Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Sunshine State Readers List for 2014-2015

The end of April is one of my favorite times of year. The sun is shining (most days. . . this is Florida), the rain last for maybe an hour or two and the Sunshine State Reader List comes out. This years list is full of books I'm not familiar with so it should be fun trying to read them as the kids do.

Elementary List (Grades 3-5)

Dorko the Magnificent by Andrea Beaty
Magic Marks the Spot by Caroline Carlson
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein
The Adventures of Beanboy by Lisa Harkrader
Elvis and the Underdogs by Chris Kurtz
Capture the Flag by Kate Messner
Hooper Finds a Family by Jane Paley
When Life Gives You O.J. by Erica Pearl
Abby Carnelia's Ibe and Only Magical Power by David Pogue
Stranded by Jeff Probst
The Sasquatch Escape by Suzanne Selfors
Rump: the True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff
King of the Mound: My Summer with Satchel Paige by Wes Tooke
8 Class Pets + 1 Squirrel + 1 Dog = Chaos by Vivian Vande Velde

Middle School List (Grades 6-8)

I, Emma Freke by E.J. Atkinson
Doll Bones by Holly Black
The Raft by S.A. Bodeen
Small as an Elephant by Jennifer Jacobson
Homesick by Kate Klise
Ungifted by Gordon Korman
The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine
Far Far Away by Tom McNeal
Apothecary by Maile Meloy
The Ghost of Graylock by Dan Poblocki
Dead City by James Ponti
Half Upon a Time by James Riley
Endangered  by Eliot Schrefer
The Boy at the End of the World by Greg Van Eekhout
Variant by Robison Wells

Some of the authors are ones I've read before so I'm interested in seeing what they have for me this time. Happy Reading!


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Music Mania: Fresh Beat Band

There are only so many times I can listen to Raffi without wanting to gouge my eyes out with a rusty spoon. Now I don't hate the man, but the same songs over and over in story time not only gets old, but the songs refuse to leave your brain and all the sudden your dreaming about llamas in pajamas down by the bay and waking up at 4 am wanting to brush your teeth (ch,ch,ch,ch).

So to freshen up my story times I have been looking through our collection of Children's music and have recently discovered the Fresh Beat Band.
I know they've been around for at least a couple of years, but since I don't have small children of my own at home the Fresh Beat Band has simply been off my radar. However when I found this CD I officially fell in love with the band.  I kid you not, this is a CD I could listen to all day long. The music is energetic, fun and unique. My absolute favorite Fresh Beat Band song is Here we Go.  I find these songs in my head all day and I will start dancing in the halls at all hours of the day. I love love love these guys!