Don’t forget to log your summer reading

Summer is getting away and we all should be reading. I have finished 10 books so far and have another 10 started. I am reading some old, just finished The Cay by Theodore Taylor, published in 1969. The theme of race relations is still valid for today. With all that is going on in the news we need to remember that we should be able to interact with each other with kindness and justice.

I am also reading some free downloads I found, one is Monsters’ Anonymous Club by J.T. Lipp. Great read about a group of kids who hunt down ghosts and solve their problems.

I am also reading some books written mainly for adults. I love the show Rizzoli and Isles and have started that series of books. I am also waiting for a new book by one of my favorite authors, Janet Evanovich.

I have also read a book by Arthur Conan Doyle (the author of Sherlock Holmes) where he defends the existence of fairies. This was a free download from the site (Project Gutenberg). Project Gutenburg is a site where you can download free books. Most of their offerings are books that no longer have copyright restrictions. A few authors offer their books free on Project Gutenberg so check it out and see if you can find anything there to read.

So keep reading or start if you haven’t yet. Get that imagination going and remember to sign in and record your minutes.

Ask Mrs. Roberts who Merlin and Arthur are when you get back to school and win a special prize.

Winter Reading Challenge

It is important to read everyday, even when on holiday. To encourage reading over the winter break, come by the media center, pick up a Winter Reading Challenge Survey Bookmark (or two or more), and read. Read two books over the break and you get candy and a paw trax. Read four or more books and you get candy, paw traxs and you get your name put in for a drawing for a tablet. Complete Reading Counts test by January 8th and win even more. Be sure and use complete sentences on your bookmarks and read books that are grade appropriate. Ms. Roberts is also reading over the break. One of the books I am finishing up the The Blood of Olympus. Stay tuned to what I have read. I will post about the books I am reading. Comment and let me know what you are reading.

Happy holidays and Happy Reading

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Reading Makes You a Winner



We are doing a book challenge for the holidays, read a book over the break and pass a quiz by Tuesday, December 2nd and win a prize. For this  break, the prizes will be small, but look for another drawing after the Christmas break. (Read more than one book and win additional prizes.) Have a wonderful holiday and don’t forget to read.

Right now Mrs. Roberts is reading the fourth book in the Michael Vey series. What are you reading?

Reading is important

Create your own Animation

Here is a kitty who has learned the importance of reading. I have been working with students to help them find books they enjoy reading. I enjoy sharing my love of reading with everyone.

The Media Center has been busy with Ms. Howard’s 7th grade science creating books on biomes. The students have used Publisher to generate books which we have bound for them. They will be able to use these books at the end of the year to study for the Georgia milestones.


Lunar Chronicles

I just finished the book Cress by Marrisa Meyer, the third book in the Lunar Chronicles. The series starts with Cinder, a retelling of the Cinderella story. It is set in the future, in New Beijing. Cinder is a cyborg and lives with her two step-sisters and step-mother. She is a mechanic, fixing androids and other mechanical items. The people of Earth and the people of Luna (the moon) are not really friends. The Queen of the Luna is evil and wants to take over the earth, and she wants to do it by marrying the young emperor of the Commonwealth. The story continues in Scarlet, the retelling of Little Red Riding Hood and Cress, the retelling of Rapunzel. The last volume of the series is Winter, which comes out in November 1915. I can’t wait to read the end of this story.

Busy days

The media center has already checked out over 3400 books this year. I really love to see all the reading activities going on. Here are some reminders to help you use the media center. We open for students at 8:15 for computers use, 8:30 for checking out books. When you enter the media center, please sign in at the computers in front of the column. If the form does not show on the screen, click on check-in and the form will load.



Remember, when you come in during the day without your teacher, you must have a pass in your agenda. Please do not come to the media center without your agenda. If you are having trouble finding a book to read, I will be glad to make some recommendations.  I read many of the book in the media center so I can find something that meets every reading style. I also like to get book recommendations from you. Please be sure and turn your books in on time. Someone else may want to read it.

I love the fact that we are so busy and so many of you are reading. Reading is one of the most important activities you can do. Keep up the good work.


More to Read

One of the most popular book series is the Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney. We can’t keep them on the shelves, sometimes it seems as if everyone wants to read them. To keep everyone happy while they wait for a copy of the Wimpy kid to come in I have made a list and display of books similar to it. Included in the list is The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume and Heads and Tails by Jack Gantos. Check out this list for more titles.

If you like Diary of a Wimpy Kid you might like

New Year, New Ideas

Things are really getting started in the media center this year. We have had Orientation, 7th grade social studies has come in and learned about the Cobb Digital Library, and now we have the SRI behind us and students know their Lexile levels so they can pick out the perfect book for them. Just as a reminder, students have to read 6 books in a 12 week period for their Reading Count tests. But Mrs. Roberts believes strongly that students should be reading between 25 and 40 books a year.

As we continue to evolve in this new technology rich world, I encourage students to come in and learn as much as they can. They need to learn how to use the technology, but how to put the best face forward on their social media. We want Tapp students to shine at school and everywhere else they go.

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