OIS Library Circulation Statistics Tuesday, Jan 12 2010 

In the picture above, you will see the circulation statistics for the Odenville Intermediate Library. The blue bars show monthly book check out for the 2008 school year (last year) while the red bars show THIS year’s number of checkouts (2009). We are VERY proud of the number of books circulating this year as compared to last year. What a wonderful improvement for a school of approximately 500 students. Yay!! This is truly a testament to our wonderful teachers and the never-ending support from our administration, allowing us to incorporate programs, contests and new titles in our collection… making the library an exciting place to be.

Reading ROCKS!


Giveaway Winners – 30 Lucky Birdies! Wednesday, Jan 6 2010 

A BIG, HUGE congratulations goes to our 30 winners of the Christsmas Book Bonanza Giveaway – yahoo!! If you won and are NOT a student at Odenville Intermediate School, please email your full name and home address ASAP so I can ship your goodies. OIS students, we’ll be sure to get your books to you at school! All winners (non OIS students) have been sent an email, or will be sent an email shortly… congratulations again and thanks for reading!!

Winners chosen via random.org:

OIS Students:
Nick A.
Isaac W.
Tyler S.
Brett P.
Stevie L.
Kala P.
Hunter L.
Logan M.
Ashley W.
Cobi A.
Aurelio A.
Kaleigh B.
Grayson A.
Dayton P.

Reading Rocks Readers (not students of OIS):
Birdie S.
Trish R.
Barbara S.
April V.
Kerrie G.
Lisa R.
Stephanie R.
Kristin L.
Susan K.

I am so excited for all of you!! I hope you LOVE your books and continue to follow along here at Reading Rocks!!

Christmas Book Bonanza Giveaway – 30 Winners! Monday, Dec 7 2009 

Okay…here it is…the Giveaway of all giveaways!! Just to get everyone in the Christmas spirit, Reading Rocks is giving away books, books and more books! Some winners will receive single books, others will receive sets of books – there will be 30 winners in all!!

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below telling me your age or the age of the recipient who will receive the books if you win.

I can’t guarantee WHICH book(s) you will win, but an age range and male/female will help when making the selection.

Bonus Entries:
1. Tell me your favorite book(s) being given away!
2. Will this book be for you – or someone else??
3. Subscribe to Reading Rocks – and leave a comment to let me know! (counts as 2 entries…so leave 2 comments!)
4. Leave a comment on a nongiveaway post – and leave another comment here letting me know you did!
5. Tell me a favorite Christmas book you read during the holidays.
6. Tell me how you found Reading Rocks – are you a student at OIS? Did you find it on a giveaway link? Let me know!

Be sure to leave a SEPARATE comment for each entry. That’s a possible eight chances to win! Giveaway will end Thursday, December 17th. All winners will be announced Friday, December 18th. Good luck and Happy Reading!

30 winners will receive ONE of the following:

The Giver:
Young Adult
In a world with no poverty, no crime, no sickness and no unemployment, and where every family is happy, 12-year-old Jonas is chosen to be the community’s Receiver of Memories. Under the tutelage of the Elders and an old man known as the Giver, he discovers the disturbing truth about his utopian world and struggles against the weight of its hypocrisy. With echoes of Brave New World, in this 1994 Newbery Medal winner, Lowry examines the idea that people might freely choose to give up their humanity in order to create a more stable society. Gradually Jonas learns just how costly this ordered and pain-free society can be, and boldly decides he cannot pay the price.
(3 copies to give away)

A Series of Unfortunate Events/Winner will receive book 7 & 8:
Ages 9 and Older

The Vile Village:
The seventh book in Lemony Snicket’s splendidly gloomy Series of Unfortunate Events shadows the three Baudelaire orphans as they plummet headlong into their next misadventure. Mr. Poe, their ineffective legal guardian, having exhausted all options for finding them a new home with relatives (including their 19th cousin), sadly entrusts his young charges’ fate to a progressive guardian program formed with the premise “It takes a village to raise a child.” Before they know it, the Baudelaires are being whisked off on a bus to a village (vile) named “V.F.D.” Snicket fans who read The Austere Academy and The Ersatz Elevator will jump to see these three initials, as they provide a clue to the tragic disappearance of the Baudelaires’ friends, the beloved, equally orphaned Quagmire triplets.

