Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Junior Library Guild Sale

How fortunate we are here in Central Ohio to have the warehouse for the Junior Library Guild in our community!! We are especially fortunate that the Junior Library Guild opens its doors for one weekend (this past one) in the fall for a big sale, and all books on their shelves can be purchased for $5.00 each -- that's right, $5.00 each.

Here's how wonderful this sale is: while I was there, there were teachers that had driven in from Michigan and Kentucky. There were also teachers/librarians from all over the state of Ohio, as well. Definitely worth the gas money!!

I went to this amazing sale on Sunday, and walked away with 18 fabulous books (I'll let you do the math on how much I spent). I walked up and down the warehouse aisles surrounded by books -- a book-lover's dream!! And, at these low prices, I was able to buy books for specific reasons. Let me give you a quick run-down of my purchases, and why I got them:

1) Purchases for specific students in my classroom -
  • Andy Shane and the Barn Sale Mystery by Jennifer Richard Jacobson (easy to read mystery)
  • Joe and Sparky Get New Wheels by Jamie Michalak
  • Scaredy Squirrel At Night by Melanie Watt (can't believe I hadn't gotten this one yet)
  • The Anne Frank Case: Simon Wiesenthal's Search for the Truth by Susan Goldman Rubin (I have a student who loves all things about Anne Frank and the Holocaust. This looks like a kid-friendly picture book, full of good details.)
2) Purchases for writing workshop -
  • Look at My Book: How Kids Can Write and Illustrate Terrific Books by Loreen Leedy (great mentor text)
3) Chapter books for me and for the classroom -
  • Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (I've already read the ARC, but for $5, how could I pass this up?)
  • Slob by Ellen Potter (it has an Oreo in the title -- it was calling to me, what can I say?)
  • The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick (I have read several blogs about this book, but haven't gotten around to reading it myself)
4) Some great nonfiction/informational picture books -
  • The Fastest Game on Two Feet and Other Poems About How Sports Began by Alice Low (should be a big hit on Poetry Fridays!)
  • Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman by Marc Tyler Nobleman
  • You are Weird: Your Body's Peculiar Parts and Funny Functions by Diane Swanson
  • How to Make a Cherry Pie and see the U.S.A. (thanks to my friend, Maria, for this suggestion)
  • Redwoods by Jason Chin (will fit perfectly with my life science unit)
  • Pippo the Fool by Tracey E. Fern
  • Mermaid Queen by Shana Corey
  • Butterflies and Moths by Nic Bishop
  • Bubble Homes and Fish Farts by Fiona Bayrock
  • Ron's Big Mission by Rose Blue and Corinne J. Naden

Look for some in-depth reviews of all these books in the upcoming weeks. I'm so excited to be able to add so many wonderful books, especially the nonfiction, to our classroom library. A huge thanks to the Junior Library Guild and their fall sale!!

1 comment:

  1. So jealous I missed this, didn't realize they do it in the fall. Twitter next time. :)