Benjamin Bear

Taylor Stark from 3L has read the book, Benjamin Bear, which is a graphic novel by Phillipe Coudray. 

Here is what Taylor has to say about the book: Benjamin Bear: The reason why I like Benjamin Bear is that it is funny and it teaches you things, like what not to do. And it teaches you new things. The most likely reason of all is that they are friends. The reason why I don't like this book is because Benjamin Bear brags about winning. I would recommend this book to people who like funny books. People who like friendship and people who like to learn new things.   
Thanks for your review, Taylor! I hope everyone enjoys this book! It is a series that I look forward to exploring. Happy Reading!

Penny and Her Song

Today we have a review by Ella Cook in 2R. She read the book, Penny and her Song, by Kevin Henkes.

Penny and Her Song by Kevin Henkes
Penny kept on trying to sing her song. Penny was the main character. She was a mouse and she had a love of music. I liked that it had a happy ending.

Ella, thank you so much for taking the time to share this book with us. Just like you, I love a happy ending!

Ready Freddy and the Gingerbread Jitters

Ready Freddy is always a favorite series! Today, Averi G. in 3L is going to review, Ready Freddy and the Gingerbread Jitters by Abby Klein. This is a perfect book as Christmas approaches!

Ready Freddy and the Gingerbread Jitters by Abby Klein
I like this book because I like gingerbread houses. In it, Freddy took some shaving cream and was making a Santa beard. Then Freddy climbs a tree and breaks his arm. At school he makes gingerbread houses. I recommend this book to people who like Ready Freddy. One thing I don't like are the Freddy's Fun Pages because they make the book longer and my mom makes me read them. 
Averi, thank you for sharing this book with our readers! I know many of them enjoy our friend, Freddy.

Charlotte and the Rock

Today our special guest book reviewer is Charlotte C. in Ms. Rice's room. She is reviewing a great picture book: Charlotte and the Rock by Stephen W. Martin.

Here is her review:
Look at all of Charlotte's hard work! Thank you Charlotte for sharing this funny book with us! It is in our learning commons, so be sure to look for it. 

Barbie Fantasy Collection

Today we have Ellie Y.  in second grade sharing a review of Barbie: Fairytale Collection. She saw this book in my room and lit up with excitement.

Ellie could not wait to read it! Here is a picture of her review:

Look at the hearts and her describing words: Awesome! Best Book Ever! Love it! 

I love when I see kids get excited about books! Thanks for reviewing it for us, Ellie!

One for the Murphy's

Jadelynn from 5C is our guest reviewer today!

One for the Murphy's  by Linda Hunt Carly is in foster care. She tries her best to understand that she is going to be moving from house to house. Carly also needs to accept that she can't steal someone's heart and can't stay with someone forever!

You should read this book if you want suspense. If you want a good tear jerker- you should read One for the Murphy's. So go get the book and experience all the feelings with Carly!! 

Thank you, Jadelynn, for sharing this book with us! I haven't read this book, but loved Fish in a Tree, which is by the same author. I am definitely going to put this in my TBR (To Be Read) pile!


"Mom, are you crying?"
"You are just waayyy to emotional."
"Doesn't this book make you feel so happy? I just love how....(I don't want to give any spoilers!)"

This was the conversation between Wesley and I on the ride home yesterday. We were listening to Soar by Joan Bauer in the car. Clearly I thought the story was powerful. Jeremiah is a character that made you want to root for him. He faced some pretty big challenges in his young life (from being abandoned as a baby, to needing a heart transplant), but continued to look at the bright side. When he couldn't play his beloved baseball, he found ways for it to be a part of his life. He sees the best in everything and everyone. Jeremiah lifts up people that others may ignore or dismiss. His shining impact is wide spread. I could talk all day about why I loved him and this book!

For those of you who haven't heard of this book, it is one of the Maine Student Book Award title…