The Hostile Hospital:
As you might expect, nothing but woe befalls the unlucky Baudelaire orphans in the eighth grim tale in Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events that began with The Bad Beginning. Ever since the orphans’ photographs were plastered across the front page of The Daily Punctilio in an article falsely accusing them of murder, they have been on the run. Only when they disguise themselves as cheerful hospital volunteers (Volunteers Fighting Disease, to be exact), do they see a possible refuge. Of course, this backfires hideously. Where is their ineffectual guardian, Mr. Poe, when they need him most? Will the evil, greedy Count Olaf be successful in giving poor Violet a cranioectomy at the Heimlich Hospital? Is a heart-shaped balloon really better than water for a thirsty patient? Is no news really good news? As ever, Snicket refuses to comfort young readers with cozy answers and satisfying escapes. And, as ever, there are plenty of rusty blades and horrible plot twists to make us shudder and shameless-but-hilarious wordplay to make us grimace happily.

C.S. Lewis – Set of 5 Chronicles of Narnia Books:
Prince Caspian
The Silver Chair
The Horse and His Boy
The Magician’s Nephew
The Last Battle

Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus:
Ages 6-9

One of the initial titles released under the First Stepping Stone imprint, chapter books aimed at newly independent readers and arranged in series, Park’s ( Skinnybones ) jolly caper is the first installment to feature Junie B., a feisty almost-six-year-old who is not at all happy about riding the bus on the first day of kindergarten. In fact, she doesn’t like a single thing about this vehicle: not the kids who get on it (“Loud kids. And some of them were the kind who look like meanies”); not the door (“If it closes on you by accident, it will cut you in half, and you will make a squishy sound”); and not the black smoke it emits (“It’s called bus breath, I think”).

3 Books from The Princess Tales:
Ages 9-12

Cinderellis and the Glass Hill:
In this unusual spin on an old favorite, Cinderlla is a boy! He’s Cinderellis, and he has two unfriendly brothers and no fairy godmother to help him out. Luckily, he does have magical powders, and he intends to use them to win the hand of his Princess Charming– that is, Marigold. The only problem is– Marigold thinks Cinderellis is a monster!

Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep:
A spiteful fairy. A beautiful princess. An outstretched finger. A spindle. A hundred-year snooze. A charming prince. A kiss. All the familiar ingredients. But wait! Where did that extra prince come from? And those fairy gifts that were never there before? And what does a flock of balding sheep have to do with anything?

The Princess Test:
In The Princess Test, King Humphrey has decided its time for his son, Prince Nicholas, to marry. But he must make sure the bride is a real princess. So he devises a series of princess tests, designed to weed out the phonies and the fakes. Meanwhile, Nicholas has fallen in love with Lorelei, a mere blacksmith’s daughter. She’s no princess, but he wants to marry her all the same–but how will she ever pass the terrible tests?

Ready, Freddy! Help! A Vampire’s Coming!:
Ages 4-8

“I have a problem. A really, really, big problem. I keep having these nightmares about a vampire.”Freddy’s horrible nightmares are keeping him awake all night. Now he’s so tired that he falls asleep during breakfast and drools on himself while napping on the bus. He needs to get some rest–quick! But every time Freddy closes his eyes, the scary dream comes back. Will Freddy be able to outwit the vampire with the help of his best friend, his big sister, and his parents?

Black Lagoon Adventures – The Snow Day from the Black Lagoon:
Ages 4-8

When a blizzard hits, Hubie knows that doesn’t mean a snow day, it means a no day — nothing moves, nothing happens. After spending all afternoon zipping zippers, snapping snaps, and buckling buckles, he’s finally ready to explore the winter wonderland. Can Hubie plow through his snow-venture or will he be left out in the cold?

The Pledge of Allegiance:
Library Bound Edition
Ages 9-12

How long is four score and seven years? Just what are unalienable rights? These translations make important historical documents meaningful. Each book translates the work of a primary source into a language you can understand.

