DCF Winner for OQS and VT

The state of Vermont gives a book award to celebrate excellence in literature, to honor best-selling author and social activist Dorothy Canfield Fisher, known informally around here as the DCF award.  Students in 4th and 5th grade who have read five books on the DCF book list are named official DCF voters and can vote for the winner of this prestigious award with the state.  We had ten students at Ottauquechee School who made the effort and read at least five DCF books (some read many more!) and we had lunches together once a month to discuss what we were reading.

Here are some photos of our DCF voters, holding their favorite books!

The votes are in for the state of Vermont, and the official state winner was The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John, which I read aloud to fourth and fifth grade at the beginning of the year.  Ottauquechee School had a different favorite, however!

The Nest by Kenneth Oppel was the clear favorite among my students!  The funny thing about that is that I was of the opinion that this book was too mature for elementary school students and felt strongly that it would scare them out of their wits!  This goes to show exactly why it never works to censor people in their reading choices, because boy, was I wrong! Turns out I’m just a super wimp and these kids are way tougher than me!

Congratulations to these students for doing such a stupendous job reading, discussing, and celebrating these awesome books!  Looking forward to next year!


National Poetry Month!

Students were inundated with poetry in the library during the month of April.  I had different stations set up where they could immerse themselves in the reading of poetry and the creative aspects of writing different types of poetry.  Then of course there was the day I was the Poetry Pocket Lady, walking around handing out poetry on Poem In My Pocket Day.


So much to share, I’ll just let the pictures do the talking!

Storybird Poetry

This website allows students to choose a piece of art and create a poem inspired by the art, using only particular words generated by the site.  They have to stretch their imaginations a bit, but the results were wonderful!

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Here are some images of students using Storybird during library time.

Playing With Poetry In the Library

(blackout poetry, found poetry, magnetic poetry, memorization)


It warms my heart to see students excited about poetry and being risk-takers willing to write and share their own! I hope they enjoyed National Poetry month as much as I did! Already looking forward to next year.

5th Grade Genre Study Books Are In!

Over the winter the 5th grade did a genre study and evaluated one genre in our school collection.  They analyzed what we have and didn’t have, and then researched new books that they would recommend I purchase for our school library in their genre.  Well, they arrived today and the kids were super excited to actually hold the books in their hands and get to see results from all their hard work!

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The new titles look awesome in the library, and students have been checking them out all day!  I’m so proud of these students for making an impact on their school and for being thoughtful in their decision-making, which will resonate throughout the library for years to come!

PS. Mrs. Newton came and videotaped 5R receiving their books this morning.  Look for it in her newsletter!

Ottauquechee’s Red Clover Winner!

I am excited to announce the Ottauquechee School’s Red Clover award winner for favorite picture book of 2017!  Students K-4 read the books in their classrooms and in the library and then voted on their favorites.  It was a very close contest, but the tongue-in-cheek favorite Meet the Dullards by Sara Pennypacker, illustrated by Danny Salmieri, was the winner!

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Second place by only four votes went to Winnie: the True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh by Sally M. Walker, illustrated by Jonathan D. Voss, and third place went to Glamourpuss by Sarah Weeks, illustrated by David Small.  All in all, it was a stupendous group of picture books! I can’t wait to hear what the official vote for the entire state of Vermont is, and how it compares to our own tally!

Jan Brett and What Else Is New in the Library

I am so excited to introduce kindergarten and first grade to Jan Brett this week! Even if they know the amazing storyteller and illustrator through her famous rendition of The Mitten, there are so many more outstanding stories to share! We will begin with Annie and the Wild Animals and then read The Easter Egg, with a chance to have some colorful fun afterward.  No children’s library would be complete without her work!

2nd and 3rd grade are finishing up with Lulu Walks the Dogs and will have some fun with book spine poetry before break.  4th grade is thoroughly enjoying creating their digital storybooks on Little Bird Tales and 5th grade is halfway through Flora and Ulysses.  Every class is a little different, but each one is so much fun.  Don’t forget to remind your students to check out books this week before break!

Wordless Book Week!

Wordless Books Week was a huge hit with kindergarten and first grade! The kids were mesmerized by the beautiful illustrations, many Caldecott Honor and Award winners, and several students chose to bring one home! Have your child tell you the story in a wordless book, and see what they come up with!

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