click on Print the Buzz Book Lists to print their lists. Below are lists from a previous year.

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
A 10-year-old girl, new in town and feeling lonely, adopts a playful dog.  All of a sudden, she's making all kinds of new friends.

Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
A charming mystery about a stolen painting and the 6th-grade sleuths who solve the crime.

Dear Whiskers by Ann Whitehead Nagda
Fourth-grader Jenny uses spunk and imagination to help a new girl from Saudi Arabia feel at home.

Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke
In an action-packed 500+ pages, dragons look for a safe haven, led by a friendly brownie and an orphan named Ben.

The End of the Beginning: Being the Adventures of a Small Snail (and an Even Smaller Ant) by Avi
A snail who has led a quiet life up until now sets off on a journey with a mighty ant.

Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
A Mexican girl and her mom leave a privileged life to work in southern California labor camps during the Great Depression. This beautiful book is based on the real-life experiences of the author's grandmother.

Holes by Louis Sachar
An unforgettable story within a story about a boy with bad luck and what he does about it.

The Journal of Biddy Owens: The Negro Leagues, Birmingham, Alabama, 1948 by Walter Dean Meyers
A 17-year-old batboy keeps a diary of his five months with one of the league’s best teams, illuminating the excitement and promise, as well as the racism and bigotry, of this era.

The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl
A little girl uses her magic finger to turn the tables on a family of hunters so they can see what it’s like to be hunted.

Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
A Newbery Award-winning tale of a boy whose athletic accomplishments made him a legend and helped unify his segregated town.

Millicent Min, Girl Genius by Lisa Yee
Eleven-year-old Milllie has a bad summer. Her grades are great, but she has trouble fitting in. You won't want to miss her laugh-out-loud diary.

Missing May by Cynthia Rylant
This lovely story explores a family's quest to reconnect with the spirit of a beloved aunt.

Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
Experience the Oklahoma Dust Bowl in this moving novel written in free verse.

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred E. Taylor
Prejudice and discrimination haunt the Logan family in Mississippi during the Depression of the 1930s.

Sahara Special by Esme Raji Codell
A young girl struggles in her studies but loves to write, inspired by a new teacher who’s lots of fun.

The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White
One of America’s finest writers tells the story of a swan who has no voice and learns to play a stolen trumpet. For anyone who has a challenge to overcome.

The Young Man and the Sea by Rodman Philbrick
An independent boy whose dad is distracted by his wife’s death catches a huge tuna all by himself, with support from many people in his town.

Spectacular Series

Abby Hayes by Anne Mazer
Abby copes with middle school, a genius little brother, and perfect older twin siblings. The series begins when Abby is a 5th grader, and continues through middle school.

My America by various authors
Travel to eras past in these simple diaries designed for chapter-book readers.

Animorphs by K.A. Applegate
Find nail-biting action in these futuristic novels about kids who have amazing powers.

Bone by Jeff Smith
Begun as a comic book in 1991, this saga of an unlikely hero in graphic-novel format relates the awesome exploits of the Bone cousins, who are separated, then reunited.

Bunnicula by Deborah & James Howe
Keep a close watch on your vegetables when reading these tales of a vampire bunny.

Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
Prepare for potty humor with these favorite tales of a wedgie-powered superhero.

Charlie Bone (The Children of the Red King Series) by Jenny Nimmo
When Charlie Bone discovers he can hear people in photographs talking, his life takes an amazing turn.

Children of the Lamp by P.B. Kerr
Twelve-year-old twins find they have magical powers.

Encyclopedia Brown by Donald J. Sobol
Dive into these funny whodunits starring a 5th-grade detective.

Goosebumps by R. L. Stine
Thrilling tales and safe scares in a creepy, spooky series that’s highly addictive.

Guardians of Ga'Hoole by Kathryn Lasky
Soren, a heroic barn owl, and his friend Gylfie confront dark and light, good and evil, in these fast-paced science fantasies, which happen to be packed with lots of real-life facts about owls.

Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
This orphan wizard has transformed many a child into a devoted reader.

The Land of Elyon by Patrick Carman
This trilogy follows a young girl as she explores the magic world outside the walls of the lodge she visits each  summer.

The Logan Family by Mildred Taylor
This saga of a 1930s African-American family is drawn from the real-life tales told to the author by her father about a black family in a segregated land. Includes Newbery Award-winner, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.

Maya & Miguel Books by various authors
Ten-year-old twins and their family and neighborhood friends have lots of ideas for having fun.

My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
Whimsical fantasy tales of two special friends involve a rescue, escaped canaries, and some scurrilous hunters.

Ramona by Beverly Cleary
Remember Ramona and Beezus Quimby and Henry Huggins? Ramona's tales of 8-year-old angst stand the test of time.

