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Author Jennifer Holm Visiting Crocker This Week!

It’s time for our annual book fair — a big book sale in our multipurpose room. The book fair is this Thursday and Friday, November 21 and 22.

On Wednesday, November 20 we are lucky to have a special guest visiting Crocker — author Jennifer Holm. Holm is the author of two extraordinarily popular graphic novel series Babymouse and Squish — some of the most popular books in the Crocker library! She’s also the winner of three Newbery Honors for her children’s novels Our Only May Amelia, Penny from Heaven, and Turtle in Paradise. To get ready for her visit, we’ve been reading Babymouse and Squish, making pictures of the characters, and making our own comics Our fifth grade classes are reading Turtle in Paradise, too.

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We’ll have assemblies with Holm during the school day. After school, she’ll be signing books in the library. You’re welcome to bring a copy of one of her books from home. We’ll also be selling books in the library. Babymouse, Squish, and Turtle in Paradise books are $8 each (tax included). Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf is $9 (tax included). Cash and check only. Make checks out to the Crocker PTA. Books will be available on Thursday and Friday at the book fair, but Wednesday is the only day to get your book signed.

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It’s Book Fair Time! Author Deborah Underwood is coming!

Our awesome Crocker Book Fair is this Wednesday and Thursday (8 am – 8 pm) and Friday (8 am – 5 pm) in the multipurpose room.

This week,  New York Times best selling author Deborah Underwood will be coming to Crocker to talk with students. Underwood is the author of The Quiet Book, The Loud Book, The Christmas Quiet Book, and co-author of the Sugar Plum Ballerina series. Want to know more? Check out this interview with Deborah Underwood and take a look at the trailer for her newest book.

Bring your whole family to our book fair! Remember, if you can’t make it during business hours, you can shop online now through December 10th. See you at the book fair!

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Fantastic Friday with Mac Barnett

On Friday, we had the tremendous pleasure of visiting with author Mac Barnett. He shared some of his stories like Guess Again!, Mustache, and Oh No!. He answered the question, “How do you make a book?” The answer included a look at how authors work with editors and illustrators, crying, pirates, and the Bermuda Triangle. He introduced older students to the Brixton Brothers, a series inspired by his childhood love of mystery series like Hardy Boys and Nate the Great. We learned about how dangerous it can be to befriend the Hardy Boys, the worst weapon a criminal can choose, and the most important, secret law enforcement organization in the United States.


In addition to being a fund raiser, the book fair is an opportunity to get our community energized about reading and a reminder that reading is FUN! I think it’s been an extremely successful year. Thanks to Mac for a fantastic afternoon. Thanks to the kids for being such a wonderful audience. Finally, thanks to our book fair coordinators Liz Fitzgerald and Evelyn Hess and all of the volunteers who made the book fair a wonderful event.

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Book Fair: 2 Days, Online Shopping, Awesome Author!


It’s time for the Crocker Book Fair! Here’s the essential information:

  • Two days to shop in the multipurpose room: Thursday and Friday, 12/1 and 12/2, 8:30am to 8:00pm.
  • You can shop online now through December 9. Send the link to friends and family!

As part of the book fair, author Mac Barnett will be visiting with students on Friday. Barnett is the author some of our favorite books like Guess Again!, Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem, Mustache, and the Brixton Brothers series. He’s also a co-author of The Clock Without a Face and contributor to Guys Read. Reviewers have described his books as weird, wacky, fun, especially fun, funny, and cool! He’ll be signing his books after school on Friday.

What should you buy?  Ask the kids – yours and any others you might meet at the book fair. Our kids read a lot and can make fantastic recommendations. In addition, this time of year, there are lots of “Best of 2011” lists to help you with your shopping. Here are some you might be interested in:

Amazon Top 10 Middle Grade Books and Top 10 Picture Books

New York Times Special Section on Children’s Books

Publisher’s Weekly Top 10 Children’s Books

If shopping isn’t enough, you can still volunteer to help out at the book fair. Finally, a huge thanks to Liz Fitzgerald and Evelyn Hess for organizing what is going to be an amazing book fair. See you at there!

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