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Librarian for the Day - Thanks Lydia!

Power and Importance of Reading

“It is not enough to simply teach children to read, we have to give them something worth reading. Something that will stretch their imaginations—something that will help them make sense of their own lives and encourage them to reach out toward people whose lives are quite different from their own”                    Katherine Patterson

Raising Readers

Books make great gifts because they have whole worlds inside of them

 Neil Gaiman


                                                             Tip  of the Day!


                                              Choose books about things your

                                                 Child is interested in

                                              (trains, castles,sharks, horses).

                                                  Find both story books

                                              And fact books to share together

                                                          On the subject!

                                                                                                                      Raising Readers


Raising Readers

                                                                        It Adds Up

                                                                    If you read just

                                                                   15 minutes a day,

                                                                    in one year you

                                                                    will have read

                                                                     over 1,000,000


Library News

Welcome to a new school year here at Our Lady of the Wayside ! All-Day Prekindergarten through Fourth Grade will have Library once a week ! Students will checkout books on their assigned day and have Read-Aloud ! Sources for Read-Alouds are Caldecott Award Winners, Newberry Award Winners,well-known authors, past and present, classics, fiction and non-fiction. Raising Readers emphasizes the importance of consistent positive interaction in reading WITH and reading TO  children. Thank you for your continued support in this effort to gift children with a life-long LOVE of READING !

New Non-Fiction and Fairytales

We are beginning the new year with an emphasis on non-fiction and fairytales.One choice is The Family Romanov,murder, rebellion & the fall of Imperial Russia, by Candace Fleming. This is a Robert Sibert Honor Book. A choice from the Rebecca Caudill 2016 nominees is Steve Sheinkin’s Lincoln’s Grave Robbers. The historical significance both at the Federal level and the State level ( Illinois ) makes for lively discussion as well as an intriguing and suspenseful story. Liesl Shurtliff’s Jack adds a lighter side to story telling. It tells the author’s intepretation on the true story of Jack and the Beanstalk. A familiar fairy-tale with a new twist and outstanding descriptive passages and dialogue. The younger grades heard, in Read Aloud, Mama Built A Little Nest, by Jennifer Ward, with illustrations by Steve Jenkins. Students shared what they learned, and what questions they had using exit slips. They also illustrated their nest, their very own bed.

Library - Welcome To A New Year

A look ahead to:

Join in new adventures in reading award -winning books.

Share in the fun and excitement created by leading authors of children’s


Illinois Children's Choice Awards

Our Lady of the Wayside students will participate in one of three Illinois Reader’s Choice  Awards

  • Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award
  • Bluestream Award
  • Monarch Award

Books or passages of books, from a published list of titles, will be presented during Read Aloud in the Library. Students vote for their favorite book, the school vote is tallied, and results are submitted to the Illinois Readers’ Choice Award. Students like the idea that their vote counts. Results are published  early next year. Students are eager to find out if their choice is the winner !

Library Quotes

” It is terribly important for kids to read and write for the reasons that people the world over read and write, which is to communicate, to be delighted, to laugh.”

Lucy Caulkins

Library Quotes

” We read to children for all of the same reasons we talk with children:  to reassure, to entertain, to bond, to inform or explain, to arouse curiosity, to inspire. But in reading aloud, we also:

-condition the child’s brain to associate reading with pleasure;

-create background knowledge;

-build vocabulary;

-provide a reading role model.

…Every time we read to a child, we’re sending a “pleasure” message to the child’s brain. You could even call it a commercial, conditioning the child to associate books and print with pleasure…”

The  Read- Aloud Handbook

Jim Trelease

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