Thursday, May 6, 2021

May Grades 1 & 2 Book Club: Bird & Squirrel on the Run!

 



For May's Grades 1-2 Book Club, we read Bird & Squirrel on the Run by James Burks. This was our first in-person meeting since last summer! We settled in with a word search based on vocabulary from the book. Ravi, Jake, Ben, and Thomas met in the Library. Lulu joined in through Zoom. We discussed the following:   

1. How do Squirrel and Bird meet?

2. What does "migrate" mean? Why does Squirrel decide to migrate south with Bird? Who are they running from? Would you like to travel with Bird and Squirrel?

3. How would you describe Squirrel's personality? What is on Squirrel's head? How does Squirrel change by the end of the story?

4. What about Bird's personality? How does Bird change?

5. Who is your favorite character? 

6. Which scene is your favorite?

7. What does Squirrel forget to pack?

8. What characters do Bird and Squirrel meet on their adventure? 

9. What is Bird and Squirrel's theme song? Do you have a theme song?

10. Bird and Squirrel are chased into a dark hole. Who do they meet?

11. How do Bird and Squirrel finally get away from Cat? 

12. How does the story end?


Please rate this book from 1–5, with 1 being the worst and 5 being the best.

5
5
4
3.5

Average rating 4.1!



For June's Book Club, we will be reading My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett. 

Newbery Honor Medal
An ALA Notable Book

"When Elmer Elevator hears about the baby dragon being held captive on Wild Island, he knows just what to do. First, he packs his knapsack with important supplies, like chewing gum, lollipops, and lots of rubber bands. Then he stows away on a ship headed for the island. Along the way, Elmer meets many exotic animals. Each tries to sidetrack him, but Elmer has some tricks up his sleeve, or more precisely, in his knapsack. One way or another, he will rescue the dragon!" — summary

We will be meeting on Wednesday, June 2 at 3:30 PM. Book Club will be held outside under the trees on the Swinburne Street side. In the case of inclement weather, Book Club may be moved indoors or via Zoom. Participants will be notified by noon, the day of, if the location changes. 

To register, visit the circulation desk or email Miss Colleen at jamlibyouth@gmail.com 

Be sure to stop by the library to pick up your copy!

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

June 2021 Grades 1 & 2 Book Club Suggestions

 


Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon

"As the youngest in her family, Dory really wants attention, and more than anything she wants her brother and sister to play with her. But she's too much of a baby for them, so she's left to her own devices—including her wild imagination and untiring energy. Her siblings may roll their eyes at her childish games, but Dory has lots of things to do: outsmarting the monsters all over the house, moving into the closet, and exacting revenge on her sister's favorite doll. And when they really need her, daring Dory will prove her bravery, and finally get exactly what she has been looking for." — summary





My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett

"When Elmer Elevator hears about the baby dragon being held captive on Wild Island, he knows just what to do. First, he packs his knapsack with important supplies, like chewing gum, lollipops, and lots of rubber bands. Then he stows away on a ship headed for the island. Along the way, Elmer meets many exotic animals. Each tries to sidetrack him, but Elmer has some tricks up his sleeve...or more precisely, in his knapsack. One way or another, he will rescue the dragon!" — summary






"Baron von Bubbles, or Bub, likes fashion, peanut butter, and his human—Bella. When Bella enters the inventor challenge at school, Bub wants to help her make the best project ever! But, then, Bub ruins Bella's project by mistake. Oh, no! Can he ever make it up to her?" — summary

Thursday, April 8, 2021

April Grades 1-2 Book Club: Return of the Padawan (Jedi Academy #2)

 



For April's Grades 1-2 Book Club, we read Return of the Padawan (Jedi Academy #2) by Jeffrey Brown. Thomas was present.  

1. It is Roan's second year of Jedi Academy. What are some things he is excited about?

2. Who is the newest staff member at Jedi Academy? What is his job?

3. Gammy serves some interesting meals. How does Roan feel about the cafeteria food? What are some of your favorite foods?

4. Roan finds himself grouped together with Cronah and Cyrus. How does Roan change when he spends time with them?

5. What planet do the students visit? Have you taken any trips? Where is your favorite place to visit? 

6. There's is a misunderstanding between Roan, Pasha, and Gaiana. What is it? 

7. What is a voorpak? What happens with the voorpak? 

8. What does Roan do to stand up to Cronah and Cyrus?

9. How does Roan fix his friendships with Pasha and Gaiana? 

10. At the end of the story, Roan discovers who his Jedi Master is. Who is it? How does Roan feel about being paired up with him? 

Please rate this book from 1–5, with 1 being the worst and 5 being the best.

3!


For May's Book Club, we will be reading Bird & Squirrel on the Run by James Burks.


