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Welcome to another rewarding school year!  Our Literacy Library is a warm, comfortable environment for our students.  


Students will check out library books on a monthly basis.  If a child would like to borrow another library book, they can visit the library any time throughout the duration of the day.  Each class will borrow a book on their first class meeting of the month (Usually the first week of the month unless school is closed).  The books are due back on or before the next borrowing date.  If your child forgets to return their book, we will let them borrow a book once they have returned it, even if it is not the first week of the month.


In addition to the monthly time slots students will be allowed to borrow books at the following times:  Tuesday-Friday 3:00 pm - 3:15 pm.Students must sign in with SACC or be accompanied by an adult before borrowing books from the Literacy Library after school. We are in need of a few parent volunteers to help check in and re-shelve books as students return them.  Schedule can be flexible!  If you have any questions or concerns please email us at: and



Students wrote how they are going to PERSERVERE and made important world connections to Ruth Bader Ginsburg!





Site Words List (PreK-3rd Grade) PreK/Preprimer Kindergarten/Primer First Second Third

The most commonly used words in children's reading books are listed below.  They are sight words that are frequently seen in print.  Children should be familiar with these important "snap" words.  You can use flashcards, air write the words, write the words in sand, create a BINGO game, and play Jump On It! by turning over flashcards, read the words, and them jump on the corresponding sight word on the floor.


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Tips for Parents to help younger children read books:




1)      Help your child carefully point below each word as he/she reads.


2)      Help your child use the beginning sound, picture clues and meaning to identify unknown words.  “The picture can help.”  “Make the first sound to get started.”  “What makes sense?”  If these strategies don’t work, please just tell your child the word so he/she can continue reading and enjoy the book.


3)      Help your child find, identify and write sight words, such as I, can, see, the, like, my, and to.  The words mentioned above are commonly found in books and children should learn to recognize them as they read.


4)      Help your child make predictions about the stories you read together.  What might happen next in the story?


5)      Write a sentence about a story you have read together. You can guide your child to write one sentence about their favorite part of the book or something the book reminds them of.


6)      Help your child make connections to the stories you read together.  What does the story remind you of or makes you think of? 


7)      Create a “cut-up sentence” about a story that you have read with your child.


Read the sentence together and then cut the sentence into individual word cards.  Mix the word cards up and then have your child put them back in order to create the original sentence.


8)      Encourage your child to read smoothly and with expression.


9)      Help your child express and then write an opinion about a book he/she has read. 


  • Do you enjoy the illustrations or story line?
  • Can you relate to the main character?
  • Does it remind you of something special?
  • Did you learn something interesting from the book?
  • Did you find it entertaining or funny?


10)  Challenge your child to find interesting details in a book he/she is reading.




Tips for Parents to help children read NONFICTION books:


     **Here are some tips for helping your child think deeply as he/she reads informational (nonfiction) books:**


1)      Talk with your child about the main topic of the book.  Work together to find details and information that support the main topic.


2)      On a page with interesting pictures, illustrations, or diagrams, talk about the information you can learn by reading the words and studying the pictures, diagrams, or illustrations.


3)      Ask your child “text-based” questions directly from the book. 


4)      Help your child write about a nonfiction topic which interests him/her.


5)      Discuss the roles of the author and the illustrator.



Tips for Parents to help older children read books:




1)      Discuss the problem in the story and howthe characters try to solve the problem.


2)      Help your child become a fluent reader by:  a) Have your child pick a favorite page from a book he/she is reading to practice and then “perform” for you.  To practice, have your child repeatedly read the page.  To perform, have your child focus on reading smoothly and using expression.


3)      Read aloud with your child at a slightly faster rate than he/she reads independently.       


a)       Make your voice go up when you read a question.


b)      Make your voice go down a little bit then stop when you see a period. 


c)      Pause when you see a comma.


4)      Discuss the characters with your child by asking the following questions:


a)      Do you think this character would make a good friend?


b)      I wonder how the character felt at the end of the story.


c)      Did the character change during the story?  How can you tell?


d)     Do you think the character learned a lesson?


e)      Does this character remind you of anyone you know?


f)       Does this character remind you of a character from another book?


6)      Here are some ideas for discussing informational texts with your child:


a)      Help your child identify the main topic of the text.  Work together to find details that support the main topic.


b)      You can help your child understand how to use text features such as, headings, table of contents, and glossaries.


c)      Ask your child a “text-based” question about an important detail in the text.  Have him/her find the answer and read you the section of the text that provides the answer.


d)     Invite your child to think of a “text-based” question to ask you.


   Help your child figure out unknown words:


a)      What would make sense?


b)      What would look right and sound right?


c)      Does that look like another word you know?


d)     Will the picture, illustration or diagram help?


e)      Can you find a chunk or part of a word that you know?


f)       Will it help to the skip the word and then come back and re-read the sentence?


