And the book collecting has begun!! Mrs. Kraal is already collecting books for the end of the year free book fair. Thanks to Pizza Hut and First Book, we received over 100 new books to give away to NRE bears at the end of the year. Please, keep the NRE library and the free book fair in mind as you clean your child's shelf of books they have outgrown. Send them in with your child so that they can find a new home with another child who will love them just as much!
Mrs. Kraal has gotten behind on posting to her website! But, reviews will come soon. She read LOTS of books over the summer. On that website you will find reviews of the books that she has read and her thoughts about what she is currently reading. She hopes to eventually start a vlog or podcast with other reading related information as her time allows. Feel free to check it out!
Hey kids and parents! The list of 2019-2020 Bluebonnet nominees has been released for next school year's 3rd through 6th graders. Click here to see the new list! The library is currently working on getting all of the titles in, but does have most of them. You can also check at the public library for these books.
What is the Texas Bluebonnet Award? According to the Texas Library Association (TXLA):
Each year, 20 books are chosen for the Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List. Schools and libraries around the state participate in the program, encouraging students to read a minimum of five books from the list. In January, students vote for their favorite title. The author of the book receiving the most votes is the winner of the Texas Bluebonnet Award (TBA) which is presented at the Texas Bluebonnet Award Luncheon held during the TLA Annual Conference in the spring. (TXLA.org, 2019)
This is a very prestigious award for authors, because it was the first in the United States to be given by children (the intended audience) rather than by librarians.
What if your child is too young or too old for the Bluebonnets? Well, there's no harm in them reading them anyhow (or having them read to them,) but TXLA has recommended reading lists for other grade levels as well. We have the Texas 2X2 for 2 year olds through 2nd grade, the Lone Star list for 6th through 8th grade, and the Tayshas list for high school students. In addition, we even have a list for you adult readers that is called the Lariat list! And don't forget our graphic novels! For elementary age students, they have the Little Mavericks while the older students (and adults) have the Maverick list. So, let's get reading!!
Shelly Kraal, MLS
Northrich Elementary Library and Information Technology Educator
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Richardson, TX 75080
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