We will be meeting on Wednesday, May 5 at 3:30 PM. Book Club will be held outside on the Library lawn, under the trees on the Swinburne Street side. Masks are required and social distancing will be practiced. In the case of inclement weather, Book Club may be moved indoors or via Zoom. Participants will be notified by noon, the day of, if the location changes. 

To register, visit the circulation desk or email Miss Colleen at jamlibyouth@gmail.com 

Be sure to stop by the library to pick up your copy!

Thursday, March 4, 2021

March Grades 1-2 Book Club: Star Wars Jedi Academy

 

For March's Grades 1-2 Book Club, we read Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown. Thomas was present. 


1. Why do you think Roan writes in a journal? What do you write about in your journal or what would you write about if you had one? 


2. How do the other students treat Roan when he arrives at the Jedi Academy? How do you treat new students? What do you do to make them feel welcome? 


3. Roan likes to relax by drawing comics. What do you do to relax? 


4. How do you think the letters from Roan’s father and older brother make him feel? 


5. Roan thinks that being young like Ollie is sometimes easier. What is difficult and what is easy about being young? 


6. Are there any characters that you think might be leaning toward the dark side? Use examples from the book to explain. 


7. Roan feels left out when he goes back home to Tatooine. Have you ever felt left out? What made you feel better about the situation? 


8. How does Pasha feel toward Roan after the lightsaber-fencing tournament? Were you surprised by his reaction? Why or why not? 


9. Compare Roan’s feelings toward the Jedi Academy at the beginning of the story and at the end of the story? 


10. Would you rather go to the Jedi, Pilot, or Agriculture Academy? Why?


For April's Book Club, we will be reading Jedi Academy: Return of the Padawan by Jeffrey Brown.




After surviving his first year at Jedi Academy, Roan Novachez thought his second year would be a breeze. This year, Roan will have to face alien poetry tests, menacing robots, food fights, flight simulation class, online bullies, more lightsaber duels, and worst of all ... a girl who is mad at him.-summary


We will be meeting on Wednesday, April 7 at 3:30 p.m.  Please be sure to pick up your copy of the book at the library and register  (so Miss Lisa can send you the Zoom password). 

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

February Grades 1-2 Book Club: Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye

 


For February's Grades 1-2 Book Club, we read Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye by Geronimo Stilton. Thomas was present. 



What type of animal is Geronimo Stilton?


What is Geronimo's job?


Who is Geronimo's sister? What kind of vehicle does she drive?


What did Thea find and why is she excited about it?


Who is Geronimo and Thea's cousin? Why do they want him involved in their plan?


Who is Ben? Does Geronimo like him?


What was on the list of supplies for Geronimo, Thea, and Trap to take on their trip?


What did Geronimo eat that made him sick?


Who stowed away on the ship?


Who fell overboard? And who saved that mouse?


What happened to the ship? And how did the mice survive?


Did the mice make it onto shore?


Who became the boss once the mice made it onto the island?


When the mice started looking for the treasure, what did Geronimo step in?


What attacked the whole group, forcing them to jump into a river?


Who fell into a trap in the ground?


What did the mice find where the Emerald Eye was supposed to be?


When they were flying away from the island, what did Geronimo, Trap, and Ben see from the air?


Do you think that they'll go back to the island? Do you think the treasure really is there?


Favorite Scene?


Have you read other books like this?


Will you be reading the sequel to this book? There are a lot of books in this series!


Please rate this book from 1-5, with 1 being the worst and 5 being the best.

-3


For March's Book Club, we will be reading Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown.


"My whole life I planned on going to pilot school like the rest of my friends--then I got rejected! Along came a little green guy named Yoda who invited me to Jedi Academy. Now I'm at a school with aliens, robots, and lightsaber-wielding bullies who can lift things with their minds! How am I supposed to compete with that? As if starting middle school wasn't hard enough..." 

The story of Roan Novachez, Jedi Academy student, is told through comics, journal entries, letters, doodles, and newspaper clippings. This incredible, original story from author/illustrator Jeffrey Brown captures all of the humor, awkwardness, fun, and frustrations of middle school ... in a galaxy far, far away."


We will be meeting on Wednesday, March 3 at 3:30 p.m.  Please be sure to pick up your copy of the book at the library and register  (so Miss Lisa can send you the Zoom password). 

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

December Grades 1-2 Book Club: My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish

 


For December's Grades 1-2 Book Club, we read My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish by Mo O'Hara. Thomas was present. 



Who is Tom's older brother?


Who is Tom's neighbor and friend? What is his sister's name?


What happens to the goldfish at the beginning of the story?


What does Tom name the goldfish? Why does he give him that name?


Who is the first person to get "zombified" by Frankie?


What happened to Mark on the slide after Frankie escaped the bathroom? Did everyone start to believe that Frankie is a zombie goldfish?


