Monday, April 25, 2005

Movie Websites

I thought you might want to check out the websites of some of the movies of the books we are reading for June. Kelly doesn't want you to see the movies until after you read the book so you might not want to check out the websites until then either.


Because of Winn Dixie

I Am David

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

There isn't an official movie website for Spiderwick but check out the books' official site:

The Spiderwick Chronicles

June - Books Being Made into Movies—Volume 2

Kelly Lewis is hosting our June meeting and here are the great books she picked:

*The Spiderwick Chronicles; Book 1 The Field Guide by Tony DiTerlizzi (movie TBA 2005-2006). The Grace children-a 13-year old girl and 9-year old twin brothers-move into an old house with their mother and discover a fantasy world filled with magical creatures.

*Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo (movie released February 18, 2005). Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie.

*Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce (movie released in select cities March 11, 2005). After their mother dies, two boys find a huge amount of money which they must spend quickly before England switches to the new European currency, but they disagree on what to do with it.

*I am David (or North to Freedom) by Anne Holm (movie released December 3, 2004). David's entire twelve-year life has been spent in a grisly prison camp in Eastern Europe. He knows nothing of the outside world. But when he is given the chance to escape, he seizes it. With his vengeful enemies hot on his heels, David struggles to cope in this strange new world, where his only resources are a compass, a few crusts of bread, his two aching feet, and some vague advice to seek refuge in Denmark. Is that enough to survive?

*The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares (to be released June 3rd, 2005). The story of four best friends, the biggest summer of their lives, and the magical pants that brings it all together.
I understand that this book may contain some controversial material, so please consider this if you feel you could be offended by reading it.

*Also, please see any movies that you can AFTER you have read the books. It will be fun to discuss the adaptations of the books into screenplays.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Richard Peck Poem

Here is the poem that Jessica told us about at book club.
Thanks, Jessica!

By Richard Peck

Read to your children
Twenty minutes a day;
You have the time,
And so do they.
Read while the laundry is in the machine;
Read while the dinner cooks;
Tuck a child in the crook of your arm
And reach for the library books.
Hide the remote,
Let the computer games cool,
For one day your children will be off to school:
Remedial? Gifted? You have the choice;
Let them hear the first tales
In the sound of your voice.
Read in the morning;
Read over noon;
Read by the light of
Goodnight Moon.
Turn the pages together,
Sitting close as you'll fit,
Till a small voice beside you says,
Hey, don't quit.

Monday, April 04, 2005

Scholastic Warehouse Booksale

It's almost that time again!

The next big Scholastic Warehouse booksale will be from May 14th - 27th. If you need more info click here.

May - Great New Books!

they are HOT! The books are:

1. Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
2. The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
3. So B. It by Sarah Weeks
4. Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
5. Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata

We'll be meeting at Cassie Lombardi's, directions to follow.