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JFIC and Love of Nature

Hello, jFIC fans,

From beloved classics like Heidi by Johanna Spyri to contemporary gems like The Wild Robot by Peter Brown, there are many jFIC books that inspire love and respect for nature. Here are a few: 

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt

The Ancient One by T.A. Barron

Willa of the Wood by Robert Beatty

The Wild Robot and sequel by Peter Brown

The Earth Is My Mother by  Bev Doolittle and Elise Maclay

The Journey of the Pale Bear by Susan Fletcher

Julie of the Wolves and sequels by Jean Craighead George

My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

Hoot and others by Carl Hiaasen

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate and sequel by Jacqueline Kelly

Wild Wings and others by Gill Lewis

Wild Wings by [Lewis, Gill]

Hatchet and sequels by Gary Paulsen

Heidi by Johanna Spyri

Song of the Trees by Mildred Taylor

The Last Wild and sequels by Piers Torday

Happy reading!

“Where there’s tea there’s hope.” ~Arthur Wing Pinero

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National Poetry Month Book Recommendations

Hello, Sweeteas,

A few recommendations (upper elementary and middle school) for National Poetry Month:

When Green Becomes Tomatoes by Julie Fogliano

The White Cat and the Monk by Jo Ellen Bogart

When the Sun Shines on Antarctica by Irene Latham

The Death of a Hat – Selected by Paul B. Janeczko

National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry – Edited by J. Patrick Lewis (great for Earth Day – April 22)

A Child’s Anthology of Poetry – Edited by Elizabeth Hague Sword

Out of Wonder by Kuame Alexander

And a great list:

Happy reading!

“Some people will tell you there is a great deal of poetry and fine sentiment in a chest of tea.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson


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Holiday Reads

Hello, Sweeteas,

Winter break is just around the corner. I love that so many of you have come to take a look at the Holiday Books and New Books displays and have checked out awesome books to read during the break. 🙂

This holiday season consider reading a Christmas-related classic or two such as The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis or Little Women by Louisa May Alcott or A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. You could read the books and then watch the movies. Happiness!

Here are more suggestions:

Happy holidays!

“Daughter of Eve from the far land of Spare Oom where eternal summer reigns around the bright city of War Drobe, how would it be if you came and had tea with me?” ~from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

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Adventure Awaits!

Hi, Sweeteas,

Two more weeks left of school! 😀

No more GBMS Library check-outs allowed at this time, sorry. So what to do?

1- Explore the ebooks on GBMS’s Follett Shelf:

2- Visit your local Denver Public Library branch and sign up for the Summer of Reading program.

3- Here’s a great summer reading list of stories that take place during the summer. (Go to AR Book Finder for a short description of each book.) Create your own list of books you’d like to read.

50 Books about Summer Adventures

My top three favorites from the list:

Read the blurb:

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4- Make a list of all the cool adventures you want to have this summer. 🙂 (I plan to take nature walks, write, make art, and read, read, read!)

We will celebrate our library makeover on May 28, 2015 (photos forthcoming). The library will be open to the community after 4:00 p.m. Also, our annual Talent Show will take place that evening. See you there!

Happy reading!

“Congratulations on the new library, because it isn’t just a library. It’s a space ship that will take you to the farthest reaches of the universe, a time machine that will take you to the far past and the far future, a teacher that knows more than any human being, a friend that will amuse you and console you — and most of all, a gateway, to a better and happier and more useful life.” –Isaac Asimov

“Would you like an adventure now, or shall we have our tea first?” from Peter Pan

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Reading Is Cool at Our School

Dear Sweeteas,

It’s exciting to see eighth graders reading outstanding, high-level books such as To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (my favorite author), and 1984 by George Orwell. Reading is cool at our school, and all of you should be proud of that. You guys are awesome!

February is African American History month, so here are a few notable books by African American authors that you’ll find in our library:

Christopher Paul Curtis: Bud, Not Buddy, The Watsons Go to Birmingham, Elijah of Buxton

Sharon Draper: Tears of a Tiger, Out of My Mind, and several others

Nikki Grimes: Bronx Masquerade and others

Virginia Hamilton: M.C. Higgins the Great and others

Angela Johnson: The First Part Last and others

Toni Morrison: The Bluest Eye

Walter Dean Myers: Fallen Angels and many others

Mildred Taylor: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Rita Williams-Garcia: One Crazy Summer, P.S. Be Eleven

Jacqueline Woodson: After Tupac and D. Foster and several others

And coming soon to our library:

On a Clear Day by Walter Dean Myers: A futuristic, action-packed YA novel where a computer whiz, an ex-rocker, an ex-con, a chess prodigy, an ex-athlete, and a soldier wannabe join forces against the powers controlling their troubled world.

And Brown Girl Dreaming by Jaqueline Woodson: A memoir of the author’s childhood and the experiences that inspired her to become a writer. (Winner of this year’s National Book Award.)

Lastly, here’s a great blog with several more lists of books written by African American authors:

You can search for these books in your local library.

Happy reading!

“Arthur blinked at the screens and felt he was missing something important. Suddenly he realized what it was.

“Is there any tea on this spaceship?” he asked.”

― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

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Lists of Awesome Books

Hello, sweateas,

I’m loving working at the school library! This month I’m sharing book lists from several outstanding websites:

First, from the Denver Public Library (, here’s a list of books for National American Indian Heritage Month:

“November is National American Indian Heritage Month, a perfect time to explore the history and heritage of Native American peoples…right here in Colorado. Three of the native peoples in Colorado are the Ute, Arapaho and Cheyenne.

“Read about Chipeta: Ute Peacemaker, a respected leader as well as wife, confidante and advisor to Chief Ouray of the Tabeguache band of Ute Indians in the mountain regions of Colorado.

“The historical novel Bear Dancer: The Story of a Ute Girl is based on the real life of Elk Girl.

Bearstone and Beardance, by Colorado author Will Hobbs, take place in the San Juan Mountains and tell the story of a Ute Indian boy.

Little Raven: Chief of the Southern Arapaho is a biography of the warrior, orator, and diplomat who in his lifetime saw the end of a way of life for thousands of Arapaho who once camped near the confluence of Cherry Creek and the South Platte River.

Hard Face Moon tells the story of a Cheyenne boy who wants to be taken seriously as a hunter and warrior, but after witnessing the Sand Creek Massacre he must choose between fighting or working toward peace.”

Second, here’s a list for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid:

Third, a list of awesome middle school books:

Fourth, a list of adventure books for middle school boys (girls will  love them too):

Fifth, another list of awesome middle school books:

And a few personal favorites:

The Enola Holmes Mysteries by Nancy Springer

The Tiffany Aching Series and anything else by Terry Pratchet

Howl’s Moving Castle and anything else by Diana Wynne Jones

Skellig and anything else by David Almond

and the Harry Potter books, duh!

So many great books, so little time! Happy reading, everyone!

“Would you like an adventure now, or shall we have our tea first?” from Peter Pan

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Summer Reading 2013

Hi, sweeteas,

I’ll add more book recommendations during the summer months. Meanwhile, here are two great summer reading lists from Scholastic:

A few favorites from this list:

Freak the Mighty by Rod Philbrick

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Holes by Louis Sachar

A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck

and, of course:

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

A few favorites from this list:

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

Also, check out the Denver Public Library’s teen book lists/reviews:

Happy end of the school year!

Enjoy life sip by sip, not gulp by gulp. ~ The Minister of Leaves

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