Preparing to meet Author-Illustrator Nathan Hale

Our Fourth and Fifth graders are very excited to meet Author-Illustrator Nathan Hale in a few weeks! Learn more about Mr. Hale and his hilarious, historically-accurate books in the Google Slides presentation below, which was presented to 4th & 5th graders last week.
{Note: Mr. Hale has many more works to his name than what is featured in the presentation below!
Read more about his work here.}

Order Forms are due THIS Friday, January 27th!

Click the order form below to download a copy!

Click below to watch his video on War Hats!

Six Flags Six Hour Reading Program 2017

The Six Flags Six Hour Reading Program has begun!  Students in grades K-5 are encouraged to participate in the Six Flags Six-Hour Read to Succeed Program running from NOW through WEDNESDAY, February 22nd.

Six Flags Fiesta Texas encourages students to read for six hours outside of their regularly assigned reading — to READ FOR FUN – and is happy to reward those students with a free ticket to Six Flags Fiesta Texas!  Forms will be distributed this week in Thursday Folders to all K-5 students.

Please read the front and back of the form, fill out as directed (including parents’ initials and signature) and return NO LATER THAN WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22nd to your child’s teacher.  The theme park tickets will arrive mid-May for those who participate. Get ready to READ, READ, READ!

If you need an additional copy, click on the form below to print out a PDF!

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5th Annual Unusual Reading Spot Contest – due April 21, 2017

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The England Library is so excited to host our fifth annual Unusual Reading Spot Contest!  Students enjoy having their picture taken while reading in an unusual place or pose and entering their picture in our school-wide contest.  Students might be found reading in a refrigerator, near an important landmark, in a basketball hoop, or any place your imagination takes you. Our students read EVERYWHERE!

In the photos, students should be visibly reading a bookand we should clearly be able to see the book cover (see examples above).  The 10 winning images will be enlarged to 12” x 16” for display in our England Library during the 2017-18 school year.

Who:  Any student attending England!  (Only one entry per student, however students are welcome and encouraged to include siblings in a joint photo!)

When:  from NOW until Friday, April 21, 2017

Contest Rules:  Participating students must turn in a 4” x 6” or 5” x 7” photo print on photo paper of their contest entry (sorry, entries cannot be emailed).  The submissions will be voted on by a panel of judges and the winning images will then need to provide a digital version of their image (please take the photo in the highest resolution your camera will allow) so that we may enlarge it for display in the library.  Please note that “camera-phone” photos will not be a high enough resolution to print in such an enlarged size for display in the library.  Additionally, please do not Photoshop or otherwise edit the photo in order to superimpose parts of the image – we want it to be as authentic of an image as possible.  Pick up a participation form in the library or download one below to attach to your contest entry picture.

Please note these additional guidelines:  Your book must “match” the unusual reading spot, and the cover of your book must be visible in the photo.

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FINAL Summer 2016 Giveaway #21: The Boundless (8/15 – 8/21)

**UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, SHIN H. in 5th grade! Shin, I’ll deliver your winning book to you during the first few weeks of school.**

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the boundless

YOU can win a HARDCOVER copy of Kenneth Oppel’s The Boundless!!!

“Will Everett has always wished for an adventure.

Little does he know his started the moment he boarded The Boundless. The longest, most glamorous locomotive in the world, it stretches more than eleven kilometres long and pulls an astounding 987 cars: passenger cars, shooting galleries, gardens, an onboard swimming pool, cinema and much more. But its maiden voyage won’t be a smooth ride for Will. After witnessing a murder during a station stop, he barely makes it back onto the train (with a running leap!), then must work his way from the caboose forward to his father in first class – with the murderer and his cronies on his tail. Luckily, a clever and nimble friend is perfecting her act in The Boundless’s circus car, and there the real thrill ride begins. Sasquatches, bog-dwelling hags and illusions abound in this outsized adventure aboard the Titanic of trains!

This book is 336 pages long and the suggested age range is 8-12 years old.


Here’s how to enter this giveaway:

1.  Visit the England Library blog between now and when the contest closes (Sunday evening, August 21st).

2.  Write a comment on THIS post.  Your comment should include your FIRST NAMELAST INITIAL, what GRADE you’re going to be in THIS 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!

3.  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!

FINAL Summer 2016 Giveaway #20: My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish: Fins of Fury (8/15 – 8/21)

**UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, SHRUTHI S. in 4th grade! Shruthi, I’ll deliver your winning book to you during the first few weeks of school.**

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YOU can win a free copy of Fins of Fury – the 3rd book in the My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish series by Mo O’Hara!!!

“When Tom zapped Frankie the goldfish back to life with a battery, he certainly didn’t expect him to become a BIG FAT ZOMBIE GOLDFISH with incredible hypnotic powers. But it turns out that a zombie goldfish is a great pet to have on your side when your big brother is an evil scientist whose plans need to be thwarted.

There’s something fishy going on in the woods, as Tom and his best friend Pradeep take Frankie on a camping adventure. Could the Beast of Burdock Woods be real?

Then, something weird is going on with Mark. He’s actually being . . . nice! Meanwhile, paranormal pets (including a teleporting tortoise, a mostly invisible poodle, a levitating budgie, and a vampire kitten) are missing all over town. Can Tom and Pradeep find out what’s going on before Frankie disappears?

This book is 224 pages long and the suggested age range is 7-10 years old.

While you’re waiting to see if you’ve won, check out the author’s website for some fun ZOMBIE activities and downloads!


Here’s how to enter this giveaway:

1.  Visit the England Library blog between now and when the contest closes (Sunday evening, August 21st).

2.  Write a comment on THIS post.  Your comment should include your FIRST NAMELAST INITIAL, what GRADE you’re going to be in THIS 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!

3.  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 2016 Giveaway #19: AUTOGRAPHED Sky Jumpers (8/8 – 8/14)

**UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our THREE winners, CHASE P., HAYDEN M., and SHIVALI S.! Chase, Hayden & Shivali, I’ll deliver your winning book to you during the first few weeks of school.**hooray-its-time-for-a-giveaway2

Sky Jumpers

YOU can win a free AUTOGRAPHED copy of
Sky Jumpers by Peggy Eddleman!

Ms. Eddleman visited our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders this past November, and I saved a few of her autographed copies of Sky Jumpers to give away this summer in our Library Giveaways! Sky Jumpers was a Bluebonnet book this past year, and her visit to England was a memorable and wonderful event(Psst – I have more than 1 book to give away!)

“Twelve-year-old Hope lives in White Rock, a town of inventors struggling to recover from the green bombs of World War III. But Hope is terrible at inventing and would much rather sneak off to cliff dive into the Bomb’s Breath—the deadly band of compressed air that covers the crater left by the bombs—than fail at yet another invention. When bandits discover that White Rock has priceless antibiotics, they invade. With a two-day deadline to finish making this year’s batch and no ingredients to make more, the town is left to choose whether to hand over the medicine and die from the disease that’s run rampant since the bombs, or die fighting the bandits now. Help lies in a neighboring town, but the bandits count everyone fourteen and older each hour. Hope and her friends Aaren and Brock might be the only ones who can escape to make the dangerous trek through the Bomb’s Breath and over the snow-covered mountain. For once, inventing isn’t the answer, but the daring and recklessness that usually get Hope into trouble might just save them all.”

This book is 288 pages long and the suggested age range is 8-12 years old.

While you’re waiting to see if you’ve won, check out the Book Trailer below or visit the Sky Jumpers Extras website!


Here’s how to enter this giveaway:

1.  Visit the England Library blog between now and when the contest closes (Sunday evening, August 14th).

2.  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!

3.  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!