Teacher Book Club

May 4, 2012 Teacher Book Meeting

We will be reading the following 5 selections:

1st Reading

The Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy/ Truth and Beauty by Ann Patchet which will be hosted by Tress Ahles on September 7th. Discussion leader will be Lucinda Edmonds.

The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obrecht

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana De Rosnay

11/22/63 by Stephen King

The Boy in the Moon by Christopher Hitchens

All the books looks to be exciting  reads.  I look forward to discussing these great books.


Last Friday was one of the best discussions ever in book club.  Thank you, Rose, for hosting.

In order to order books for next year, we need to make some decisions by spring break. Please comment and post here your ideas. I will send out a survey monkey to vote.  We are choosing 2 for now.

Here are some of my suggestions-
Sarah’s Key-Tatiana De Rosnay
The Devil in the White City- Erik Larson
Factory Girls- Leslie Chang
River of Smoke- Amitav Ghosh (this is a trilogy)
I highly recommend Sarah’s Key!
Maliha Iqbal
Kindergarten Teacher
Shanghai American School
Pudong Campus

From Maliha Iqbal-Here are some of my suggestions

Sarah’s Key-Tatiana De Rosnay

The Devil in the White City- Erik Larson

Factory Girls- Leslie Chang

River of Smoke- Amitav Ghosh (this is a trilogy)

I highly recommend Sarah’s Key!

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Summer Reading…Suggestions by SAS Teachers

As we are winding down the school year, we are also gearing up for delights of summer.  Don’t forget to add in some daily reading time in your fun filled schedule.  Needing some suggestions?  SAS ES Teachers got together and brainstormed a list of suggestions for you to try.  If you have exhausted our list, at the bottom will be some websites to try as well…and certainly don’t forget the Destiny, Library Catalog is always available 24/7.

*Please add a comment of your favorites and add to our list!

Picture books

1.Ferdinand by Monroe Leaf

2. Napping House by Audrey Wood

3. Miss Spider by David Kirk

4. The Mitten ( any Mem Fox)

5.  The Very Hungry Catterpillar by Eric Carle

6. I’ll Love you Forever Robert Munsch

7. Chrysanthenum by Kevin Henkes

8. Lily and the Purple Plastic Purse  Kevin Henkes

9. Mr. Peabody’s Apples by Madonna

10. Mean Jean the Recess Queen

11. Thank you Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco

12. The Butterfly by Patricia Polacco

13. The Gingerbread Man (any version)

14. The Spoon

15. My Lucky Day

16. Knuffle Bunny by Mo Wilems

17. Amos and Boris

18. I Like it When… by Mary Murphy

19. 7 Brothers

20. The Mitten ( Jan Brett) – 2

21. Polar Express by Chris van Allsburg

22. Somebody Loves You- Mr. Hatcher

23. A Long, Long, Tome Ago…

24. A Boy Who Drew Cats

25. How to Heal a Broken Wing

26. Ted

27. The Giving Tree

28. Goodnight, Gorilla


  1. 1. 20 Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  2. 2. Journey to the West ( Monkey King) 3
  3. 3. Chinese Four Masterpieces
  4. 4. Charlotte’s Web (2)
  5. 5. Story of 365 Nights
  6. 6. Heidi
  7. 7. The BFG
  8. 8. The Grinch by Dr. Seuss
  9. 9. Nursery Rhyme
  10. 10. Richard Scary Collection
  11. 11. Chinese 300 Poems
  12. 12. Tang Poetry 300
  13. 13. Zheng Yuan Jie Fairy Tale
  14. 14. Pippi Longstocking
  15. 15. Secret Garden
  16. 16. Nancy Drew
  17. 17. Hardy Boys

Beginning Chapter Books

  1. 1. The Mouse and the Motorcycle (Beverly Cleary)
  2. 2. Junie B. Jones
  3. 3. Cam Jansen
  4. 4. Frog and Toad

Parent Read Aloud

  1. 1. Stuart Little ( E.B. White)
  2. 2. Wizard of Oz
  3. 3. Oh, the Places You’ll Go
  4. 4. Where the Sidewalk Ends
  5. 5. Dr. Seuss’ Books
  6. 6. Eric Carle books
  7. 7. Mo Willem’s Books
  8. 8. The Hobbit
  9. 9. Frindle

10. Nursery Rhymes

11. The Miraculous Adventures of Edward Tullane

12. Nothing’s Fair in 4th Grade

13. The Giving Tree

14. The Bible

15. Yo! Yes! Love You Forever

16. Goodnight Moon

17. Charlotte’s Web

18. James and the Giant Peach

19. Walk Two Moons ( Sharon Creech)

20. Little Tadpoles Looking for Mom

21. The Three Kingdoms

What’s Hot that Kids will Like!

