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Thoreau Elementary Library: Special Events

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Special Events

Coming to Thoreau February 12, 2021!

2020 March Madness Picture Book Bracket

2020 March Madness Middle Grade Bracket

2020 March Madness Picture Books Read Aloud

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Middle Grade "Sweet 16" Book Trailers & Reviews

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2020 March Madness Picture Books

2020 March Madness Picture Books

 Brave and Bold


*The Astronaut Who Painted The Moon: The True Story of Alan Bean by Dean Robbins (Destiny e-book)   The author will make a special guest appearance in March. All classes will be invited to hear Dean Robbins speak in the LMC. He will also be available to sign books.


Game Changers: The True Story of Venus and Serena Williams by Lesa Cline-Ransome & James E Ransome (Destiny e-book)


Her Fearless Run: Kathrine Switzer’s Historic Boston Marathon by Kim Chaffee & Ellen Rooney


I Am Farmer: Growing an Environmental Movement in Cameroon by Miranda & Baptiste Paul & Elizabeth Zunon (EPIC Books for Kids)


The Journey by Francesca Sanna (MMSD e-book)


My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero & Zeke Peña (Spanish copy, e-book with library card WI Public Library Consortium)


Penguin Flies Home by Lita Judge


The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad, S.K. Ali & Hatem Aly


Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love (ebook with library card WI Public Library Consortium)


You Are My Friend: The Story of Mister Rogers and His Neighborhood

by Aimee Reid and MattPhelan (Destiny e-book)


Our House is on Fire: Great Thunberg’s Call to Save The Planet by Jeanette Winter (Destiny e-book)


Because by Mo Willems and Amber Ren


Prudence The Part-Time Cow by Jody Jensen Shaffer and Stephanie Laberis (Destiny e-book)


The Cool Bean by Jory John and Pete Oswald 


Say Something by Peter H. Reynolds (Spanish copy)


Love Around the World by Fleur Pierets and Fatinha Ramos


2020 March Madness Middle Grade Chapter Books

Middle Grade Books for March Madness 2020

Theme:  Brave & Bold


Count Me In by Vasha Bajaj

Frindle by Andrew Clements (audio book)

Insignificant Events in The Life of A Cactus by Dusti Bowling (with library card WI Public Library Consortium)

The Mad Wolf's Daughter by Diane Magras

Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya (MMSD audio & ebook)

Nowhere Boy by Katherine Marsh (MMSD audio & e-book)

Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang (MMSD e-book, Spanish copy)

The Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA by Brenda Woods


Student Selections:


Words on Fire by Jennifer Nielsen (Destiny e-book and audio & e-book with library card WI Public Library Consortium)

Guts by Raina Telgemeier (Spanish Copy)

New Kid by Jerry Craft (MMSD e-book)

I am Jackie Robinson by Brad Meltzer (MMSD e-book)

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (MMSD e-book, audio and picture book on EPIC Books, Spanish)

Meg, Jo, Beth & Amy  by Rey Terciero

Classic Moments From Little Women

White Bird by R.J. Palacio  (MMSD e-book, Spanish copy)

The Next Great Paulie Fink by Ali Benjamin (because you nominated The Thing About Jellyfish)

2019 March Madness Picture Book Bracket

2019 March Book Madness Picture Book List               

Theme: The Characters Journey

Finding Winnie By Lindsay Mattick and Sophie Blackall - 2016 Champion 
​Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio and Christian Robinson - 2017 Champion
​Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima - 2018 Champion
A Big Mooncake For Little Star by Grace Lin                                                    
Ada’s Violin by Susan Hood and Sally Wern Comport

Drawn Together by Minh Lê and Dan Santat                                                               
Dreamers by Yuyi Morales                                             
I Walk With Vanessa by Kerascoët
King For a Day by Rukhsana Khan
Let The Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson and Frank Morrison
Nelson Mandela by Kadir Nelson
Teddy’s Favorite Toy by Christian TImmer and Madeline Valentine
The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson and Rafael López
The Field by Baptiste Paul and Jacqueline Alcántara 
The Very Last Castle by Travis Jonker and Mark Pett
We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell and Frané Lessac


March Book Madness 2019 Picture Book Trailers

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Championship Round!


2019 March Book Madness Middle Grade Book List 

Theme:  The Characters' Journey
Percy Jackson: Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan - 2015 Champion
Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper - 2016 Champion
A Night Divided by Jennifer Nielsen - 2017 Champion
Restart by Gordon Korman - 2018 Champion
Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell
Dactyl Hill Squad by Daniel José Older
First Rule of Punk by Celia Pérez 
Front Desk by Kelly Yang 
Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson
Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson 
Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai 
The Best Man by Richard Peck
The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya 
The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi
Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste 
The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney


Middle Grade: Sweet 16 Book Trailers & Reviews

Author Visit: Dean Robbins

2020 March Madness Student Book Nominations for "Sweet 16"

Watch student book nominations on Flipgrid to learn about more great books to read!

CODE:  c0ba57


Thoreau March Madness Champions 2019


2018 March Madness Book Champion!

1 School, 1 Book: The Wishtree

Author Skypes

World Read Aloud Day 2018: Thank you Authors!

World Read Aloud Day

Special Events: 1 School, 1 Book: Wishtree Flipgrid

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1 School, 1 Book: Wishtree Flipgrid Discussion Topics   

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Thoreau Wishtree Video

Read Madly in March