A brand new year equals a brand new theme!! Drum roll please {Dum Duh Dum} ....  Reading Takes You Places. The library walls are peppered with geography themed decor with a splash of Dr. Seuss in our Easy Fiction Section. Ready for a tour by pictures?? They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. So, here we go!!


 And a few up close and personal views of a few of the wall displays.

  Like the banner above?? Just click on the picture to download a FREE PDF of the colorful title!!

 This has to be one of my all-time favorite Dr. Seuss quotes. I couldn't resist adding it to my theme this year. If you would like to recreate the quote above, just click on the picture to download the outlines of the letters. Enjoy!!!


I am so excited with my new theme this year, and I can't wait to implement the zillion ideas that I have. I am truly hoping to show students that Reading WILL Take You Places!!

Happy Reading!

AAAHHH ... I have been blinded by the light! What is that shining orb in our upstate New York sky? It is so bright, and it feels so warm. Could it be .... the sun?? Why, yes. Yes, it is!! Hurry. Hurry. Grab your flip flops. Grab your sunglasses. You are long overdue for some Vitamin D.

Okay, perhaps I am being a little bit dramatic. But, it has been a LLLLOOOONNNNGGGG winter here. Our first snow day was granted in early November, and the snow is just finally beginning to melt. A few weeks ago, a small town just ten miles from my home went on record as having the snowiest winter in the ENTIRE United States. So, bear with me, as I celebrate the sunshine and 60 something degree temperatures. {Insert Happy Dance here.}

Last night, as my windows were open, I heard the peepers for the first time in twelve long months. It was glorious! It put me in the mood to share some of my Spring critters' clickable bibliographies.

If you are doing research with little ones, then you REALLY want to make sure that you have the best resources available. Let your virtual librarian help you out with this! Click on the pictures below to download a couple of FREE bibliographies. You will be taken to Google Drive where you will click on the "Download" arrow and then save the PDF file to your own computer.

  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Byk7Fm3Q76yZX2tFUnZpbk05TFk/view?usp=sharing      https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Byk7Fm3Q76yZbjk2aTZyR3pDTG8/view?usp=sharing

Each bibliography is an interactive PDF. After you download the file, once opened, you can click on the snapshots of books, websites, and videos. Each snapshot will quickly and easily take you to the website or video shown. These resources can easily be used on your Smartboard, ipad or tablet, desktop or laptops. So many uses!!

Happy researching!

Kids LOVE animals!! It is the number one "GO TO" research topic for kids, teachers and librarians. Free websites that provide animal facts for kids are one of my most common requests. I have spent LOTS of time searching the Internet for websites that are easy for elementary students to navigate. I hope that this post will make your job WAY easier.


1) San Diego Zoo for Kids: Great animal photos!! Easy to read facts.

2) National Geographic for Kids: There are no better pictures on the Internet. Lots of comprehensive facts too.

3) Ranger Rick: LOVE that this site is full of facts mixed in with PDF files from their magazine. Awesome.

4) Wild Kratts on PBS: Check out Creaturepedia!! Fun facts for kids.

5) Animal Fact Guide: The reading level is geared for older students; however, the text is comprehensive and printer-friendly too!

6) Soft Schools: A hidden treasure with straight-forward facts about tons of different critters.

7) Science Kids: A simple and straight-forward collection of animals and facts.

8) Enchanted Learning: Lots of animal printouts great for kids.

9) ESpecies Fact Sheets: Got an endangered species to research? Can't go wrong with this website.

10) Smithsonian National Zoo:  Facts! Videos! Live cams!


If you are REALLY lovin' this list. Click on the infograph above, and you will be magically transported to my TpT Store where you can download a FREE clickable, yes clickable, PDF file. What does that mean?? Well, if you open the downloaded file on your computer, you and your students will be able to click on each picture to be taken DIRECTLY to that website. Easy Peasy Right???

Happy Researching
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