World Read Aloud Day, this year celebrated on February 16, seeks to "bring global attention to the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories." On this day authors across the country and World made themselves available to Skype with schools and read from their own books or favorite books. Schools also enjoyed read alouds with parents and staff. Here at Patton we were fortunate to Skype with:
Sally Walker who read from her book Winnie: The True Story of the Bear That Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh and answered questions from Mrs. Costa and Mrs. Cowen's class about her world travels to research the story for this book.
Madelyn Rosenberg read from her fun book How to Behave at a Dog Show and shared with students how her stories are partly from her real life and partly ramped up by imagination!
Augusta Scattergood author of Glory Be, The Way to Stay in Destiny, read from her newest book Making Friends With Billy Wong, and shared with our 5th grade classes her interest in historical fiction and the eras she writes about.
Dana Levy, author of The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher and its sequel, read from the Thanksgiving chapter of Family Fletcher and told Mr. Reckard and Mrs. Goumas' classes about her new not yet published book and showed them a stack of books she recommends!
Dori Butler, author of the Buddy Files and the Haunted Library series, thrilled the 2nd and 3rd graders with a reading from her prequel to Buddy Files which is coming out next week! She told the students how Buddy Files was inspired by her own dog and his therapy dog classes and answered questions about the stories.
Jody Feldman, author of The Gollywhopper Games, read from the beginning of Gollywhopper and also shared the first page of the book she is in the process of writing now, asking students for their thumbs up or thumbs down review!
Kirby Larson, author of Nubs, The True Story of a Marine, a Mutt and a Miracle, and The Two Bobbies, read from The Two Bobbies and answered questions about her research and writing process and how she found out about the dogs in the books and met Nubs!
All the authors told students if they are interested in being an author they need to do two things - WRITE and READ...a lot! We thank them all for their generosity, enthusiasm and great stories!
Patton families read together, created together and laughed with the Monarch Award books on a special night made possible by the LMC, our dedicated teachers and staff, and our awesome families! Take a look:
Parents and students rotated through four stations to read or listen to a book, and then do a related activity: create Superhero names (The Princess in Black), take a family portrait (Families, Families Families!), make a bracelet from plastic bags (One Plastic Bag), Draw Wolfie! (Wolfie the Bunny), play a Beekle Beebot challenge (The Adventures of Beekle), create a family/dog tagxedo (Gaston), use Pic Kids iPad app to show how food gets to our lunchbox (How did that Get in My Lunchbox?), fold a lucky red envelope (Goldyluck and the Three Pandas), or discover amazing animal facts in Trapped!, Ivan the Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla, and Elizabeth Queen of the Seas, and finally watch the Waiting is Not Easy Reader's Theatre with Gerald (Mrs. Copersmet) and Piggie (Mr. Larson)!
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I am the Library Media Center director at Patton School in Arlington Heights where I help students from kindergarten through 5th grade find terrific independent reading for enjoyment and information, and teach students the skills to use information and technology safely and productively and to connect, communicate and share with others. I have four grown children, a large black dog, (flat coat retriever) and a small striped cat. I am an obessive Chicago Cubs fan and I love to run.