Our author for the month of April will be Cynthia Rylant. Cynthia Rylant began as a librarian and turned into an author/illustrator of over 100 books for young people. You maybe familiar with her series Henry and Mudge or Annie and Snowball. Her first book, When I Was Young in the Mountains, was named a Caldecott Honor Book and ALA Notable Book. The imagery she uses in her books makes her a favorite amongst many readers.
In third grade we are looking at works by Eve Bunting. Bunting is a prolific writer, with over 200 books written. She decided that picture books were meant for all ages and interests and has created many works that challenge young minds to think about the world around them.
Booktalks! A booktalk is a way to get people excited about reading a book. In many ways a booktalk is similar to a book review. For instance, you can give part of the plot away, but never the ending. It is different than a book review though because you are giving more a performance. It can be a bit more conversational or role played as well. Students will learn different tips and techniques to give a booktalk, hear examples, and give their own to the class.
Fifth grade is continuing to prepare for their poetry wiki. Currently they have researched different types of poetry, found examples and different poets. Now they are using the information to create their own poem of that type. Eventually you will be able to read their work on the poetry wikis.