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
Don't miss these wonderfully narrated adventures of the Baudelaire orphans, whose lives are filled with misery, woe, and harrowing encounters.

Time Warp Trio by Jon Scieszka
Travel through history — from ancient Egypt to the far future — with three wise-cracking kids.

The Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins
You will be swept up in the adventurous quests confronting 11-year-old Gregor and his 2-year-old sister Boots in a strange world under New York City, where humans live with smart bats and loyal cockroaches.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Baum called his 1900 best seller a "wonder tale," and followed it with more than a dozen fascinating Oz novels.

Belle Teal by Ann M. Martin
A Southern girl reaches out to new classmates during desegregation.

Boy2Girl by Terence Blacker
On a dare, a boy disguises himself as a girl and becomes one of the most popular girls in high school.

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
In 1936, during the Depression, a motherless 10-year-old boy escapes an abusive foster home and sets off in search of his father.

Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi
Accused of a crime in medieval England, a 13-year-old boy flees to the countryside and must think for himself when in peril.

The Cry of the Icemark by Stuart Hill
An epic coming-of-age adventure, this fascinating tale stars a 13-year-old heroine who must protect her kingdom from impossible dangers.

Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick
Two social outcasts become firm friends in this novel that inspired the feature film The Mighty.

Green Angel by Alice Hoffman
A story about life, death, and renewal, told in a lyrical style through the eyes of Green, an enchanting earth child who loses her family, mourns, and learns to live again.

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
See what life is like for a clone struggling for acceptance in this page-turning, sci-fi thriller.

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
Suspense and drama collide as 12-year-old Meggie and her father are pursued by characters who jump from a book into real life.  

The Last Book in the Universe by Rodman Philbrick
In this fast-paced fantasy about a future world, an epileptic teen sets off to save his dying sister and, perhaps, the world.

The Misfits by James Howe
Four friends resolve to stand up to their classmates’ bullying.

The River Between Us by Richard Peck
A look back at the first year of the Civil War, when the Pruitt family takes in two mysterious young ladies who have fled New Orleans to come north to Illinois.

The Skin I'm In by Sharon G. Flake
A misfit 7th grader learns to love herself with the help of an inspirational teacher.

Squashed by Joan Bauer
In rural Iowa, 16-year-old Ellie Morgan pursues two goals: trying to grow a prize-winning pumpkin and lose 20 pounds herself.

Taking Sides by Gary Soto
A middle-school basketball player transfers to an affluent school, but on the court he has to face his old team from the barrio.

Tangerine by Edward Bloor
Twelve-year-old Paul, who lives in the shadow of his football-hero brother, fights for the right to play soccer despite his near blindness, and slowly begins to remember the incident that damaged his eyesight.

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
The Tuck family lives forever after drinking from a magic spring. But can they protect their secret? This lyrical novel inspired a feature film.

The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty
Three girls are assigned to be pen pals with boys from a rival high school in this breezy, epistolary novel.

Spectacular Series

The Alex Rider Adventures by Anthony Horowitz
Spies! Secret agents! Vicious threats! This series, and its 14-year-old hero, will hook even the most reluctant readers.

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Meet the orphaned redhead who changes the lives of everyone she meets in her new hometown.

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
As the last in a line of criminal masterminds, a 12-year-old boy-genius plans to build his family fortune by holding a fairy for ransom.

Arthur by Kevin Crossley-Holland
Live the legend with these captivating medieval tales.

The Brian Books by Gary Paulsen
Teen Brian Robeson uses know-how and determination in these survival stories of the Canadian wilderness.

Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander
Adventure, enchantment, and an epic quest make these good-versus-evil tales tough to put down.

The Dark Is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper
Satisfy your fantasy fan's quest for enchantment with this Newbery Award-winning series that has it all: imaginative writing, a fantasy setting, and a sweeping conflict between good and evil.

Dear America by various authors
Step into the lives of kids throughout history in this award-winning journal series.

Dear Dumb Diary by Jim Benton
One girl’s reflections on her continuing travails at Mackerel Middle School told in an edgy tone that appeals to teens.

Dragons of Deltora by Emily Rodda
The continuing saga of young Lief and his companions in a fantasyland called Deltora, where monsters, famine, and evil lords lurk.

Everworld by K. A. Applegate
In a parallel universe called Everworld, magic rules and ancient myths come alive.

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
This orphan wizard has transformed many a kid into a devoted reader.

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
An unforgettable  trilogy about children who cross worlds to fulfill their destinies.  

The Keys to the Kingdom by Garth Nix
A spellbinding series featuring 7th-grader Arthur Penhaligon as an unlikely hero in a sinister realm.

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Filled with mythology and magic, these long-heralded classics inspired the blockbuster movies.

