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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
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.
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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
Division II - grades 6-8
**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: http://www.maudhartlovelace.org/
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
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.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Mrs. Nicklay ( or 452-3766, ext. 1211)
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.
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!
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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 :)