7)      Go on a “Long Vowel Scavenger Hunt” using one of your child’s favorite books.  Together, look for words with long vowel sounds and write the words down.  For instance, under a, you might have the words:  play, rain, and gate.


8)      Help your child learn to think about books in new ways.


a)      What did the author do to make this story funny or interesting?


b)      Does this book remind you of another book you have read?


c)      What is your opinion of this book?  Why?


d)     What words in the story caught your attention?


e)      Is there a lesson or moral to be learned from this story?


f)      What do you think the most important details in this story are?


9)      Play the “Mystery Game” to help your child learn to ask and answer questions involving the following question words:  who, what, where, when, why and how.


10)  If your child has some favorite television shows, consider putting closed captioning on while he/she watches.  You will most likely see him/her reading along.  


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Favorite Part:




Close Reading Frames:






1. “I noticed that the author…and this makes me think…"




2. “The author is using words like…and…I think s/he is doing this to show…"




3. “When I saw the phrase…I realized that the author…”




4. “I think that…is really a symbol for…because…”




5. “I think the author is trying to…with the…s/he is choosing.”




6. “I am seeing a pattern in how…I think this connects to the theme of…”





Readers Ask Questions

Thick Questions


  1. Why was the event so important?
  2. I wonder…
  3. How did the character change?
  4. What is the author’s message?


  • Use more words to explain your thinking.
  • Use the word “because…”


 Pre-Kindergarten Book Suggestions:

  1. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
  2. Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock by Eric Kimmel or Anansi the Spider by Gerald McDermott 
  3. Bark, George by Jules Feiffer 
  4. The Berenstain Bears series by Stan and Jan Berenstain
  5. Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
  6. The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss
  7. A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams
  8. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault 
  9. Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin
  10. Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell 
  11. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judy Barrett
  12. Curious George by H.A. Rey
  13. Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff
  14. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! By Mo Willems
  15. Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown
  16. Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel 
  17. Froggy Gets Dressed or Froggy Goes to School by Jonathan London 
  18. George and Martha by James Marshall 
  19. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss 
  20. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
  21. Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion 
  22. How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? By Jane Yolen 
  23. I Stink! By Kate McMullen
  24. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura J. Numeroff
  25. Ira Sleeps Over by Bernard Waber 
  26. Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback
  27. Leo, the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus 
  28. Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile by Bernard Waber
  29. Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
  30. The Magic School Bus Series by Joanna Cole 
  31. Martha Speaks by Susan Meddaugh 
  32. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
  33. Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate
  34. Miss Nelson is Missing! By Harry Allard and James Marshall 
  35. Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater
  36. My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett 
  37. Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat 
  38. Owen by Kevin Henkes
  39. The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch
  40. Pete’s a Pizza by William Steig
  41. Pierre: A Cautionary Tale by Maurice Sendak
  42. Puss in Boots by Charles Perrault
  43. Rapunzel by Paul O. Zelinsky
  44. Strega Nona by Tomie De Paola
  45. Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
  46. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
  47. Tough Boris by Mem Fox
  48. The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by A. Wolf, by John Scieszka
  49. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  50. Yoki by Rosemary Wells


Kindergarten Book Suggestions:

Books About Me
• I Like Me! by Nancy L. Carlson
• I Like to Be Little by Charlotte Zolotow
• The Mixed-Up Chameleon by Eric Carle
• My Five Senses by Aliki
• Owen by Kevin Henkes
• When I Get Bigger by Mercer Mayer
Family Stories
• Just Me Books by Mercer Mayer
• Mama Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joosse
Predictable Books
(Stories with a pattern using rhyme or rhythm.)
• Curious George by H. A. Rey
• Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
• The Gingerbread Boy by Paul Galdone
• Gregory the Terrible Eater by Mitchell Sharmat
• Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
• Millions of Cats by Wanda Gág
• What’s in Fox’s Sack? by Paul Galdone
Beginning, Middle, and End Concept
• Bony-Legs by Joanna Cole
• A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen
• Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
• Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins
• The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
Color and Counting Books
• Each Orange Had Eight Slices: A Counting Book by
Paul Giganti Jr.
• Fish Eyes: A Book You Can Count On by Lois Ehlert
• Frog Counts to Ten by John Liebler
• Inch by Inch by Leo Lionni
• Is it Red? Is it Yellow? Is it Blue? by Tana Hoban
• Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
• Ten Bears in My Bed: A Goodnight Countdown by
Stanley Mack
• Ten Little Fish by Audrey Wood
• 26 Letters and 99 Cents by Tana Hoban
Caldecott Winners and Honor Books
• Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert
• Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
• More, More, More Said the Baby by Vera B. Williams
• Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathman
• Swimmy by Leo Lionni
• Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens
Mother Goose and Nursery Rhymes
• James Marshall’s Mother Goose by James Marshall
• My Very First Mother Goose by Iona Opie and Rosemary Wells
• Tomie dePaola’s Mother Goose by Tomie dePaola
Folktales and Fairy Tales
• Chicken Little by Steven Kellogg
• Cinderella by Marcia Brown
• The Hare and the Tortoise by Brian Wildsmith
• Henny Penny by H. Werner Zimmermann
• The Little Red Hen by Margot Zemach
• The Three Bears by Paul Galdone
• The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Peter Christen Asbjornsen
• Three Little Pigs by James Marshall
• The Three Little Pigs by Rodney Peppé
• The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen
Stories in Rhyme
• All the Colors of the Earth by Sheila Hamanaka
• Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain by Verna Aardema
• Miss Spider’s Tea Party by David Kirk
• Benjamin and Tulip by Rosemary Wells
• We Are Best Friends by Aliki
• Who Will Be My Friends? by Syd Hoff
Fabulous Science Books
• Cars and How they Go by Joanna Cole
• Eyewitness Juniors Amazing Frogs and Toads by
Barry Clarke
• Magic School Bus On the Ocean Floor by Joanna Cole

