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Authors of Fred Korematsu Speaks Up Visit Crocker This Week

This Friday, April 28 authors Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi will be visiting our 4th and 5th graders to talk about their new book Fred Korematsu Speaks Up. Their book tells the story of Oakland native Fred Korematsu’s life and fight against the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II .

If you’re interested in buying a copy of the book, you can get it in person or online from local bookstore Mrs. Dalloways who helped us arrange the visit. If you order online, use the coupon code FredCH for a 20% discount, click “I will pick up in store”, and enter your student’s name in the comments. You won’t actually have to pick the book up, they’ll be delivered to school on Friday. We’ll also have a limited number of copies available for $16 on Friday.

For more information about Mr. Korematsu, read the book or visit the Korematsu Institute website.

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Audiobooks and Ebooks

We’re still working on the #readingwithoutwalls challenge. One of the elements of the challenge is to read a book in a format that you don’t typically read, including audiobooks and ebooks. This month, we’re talking about the difference between audiobooks and ebooks and test driving them at school. It sounds like quite a few kids have experience buying ebooks or audiobooks through Amazon, Audible, or itunes.

Another option is to check out audio and ebooks from the Oakland Public Library (OPL). OPL has a great selection of audiobooks and ebooks for adults and kids available for free! You can find all of the details on the OPL website. You’ll need to install an app on your device and have an Oakland Public Library card. Depending on the service you use, you may also need a PIN number which is typically the last 4 numbers in your phone number.

As much as I love reading an old fashioned print book, I love the convenience of downloading an ebook or audiobook and having access to them wherever I go. My whole family listens to audiobooks when we travel, drive to practice, wait for a doctor’s appointment or wait in line at a ball game — any time we have a few spare minutes. If you or your kids are using a phone, tablet, or computer at home, give ebooks and audiobooks a try.

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Reading Without Walls

This month, Crocker is participating in a reading challenge called Reading Without Walls. The challenge is a project of Gene Leun Yang, a Bay Area author/illustrator and the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.

Here’s how the challenge works, participants:

  • Read a book about a character who doesn’t look like you or live like you.
  • Read a book about a topic you don’t know much about.
  • Read a book in a format that you don’t normally read for fun. This might be a chapter book, graphic novel, an audio book, a book in verse, an ebook, or a picture book.

Who should participate? Kids and grownups – parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbors, teachers, even babies! Share our reading challenge with your friends and families.

Do we have to keep track of anything? Nope. Just read.

Do we win anything? No prizes, just smarter, happier readers.

Can we read with a friend or family member? Of course.

What do we do now?

  1. Read something!
  2. Take a picture of yourself with one of the books you read. Send it to or share with lisa.hobbs@ousd.org or bring a print into the library. We’ll post pictures on our wall in the library. Kids, families, friends — all pictures are welcome. If you post your picture online, include #readingwithoutwalls.

Not sure what to read? This month we’ll have recommendations from Crocker kids and community members. Here are a few resources to get started.

PARENT GUIDE to Reading to Build Empathy

NPR’s Book Concierge

Mighty Girl Books – Not just for girls

Cooperative Children’s Book Center – Books Lists for Elementary Age

Barnes and Noble BNKids Blog

Commonsense Media Books that Teach Empathy

13 Books to Start Conversations About Empathy

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Puzzle Week Was Awesome – Again!

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2016 Book Swap News

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Our annual book swap is after school on Friday, September 23 in the multipurpose room (MPR).

How does it work?

  • Round up your gently used books – children’s books (all ages). NO sticker books, activity/coloring books, or magazines.
  • Drop off your gently used books from 8:15-8:45am Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 9/20-23 on the playground. Look for the book drop table.  If you can, bring books in bags or boxes you can leave with us.
  • Come to the MPR on Friday after school to pick out a few “new” books.

All Crocker kids can take home at least one book.  Students who contribute books to the swap can select more (e.g, give 5, take 5).

The book swap works best when we all contribute a few good books. It’s a great opportunity for our kids to give a little and get a lot back – great books and tons of fun!

This year, we’ll be donating leftover books to other OUSD elementary schools and the East Bay Children’s Book Project.

Click here to sign up to help with the book swap:  www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0949AAA623A02-2016 

See you there!

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The Book Swap is Coming!

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Our annual book swap is after school on Friday, October 23 in the multipurpose room.

How does it work?

  • Round up your gently used books – children’s books (all ages) and books for adults. NO sticker books, coloring books, or magazines.
  • Drop off your gently used books from 8:15-8:40am Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 10/21-23 on the playground. Look for the book drop table.  If you can, bring books in bags or boxes you can leave with us.
  • Come to the MPR on Friday after school to pick out a few “new” books.

All Crocker kids can take home at least one book.  Students who contribute books to the swap can select more (e.g, give 5, take 5).

The book swap works best when we all contribute a few good books. It’s a great opportunity for our kids to give a little and get a lot back – great books and tons of fun!

This year, we’ll be donating leftover books to Grass Valley Elementary and the East Bay Children’s Book Project.

See you there!

 

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Go Find Those Library Books!

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Kids will be checking library books out through the end of May. In June, all library books must be returned, replaced, or paid for. Letters and email will go home to let families know what needs to be returned.

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It’s National Poetry Month!

This month, we’ve been talking about, reading, and writing poetry. This Thursday is Poem in Your Pocket Day, a fantastic day we celebrate each year here at Crocker. On Poem in Your Pocket Day, we all have a poem in our pockets (or our heads) ready to share with anyone who asks to hear our poems. We share in class, at lunch, on the playground, with our buddies, in the office, even the bathroom! If you happen to visit Crocker on Thursday, bring a poem — or pick up a poem in the office or library. Some of our first graders have been memorizing poems to get ready for Poem in Your Pocket Day. Here’s a sneak peak:

 

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Reading Makes Kids Happy!

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We all love happy kids, don’t we? This weekend, if you have the chance to shop at the fantastic, local bookstore, Mrs. Dalloway’s, Crocker will receive 20% back on your purchases. You can shop in store or online. All you have to do is save your receipts or confirmation emails and give the to Ms. Lisa in the library by Friday, 11/21. Easy, right? You can even buy gift certificates!


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What We’re Reading This Month!

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Welcome to the 2014-15 school year! We just finished our first week back in the library where we’ve been taking pictures with our first library books of the year. Stop by the library on Back to School Night and see what we’re checking out!

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