  1. 1. Hunger Games
  2. 2. Captain Underpants
  3. 3. Diary of the Wimpy Boy
  4. 4. 100 Thousand Whys
  5. 5. Percy Jackson
  6. 6. Lightning Thief- Rick Riordan
  7. 7. Bridge to Terabithia
  8. 8. Brain Test


  1. 1. Joey Pigza series ( Jack Gantos)
  2. 2. The Hobbit
  3. 3. Monkey King Story
  4. 4. Boxcar Children (2)
  5. 5. Guardians of Ga Hoole series
  6. 6. Little House on the Prairie ( Ingloss Wilder) 4
  7. 7. Mo Willems
  8. 8. Patricia Polacco
  9. 9. Big Head Son and Small Head Dad
  10. 10. Series: Jia Mei and Jia Li- My Brother and Little Sister (Story about 2 Twins)
  11. 11. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
  12. 12. Jerry Spinelli (anything)
  13. 13. Narnia (3)
  14. 14. Ency Brown Books
  15. 15. Ramona by B. Cleary
  16. 16. 39 Clues
  17. 17. Monkey King
  18. 18. Amber Brown


Children’s Picture Books -Caldecott Award

Children’s Chapter Books- Newbery Award

Children’s Choice Awards

Dont’ forget Novelist database that can help you find books based upon books that you have read. Login is sas1912…you know the password!

Nursery Rhymes Performance

Dinotopia book #2 is now available in the library for 100 rmb.  (Apparently shipped by Kayak!..just kidding!)

Supplies are limited, so it will be 1st come, 1st serve.  Please send money to the library in an envelope marked “Dinotopia Book” with name and homeroom.

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Author Books

Author Books

PK & K Nursery Rhymes Performance on May 22nd

Nusery Rhymes Poster PDF

Hunger Games…A Cautionary Read

Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins is the hottest read. It ranks the top of the New York Times List for several years.  Having read them, I can easily see why!  The story is dystopian literature that portrays a troubled world in which children are sacrificed (Tribute) to these games to remind the 12 districts of their rebellious past.  Personally I think the series is a metaphor of how society sacrifices children in the name of entertainment. There is much to draw from these books.

Question?  Who should read these books? These books are classified as YA-Young Adult which is 8th-HS.  This is due to the level of violence.  Children are killing children in gruesome and graphic ways.  The level of violence grows with each novel.  Should elementary children read these books?  As a librarian, I would never recommend the Hunger Games Trilogy below 5th grade.  Are students reading them?  Yes.  Will some students struggle with the concepts in the book. Absolutely. I would recommend all parents to read these books before or with their children because it deals with some difficult topics.

If you would like to recommend other books to your children, then there are many other suggestions that are appropriate. See the list below.  Our goal is to make reading fun, enjoyable, and successful.  The Hunger Games may not be that for your elementary child!  Check it out for yourself!

Suggestions for action packed stories for elementary:

Anything by Rick Riordan.  #3 of the Kane Chronicles is coming out in May.  The Sea Serpent.

Big Nate series

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Operation Red Jericho Trilogy  by Joshua’s Mowll’s

More to come…

EARCOS Book Trailer Presentation by B & T Boyer

Barbara and Tim Boyer will be presenting Book Trailer formats and projects at the upcoming EARCOS Conference in Bangkok, Thailand during Spring Break. Below is our presentation.

click here for the URL: Book Trailer Presentation

Click here for forms featured in the presentation:
2nd Grade Plant Fiction Book Trailer
How to Make a 2nd Grade Book Trailer

How to make a 4th Grade Book Trailer

Social Issue Book Trailer Story and Picture Outline

Historical Fic Book Trailer Story and Picture Outline

We’re in a Book! Grade 1 & 2 Greenscreening

Visiting Authors in March and April

Please click on the picture for more information.

authors together