• And I Mean It, Stanley by Crosby Bonsall
• Arthur series by Marc Brown
• A Bad Case of the Stripes by David Shannon
• Berenstain Bear series by Jan and Stan Berenstain
• Clifford series by Norman Bridwell
• Dinosaur Time by Peggy Parish
• The Eye Book by Theo LeSieg
• Franklin series by Paulette Bourgeois
• Froggy series by Jonathan London
• Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
• Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold
• How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long
• Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park
• Little Critter series by Mercer Mayer
• Morris the Moose by Bernard Wiseman
• Nate the Great series by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
• Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
• The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle
Learning to Read Series
• Hello Reader!
• I Can Read Books
• Puffin Easy-to-Read
• Step Into Reading Levels 1–4
Alphabet Books
• Animalia by Graeme Baese
• The Icky Bug Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta
• Z Was Zapped by Chris Van Allsburg

Math in Picture Books

• How Much Is a Million? by David M. Schwartz

• One Potato: A Counting Book of Potato Prints by Diana Pomeroy

• Ten Sly Piranhas: A Counting Story in Reverse, (A Tale of Wickedness—and Worse!) by William Wise

• When Sheep Cannot Sleep by Satoshi Kitamura

Classics to Read to a First Grader

• Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus

• The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton

• Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

• When Will I Read? by Miriam Cohen

Caldecott Awards and Honor Books

• Alphabet City by Stephen Johnson

• Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions by Margaret Musgrove

• The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster and Chris Raschka

• Owen by Kevin Henkes

• The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

   • A Story, A Story by Gail E. Haley


 Second Grade Suggested Book List:

School Stories

• Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman

• Arthur’s Prize Reader by Lillian Hoban

• The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash by Trinka Hakes Noble

• Fish Face by Patricia Reilly Giff

• Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park

• Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes

• Miss Nelson Is Missing by Harry Allard

• Polk Street Gang series by Patricia Reilly Giff

Books About Friends

• A Bargain for Frances by Russell Hoban

• The Beast in Ms. Rooney’s Room by Patricia Reilly Giff

• Fox on the Job by James Marshall

• Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel

• Horrible Harry and the Green Slime by Suzy Kline

• Pinky and Rex by James Howe

Historical Fiction

• American Girls series

• Deputy Dan and the Bank Robbers by Joseph Rosenbloom

• Kamishibai Man by Allen Say

Classics to Read Aloud

• Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

• Just-so Stories by Rudyard Kipling

• Paddington Bear by Michael Bond

• Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne

• The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum


Third Grade Suggested Book List:

School Stories

• Kirsten Learns a Lesson: A School Story by Janet Beeler Shaw

• Ramona Quimby Age 8 by Beverly Cleary

Animal Stories

• The Adventures of Paddington by Michael Bond (book and tape series)

• Babe: The Gallant Pig by Dick King-Smith

• Catwings by Ursula K. Le Guin

• The Lion’s Whiskers: An Ethiopian Folktale by Nancy Raines Day

• Rats on the Roof and Other Stories by James Marshall

Books About Friends

• The Candy Corn Contest by Patricia Reilly Giff

• Pinky and Rex by James Howe

Historical Fiction

• Ben and Me by Robert Lawson

• Changes for Addy by Connie Rose Porter (and other American Girl books)

