The Art and Kraft of Choosing a Book

One of our favorite days of the week is… library day. Luckily, our library day is Monday.

Each week, Ms. Kraft prepares and presents a lesson that provides a fresh perspective on books and a valuable tip on choosing something that will help us realize:

“Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.” – Henry David Thoreau.

Last week, we participated in an activity called “First Lines.” Using shelf markers, each student selected a book and read the first line. After pausing to ponder, each student shared the line with a partner and considered whether or not that first line was powerful enough to draw him or her into the story and continue reading. It also made us consider, as authors, how important that first line is.


In our first reading group today, we did the same thing. We read the first line of the book, Cam Jansen: The Mystery of the Dinosaur Bones.


Why did the author, David A. Adler, opt for onomatopoeia?

On the padlet below, have some fun with… first lines. (Be sure to include your initials in the title of your post.)

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Today, after reviewing our library agreements, Ms. Kraft tested our problem solving abilities with a riddle.

What occurs once in a minute, twice in a moment, but not once in a thousand years?

As has been true of most of the problem solvers we have encountered over the last two weeks, observation was a key to solving this problem.


We also had a special guest join us today. Thank you, Mr. Eugene, for helping us check out our books while Ms. Merveille is taking her exams.


Unfortunately, next Monday is a holiday, so we will not have a library session next week, but you are welcome to bring back your books in any day and swap them out for some new ones.

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