Planet Earth – Animals and Their Prey:
Ages 9-12

Animals and Their Prey combines unforgettable images, edge-of-your-seat narrative, and epic-scope in a fun and fact-filled format that is sure to appeal to kids of all ages.

Hamlet – The Young Reader’s Shakespeare:
Ages 9-12

In this solid retelling of the Bard’s most famous tragedy and best-known play, McKeown fleshes out the story of the dark and brooding prince of Denmark who wages a war of conscience over how to properly avenge his father’s murder. All of the basics are here: the interwoven complications of the fast-moving plot, the multilayered characters, and many of Shakespeare’s most famous lines of dialogue. As the author states, however, this is not a version meant for the stage, but rather one intended to be read; thus, it has to explain many details of setting, action, and thought that are normally discovered by seeing the play.

Earthquake Games:
Grade 5-8

For readers searching for a science experiment or a project dealing with earthquakes or volcanoes, this book will be a solid source of ideas. Classroom teachers should find it a gold mine of facts and feats to make understanding the dynamics of these geological phenomena (and their effects on man-made structures) easier and more enjoyable.

Egypt Insiders:
Ages 9-12

INSIDERS — a visually groundbreaking, state-of-the-art nonfiction series that outshines Eyewitness and Discoveries. This stunning new series offers an inside look into twelve riveting subjects, beginning with Dinosaurs, Egypt, Oceans, and Space. Expertly written, each book will feature an arresting design, complete with dynamic, multi-layered CGI and 3-D model imagery that is complemented by fascinating, up-to-date information presented in a user-friendly format.

A Day That Changed America: D-Day:
Ages 9-12

Tanaka spins paraphrased reminiscences of four American military survivors (plus one’s fiancee, back in the U.S.), into an episodic account of what she bills as “the biggest invasion in the history of warfare.” Although she does provide occasional glimpses of the broader strategic picture, her focus is more on close-ups of the battle from the points of view of a paratrooper, a P-47 pilot, a landing craft crew member, and a combat medic.

Pirate School – Treasure Trouble:
Library Bound Edition
Ages 6-8

They have done it again. The pirate kids have found buried treasure. Too bad Rotten Tooth was there to take it away, mumbling something about scallywags . . . But when all the pirates on the “Sea Rat” come down with a mysterious illness, the kids start to wonder if it could have something to do with their treasure. Could it be cursed?

The Boxcar Children Graphic Novel – Blue Bay Mystery:
Library Bound Edition
Ages 9-12
Comic Book Format

The Boxcar Children are in for an extra-special surprise! They are going on a trip on a huge cargo ship to a deserted South Seas island. While fishing and exploring the island, the children discover clues that it isn’t deserted after all!

Smart Animals – Crows:
Ages 9-12

Are crows smart? HOW smart? Follow real live Crows and learn what exactly they ARE capable of doing!

Lewis and Clark – In Their Own Words:
Ages 9-12
Great for Reluctant Readers

In Lewis and Clark, the expedition is said to be traveling “mostly north” toward the Gates of the Mountains, after their portage of the Great Falls on the Missouri River, an egregious geographical error.

Magic Tree House – Night of the New Magicians:
Ages 8-12

Merlin sends Jack and Annie on a mysterious mission to Paris, France, over a hundred years ago. There they must find four magicians and give them an urgent message from Merlin himself. When Jack and Annie land in Paris, they make their way to the 1889 World’s Fair. Below the Eiffel Tower, built especially for the fair, there are thousands of exhibits from all over the world. But how will Jack and Annie find the magicians in the crowds of people? And who are the magicians anyway?

The Girls of Lighthouse Lane by Thomas Kinkade – Rose’s Story:
Ages 9-12

Embarrassed by her mother’s suffragist politics, Rose, 13, is afraid to bring her new friends home after her family moves from New York City to Cape Light fishing village in 1906. She remembers when Momma was arrested and when she wore bloomers! Rose’s personal focus is not on voting but on nurturing an abused horse, beautiful Midnight Star. When she is told that girls can’t ride in a local horse race, she disguises herself as a boy. But then her fury makes her militant, and she finds the courage to challenge the rules, ride as a girl, and win–to her mother’s delight.

Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson:
Ages 9-12

—”Stepped through that door white and softly as the snow,” notes sixth-grader Frannie, on the arrival of a pale, long-haired boy to her predominantly black middle school on a winter day in 1971.

Iron Thunder by Avi:
Ages 9-12

Avi’s historical novel views the construction of the Monitor and the ensuing epochal battle with its Confederate rival through the eyes of an actual but fictionalized crew member. Narrating in a clipped style that speeds the tale along nicely, 13-year-old Tom describes meetings with the Monitor’s inventor, John Ericsson, and other historical figures

Jack Russell: Dog Detective – The Kitnapped Creature:
Ages 9-12

Someone is imprisoned in a horrible cage! Jack is trying to get caught by Ranger Johnny Wolf! What is Foxie up to? And just who is sharing Jack’s basket these days? Things are mixed-up in Doggeroo.

Isabel of the Whales:
Ages 9-12

Isabel has always felt that she is someone special. While her ordinary life with family and friends near Provincetown, MA, says otherwise, the 11-year-old proves her point by falling off a boat during a whale watch. Instead of drowning, she becomes a humpback whale. Her guide, Onijonah, tells her that she has been recognized as one of the Chosen humans who become whales in a sort of foreign exchange, teaching and learning from one another. Isabel receives training in diving, feeding, and communication as she migrates with the herd, sharing her knowledge of such hazards as nets and whaling ships. When she is injured helping Onijonah’s calf, she must decide whether to stay or seek the safety of land and her human form.

Number the Stars:
Ages 10-14

Set in Nazi-occupied Denmark in 1943, this 1990 Newbery winner tells of a 10-year-old girl who undertakes a dangerous mission to save her best friend.

Who Was Ben Franklin?:
Ages 9-12

Few historic figures have led a life as varied and interesting as Benjamin Franklin’s. From chasing a twister to helping write the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, Franklin’s career was anything but dry and dusty.

The Berenstain Bear Scouts and the Ripoff Queen:
Ages 4-8

Ralph Ripoff has a get-rich-quick scheme to bring gambling to Bear Country. Can the Bear Scouts warn everyone that the slot machines are rigged before the town goes broke?

Quarterback Sneak by Jake Maddox:
Library Bound Edition
Ages 9-12

Anton loves playing football until Malik, the talented quarterback, starts acting strange. Instead of working with the team, Malik is just showing off. Anton has to fix the problem fast, before the quarterback ruins everything!

Children’s Night Sky Atlas with See Through Pages:
Ages 9-12

Featuring up-to-the-minute discoveries and state-of-the-art space photography, this atlas illustrates all that science has revealed about constellations, the evolution of stars and galaxies, and the planets in the solar system. Acetate overlays highlight special points of interest to show even more about what we see in the night sky.

All book summaries come from amazon.com – THE source for book information and purchasing! Good luck!!

Congratulations!! Tuesday, Dec 1 2009 

Congratulations to Janae B. and WinningReadings on winning the Candy Apple Books giveaway! I hope both of you will enjoy reading these books and continue to visit Reading Rocks!

Remember to enter the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not book giveaway, ending Friday…more giveaways to come!!

Giveaway: Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Wednesday, Nov 18 2009 

Have you read the article below about what boys like to read? Well, here is a PERFECT example…Ripley’s Believe It or Not: Totally Obsessed. Now THIS is non-fiction at its finest…it has gross, it has cool, it has shock factor, it has REAL! What boy wouldn’t love this…or girl for that matter…and we’re giving it away!

One reader will win a copy of Ripley’s Totally Obsessed. This library bound edition has over 30 pages of “you won’t believe your eyes” information. As Ripley’s states, “Be advised, inside these covers it is always EXTRAORDINARY…sometimes SCARY…frequently WEIRD”. Step into the world of Ripley’s Believe it or Not!

Want it? Have to have it?

Check out the Ripley’s website and tell me something cool you learned!

