Emily Arrow sings with PreK, K, and 1st graders!

To say our students have been a little excited to meet kid-lit-tunes musician Emily Arrow is an understatement! We’ve been reading books, singing her songs, and watching her YouTube videos for weeks now, and the day finally came for her to sing with us LIVE and IN PERSON from the Elsa England Cafeteria!!!!!!



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Thanks again to our fabulous PTA for sponsoring this amazing experience for our community!

Author Aaron Reynolds visits 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders!

We were beyond grateful to meet dynamic and energetic author Aaron Reynolds when he visited our 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade students yesterday!  WOW – his passion, excitement, & positive attitude filled our library and students left his visit feeling sad it was over, but energized with passion and excitement!

Thank you, Aaron, for a phenomenal visit!!!!


Thanks again to our fabulous PTA for sponsoring this amazing Author Visit that our students won’t soon forget!

Hello Hello, Emily Arrow, Hello!

Kindergarteners and 1st graders are very excited to meet Emily Arrow in a few weeks! Emily is a former elementary-school-music-teacher-turned-kidlit-singer/songwriter; writing and performing fabulous songs based on picture books!

You can watch many videos of her original songs on her Emily Arrow YouTube channel, and we are excited to offer the pre-sale opportunity to purchase a kazoo and/or a signed CD before her visit! Order forms will be sent home this week, and please return them by Wednesday, October 12th!

Thank you to our AWESOME PTA for funding and supporting this very special literacy-music visit from Emily Arrow!



Check out Louise Loves Art and Hug Machine videos below:


Louise Loves Art Song – Emily Arrow
Book by Kelly Light


Hug Machine song – Emily Arrow
Book by Scott Campbell


The Dot Song Motions Guide – Emily Arrow & Peter H. Reynolds


BE A FRIEND Song by Emily Arrow
Book by Salina Yoon


The Curious Garden Song – Emily Arrow & Peter Brown


ARE WE THERE, YETI? Song – Emily Arrow & Ashlyn Anstee


ISH Song Motions Guide – Emily Arrow & Peter H. Reynolds


I Am Yoga Song – Emily Arrow
Book by Susan Verde, Art by Peter H. Reynolds

National Library Week Appreciation

Mrs. Huffor and I have been showered with love, sweet notes, and appreciation from students, teachers, and PTA this week! Thank you all for your kind words and gestures; we have both felt your love this week!!!








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Bluebonnet Author Liesl Shurtliff visits 3-5th graders!

Our 3-5th graders were SO EXCITED to meet Bluebonnet Author Liesl Shurtliff during her visit to Round Rock! Every class had read her nominated book, Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin over the past semester, so Ms. Shurtliff’s visit was highly anticipated. It is always a special event when an author visits our school, but this visit in particular was extra special since Rump is nominated on this year’s Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List and is being read by students across Texas this year!

Her interactive presentation engaged our students and they enjoyed participating in a Readers Theater with Ms. Shurtliff. We can’t wait for Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk to be published in April!

Thank you to our wonderful PTA for financing Ms. Shurtliff’s visit for our students!





Author/Illustrator Divya Srinivasan to visit PreK-2nd graders on December 9th!

The lucky PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd graders at England Elementary will host Author/Illustrator Divya Srinivasan, on Tuesday, December 9th!

photo credit: John Anderson, Austin Chronicle

photo credit: John Anderson, Austin Chronicle

If you would like to preorder an autographed copy of her three beautiful books, please click on the image below and return the order form with payment by Monday, December 1st.  Barnes & Noble will be selling copies of Ms. Srinivasan’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!

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Enjoy watching the Book Trailers for her three books below:

Thank you to our amazing PTA for sponsoring this author visit!

Writing Camp with Phil Bildner 2014

One of my favorite days of the year is when Author Phil Bildner visits our library for a Writing Camp with 4th grade!  He leads them in a fun, engaging learning session all about writing and the kids always walk away with new ideas and inspiration.  This was his third visit to England Elementary and he had nothing but amazing things to say about our school and our awesome 4th grade students!


Mr. Bildner gave us lots of great advice, but I wanted to share with you some of his most important messages:

  • If you put your name on something, it is a direct reflection of who you are… so make sure it’s your best work!
  • The key to being a good writer is that you have to READ!!  Read on your own, for fun, every single day!  Reading is NOT OPTIONAL.
  • The real writing takes place during the re-writing.  Editing is not the most fun part of writing, but it is the MOST important.  Your first draft should never be your final draft!
  • When you think you’re done, you’ve just begun.  Spend 10 more minutes on your writing and you can turn something good into something better!





Several students were selected to have a special “Meet and Greet” with Phil Bildner! These students had written really great letters persuading me to choose them to attend the Meet and Greet and we all had a great time visiting and asking each other questions.


Thank you to our FABULOUS PTA for allowing his visit to be possible!  We are so lucky to have a PTA who supports bringing authors and writing camp to our students.


A few weeks ago, Phil Bildner began his own web show on YouTube focused on reading and writing. You can watch the first episode below, entitled “Just Read.”

Fun with Author/Illustrator Rafael Rosado!

Our 3rd, 4th and 5th graders loved having Author/Illustrator Rafael Rosado present to us on January 21st!  His graphic novel, Giants Beware, is currently on the Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List and has been very popular in our library this year.  The students really enjoyed hearing all about his work, his writing/illustrating process, and learning about some of his upcoming projects as well!


Thank you to our wonderful PTA for helping to make his visit to England Elementary possible!