• If You Grew Up with George Washington by Ruth Belov Gross

• Kate Shelley and the Midnight Express by Margaret K. Wetterrer

• Kibitzers and Fools: Tales My Zayda Told Me by Simms Taback

• Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco

• Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

• Teammates by Peter Golenbock


• Iktomi and the Berries: A Plains Indian Story by Paul Goble

• Mirandy and Brother Wind by Patricia C. McKissack

• Raven: A Trickster Tale from the Northwest by Gerald Mc­Dermott

• The Talking Eggs by Robert D. San Souci

Great Series Books

• Amelia Bedelia series by Peggy Parish

• American Girl series

• Arthur series by Marc Brown

• Berenstain Bears series by Jan and Stan Berenstain

• Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner

• Encyclopedia Brown by Donald J. Sobol

• Eyewitness Science Explorers

• Henry and Mudge series by Cynthia Rylant

• Horrible Harry series by Suzy Kline

• Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

• Nancy Drew Notebooks by Carolyn Keene early series

• Pee Wee Scouts by Judy Delton

• Polk Street School by Patricia Reilly Giff

Award Winners

• The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Jane Coat­sworth

• Doctor De Soto by William Steig

• How Much Is a Million? by David M. Schwartz

• Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg

• Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo

• Mirette on the High Wire by Emily Arnold McCully

• Prehistoric Pinkerton by Steven Kellogg

• Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson

   • The Village of Round and Square Houses by Ann Grifalconi


Fourth Grade Suggested Book List:

School Stories

• 4B Goes Wild by Jamie Gilson

• Harriet, the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

• My Teacher Fried My Brains by Bruce Coville

• Ramona and Her Father by Beverley Cleary

• Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar

Mystery and Adventure Stories

• The Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop (Challeng­ing independent read)

• Culpepper’s Cannon by Gary Paulsen

• Encyclopedia Brown Gets His Man by Donald J. Sobol

• Julian, Secret Agent by Ann Cameron

Sports Stories

• Baseball Fever by Johanna Hurwitz

• Benjy the Football Hero by Jean Van Leeuwen

• Bobby Baseball by Robert Kimmel Smith

• Dog on Third Base by Constance Hiser

• Gold Medal Rider by Bonnie Bryant

• Tall Man in the Pivot by Matt Christopher (There are many other sports stories by this author.)

Historical Fiction

• The Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgleish

• The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes

• The Hundred Penny Box by Sharon Bell Mathis

• Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

• The Well by Mildred D. Taylor (Challenging independent read)


Fantasy and Science Fiction

• Aliens Ate My Homework by Bruce Coville

• The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis (Challenging independent read)

Series Books

• The Babysitter’s Club by Ann M. Martin

• Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner

• Cam Jansen by David A. Adler

• Goosebumps by R. L. Stine

• The Hardy Boys by Franklin W. Dixon

• Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling

• Marvin Redpost series Louis Sachar

• Nancy Drew Mysteries by Carolyn Keene

• A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

• The Stories that Julian Tells by Ann Cameron


Fifth Grade Suggested Book List:


Great Reads

• From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsberg

• Granny Torrelli Makes Soup by Sharon Creech

• Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

• Holes by Louis Sachar

• Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

• Mick Harte Was Here by Barbara Park

• Wringer by Jerry Spinelli

Mystery and Adventure

• Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

• The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi (Challeng­ing independent read)

Newbery Medal and Honor Books

• Afternoon of the Elves by Janet Taylor Lisle

• Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman

• Dragon’s Gate by Laurence Yep (Challenging indepen­dent read)

• The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm by Nancy Farmer

• Homesick, My Own Story by Jean Fritz

• Missing May by Cynthia Rylant

• The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis

Historical Fiction

• Black Stallion by Walter Farley (Challenging independent read)

• Bull Run by Paul Fleischman

• Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two by Joseph Bruchac

• Sarah Bishop by Scott O’Dell

Fantasy and Science Fiction

• The BFG by Roald Dahl

• Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling

• The High King by Lloyd Alexander (Very challenging independent read)

• The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

• Lizard Music by Daniel Pinkwater

• Redwall by Brian Jacques (Challenging independent read)

• A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L’Engle

Humorous Stories

• Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers

• Matilda by Roald Dahl

• Skinnybones by Barbara Park



"If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all."  Oscar Wilde



Please view a list of some recommended literacy websites for both students and parents by clicking on the Wonderful Website link.  When you read you should use your imagination and pause to think about the story or text by paying close attention to important details.  I look forward to a rewarding school year.  Remember that reading is FUNdamental!









We Utilized Our Individualized Superhero Powers to Help Us Read!



 PreK and Kindergarten Students Formed Words with Word Families

                      Kindergarteners Added Dialogue to Stories


                  First Grade Students Made Inferences as They Read


Third Grade Students Utilized Persona Cards to Write Letters



   Fourth Grade Students Made Generalizations about Global Warming




Fourth Grade Students Created Thesis Statements 




 Fifth Graders Analyzed and Interpreted the Language of a Rats Article