Extra Entries:
1. Leave a comment stating if you have ever read a Ripley’s book and WHY you want this one!
2. Subscribe to Reading Rocks – via feed or email.
3. Leave a comment on a non-giveaway post – and let me know you did!
4. Tell me a record you’d like to break!

That’s five chances to win! Be sure to leave a comment for each entry. Giveaway will end December 5th. The winner will be contacted via email. Please respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be choosen. If you are an OIS student, be sure to put your first name and last initial in your comment. Good luck and happy reading!

What Do Boys Want? NON-FICTION! Wednesday, Nov 18 2009 

Our school libraries will remain largely unused by boys if we don’t have what they genuinely want to read. There may well be many books in our libraries that will benefit boys, broadening their experience, helping them mature, widening their vocabulary, giving them confidence, and aiding the rest of their learning; books achieve such things not by their high literary quality – though some of them will have this – but by being read.

Our challenge is to value boys’ reading tastes, whatever they are; to feed demand for the popular; and to tempt boys by the very best.
We can never be confident that we know enough about which books boys want to see in their school library – or even more crucially, about which books would draw in those who never visit it. Our own guesswork is not good enough – we need to learn from the users. Talk to boys; if you are genuine about your need to know their reading tastes, they’ll respond to this: boys long for what’s real…the gross, the unexpected, the astonishing…the TRUTH. That’s why boys tend to lean more toward non-fiction. Now, don’t get me wrong. Each child is different. However, research shows that the vast majority of boys prefer non-fiction reading material. So why do boys, on average, tend to read less than girls? Think about the number of female educators we have. Females have reading habits far different from boys..and while never done purposely, female teachers do not always offer what appeals to male students in the area of reading. I have been guilty of this myself. What do you see women reading while waiting at the doctor’s office or on a plane? Fiction. Romance novels, mystery novels, etc. Men? Non-fiction. Time magazine, Sports magazines, newspapers… Eye opening, isn’t it?? Therefore, find non-fiction to put in your son’s hands…or that student who is a reluctant reader…and you might just have something.

Here are some frequent conclusions from surveys and experience;
Boys are more likely to read for a purpose, if they can see the point in it. What am I learning? What facts can I find? THIS is why boys often prefer non-fiction, books with photographs and captions…and “fun facts” books. These non-fiction interests can then spark an interest in the fiction books – sports, cars, animals, geography…Boys often crave the subject of the moment, and switch to new ones fast.

Magazines are a big hit with boys: Lego Club Magazine, Sports Illustrated for Kids, Ranger Rick…because…they have articles about REAL stuff!

So, think non-fiction when you’re trying to coax your son into reading…and if your son doesn’t require coaxing…then you’re one of the lucky ones!

Check out one of my favorite resources for boys, when it comes to reading: Guys Read. Bookmark it on your computer…you never know, you might learn something!

Candy Apple Book Giveaway – 6 Books, 2 Winners! Monday, Nov 16 2009 

girly girlOkay, so the last giveaway was geared a bit toward the boys…and this one is definitely a giveaway for the girls! If you haven’t heard of Candy Apple books, it’s an AWESOME series for you girls! The reading level is about a fourth grade level, the age range being approximately 8-12. As they describe themselves, “Candy Apple books…just for you. Sweet. Fresh. Fun. Take a bite!”. If you’re a reader (or your daughter is) who has read EVERYTHING OR if you know a reluctant reader, these books would be perfect…and we’re giving away two sets of 3 books – YES, that means TWO winners…and just in time for the holidays!!

The first set will include:
Miss Popularity
The Accidental Cheerleader
Drama Queen

The second set will include:
The Boy Next Door
How To Be A Girly Girl in Just Ten Days
Accidentally Fabulous

Be sure to click on the books for more information about each one (from Amazon).

So…that’s two winners of three books each – yay! All you have to do to enter is leave a comment telling me which set sounds the best to you and why…set 1 or set 2?

Be sure to leave your email address in EACH comment. This is so I’ll have a way to contact you if you win. If you are an OIS student, put “OIS” somewhere in your comment.

