Youth Media Awards Announced!

All the big book award winners were announced Monday morning from the American Library Association Mid Winter Conference and I am SO excited! And the winners were …

  • Caldecott (best illustrations): Wolf in the Snow illustrated and written by Matthew Cordell
  • Newbery (best book for children): Hello, Universe written by Erin Entrada Kelly
  • Sibert (best informational book): Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961 written by Larry Dane Brimner
  • Coretta Scott King book award (for an African-American author): Piecing Me Together written by Renée Watson
  • Coretta Scott King illustrator award (for an African-American illustrator): Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets illustrated by Ekua Holmes
  • Giesel Award (beginning reader): Charlie & Mouse by Laurel Snyder

Pictured here: the 2018 Caldecott Winner, Wolf in the Snow. To see the full list of award winners see here.

Wescott 3rd & 5th grade students completed a Caldecott unit this school year. After looking at many past winners, students made their own predictions about which book would win this year.  Students even had the opportunity to Skype with Ashley Waring, former Caldecott committee member, to learn all about the awards process.



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Book Madness is BACK!

Book Madness is back! Organized by me and Mrs. Sislow, Book Madness is a tournament of the most popular books for 3rd-5th graders. Nominations for the tournament open next week.

3rd-5th grade teachers, we will be placing a QR Code in your mailboxes. Please hang it in your room so your students can participate in March Book Madness. Students can nominate books through the Book Madness Website starting February 12th, through the end of the week. Once we have all the nominations, we will post the books in the brackets. We will notify you on voting days, and the kids can select their choices to move to the next round. There will be a physical bracket outside the library, as well.

Voting will begin the first week of March, with kids voting once a week, until Spring Break. We will leave for break without the final vote so that students can read the two finalists over break if they choose.

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New Maker Space

Back by popular demand, our maker space project for the month of February will be “Build with Legos!”

Students can challenge their building skills with Lego task cards. They won’t be able to keep their creations, but students from grades 3rd-5th can take a photo of their creation and post it to the library Seesaw account.

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Author visits a success!

Thank you to Wendy Anderson Halperin and Jane O’Connor for wonderful author visits with our students the past 2 weeks!

On January 25th,  Miss Wendy met with all grade levels and taught students step-by-step how to illustrate different quotes from her book, Peace.  That evening, she repeated her lessons at a parent workshop.

On February 1st, students in 1st and 2nd grade got to meet Jane O’Connor, author of the popular Fancy Nancy series.  Students dressed fancily to meet Jane, and hear about her final book in the Fancy Nancy series: Oodles of Poodles!

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Another author coming to Wescott!!

Grades 1 & 2, get your tiaras and bow ties ready because …

On Thursday 2/1 from 10-11 am we are going to be having a fancy party in the MPR for grades 1-2!!! Jane O’Connor, the author of Fancy Nancy will be talking about her final book in the series, Fancy Nancy: Oodles of Kittens!

The publisher is hoping for is a celebration where the kids would all be encouraged to dress ”fancy” (ties, sparkles, tiaras, etc.) Jane will read, there will be an activity, and Q and A.

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Book Order Forms for Author Visit

Author/illustrator Wendy Anderson Halperin is visiting Wescott on January 25! Her book, Peace, is what inspired our theme this year, Wescott: Partners in Peace.  Students may order an autographed copy of the book.  Order forms went home last week, but if you need another one, please click here.

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Happy New Year!

Happy 2018!  Our first maker space of the year will be … Draw a famous book character!

Using the instructions provided, students will try their hand at drawing some popular book characters.  Students may also use their iPads to look up how to draw characters not included in the maker space.  Who knows, we might have some future children’s book illustrators at Wescott!

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Winter Reading Programs at the Northbrook Public Library

The Northbrook Public Library’s Winter Reading Program, Your Family Story, goes from December 13- January 31. It is perfect timing for Winter Break reading! This year they are trying out having the option of online registration. Here is the link in case you are curious.

I hope you have some time to read over winter break!!!

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All-School Author visit on January 25th!

The Wescott Library is excited to announce that author/illustrator Wendy Anderson Halperin will be visiting Wescott on Thursday, January 25th!  She will be meeting with students in small groups all day to discuss her book, Peace, which inspired our school theme this year.  Students will learn about different peace quotes as a way to inspire them to be Partners in Peace at Wescott.  That evening, a parent-child workshop will be held with the author after school.  More details to come.  Mark your calendars now!
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New Maker Space for Hour of Code

The Hour of Code will be extended in the Maker Space for the entire month of December!

Students will translate their initials into binary code, then pick 2 different colors to represent the 1s and the os for each letter.  They will then make a bracelet with colored beads that represent the letters in their initials.

Be sure to check out the students’ bracelets and ask them how they made them!


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