Gene Luen Yang, National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, has a challenge for you: 1) Read a book about a character who doesn't look like you or live like you. 2) Read a book about a topic you don't know much about. 3) Read a book in a format that you don't normally read for fun.
"Reading is a fantastic way to open your minds and hearts to new people, places, and ideas." says Mr. Yang.
Here is a link to the program and short video:
Anyone can participate!
AUTHOR DEBORAH HOPKINSON VISITS JM!
JM students and staff were treated to a wonderful presentation by award winning author Deborah Hopkinson. Ms. Hopkinson's presentation focused on gathering information using photos and documents for her historical fiction and non-fiction books.
Here are some comments from our students:
"I liked how articulate she was and I am definitely going to read some of her books."
"I liked the previews she gave about her books and that made me want to read her books."
"I thought it was really powerful having an actual author speak and it was a treat."
"I liked that the subject matter was based on interesting subjects for historical fiction writing."
"I liked how she explained how she went about researching her subject matter and she told us about her illustrations."
"I liked that she familiarized us about the subject matter so I want to read her books more now."
JM BOOK CLUB NEWS!
All students welcome to the next JM Book Club meeting.
When: Thursday, April 13th, lunch time 12:45pm - 1:22pm
Where: Malucelli Room in the library
Don't forget to bring your lunch!
CALIFORNIA YOUNG READER MEDAL (CYRM) AWARD
Each year students throughout California participate in awarding the CYRM to some very special books. The titles in each category are favorites of young readers. Students must read each title in the specific category in order to vote.
Here are the 2016-2017 Middle School Nominees:
Hold Fast by Blue Balliett
Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger
Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere by Julie T. Lamana
Please share your vote with Mrs. Laucher. All votes must be submitted before April 1, 2017. The winner will be announced in May, 2017!
For more information on the CYRM, visit this website: www.californiayoungreadermedal.org/
2017 NEWBERY AWARD WINNERS!
The John Newbery Award is for the most distinguished American children's book published the previous year.
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
Freedom Over Me: Eleven slaves, their lives and dreams brought to life by Ashley Bryan
The Inquisitor's Tale by Adam Gidwitz
Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk
All of these books are available in the JM Library.
To view all the 2017 American Library Service to Children Award Winners follow this link: http://www.ala.org/alsc/2016-alsc-book-media-award-winners
2016 NEWBERY AWARD WINNERS!
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena
The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan