The new Diary of a Wimpy Kid comes out next Tuesday, November 5th.  Hampden Meadows Library has several books coming our way on the release date. Here is the trailer:
 
 
Dan Santat completely exceeded our expectations today.  He was funny, kind, and like a big kid.  He first met with our budding artists in the library during third lunch for a "meet and greet."

Dan was very impressed with Sophie's talent.  It was a dream come true for Sophie to get to talk to him!
Dan talked art, rainbow loom bracelets, and Minecraft among other topics with our artistic crew.  He showed his sketch book to the kids. 
Dan was very low-maintenance and graciously ate the cafeteria lunch (even sharing some with a student). 
Dan kept the crowd riveted as he talked of his childhood and what led him to the career he enjoys so much.  His advice to the kids was "find something you love to do in life." 
Writers Anastasia and Thomas interviewed Dan for the Barrington Times Kids' Corner after the assemblies.  
Dan gave us a sneak peek of his upcoming book inspired by the birth of his first child. 
Dan wrapped up his afternoon at HMS on a silly note.  It was so much fun to have him visit! Many thanks to the HMS PTO for making a special event like this happen for the students!
 
 
I don't know how the kids of Hampden Meadows are feeling but I'm getting nervous and excited to meet Dan Santat tomorrow.  I'm not sure if I'll sleep tonight.  I hear that he's very funny.  We all know he is super talented.  HMS students voted Sidekicks as their RI Children's Book Award winner in February.  We can't keep our copies of Sidekicks on the library shelves.  
Barrington Books just announced that after Dan Santat leaves HMS he is going straight to the book store for a half hour book signing.  Wow!  So many opportunities for the children of Barrington to meet an extremely talented author and illustrator!

Here is Dan Santat's website.

 
 
Kate Messner is one of the authors who will be at the RI Children's Book Festival this upcoming Saturday, October 19th.  She gave  hardcover books and festival passes to 20 lucky Hampden Meadows students on Friday. 
 
Kate Messner's book titled Capture the Flag is about three children stranded at a Washington, D.C. airport during a snowstorm.  They find themselves among many strange characters when they find out that the flag that inspired "The Star Spangled Banner" has gone missing.  Will they find the thief in the airport? 

A morning announcement was made about Kate Messner's free giveaway on Friday and I got swamped with entries from eager students.

The best part of the week was delivering books to the lucky winners in their classrooms!

To learn more about Kate Messner, check out her website

Our 20 winners will surely have more to tell after meeting Kate at her book signing on October 19th!
 
 
We are so lucky to have the opportunity to meet famous authors and illustrators in our own back yard!  On Saturday, October 19th Lincoln School on the East Side will host authors and illustrators from 9am to 5:30pm.  For a mere $5 admission fee, you'll have the opportunity to hear them give half hour talks as well as have books signed (if you don't bring your own book, they'll have plenty for sale).  For a complete schedule click here.

Dan Santat, last year's RI Children's Book Award winner for Sidekicks, happens to be coming in from California a few days early which is why Hampden Meadows has the unique opportunity to have him visit our school on Thursday, October 17th.  Special thanks to the HMS PTO for supporting this incredible event.

Any of my former fourth graders know how much I enjoy the odd humor of Lemony Snicket, a.k.a. Daniel Handler.  For years I read The Austere Academy aloud to get children hooked on the Series of Unfortunate Events.  I think I like how the children are so smart and resourceful and the adults are so dim.  I also like that knowledge and kindness triumph over greediness and evil. 
Lemony Snicket will be at the book festival and I'm so excited to finally hear him speak in person!  He has a new series All the Wrong Questions that he will surely talk about.
I hope to see you all there!
 
 
As we delve into the new Common Core standards we realize the importance of exposing students to lots of nonfiction text.  This article will provide a "Top 9" list of great magazines for children.