Wednesday, March 21, 2018

2017-2018 Maryland Black-Eyed Susans

The Maryland Black-Eyed Susans are our Maryland state books. They are read and voted on by students only. The books are only a few years old and can not have been awarded a medal. The categories are picture books, Chapter books grades 4-6, 6-9 and high school and graphic novels grades 4-6 and 6-9. The books are always very good. I generally read the middle school books because I was in a middle school book club, but has since disbanded so I may try to read a few from each category. 

I thought it would be really fun to create a poll here and see if our votes match up with the winner that is chosen in April. I'll give a brief description of the book and you can vote in the sidebar. I HIGHLY recommend that you take the time to read them. You can probably do it in one sitting. 

It's going to be a long post so here we go!!

They All Saw A Cat
By Brendan Wenzel

They all saw a cat follows a cat throughout it's day and looks at everything that sees the cat and how the cat is seen. 

Best Frints in the Whole Universe
By Antoinette Portis

Even best friends can get angry with other, but best friends always make up no matter what universe you live in.

I Dissent
By Debbie Levy

All about a little girl who thought outside the box and stereotype of what girls were supposed to grow up to be.

By Chris Barton

An inventor from the beginning and looking to find one solution paved the way to life-altering, much loved invention to last a lifetime.

Seven and a Half Tons of Steel
By Janet Nolan

The United States would never be the same again after planes few into the Twin Towers in New York City. After the site was cleared, seven and a half tons of steel was forged to make the bow of the USS New York.

Maybe Something Beautiful
By F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell

Mira loved to make colorful pictures and hand them out until she met an artist who transformed her neighborhood, with the help of her neighbors, into something beautiful.

Wet Cement
By Bob Raczka

A compilation of poems that combine words and pictures to make poems.

Ada's Violin
By Susan Hood

Out of the landfill that was their neighborhood, the vigilant children made their own instruments to lift them up to where music made everyone equal.

Mother Bruce
By Ryan T. Higgins

Looking for a gourmet meal, Bruce wound up being a Daddy!

Miss Mary Reporting
By Sue Macy

A daughter of a father of all girls who loved to watch sports and whose father taught them about what they were watching. It was only natural that Mary would follow her dreams and her passions through writing and sports.

Land Shark
By Beth Ferry

What to get a little boy who is a strident shark lover? A puppy. The two may not be that all that different.

Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion
By Alex T. Smith

How hungry is that lion? Hungry enough to have his hair done and wear dresses? Little Red sure does test a hungry lion's stomach!

Ida, Always
By Caron Levis and Charles Santoso

Even when friends go away forever, you can still take comfort in the warmth of their memories.

The Bear and the Piano
by David Litchfield

After making it big in the city, the bear comes back to his humble roots and his friends in the forest.

Monday, March 12, 2018

The Hole Story

The Hole Story of the Doughnut
By Pat Miller
Illustrated By Vincent X. Kirsch

Who doesn't love doughnuts!! I love them!! Ever thought about how they were born? Well, back on 22 June 1847 Captain Hanson Crockett Gregory was helping the cook of the Ivanhoe prepare breakfast. He wasn't a captain back then, but a boy of 16! The usual breakfast for the sailors were "sinkers" which were called that because they sank to the bottom of their stomachs. To make them a little less weighty, Hanson punched a hole in the center of the pastry giving it it's well-loved shape. Of course, that's not the whole story and there are a few tall-tales that came out of it, but why would I tell you?!?! You'll have to read the book AND while you're at it...grab some donuts. It makes the story better!

Seven Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break If You Want to Survive the Cafeteria

Seven Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break If You Want to Survive the Cafeteria
By John Grandits
Illustrations By Michael Allen Austin

If you are familiar with this book's predecessor (Ten Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break if You Want to Survive the School Bus), then you are ready to take on the cafeteria. Although Seven Rules... is pretty good, I do think it falls short of the first book. I wasn't quite sure about the insect comparisons and I would have liked to see the story go a little further. For example, trash cans and recycle cans or the 'peanut table'. I think this would be a good book for new students who are a little leery of the whole cafeteria scene. It's a cute book though and, as always, I good read.

I definitely recommend this book especially during the first week of school if you are a teacher.