Texas Book Festival is this weekend!

Have you ever been to the Texas Book Festival at the Texas Capitol? If not, you are missing out! It is a wonderful, FREE, family-friendly event for children and adults who love books! The Texas Book Festival features many authors and illustrators, as well as fun reading-related events throughout the weekend.

On Saturday, November 4th at 10:00 am, a group of students from Austin-area schools will be announcing NEXT year’s Texas Bluebonnet Award list! If you are planning to attend the festival, be sure to stop by the Texas Tent at 10:00 on Saturday morning for that special announcement! Also, our very own 2nd graders from Ms. Holcek’s class will be introducing Author & Illustrator Brian Floca on Saturday at 2:00pm in the Children’s Read Me A Story Tent!

Coins for Coats: Oct. 30 – Nov. 3, 2017

Student Council and the England Library are co-sponsoring this year’s Coins for Coats program, helping the Round Rock Area Serving Center buy new coats for children in need throughout Round Rock ISD. With your help, they guarantee that your kindness will be passed on through the warmth of a coat.

If you would like to help, students can bring coins or bills to the school library to place in our special “Coins for Coats” collection containers between October 30th and November 3rd.   

We are encouraging students to bring one type of coin each day that week and offering incentives for collecting the most funds:

        MONDAY = bring pennies
       TUESDAY = bring nickels
       WEDNESDAY = bring dimes
       THURSDAY = bring quarters
        FRIDAY = bring $1 bills (or $5, $10, checks made to “RRASC: Keep Round Rock Warm“).

The TOP overall classroom will win a $40 Gift Certificate to spend at our Fall Book Fair plus an invitation for a popcorn reading party in the library! The TOP classroom per grade level will each win a $15 Book Fair Gift Certificate plus a classroom incentive.

The Round Rock Area Serving Center has never turned a child in need away without a coat.  

Last year, our Elsa England community alone raised an incredible $4,603 – and across Round Rock ISD, Coins for Coats raised $30,174 in all, benefiting students right here in Round Rock!

Please help to make this year a success!

 

Book Fair: November 14-15, 2017

Calling all volunteers! Our Fall Scholastic Book Fair is quickly approaching and we need YOUR help! We begin setting up for our Book Fair on Thursday, November 9th, and there are tons of opportunities for you to make it a success.

Volunteers can help by setting up the fair, helping students write their wish lists, selling books and finally, packing up the fair. Please consider signing up for a shift! It is a fun volunteer opportunity!


Our Online Fair will run from November 9th – November 17th!
Visit www.scholastic.com/bf/england!

Bluebonnet Author/Illustrator Don Tate to visit 2-4th graders on November 29th!

The lucky 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders at England Elementary will host the Bluebonnet-Award-Nominated Illustrator, Don Tate, on Wednesday, November 29th! His recent illustrated book, Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions, is currently on the Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List for 2017-18!

If you would like to order an autographed copy of Don Tate’s recent books, please click on the image below and return the order form with payment by Wednesday, October 18th.

Local independent bookstore, BookPeople, will be selling copies of Whoosh!, Strong as Sandow, and The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch to our students in advance of his visit, so our guest is able to sign and personalize books while he visits England Elementary!

Check out the slides from our Student Presentation this week sharing all of the information about Mr. Tate’s upcoming visit! Thank you in advance to our PTA, who helps makes visits like this possible for our students!

Bluebonnet Author Elizabeth Eulberg to visit 3-5th graders on November 6th!

The lucky 3rd, 4th and 5th graders at England Elementary will host the Bluebonnet-Award-Nominated Author, Elizabeth Eulberg, on Monday, November 6th! Her book, The Great Shelby Holmes, is currently on the Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List for 2017-18!

If you would like to order an autographed copy of The Great Shelby Holmes or her newest release, The Great Shelby Holmes Meets Her Match, please click on the image below and return the order form with payment by Friday, September 29th.

Local independent bookstore, BookPeople, will be selling copies of Ms. Eulberg’s books to our students in advance of her visit, so our guest is able to sign and personalize books while she visits England Elementary!

