Book Fair Fun!

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Yesterday felt like a twelve- hour party in the Inly Library. Literally, there were very few moments in a long day (which stretched into the evening) when there was not a group of kids or parents looking at books. I can’t imagine a more enjoyable way to spend twelve hours!  Among the highlights of the day were:

– talking with the parent of a first grader about why their child should have a copy of Dr. DeSoto

– explaining to a third grader why I don’t think The Hunger Games was a great choice for him

– hearing a conversation between two second grade girls about which “Magic Kitten” was the cutest

– and one of the week’s best moments: a child buying a book from the library shelves. It went through the register as a purchase before we all realized what happened!

Here are some pictures from the week, including a wonderful scene of kids counting their money to make sure they could pay for their books. Of course, they had no idea that tax would be added!

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Here’s the stack I took to the check-out desk:


I bought Bliss because so many students keep telling me how wonderful it is and there were all of those glowing reviews! When I’m done, the school can use another copy…

Sonya Hartnett’s book, The Silver Donkey, was on my list because her writing is so beautiful, and The Rumpelstiltskin Problem by Vivian Vande Velde looks really fun – and seems like it could have potential classroom use.

The big sellers were this summer’s all-school reads. Like many schools, we select a book for each level so that the students have a shared reading experience during the summer. Over the next few weeks, the reading list will be ready and they will have lots of choices, but for now only the main book for each level has been revealed:

Toddler House – Mr. Gumpy’s Outing by John Burningham


Children’s House – The Wolf’s Chicken Stew by Keiko Kasza

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Lower Elementary – The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau by Dan Yaccarino


Upper Elementary – Dumpling Days by Grace Lin


Middle School – Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

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 Happy Book Shopping!




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