School Dayz

It's that time of year again!

Are you ready to head back to school? Are you just getting started and heading to Kindergarten or are you the top of line 5th grader? Are you the new kid, and you're kind of scared to start everything all over again?

Have no fear! Books are here! No matter where you're at for school, we have some great reads we'd like you to try out.

For Kindergarten:
How Do Dinosaurs Go to School?
by Jane Yolen

The latest from Jane Yolen and Mark Teague, How Do Dinosaurs Go to School? initially has a band of dinos attracting many a stern stare from teachers. A centrosaurus interrupts show-and-tell to brandish his stuffed monkey and a monolophosaurus "roars out of turn," but soon the creatures understand proper behavior before, during and after school.

  E YOLEN Growing Up

For 1st Grade:
The Night Before First Grade
by Natasha Wing

Penny's excitement over the start of first grade turns to sadness when she and her best friend are placed different classrooms, but they make the best of it--and some new friends--in this poem based on "The Night Before Christmas."

E WING Colorado Connection

For 2nd Grade:
The Best Seat in Second Grade
by Katharine Kenah


Sam's favorite thing about second grade is the class pet, a hamster named George Washington, so when the class goes on a field trip to a science museum, Sam cannot resist bringing George along. 


For 3rd Grade:
Starring Jules (third Grade Debut)
by Beth Levine Ain


Jules is starting third grade, but her new teacher seems a little strange, she has to choose and research a famous person for the class wax museum project, and rehearsals for the sitcom she is in are harder than ever--especially since the TV show is about to air. 


For 4th Grade:
Tales of A Fourth Grade Nothing
by Judy Blume

Peter finds his demanding two-year-old brother an ever-increasing problem.

For 5th Grade:

The Homework Machine
by Dan Gutman

Doing homework becomes a thing of the past! Meet the D Squad, a foursome of fifth graders at the Grand Canyon School made up of a geek, a class clown, a teacher's pet, and a slacker. They are bound together by one very big secret: the homework machine. Because the machine, code-named Belch, is doing their homework for them, they start spending a lot of time together, attracting a lot of attention. And attention is exactly what you don't want when you are keeping a secret. Before long, things start to get out of control, and Belch becomes much more powerful than they ever imagined.

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Also, did you know that once school starts, Arapahoe Libraries will be starting a TWEEN Book Club! This book club is for ages 9-12 and we will meet the second Saturday of every month from September through December. Our first title will be:

The City of Ember

Lastly, keep an eye out for the Lego STEAM Challenge that is happening Saturday, September 17 at Koelbel.  Every Thursday, your Youth Librarians will be visiting one library in the district to offer Legos for kids to use if you don't have Legos at home can create their incredible creation for the contest at your own library! Check below for days, times, and locations:

August 4: Castlewood, 1 pm - 3 pm August 11: Koelbel, 10 am - 12 pm August 18: Southglenn, 5 pm - 7 pm
August 25: Eloise May, 5 pm - 7 pm September 1: Smoky Hill, 5 pm - 7 pm September 8: Sheridan, 5 pm - 7 pm








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