Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Summer Reading Challenge!

Summer is almost here, and that means it's time to READ!   Watch the video below to listen to Mrs. G. explain the Summer Reading Challenge:

Download a copy of the Summer Reading Challenge here:
(This summer reading challenge was purchased for download and use by students at Smithville Elementary School.  If you are a teacher or librarian at a different school, please respect the efforts of the fellow educator who created this and purchase your own copy at

Parents, you can learn all about why summer reading is important and how to find great books for your kids below:

Kids, you can click below to locate some great books to read this summer:

Remember to check out the Public Library's Summer Reading Program, too!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

This Week in the Library...

Since Children's Book Week is coming up next week, this week, we're going to be reading book about books!

Third grade will be reading Miss Brooks Loves Books (And I Don't) by Barbara Bottner.

With the help of Miss Brooks, Missy’s classmates all find books they love in the library—books about fairies and dogs and trains and cowboys. But Missy dismisses them all—“Too flowery, too furry, too clickety, too yippity.”

Still, Miss Brooks remains undaunted. Book Week is here and Missy willfind a book to love if they have to empty the entire library. What story will finally win over this beastly, er, discriminating child? 

Fourth grade will get to hear That Book Woman by Heather Henson.

Cal is not the readin' type. Living way high up in the Appalachian Mountains, he'd rather help Pap plow or go out after wandering sheep than try some book learning. Nope. Cal does not want to sit stoney-still reading some chicken scratch. But that Book Woman keeps coming just the same. She comes in the rain. She comes in the snow. She comes right up the side of the mountain, and Cal knows that's not easy riding. And all just to lend his sister some books. Why, that woman must be plain foolish; or is she braver than he ever thought? 

Fifth grade will be listening to The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce.

Morris Lessmore loved words.
He loved stories.
He loved books.
But every story has its upsets.

Everything in Morris Lessmore’s life, including his own story, is scattered to the winds.     
But the power of story will save the day. 

Happy reading, and have a great week!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Children's Book Week: May 13-17

Children's Book Week is coming up, and we want YOU to read to us!  

If you would like to share a favorite children's book with the students of Smithville Elementary, please sign up by clicking on the box below!

Click here for more information about our Children's Book Week celebration at Smithville Elementary!