Check out the slides from our Student Presentation this week sharing all of the information about Ms. Eulberg’s upcoming visit! Thank you in advance to our PTA, who helps makes visits like this possible for our students!

Welcome Back to the Library, Leopards!

I’m thrilled to be kicking off our 6th year together at Elsa England! I’ve already begun Library Orientations with 5th, 4th, and 3rd grade, and will finish up this week with the rest of the classes not yet visited the library! By the end of this week, all 1,100 of our K-5 students will have received their library orientation lesson and checked out their FIRST books of the year!!!

Read more about our library policies, sign up for our Birthday Book Club, consider volunteering in the library, sign up for a parent library account, or check our library schedule — all right here on our library website!

Summer 2017 Giveaway #16: I Even Funnier: A Middle School Story

YOU can win a free copy of I Even Funnier by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein!

This book is 368 pages long and the suggested age range is 9-12 years old.

From the publisher:

“In this follow up to the #1 New York Times bestseller I Funny, middle schooler Jamie Grimm has big dreams of being the best stand-up comic in the world–and he won’t let the fact that he’s wheelchair-bound stand in his way. After winning the New York state finals in the Planet’s Funniest Kid Comic Contest, Jamie’s off to Boston to compete in the national semi-finals. But when one of his best buddies runs into trouble at school and a sudden family health scare rears its head, Jamie has to put his comedic ambitions on hold and stand by the people he cares about. Can Jamie pass up the big competition for the sake of his friends and family? (Includes more than 175 black-and-white illustrations.)”

While you’re waiting to see if you’ve won, check out the free exclusive excerpts and audio clips online!

Here’s how to enter this giveaway:

1.  Visit the England Library blog and write a comment on THIS post. Your comment should include your FIRST NAMELAST INITIAL, what GRADE you’re going to be in NEXT year, and a message for Mrs. Kupersztoch!

Do not leave any other personal information in your comment!  Do not post your e-mail address. Only one entry per student will be accepted, and only England Elementary students are eligible to participate.  Every comment has to be approved in order to appear on the website, so if you don’t see your comment right away, don’t worry!

2.  After the contest closes, I will choose a comment at random and that student will receive the giveaway prize!  The winner will be announced as an update at the top of this post and the prize book will be waiting for the winning student in August!

Summer 2017 Giveaway #15: Pink is for Blobfish

YOU can win a free copy of Pink is for Blobfish by Jess Keating!

This book is 48 pages long and the suggested age range is 5-8 years old.

From the publisher:

“Pinkalicious meets National Geographic in this nonfiction picture book introducing the weirdest, wildest, pinkest critters in the animal kingdom!

Some people think pink is a pretty color. A fluffy, sparkly, princess-y color. But it’s so much more.
Sure, pink is the color of princesses and bubblegum, but it’s also the color of monster slugs and poisonous insects. Not to mention ultra-intelligent dolphins, naked mole rats and bizarre, bloated blobfish.

Isn’t it about time to rethink pink?

Slip on your rose-colored glasses and take a walk on the wild side with zoologist Jess Keating, author of How to Outrun a Crocodile When Your Shoes Are Untied, and cartoonist David DeGrand.”

While you’re waiting to see if you’ve won the giveaway, check out the book trailer!

 

Here’s how to enter this giveaway:

1.  Visit the England Library blog and write a comment on THIS post. Your comment should include your FIRST NAMELAST INITIAL, what GRADE you’re going to be in NEXT year, and a message for Mrs. Kupersztoch!

Do not leave any other personal information in your comment!  Do not post your e-mail address. Only one entry per student will be accepted, and only England Elementary students are eligible to participate.  Every comment has to be approved in order to appear on the website, so if you don’t see your comment right away, don’t worry!

2.  After the contest closes, I will choose a comment at random and that student will receive the giveaway prize!  The winner will be announced as an update at the top of this post and the prize book will be waiting for the winning student in August!