Today, we tried to focus on developing a concrete goal for the future. We decided that, in order to be effective and truly work to our best ability, we needed to get our name out there. So, our next step is to try to gain some publicity. We had heard about the OC Bookfair and we thought that would be a great opportunity to gain support and recognition. Also, in addition to helping ourselves, getting a booth would allow us to help the huge amount of guests in finding the perfect book. We would have access to a large audience to which we could spread both our brand and our message. Therefore, we are hoping to gain entry into this fair. A booth is 295 dollars, so the next step for us is to brainstorm and carry out some fundraising.
Today, we finally got to put our plan into action. We visited Jim Thorpe Fundamental Elementary School in Santa Ana, and it was quite the experience. We worked with Mrs. Rausch, the librarian, and we spoke to two fourth-grade classes, each of about 35 kids. In order to plan for our first “outing” we made a poster describing the three general steps to pick out the perfect book. To be completely honest, we were so nervous before going to this presentation. We were worried that the kids would get bored quickly, or that none of them would show any interest in reading or what we were telling them. So, you can imagine our relief when, upon being asked how many kids were interested in reading, almost every student in both classes raised their hands. After talking to them about why books are so awesome and how to pick out the perfect book, we helped the kids find books in their library. It really excited us to see how eager these children were about reading and books. Overall, this day has definitely been a success. So here’s our process for picking out the perfect book!
- Consider your favorite books, movies, television shows, or video games. If you like a book by one author, then consider reading another book by the same author. If you like a movie, chances are that that movie was either based on a book or there is a book with a very similar plot line. If you like a certain television show, sometimes there are spin-off books based on that television show, especially if the television show is aimed at younger kids. Stick with genres that you know you like, and you can be sure to find a book that will satisfy your interests!
- Consider the cover. Sure, we all have heard the old adage, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” And this is true . . . to a certain extent. But the fact is, if you really don’t like anything to do with baseball, and the book cover is a picture of a kid playing baseball, chance are you won’t like the book.
- Read the summary. This one is probably the best way to figure out if the book is for you. A great way to figure out the general subject and plot of a book is to read the summary. If the summary sounds interesting, then try the book. If it doesn’t sound interesting, then the book is probably not for you.
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Roald Dahl’s perennial bestseller about a boy’s magical journey across the sea, James and the Giant Peach, celebrates its fiftieth anniversary in 2011. When James, a boy stuck living with his cantankerous aunts, is given magic crystals by a sympathetic wizard, he accidentally drops them at the foot of the peach tree outside his house, causing one of the fruits to grow the size of a house. Inside he finds the oversized insects who promise him deliverance from his aunts, and soon the giant peach is rolling downhill, bound for the Atlantic Ocean and beyond on a magnificent adventure that will take James and his new friends far indeed.
Miri soon finds herself confronted with a harsh academy mistress, bitter competition among the girls, and her own conflicting desires to be chosen and win the heart of her childhood best friend. But when bandits seek out the academy to kidnap the future princess, Miri must rally the girls together and use a power unique to the mountain dwellers to save herself and her classmates.
Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus’ stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.
A grouchy couple are parents to a very sweet girl, Matilda. Unlike her bratty brother and mean parents, Matilda becomes a very sweet and extremely intelligent girl, who is very keen to go to school and read books. After a while, her parents send her to school with the worst principal in the world, a very sweet teacher, and good friends. While trying to put up with her parents’ and principal’s cruelty, she starts to unwittingly unleash telekinetic powers, destroying a television and making a salamander fly onto the principal. With enough practice, Matilda starts to learn to control her telekinetic powers and soon using them on her principal so she can drive her away from the school.
She knows, too, that she is the only one who can save him.
To rescue Patrick, Liza must go Below, armed with little more than her wits and a broom. There, she uncovers a vast world populated with talking rats, music-loving moles, greedy troglods, and overexcitable nids . . . as well as terrible dangers. But she will face her greatest challenge at the spindlers’ nests, where she encounters the evil queen and must pass a series of deadly tests–or else her soul, too, will remain Below forever.
Twins Jared and Simon Grace, and their older sister Mallory, move with their mother to a decaying Victorian house. There they discover a secret room, and clues which eventually lead them to an old, handwritten and illustrated book, Arthur Spiderwick’s Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You.
The book is filled with details about faeries, boggarts, brownies, and the like, but these are not your Disney fairies — for the most part they are neither cute nor friendly. At first only Jared is interested, but strange and destructive things are happening around the house, and though their mother blames Jared, his siblings aren’t so sure.
Harry Potter has no idea how famous he is. That’s because he’s being raised by his miserable aunt and uncle who are terrified Harry will learn that he’s really a wizard, just as his parents were. But everything changes when Harry is summoned to attend an infamous school for wizards, and he begins to discover some clues about his illustrious birthright. From the surprising way he is greeted by a lovable giant, to the unique curriculum and colorful faculty at his unusual school, Harry finds himself drawn deep inside a mystical world he never knew existed and closer to his own noble destiny.
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
The book you are holding in your hands is a short-lived edition of a book that will likely make your life shorter as well. The tale of three Baudelaire children, who find themselves thrown into an unhappy situation containing a treacherous villain with an evil scheme and bad manners, becomes more and more dreadful on each page, and everyone so foolhardy as to read it will find themselves weeping and moaning by the end of the book.
This book is offered at an introductory price, but it introduces the reader to such unpleasantries as a disastrous fire, itchy clothing, a baby trapped in a cage, a plot to steal an enormous fortune, and dusty curtains.
I made a solemn promise to write down these wretched tales, but you have no such promise, and if I were you I would put down a book this terrible, no matter how reasonably priced.
With all due respect,
The launch of an exciting and innovatively illustrated new series narrated by an unforgettable kid every family can relate to
It’s a new school year, and Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving. The hazards of growing up before you’re ready are uniquely revealed through words and drawings as Greg records them in his diary.
In book one of this debut series, Greg is happy to have Rowley, his sidekick, along for the ride. But when Rowley’s star starts to rise, Greg tries to use his best friend’s newfound popularity to his own advantage, kicking off a chain of events that will test their friendship in hilarious fashion.
Thanks for reading,
Today, we really honed in on our goals and hopes for this year’s service learning project. After some deliberation, we decided that we first wanted to really focus on elementary schools because the younger the kids are, the more potential there is to install a love of reading. Luckily, the first school that we called, Jim Thorpe Fundamental, was receptive to our project and we set up an appointment for next Service Learning, February 13, to talk to fourth graders. With a reading officially scheduled, it was time to get to work. We spent a while coming up with a book list with books we felt would be enjoyable for fourth graders. Then, we brainstormed ideas about what we could do for our first appointment to really get the kids interacted and involved. We are so excited for this opportunity to really kick of our Service Learning project, so hopefully it will all go well!