Want extra entries? Just leave a separate comment for each thing you do below…you can enter up to 7 times!!
miss popularity
*Tell me who these will be for if you win…you? A daughter? A friend?
*Tell me your favorite series for girls!
*Subscribe to Reading Rocks – either by email or reader…and let me know in a comment!
*Leave a comment on a NONGIVEAWAY post on Reading Rocks – and leave a comment letting me know which post.
*Tell me something else you would like to see on Reading Rocks.
*Since it’s almost Thanksgiving, tell me something you’re thankful for!

This giveaway will end December 1st. The winners will be contacted via email and have 48 hours to respond. Good luck and happy reading!

Beast Quest Book Winner! Tuesday, Nov 10 2009 

festival_of_booksCongratulations to Ryan B! Ryan, you’re our winner of the first four books in the Beast Quest Series – wahoo!!

Be sure to stay tuned for more book giveaways…coming up soon!!

Best Book Blogs for Kids Wednesday, Oct 28 2009 


Looking for a creative way to get your children interested in reading? Maybe you need some ideas on the “in” books out on the market…or better yet, maybe you have a computer junkie who you want to move away from Internet games and toward more valuable web sites? Maybe you ARE a kid and you’re looking for new books to read. Well, check out the blogs listed below…these are specific to kids and the books they’re reading NOW. Hope you’ll find something you like! Let me know!

Books for Your Kids

The Children’s Book Review

A Year of Reading

Dog Eared (National Geographic Kids)

Books for Kids

Kids Lit

Kids’ Comics

Kids Book Blog

Green Books Blog

Spaghetti Book Club

The Reading Tub

Reader Views

Curled Up With a Good Kids Book


Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Borders Book Giveaway and Cool Events! Wednesday, Oct 7 2009 


Borders(R) and Waldenbooks(R) Stores Nationwide to Celebrate the Release of ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days’ with Kids Parties Oct. 12

This Columbus Day holiday will be one for the books when kids gather at Borders and Waldenbooks stores nationwide Monday, Oct. 12 at 4 p.m. for in-store parties to celebrate the hotly anticipated release of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days,” the fourth book in the Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney. The ultra-popular series, which also includes “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules” and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw,” features the snarky and hilarious journal entries of character, middle schooler and middle child Greg Heffley.

The parties will include such activities as trivia, games, cartoon drawing activities and even a Greg lookalike contest. Of course, customers will be able to buy “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days” as well as the other titles in the series, but only Borders offers a customizable Wimpy Kid cotton t-shirt featuring an image of Greg with a “word” bubble that kids can personalize using the washable-ink marker that accompanies the shirt. The ink easily comes off in the wash so kids can customize their Wimpy Kid shirts again and again with a saying or favorite quote from the books. The shirt, which is only available at Borders and Waldenbooks, retails for $5.99 with a purchase of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days,” and $9.99 separately while supplies last.

The parties will officially kick off with a special welcome message from Jeff Kinney. Then, kids can delight in talking about their favorite characters and scenes in all of the Wimpy Kid books — and weigh in on what they would like to see happen in the upcoming “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” feature film. The afternoon will kick into high gear when ardent Wimpy Kid fans demonstrate their extensive knowledge of Greg, Rowley, Rodrick and their wacky experiences during the Trivia Challenge. After the adrenaline-pumping trivia heats, fans can tap the right side of their brains and create their own cartoon books. Rounding out the event will be a Greg lookalike contest where fans will be judged on how much they resemble Greg.

Twitter giveaway

Beginning Oct. 12 through Oct. 16, Borders will give away 20 free signed copies of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days” via Twitter. Each day Borders will tweet four store locations where one lucky reader will be able to claim the book at that location by approaching a cashier and uttering the password: “cheese touch.” The first person to say the password will receive a free signed copy of the book.

Don’t have a twitter account? Simply go to Twitter to sign up now. Click on “Find People” and search for BordersMedia – no spaces! This will allow you to “follow” and be eligible to win!

Sounds like fun! Be sure to call or email your local Borders to see what events they’ll be participating in your town!

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