2012- 2013 Authors/Illustrators
FALL DAVID SHANNON Grades 1-2
October 1, 2012 Monday
SPRING DON BROWN Grades 3-6
APRIL 9, 2013 Tuesday
SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIRS
AT NEWTOWN LIBRARY
Fall Book Fair
NOVEMBER 30-DECEMBER 7, 2012
SPRING BOOK FAIR
MAY 10-17, 2012
BCIU READING OLYMPICS:
MARCH 21, 2013
GRADES 5 AND 6
(See READING OLYMPIC web site for reading list for the new 2012-- 2013 school year)
Permission slips will be sent home at the end of October.
Information regarding the Elementary Competition will be sent home at the end of February.
SIXTH GRADE ASSESSMENT DATES ------ Spring 2013
APRIL 22-23 Miss Urban
APRIL 24-25 Mrs. Galanti
MAY 6-7 Mr. Eckelmeyer
MAY 8-9 Miss Grimes
Children's Book Week
May 13-19, 2013
CELEBRATE TEEN TECH WEEK
March 10-16, 2013
READ ACROSS AMERICA
THINK SEUSS !!!!!
"HATS OFF TO DR. SEUSS!"
CELEBRATING 75 YEARS
THE 500 HATS OF BARTHOLOMEW CUBBINS
WORLD READ ALOUD DAY
MARCH 6, 2013
CHANGE THE WORLD, STORY BY STORY
ON MARCH 7, 2012 THOSE WHO TOOK ACTION
SUPPORTED THE 793 MILLION PEOPLE WORLDWIDE
WHO CANNOT READ OR WRITE.
NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK
CELEBRATING 55 YEARS OF
NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK
Theme: COMMUNITIES MATTER @ YOUR LIBRARY
Honorary Chairperson: Caroline Kennedy
NATIONAL D.E.A.R. DAY - NATIONAL DROP EVERYTHING AND READ DAY
NATIONAL POETRY MONTH APRIL
POEM IN YOUR POCKET
Join the Academy of American Poets in celebrating POEM IN YOUR POCKET DAY. The idea is simple: select a poem you love, carry it with you, and share it with co-workers, family, and friends on Poem in your Pocket Day. Each year, poems from pockets throughout the United States will be unfolded at events in parks, libraries, schools, workplaces, and bookstores.
CELEBRATE POETRY EVERYDAY!!
PENNSYLVANIA ONE BOOK EVERY YOUNG CHILD
HIGHLIGHTING THE IMPORTANCE OF EARLY LITERACY DEVELOPMENT
2006 Book Winner
Inside Mouse, Outside Mouse by author/illustrator Lindsay Barrett George
2007 Book Winner
A Splendid Friend, Indeed by author/illustrator Suzanne Bloom
2008 Book Winner
Up, Down, and Around by author Katherine Ayres and illustrator Nadine Bernard Westcott
2009 Book Winner
If You Were A Penguin by Wendell and Florence Minor
2010 Book Winner
What a Treasure! by Jane and Will Hillenbrand
2011 Book Winner
Whose Shoes? A Shoe For Every Job by Stephen R. Swinburne
2012 Book Winner
Stop Snoring Bernard! by Zachariah O'Hora
DID YOU KNOW?
Will Hillenbrand visited Newtown Elementary on 10/25/2006
CHILDREN'S DAY / BOOK DAY
The celebration of children, families, and reading held annually to emphasize the importance of advocating literacy for every child regardless of linguistic and cultural background.
NATIONAL AMBASSADOR FOR YOUNG PEOPLE'S LITERATURE WAS CREATED BY THE CENTER FOR THE BOOK IN THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS, EVERY CHILD A READER, AND THE CHILDREN'S BOOK COUNCIL.
Katherine Paterson named National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. January 5, 2010 The Stinky Cheese Man has been replaced by the Queen of Terabithia.
They have nothing in common, these two , and yet everything in common. At the Library of Congress the ceremony of succession was accomplished and a proud nation with so-so reading habits got a new National Ambassador for Young People's Literature.
She is Katherine Paterson, the award-winning author of more than 30 books, probably best- known for " Bridge to Terabithia," which was published and Newbery-Medaled in the late 1970s. The outgoing ambassador is Jon Scieszka, the award-winning author of more than three dozen illustrated books and chapter books and the web-savvy creator of an online kid empire.
The ambassador's role is to raise national awareness about the importance of young people's literature in getting young readers off to a good start. By picking two different writers as the first two ambassadors, the program reminds parents that there are many different ways to be a reader.
Paterson says, "Read for your life," "Read for your life as a member of a family, as a part of a community, as a citizen of this country and a citizen of the world.
NEWS about this year's New Ambassador.
Walter Dean Myers, is the award-winning author and 2012-2013 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature.
The National Ambassador for Young People 's Literature raises national awareness of the importance of young people's literature as it relates to lifelong literacy, education, and the development and betterment of the lives of young people.
READING IS NOT OPTIONAL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
" The value of reading has escalated in my lifetime. When I was a young man, it was possible for families to prosper without reading because there were always sufficient opportunities for willing workers who could follow simple instructions. This is no longer the case. Today, reading is essential for families to gain access to advantages and opportunities in this country. Children who don't read are, in the main, destined for lesser lives. I feel a deep sense of responsibility to change this.
As a Ambassador, I see my role as raising national awareness of the importance of lifelong literacy and education. "READING IS NOT OPTIONAL!" is the platform I chose to publicly discuss the issue of language poverty and how we can fight against it."
Reading is an essential tool that we must use throughout our lifetime.
People who read will:
-have more rewarding lives
-pass on their skills to their families
-Walter Dean Myers
For more info on CBC The Children's Book Council, visit
For Every Child a Reader, visit
For more info on Paterson, visit
For more info on Jon Scieszka, visit
DID YOU KNOW
J.PATRICK LEWIS NAMED CHILDREN'S POET LAUREATE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Poetry Foundation announced on Wednesday May 11, 2011 that J. Patrick Lewis has been selected as its new Poet Laureate.
That means Newtown Elementary Library has hosted two Poet Laureates Mary Ann Hoberman and J.Patrick Lewis. WOW!!!!!!!!