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
Devour these funny diaries about a New York teen who tries to control her hair, her crushes, and an entire country.

Redwall by Brian Jacques
Battles between good and evil abound in these energetic fantasies starring the animal friends of Redwall Abbey.

Sammy Keys by Wendelin Van Draanen
Move over Nancy Drew — this no-nonsense girl detective stumbles onto mysteries she never fails to solve.

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
Four friends share one pair of magic jeans that pass from friend to friend each summer throughout high school until they’re off to college.

The Tillerman Books by Cynthia Voigt
Abandoned by their mother, the Tillerman children find different homes, and struggle to survive the world — and each other.

The Time Quartet by Madeleine L'Engle
If someone invited you to a newly discovered galaxy, would you go? An extraordinary family travels into time past and time future. This is sci-fi at its best.

Summer Reading Picks - Past Winners of the Maud Hart Lovelace Reading Contest
Past Winners of the Maud Hart Lovelace Reading Contest

2013 11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass (Division I)

2013 Matched by Ally Condie (Division II)

2012 Please Write In This Book by Mary Amato (Division I)

2012 Stolen Children by Peg Kegret (Division II)

2011 Deep and Dark and Dangerous by Mary Downing Hahn (Division I)

2011 Deep and Dark and Dangerous by Mary Downing Hahn (Division II)

2010 Jone, Marcia Thornton. Champ. (Division I)

2010 Carter, Ally. I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (Division II)

2009 Hiassen, Carl. Flush. (Division I)

2009 Riordan, Rick. The Lightning Thief. (Division II)

2008 Creech, Sharon. Ruby Holler. (Division I)

2008 Sonnenblick, Jordan. Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie. (Division II)

2007 Kehret, Peg. Escaping the Giant Wave. (Division I)

2007 Clements, Andrew. Things Not Seen (Division II)

2006 Bauer, Marion Dane. Runt. (Division I)

2006 Hiaasen, Carl. Hoot. (Division II)

2005 Martin, Ann M. The Doll People. (Division I)

2005 Smith, Roland. Zach's Lie. (Division II)

2004 Kimmel, Elizabeth Cody. In the Stone Circle. (Division I)

2004 Mikaelsen, Ben. Touching Spirit Bear. (Division II)

2003 DeFelice, Cynthia. The Ghost of Fossil Glen. (Division I)

2003 Dowell, Frances O'Roark. Dovey Coe. (Division II)

2002 Oppel, Kenneth. Silverwing (Division I)

2002 Whitmore, Arvella. Trapped Between the Lash and the Gun (Division II)

2001 Gutman, Dan. The Million Dollar Shot (Division I)

2001 Haddix, Margaret. Among the Hidden (Division II)

2000 Fields, Terri. Danger in the Desert (Division I)

2000 Bloor, Edward. Tangerine (Division II)

1999 Clements, Andrew. Frindle (Division I)

1999 Spinelli, Jerry. Crash (Division II)

1998 Park, Barbara. Mick Harte was Here (Divisions I and II)

1997 Woodruff, Elvira. The Summer I Shrank My Grandmother (Division I)

1997 Yolen, Jane. The Devil's Arithmetic (Division II)

1996 Kehret, Peg. Cages

1995 Kehret, Peg. Nightmare Mountain

1994 Kerby, Mona. 38 Weeks Til Summer Vacation

1993 Hahn, Mary Downing. Dead Man in Indian Creek

1992 Greer, Gery, and Bob Ruddick. This Island Isn't Big Enough for the Four of Us

1991 Paulsen, Gary. Hatchet

1990 Hahn, Mary Downing. Wait Til Helen Comes

1989 Green, Phyllis. Eating Ice Cream with a Werewolf

1988 Ruckman, Ivy. Night of the Twisters

1987 Gardiner, John. Stone Fox

1986 Dana, Barbara. Zucchini

1985 Park, Barbara. Skinnybones

1984 DeClements, Barthe. Nothing's Fair in Fifth Grade

1983 Singer, Marilyn. It Can't Hurt Forever

1982 Robinson, Barbara. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

1981 Byars, Betsy. Pinballs

1980 Rawls, Wilson. The Summer of the Monkeys

Reading Rockets
Check the following link for lots of tips and ideas for parents, kids and teachers concerning reading and reading issues that students face. Great for families with members coping with dyslexia and for for anyone looking for ways to raise strong readers.
Suggested Summer Reading Lists by Grade Level
Follow these links to discover grade level lists of super books to read this summer. Let me know if you found any that you really, really enjoyed!!

This link has more suggestions for great books to read this summer plus helpful information for students and parents concerning summer reading. Be sure to explore the site...there is lots of info. here!!

And here is another!!

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.

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 :)

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