What do Tom and Pradeep call Pradeep's brother Sanj?


What is the name of Mark and Sanj's evil plan?


What is BBEDLAM?


Who at school gets zombie hypno-virused?


How did the lunch ladies help thwart Mark and Sanj's plan?


Which lunch lady has watched a lot of zombie movies and so doesn't get zombified?



How did Pradeep and Tom stop Sanj and Mark from releasing the virus onto the internet?


Who got an appreciation assembly, courtesy of Mark and Pradeep?



Favorite Scene?



Have you read other books like this?



Will you be reading the sequel to this book?



Please rate this book from 1-5, with 1 being the worst and 5 being the best.




For January's Book Club, we will be reading

Dragon Masters: Rise of the Earth Dragon by Tracey West 

"DRAGON MASTERS has it all! Dragons, a Dragon Stone, a king, a wizard, and magic! In the first book in this fully-illustrated series, 8-year old Drake is snatched up by King Roland's soldier and taken to the castle. He is to be trained as a Dragon Master. At the castle, he is joined by three other young Dragon Masters-in-training: Ana, Rori, and Bo. The Dragon Masters must learn how to connect with and train their dragons--and they must also uncover their dragons' special powers. Does Drake have what it takes to be a Dragon Master? What is his dragon's special power?"

We will be meeting on Wednesday, January 6 at 3:30 p.m.  Please be sure to pick up your copy of the book at the library and register  (so Miss Lisa can send you the Zoom password). 



January 2020 Grades 1-2 Book Club Suggestions


Dragon Masters: Rise of the Earth Dragon by Tracey West 


DRAGON MASTERS has it all! Dragons, a Dragon Stone, a king, a wizard, and magic! In the first book in this fully-illustrated series, 8-year old Drake is snatched up by King Roland's soldier and taken to the castle. He is to be trained as a Dragon Master. At the castle, he is joined by three other young Dragon Masters-in-training: Ana, Rori, and Bo. The Dragon Masters must learn how to connect with and train their dragons--and they must also uncover their dragons' special powers. Does Drake have what it takes to be a Dragon Master? What is his dragon's special power?




Who Is Geronimo Stilton?
That's me! I run a newspaper, but my true passion is writing tales of adventure. Here on Mouse Island, my books are all best-sellers! What's that? You've never read one? Well, my books are full of fun. They are whisker-licking good stories, and that's a promise!

Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye
It all started when my sister, Thea, discovered a mysterious map. It showed a secret treasure on a faraway island. And before I could let out a squeak of protest, Thea dragged me into her treasure hunt! In no time at all, we'd set sail for the island. It was an adventure I'd never forget....





When an eight-year-old girl and her six-year-old brother take turns describing each other, it’s no surprise that “The Pain” and “The Great One” are the nicknames that emerge. As this duo debates whom Mom and Dad love most, their competition becomes increasingly humorous—because when it comes to family affection, there’s no such thing as win or lose.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

October Grades 1-2 Book Club: I Survived the Battle of Gettysburg


For October's Grades 1-2 Book Club, we read I Survived the Battle of Gettysburg by Lauren Tarshis. Drew was present. 



How old is Thomas?

11


Who was Thomas thinking about at the beginning of the book?

Clem, who was his cousin.


What do Thomas and Birdie do at the end of the chapter?

They ran away. Because the slave catchers were coming for Thomas.


What did Thomas and Birdie do when they ran away from the plantation? What time of day is it?

They ran away at night so that everyone would be asleep. No one would be able to spot them.


Who did Thomas and Birdie run into on their escape journey? Where was he hiding?

A Union soldier was hiding in a tree. 


What did Thomas do that helped save the Yankee's life?

He threw a skunk at the Rebels. 


Where will the soldiers be marching to for battle?

They're headed to Gettysburg.


Did the other men in the Union army regiment like Thomas and Birdie? What do you think they liked about the kids?

Yes, they remind them of their children.


What does Lester mean by "This is going to be another Fredericksburg"?

He meant that it could be a really bloody battle.


When Clem was writing words in the dirt instead of working in the fields, what did Mr. Knox do to him?

He whipped him.


What happened to Birdie that was really scary?

She was kidnapped.


What did the captain need right away?

Ammunition.


What did Henry give Thomas to protect when he went into battle? What did he say to Thomas right before he went off to fight?

A book with pictures made by Henry's grandparent. Thomas and Birdie were going to live with Henry.


What happened to the characters of our story at Gettysburg, especially to Thomas and Henry?

Henry died after getting shot by a bullet shell. Thomas was injured but he survived.


Where did Thomas and Birdie end up after the battle?

Vermont. 


What is Clem's new plan?

Clem is going back down South to help with the supply lines and then he'll come back to live with Thomas and Birdie.


Favorite Scene

The marching. But really every scene was a favorite scene.


