Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Summer Reading Program 2011

The Rants Raves and Reviews Book Circle
(for kids ages 7-12)
will meet twice this summer!


Summer “Vacation & Travel” Book Circle
Wed. July 19th, 6-7pm
The Children’s Room of the Cumberland Library invites readers ages 7-12 to share their favorite “Travel” or “Vacation” themed books and write a book review for the Children’s Room blog .
Miss Debra will discuss her favorite books using “creative book talk” methods.

Kids Read Across Rhode Island Book Circle
Tuesday, August 2    6-7:30pm
 “Read and Discuss” Book Circle of the 2011
Kids Read Across Rhode Island book selection
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, by Grace Lin
  Participants will read and review this book, as well as use watercolor paints to depict their favorite scene in the book. Receive a free copy of this book
upon registering!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Preparing for a Book Discussion list

Preparing for a Book Discussion

Read and think about….

 What you find interesting or surprising

 How the author makes you feel

 What you like or dislike about the writing

 What the author is trying to say and how you feel about it

 What the book makes you think about

 Your reaction to the characters

 How the book reminds you of your life

 How the book reminds you of other books

 How the book is similar to or different from other books by this author or other books in this genre

 What you don't understand, find confusing, or have questions about during your reading

 What you notice about the illustrations

 What you want to remember about the book

 Places where the author gives good descriptions

 Why you think the author wrote the book

 What you think the author’s “message” might be

 What you learned

Book Recommendation Form

Cumberland Library…
Rants, Raves & Review Book Review Form
(please submit this, or any written book review to
Miss Debra (in the library) or to

Childrens’ Book Recommendation by _____________________
                                                                                    (your name)
Book Title:



Recommended for all children? Boys? Girls? Ages?

I recommend this book because…

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Miss Debras Booklists

These are the books that I present in a "booktalk" format, during the Rants, Raves and Reviews Book Circle programs. Many of these books are Newbury Award Nominees or Winners, RI Childrens Book Award Nominees or just favorite books of mine, for ages 7-12.
Please visit the children's room i-corner for additional booklists, new books, graphic novels and ongoing contests and activities.
---Miss Debra

Rhode Island Children Book Award Winners

2010 The Stonekeeper: Amulet Book 1. by Kazu Kibushi

2009 Deep Dark and Dangerous. by Mary Downing Hahn
2008 Clementine  by Sara Pennypacker

2007 Stink: The incredible shrinking kid by Megan McDonald

2006 The world according to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney

2005 The tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamilo

2004 Gooney Bird Green by Lois Lowry
2003 Skeleton Man by Joseph Bruchac

2002 The Babe and I by David Adler
2001 Westlandia by Paul Fleischman

2000 Thank you, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco

1999 The adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey

1998 Frindle by Andrew Clements

1997 Mick Harte was here by Barbara Park
1996 Jacob and the stranger by Sally Derby

1995 The sweetest fig by Chris Van Allsburg

Miss Debra’s Book Selection List: Summer 2010

“Gooney Bird Greene” By L. Lowry
“Kenny & the Dragon” By T. DiTerlizzi
“The Summer Before: The Babysitters Club” By A. Martin ages 9-12
“Tofu Quilt” By C. Russell
“Swindle” G. Korman
“BabyMouse Beach Babe” (Graphic Novel) By J. Holm
“Adventures in Cartooning” (non-fiction) By J. Sturm


“Judy Moody” By J. McDonald
“Stink” By J. McDonald
“39 Clues” By R. Riordan ages 9-12
“Geronimo Stilton” By G. Stilton ages 7-9
“Puppy Place” By E. Miles ages 7-9
“Just Grace” By C. Harper ages 7-9
“Rainbow Magic” D. Meadows ages 5-8


“Where the Sidewalk Ends” By S. Silverstein
“Moon, have you met my mother?” K. Kuskin

Miss Debra’s Book Selection List

Winter 2010


“The Strange Case of Origami Yoda” T. Angleberger
“My Life as a Book” J. Tashjian
“Alvin Ho” L. Look
“Bink and Gollie” K. DiCamillo
“Abigail Iris: The One and Only” L. Glatt


“Charlie Bone” J. Nimmo
“Dragon Slayers Academy” by K. McMullan
“The Chet Gecko Mystery” by B. Hale
“Pet Vet” L. Anderson


“The Top 10 Scientific Discoveries that Changed the World” J 509 Oxl
“The Top 10 Inventions That Changed the World” J 609 Oxl
“The 2011 World Almanac for Kids”  J 031.02 Wor
“Oh, yuck! : the encyclopedia of everything nasty”  031.02 M

Friday, October 29, 2010

Rants, Raves and Reviews: Book Circle Meetings and Reviews

Miss Debra’s "Book Circle"Meetings
Next Meetings:
Summer 2011.  TBA
"Travel Stories" and "Kids Read Across RI" book selection

Winter 2010 Tuesday, January 11, 2011 6pm
Read and Discuss RI Childrens Book Award Nominee
“Kenny and the Dragon” by Tony DiTerlizzi

Book Reviews of "Kenny and the Dragon"
by Derrick Cross
I recommend this book because it was fun.

by Rob Cross
I recommend this book because there was action, but not to much. It was
also very unpredictable.

by Jack Pendleton I recommend this book because it is action filled and funny.

by Elizabeth Sewell
I recommend this book because I liked it and it was funny.

by Elly Rourke
I recommend this book because it has a lot of surprises and details to support the story.

by Samuel Millette
I recommend this book because it has unique characters


Book Circle Friends: Book Reviews!

The Witches” By Roald DahlBook review by Sarah Corneau, age 10.
Genre: Fiction/ Fantasy
Yes, I recommend this book. The book made me think and wonder all through the book. I was in shock during the book and I had to re-read it to really think if I read it right!

“Comet in Mooninland” by Tove Jansson
Book review by Zoe Kaplan, age 9
Genre: Fiction/Fantasy
The book inspired me and made me feel like someone grabbed me
and pulled me in to read more and more! It was very exciting, but a
little scarey. I love this book, it might look a little weird, but it was great!
I recommend this book.

“Surviving the Applewhites” By Stephanie TolanBook review by Kyra Ramos, age 11
This book helps you realize that its never to late to change.
As Jake Semple started bad, he learned that being good isn’t so bad.
Yes, I recommend this book.

"Pinky Pye" by Eleanor Estes
Book Review By Julie Andrade. Age 9.
Genre: Fiction
I do recommend this book because it is really funny and strange in a good way.

"Frog and Toad" by Arnold Lobel
Book Review By Alexa age 7.
Genre: Fiction.
I do recommend this book, it is a great book about Frog and Toad. I want
to read more.

Monster Truck By Kristin Nelson
Book Review By: Zachary Dorr. Age 7.
Genre: Non Fiction
I do recommend this book, it tell you about monster trucks, how tall they
are and how fast they go.


Welcome Cumberland Library Parents and Children!
Myself (Miss Debra) Mrs Haley, Mrs Lyons, Miss Koczera and Miss Nancy
are here in the Cumberland Library Childrens room to help you with
your library adventures. From creative programming, to reference and
readers advisory services, we are happy to spend time with you in our
lovely childrens room.

Please, join our blog, share your ideas, offer feedback and
enjoy photo and information postings.

See you in the shelves!

-Miss Debra