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    Take a look: Spring 2016 Global Reading Challenge Pizza Lunch with
    City Librarian Marcellus Turner 
    School Superintendent Dr. Larry Nyland
    Deputy Mayor Hyeok Kim

    Miss Viola Swamp says, 
    "Bring your books back by June 6, 2016!... 
    or there will be trouble!"

                  Photo by Aaron Pfeiffer
    Miss Viola Swamp

    Dress as a Book Character! May 18, 2016!

    Traction Man and Library Dragon


    Sasquatch Award


    Sasquatch Award
    for Grade 3-6 Chapter Books goes to...


    Jedy Academy

    And the Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award 2016 Winner is...

    Secret Life of Squirrels book cover

    Plastic Ahoy cover

    Thornton Creek welcomed "Ocean Annie" Crawley .

    All City Winners: Global Reading Challenge!

    The Book Thieves!!!!


    Global Reading Challenge

    UBS Bookmark contest

    Enter the annual Bookmark Contest at the University Book Store. The theme of your entry should be "A Book Can Take You Anywhere." Entry deadline is March 25, 2016. Be sure to use bold colors and dark (black ink) lines, as lighter colors and pencil don't reproduce well. Ginny has some entry forms available in the library. 

    March is Women's History Month! Check out A Mighty Girl for great reads about powerful girls and women! 

    Might Girl

     Amulet Book 7 Do you like graphic novels? If the Amulet series is a favorite of yours, get down to the University Book Store on the Ave Tuesday night at 7 pm to see and hear Kazu Kibuishi at the Launch Party for his 7th Amulet title: Firelight: Amulet, Book #7.

    Congratulations to the Book Thieves, our Thornton Creek team who will be advancing to the Regional Finals of the Global Reading Challenge on Thursday, March 3 at the Central Library downtown. Congratulations to all teams and participants! You all did an amazing job!

    Global Reading setup


    Survey for participants


    Gordon Korman visited on February 4th. 3rd - 5th graders enjoyed his talk!

    Gordon at TC

    Swindle coverMasterminds cover    Ungifted cover


    February is African American History Month: Notable African Americans

    The American Library Association Youth Media Awards were announced January 22, 2016. 


    Finding Winnie received the Caldecott Medal.  See also the winners of the Newbery Medal, which for the first time in memory, went to a picture book, Last Stop on Market Street, by Matt de la Peña.
    Finding Winnie book cover      Last Stop on Market Street book cover

    You may enjoy learning more about Winnie’s journey in this Google Earth tour created by SPS librarian Leann Miller (Cascadia Elementary). 

    Welcome back from winter break!

    Splash of Red book cover

    Next Tuesday, January 12, Thornton Creek will welcome Book It On Tour's production of A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin. Our whole school will attend, and several classes will do workshops with the actors. 

    We have been reading the book in library and reflecting on the many obstacles and difficulties that Horace Pippin faced in his life.

    Global Reading Challenge bannerThe Global Reading Challenge is here!
    Join Seattle Public Library's Global Reading Challenge! Our fourth and fifth grade students will be reading and answering questions on ten books. They are listed on the Seattle Public Library's Global Reading Challenge page.

    For book ideas, try the following book trailers:

    *Many thanks to Ruthann Rankin for compiling these links!*

    October 11 is Indigenous People's Day in Seattle (as well as Columbus Day).

    SPS Teacher-Librarian Craig Seasholes has put together this collection of resources. Access to Since Time Immemorial is in the lower right.

    1492 from Both Sides?

    Links of Past Moments

    Summer Reading! Check out Dav Pilkey's PSA about Summer Reading!
    View NE Seattle School Librarians Summer Reading Suggestions here.

    hello summer
    View SPL Youth Librarian Erica Delavan's Summer Suggestions here
    Visit a National Park this summer!
    Mt. Rainier from wikimedia

    Do you like Who Was...? biographies? Try the QUIZ!
    Who Were the Beatles book cover Who was Sacagawea? cover Who was King Tut cover Who was Hellen Keller cover

    National Wildflower Week May 2-8
    Miss Rumphius book cover
    Plant Conservatories in the U.S.
    WCCPBA voting took place the week of April 4.

    National Geographic Water Wiz Game. What is your water footprint knowledge! World Water Day was March 22.

    Pi Day --March 14, 2016! Learn more here

    Read Across America Day is celebrated on Dr. Seuss's (Theodore Geisel's) birthday, March 2. Check out Seussville for fun and games.

    February 24 is World Read Aloud Day! Celebrate by sharing a story with others! Also, take a look at Mem Fox's Ten Read Aloud Commandments.

    Check out Science Buddies to get ideas for science projects!

    Did you ever wonder...? Check out Wonderopolis for explanations of many "wonders" plus vocabulary and quizzes! Read it yourself and/or listen to the audio!

    Author Gordon Korman will visit Thornton Creek February 4th to speak with 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders!

    Low Bridge! Everybody down! Learn more about the Erie Canal!

    The Life and Art of Horace Pippin: Gwarlingo--see many of Pippin's paintings and learn more about his life.
    Pippin's Story: National Gallery of Art--lesson plans and ways of looking at Pippin's art

    Make a Flake -- challenge yourself! Can you make your flake have an animal or plant shape in it?