Have you read other books like this, either an I Survived Book or one about the Civil War?

I have read almost all of the I Survived books and am interested in other Civil books.



Please rate this book from 1-5, with 1 being the worst and 5 being the best.

I rank it a 4!



For November's Book Club, we will be reading Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look and illustrated by LeUyen Pham

"A young boy in Concord, Massachusetts, who loves superheroes and comes from a long line of brave Chinese farmer-warriors, wants to make friends, but first he must overcome his fear of everything."

We will be meeting on Wednesday, November 4 at 3:00 p.m.  Please be sure to pick up your copy of the book at the Circulation Desk (available on the day of this book club) and register (so Miss Lisa knows how many snacks to buy!). Please be sure to dress warmly for the weather. If the weather is too cold (or rainy or snowy!), we'll Zoom. Miss Lisa will send the link and password to those who have registered by 1 p.m. on the day of Book Club.

November Grades 1-2 Book Club Suggestions

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look and illustrated by LeUyen Pham

A young boy in Concord, Massachusetts, who loves superheroes and comes from a long line of brave Chinese farmer-warriors, wants to make friends, but first he must overcome his fear of everything.


Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry and illustrated by Middy Thomas

A most unusual new student who loves to be the center of attention entertains her teacher and fellow second graders by telling absolutely true stories about herself, including how she got her name.


Hansel and Gretel retold by Rika Lesser and illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky

A poor woodcutter's children, lost in the forest, come upon a house made of bread, cakes, and candy, occupied by a wicked witch who likes to have children for dinner.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

March Grades 1-2 Book Club: Haggis and Tank Unleashed: All Paws on Deck


For March's Grades 1-2 Book Club, we read Haggis and Tank Unleashed: All Paws on Deck by Jessica Young. Ben, Bradley, Chase, Dylan, Eden, Hannah, Lyla, and Violet were present. 



Favorite Scene

-When Tank thinks the sand is Swiss Cheese
-When Tank ate the sand
-When he's doing a ton of knots in the book
-The last page




Why was Haggis bored at the beginning of the book?

-It was too early for lunch and too late to bark at the mailperson



What book was Tank reading?

-A Sea Dog's Adventure


Can you list some of the knots that Tank can tie?

-Slip knot
-Square knot
-Stopper knot
-Granny knot



What is the name of the ship?

-The Golden Biscuit
-Because they're dogs, it's funny




We then worked on some fun puzzles and drawing pages that relate to the book.


Please rate this book from 1-5, with 1 being the worst and 5 being the best.

-Two 1's
-One 3
-Five 5's



For April's Book Club, we will be reading Eerie Elementary: The School is Alive by Jack Chabert.

In this first book in the series, Sam Graves discovers that his elementary school is ALIVE! Sam finds this out on his first day as the school hall monitor. Sam must defend himself and his fellow students against the evil school! Is Sam up to the challenge? He'll find out soon enough: the class play is just around the corner. Sam teams up with friends Lucy and Antonio to stop this scary school before it's too late!


We will be meeting on Wednesday, April 1 at 3:00 p.m.  Please be sure to pick up your copy of the book at the Circulation Desk (available on the day of this book club) and register (so Miss Lisa knows how many snacks to buy!). 

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

April Grades 1-2 Book Club Suggestions




Squirrel is afraid of his own shadow. Bird doesn't have a care in the world. And Cat wants to eat Bird and Squirrel. Of course, he'll have to catch them first, and that's not going to be easy.

Join this trio as they head south for the winter in a hilarious road trip. But watch out! Cat is waiting around every bend, and he's one pesky feline.




Dragon Masters: Rise of the Earth Dragon by Tracey West 

DRAGON MASTERS has it all! Dragons, a Dragon Stone, a king, a wizard, and magic! In the first book in this fully-illustrated series, 8-year old Drake is snatched up by King Roland's soldier and taken to the castle. He is to be trained as a Dragon Master. At the castle, he is joined by three other young Dragon Masters-in-training: Ana, Rori, and Bo. The Dragon Masters must learn how to connect with and train their dragons--and they must also uncover their dragons' special powers. Does Drake have what it takes to be a Dragon Master? What is his dragon's special power?






Eerie Elementary: The School is Alive by Jack Chabert

In this first book in the series, Sam Graves discovers that his elementary school is ALIVE! Sam finds this out on his first day as the school hall monitor. Sam must defend himself and his fellow students against the evil school! Is Sam up to the challenge? He'll find out soon enough: the class play is just around the corner. Sam teams up with friends Lucy and Antonio to stop this scary school before it's too late!


May Grades 1 & 2 Book Club: Bird & Squirrel on the Run!

  For May's Grades 1-2 Book Club, we read Bird & Squirrel on the Run by James Burks. This was our first in-person meeting since las...