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Write the best book review

and share what you are reading!

Every month I will select a winner from the book reviews from our blog. Don´t miss the opportunity to get a prize!

Ms. Adriana

August 30, 2011 at 12:36 pm 129 comments

Recipe contest

Hello everyone!

Start adding your recipes to participate in Encino Library contest. You just need to write in a comment. Here some helpful information:

1. Share a recipe you already have tried, include ingredients and steps of preparation.

2. There will three winners, one for each UE grades.

3. You can participate with a limit of three recipes per student.

4. Winners will be announced at Encino Library at the end of September.

5. Don´t forget to write your name and classroom!

Remember if you are a winner, I will add your recipe to My A to Z Recipe Box.

Good luck!

Ms. Adriana

Now we have a winner!!!

Andrea G 5B

Please pick your prize at Encino Library!

August 30, 2011 at 12:11 pm 15 comments

Twisted Journeys 3, 4, 8, 9 & 14.

Every Twisted Journeys™ graphic novel lets YOU control the action by choosing which path to follow. First choose one of these five new graphic novels, then decide: Which twists and turns will your journey take?
  Your worst fears come true when you´re trapped  in a very haunted house!
Test your courage against skeleton warriors,
a powerful wizard, and the dreaded borkadrac!
Your spaceship needs a new part, and you´ll never get off this planet if you don´t make peace with the Makaknuk, the Zirfubi, and the Frongo!
Your top-secret mission: defeat an evil mastermind. But you´ll have to find him first, and spies are all around you!
Mysterious meteors are making massive mayhem! You could end up as small as a bug or trapped on another planet. Will you become an alien´s pet? Or return to Earth as a rampaging giant monster?

August 19, 2011 at 11:52 am Leave a comment

Amulet: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi.

After a family tragedy, Emily, Navin, and their mother move to an old ancestral home to start a new life. On the family’s very first night in the mysterious house, a strange noise lures them into the basement, where Em and Navin’s mom is kidnapped by a tentacled creature. Now it´s up to Em and Navin to figure out how to set things right and save their mother´s life!

See the book trailer:

& meet the characters at official site of Amulet.

August 19, 2011 at 10:54 am Leave a comment

Nightmare at the Bookfair by Dan Gutman.

Trip Dinkleman hates to read. Hates, hates, hates it. All he wants to do is play lacrosse. So when the president of the PTA asks Trip to help her out on his way to tryouts, he is not happy. He is even more not happy when a stack of books tumbles onto his head and knocks him out cold. And he is even more not happy when he wakes up and has absolutely no idea where he is. Now all he wants to do is get home. But after encountering a haunted house, aliens, talking animals, and much, much more, he realizes getting home might be just a little bit harder to do than he thought.

If you like this book, you will enjoy reading more books he has written:

  • My Weird School Series
  • Homework Machine
  • The Kid Who Ran for President
  • The Get Rich Club
  • The Million Dollar Shot
  • The Million Dollar Kick
  • The Million Dollar Put
  • The Return of Homework Machine
They are available at Encino Library.
Learn more about Dan Gutman books, in his site.

August 19, 2011 at 10:42 am Leave a comment

Sherlock Holmes and a Scandal in Bohemia by Murray Shay and M. J. Cosson.

Has Sherlock Holmes met his match?
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are asked to help the King of Bohemia find a very important photograph. It won”t be easy. The King’s former love, Irene Adler, has hidden the photograph. Holmes must don a clever disguise, stage a brawl, and even fake a house fire to find the mysterious image! But has Holmes underestimated Irene Adler?

You will enjoy this graphic novel!

August 19, 2011 at 10:12 am Leave a comment

Troll´s-Eye View: a Book of Villainous Tales.

Everyone thinks they know the real story behind the villains in fairy tales – evil, no two ways about it. But the villains themselves beg to differ. In this collection, you’ll hear from the Giant’s wife (“Jack and the Beanstalk”), Rumplestiltskin, the oldest of the Twelve Dancing Princesses, the witch from Hansel and Gretel and, some called Evil Cinderella. Are you ready?

August 19, 2011 at 9:48 am Leave a comment

Twelve by Lauren Myracle.

Eleven was big. But twelve is going to be huge. Last year everyone else changed, but now it´s Winnie´s turn to “develop. ” Ack! Twelve is going to be quite a year for WInnie; she just knows it. After all, she´s one step closer to being a teenager, but there´s just so much to deal with. pierced ears, sleep-away camp, junior high… Can Winne handle the pressure?

We have other titles of Lauren Myracle, here they are:


Starting with her birthday in March, every chapter brings a new month and a new event in Winnie’s life. From surviving her teenage sister’s grumpy mood swings in April to dealing with prissy new rival Gail Grayson in September, there’s a calendar full of the ups and downs of being eleven years old. From Goodreads.

Violet in bloom

Fifth-graders Katie-Rose, Violet, Milla, and Yasaman seem to have little in common except their flower-related names, but they nurture their new friendship through a social-networking site and a campaign to have healthier snacks served at school.

and Luv ya bunches.

Learn more about the author at Lauren Myracle´s blog.

Teacher´s resources.

August 19, 2011 at 9:18 am 2 comments

Teaching Boys Who Struggle in School by Kathleen Palmer Cleveland.






A flexible and practical framework for decision making in the classroom, this  model seeks to:

  • Replace the underachieving boy´s negative attitudes about learning;
  • Reconnect each boy with school, with learning, and with a belief in himself as a competent learner
  • Rebuild learning skills that lead to success in school and in life; and
  • Reduce the need for unproductive and  distracting behaviors as a means of self-protection.

Read this book online at ASCD.

More books from ASCD & free professional development.

August 17, 2011 at 9:12 am Leave a comment

Knowing and Teaching Elementary Mathematics by Liping Ma.

Knowing and Teaching Elementary Mathematics describes the nature and development of the knowledge that elementary teachers need to become accomplished mathematics teachers, and suggests why such knowledge seems more common in China than in the United States, despite the fact that Chinese teachers have less formal education than their U.S. counterparts. From Routledge.

August 17, 2011 at 8:18 am 1 comment

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