June 2015


Great news for next year’s fourth and fifth graders: the list of 2016 Best Books Nominees is ready for you to review!  Not sure what Best Books means?  You can read all about it HERE.

2016 Nominees

The 14 Fibs of Gregory K by Greg Pincus

The Adventures of a South Pole Pig: A Novel of Snow and Courage by Chris Kurtz

Colossus Rises by Peter Lerangis

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

The Creature Department by Robert Paul Weston

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo

The Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, the Blue Death and a Boy Called Eel by Deborah Hopkinson

Jinx by Sage Blackwood

Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

Loki’s Wolves by K.L. Armstrong & M.A. Marr

Middle School: My Brother is a Big, Fat Liar by James Patterson

Monster on the Hill by Rob Harrell

Never Say Die by Will Hobbs

One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

The Prairie Thief by Melissa Wiley

Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff

Serafina’s Promise by Ann E. Burg

Star Wars Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown

The Thing About Luck, by Cynthia Kadohata


Every Hero Has a Story!  That’s this year’s summer reading theme at Timberland Regional Library.  Click the link “Public Library” on the main menu to find out more about Timberland Regional Library and its programs.  Visit the library’s “Summer at the Library” page to find out more about the summer reading program and additional summer library events for kids.


Garfield staff, we’re challenging YOU to keep up on your reading this summer too!  On July 14, Harper Lee’s novel Go Set a Watchmen will be released.  From bn.com:

“An historic literary event: the publication of a newly discovered novel, the earliest known work from Harper Lee, the beloved, bestselling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, To Kill a Mockingbird.

Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014.

Go Set a Watchman features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later. Returning home to Maycomb to visit her father, Jean Louise Finch—Scout—struggles with issues both personal and political, involving Atticus, society, and the small Alabama town that shaped her.

Exploring how the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird are adjusting to the turbulent events transforming mid-1950s America, Go Set a Watchman casts a fascinating new light on Harper Lee’s enduring classic. Moving, funny and compelling, it stands as a magnificent novel in its own right.”


We sincerely hope you read this novel (read To Kill a Mockingbird first if you haven’t read it…or read it again to remind yourself!) and come prepared to share your thoughts when we return to school this Fall!


Students, families, and teachers: have you used OverDrive?  OverDrive is a free application (available for iPhone, iPad, Android, Chromebook, Windows Phone, Windows 8, Kindle Fire HD, and Nook HD/HD+) that allows you to borrow eBooks, audiobooks, and MORE from your local public library for free.  All you need is a library card!


SUMMER VACATION!!  Have a fun-filled, relaxing break-and don’t forget to READ!


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