Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Mrs. J.'s Top 10 Books and Summer Reading

Happy Summer!

I know it's a little early to be thinking about summer assignments, but reading doesn't have to be like homework so I'm getting you started now.

If you're looking for an awesome book to read this summer, look no further than The Guide to Good Reading.  Books are organized by genre to make searching easier.  There is also a grade level Top Ten for a quick list of some of my favorites.

And if you if you want some suggestions to get you started, here are the titles on Mrs. J.'s Top 10 11 Books of 2012-2013.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

90 Second Newbery Summer Camp!


Library Summer Camp!!!

You guys, it's going to be AWESOME!!!

This is your chance to help create an actual movie.  The Library Club has participated two years in a row and this year, the project is moving to a summer camp so we'll have more time to work on it.

The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival is an annual event which students pick a Newbery winning (or honor) book and then turn the story into a film.  It's not a book trailer, nor is it a synopsis of the plot.  It's the entire book done in 90 seconds.

The first year our school participated, the Library Club's submission was selected to be shown in the film festival and we got to go to New York City and meet James Kennedy, Jon Scieszka and Newbery winner, Rebecca Stead.

You can see our New York entry as well as the entry from this year, along with lovely comments by author, James Kennedy here on his blog.

This year we decided to do an entire camp working on our submission.  You will select the book you want to turn in to a movie, decide what type of movie you want it to be (sock puppets?  actors?  claymation? Western?) and then write the script.

Students will be working with Mrs. Julsonnet (that's me, librarian-extraordinaire) as well as Andrew Worthen, a recent graduate from Hawaii Pacific University's Film Production department.  Andrew will teach students how to use editing software, a green screen (action shots!) as well as various filming techniques.

If you're interested, please email Mr. Bushong bushongn@lancastercountryday.org or visit the camp info link on our school's website.  You can download the camp form there.   If you have any questions you can also leave a comment here or email Mrs. Julsonnet at julsonnets@lancastercountryday.org . It's going to be lots of fun and we'd love to see you there!

If you'd like to see more examples of other 90-Second Newbery films, check out these awesome entries! 

Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book

 Beverly Cleary's Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (Robot style!)

Crispin: Cross of Lead by Avi

Frog and Toad written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel