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Colt Andrews Elementary School Library: Events from Reading Week 2015

Guest Author Steven Krasner

We were very fortunate to have local Rhode Island children’s author and former Providence Journal and Red Sox sports writer Steven Krasner visiti our school during Reading Week on Thursday, April 16th. Mr. Krasner met with each grade level and shared his writing process, his stories, and even did an interactive newspaper interview activity with 4th and 5th grade.

His books:

Play Ball Like the Pros - A "how-to" baseball book for kids 8-12 years old with fundamental tips on various skills from such big-league stars as Derek Jeter, Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis, CC Sabathia, Joe Mauer, Mark Teixeira, Evan Longoria, Jon Lester and Ryan Howard. The chapters of this easy-to-read 180-page book contain a question-and-answer portion with each star, plus his baseball memories as an 8-12-year-old. Included in each chapter is an anecdote that pertains to the skill being discussed, as well as a glossary of terms and a situation/solution to further the young player’s baseball education.

Play Ball Like the Hall of Famers - A "how-to" baseball book for players 13-and-up featuring not only fundamental physical baseball tips, but also suggestions on how to conquer the game’s many mental challenges from 19 Hall of Famers, including Whitey Ford, Johnny Bench, Tom Seaver, Ozzie Smith and Carl Yastrzemski, in a 221-page easy-to-read format. Each chapter also includes the player’s baseball memories as a youth and as a big-leaguer, as well as his superstitions.

The Longest Game - A non-fiction picture-book account of the longest game ever played in professional baseball history, a 33-inning game between the minor-league Pawtucket Red Sox and the Rochester Red Wings in 1981. Quick trivia question from "The Longest Game" -- Who were the starting third basemen in the game? Answer – Future Hall of Famers Wade Boggs and Cal Ripken Jr. This is a book for baseball fans of all ages.

 Have a Nice Nap, Humphrey - Humphrey Bear has a problem. It’s time for him to hibernate, but he just can’t sleep. Penelope Penguin, meanwhile, took the wrong flight. Mortimer Monkey, Humphrey’s next-door neighbor, is allergic to bananas. Together, in a vividly illustrated 36-page book for kids 5-10, they help each other solve their problems.

 Why Not Call It Cow Juice? - A fun, whimsical 32-page picture book featuring plays on words for 7-12-year-olds, as well as bedtime reading for younger children. Dad gets mixed up a lot, to the amusement and frustration of Mom and their three children, Amy, Jeffrey and Emily. You get apple juice from apples, right? So what do you get from cows? Cow juice, right? You have to squeeze the cow, too, don’t you? That’s what Dad thinks, anyway. Ears of corn? Heads of lettuce? Eventually, Amy and Jeffrey turn the tables on their silly Dad. Find the cows that are hidden on every double page!

Classroom Hero Capes

Guest Readers

Audubon Visit on Literacy Night