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young reader medal
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT! I just submitted all our votes and the book that won at VISTA DEL MAR (not the actual state winner yet) is...drumroll please.....CAN I BE YOUR DOG! With The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors coming in a close second!
Over the last few weeks we have read all 5 nominees for the 2020 California Young Reader Medal. Which one did you vote for?
If you'd like to reread the nominees with your family, PARENTS can find most of the titles online being read aloud or for download onto kindles, etc. See if your parents would vote for the same book you did and then I will announce the winner here soon!
Here are the 5 nominees:
let me finish book
the legend of rock paper scissors book
the highest mountain of books in the world book
the bad seed book
can I be your dog? book
fall tree
Our very special Poet Tree is taking shape but it needs YOUR help!
Print out the leaf template here and write your own poem for our school Poet Tree! Be sure to color it and when we are back in school Mrs. Mundl will add it to our beautiful tree.
fall leaf drawing
Our featured student poets:
Cute, Orange
Meows, Chases, Snuggles
Gets in trouble
by Max M., 2nd grade
Big and Beautiful
Driving, Walking, Enjoying
In a Big City
The Golden Gate Bridge
Ella, 4th grade
Huge, Furry
Growling, Roaring, Sniffing
Be Careful, They Are Not so Friendly
Finn, 4th grade
Crunchy, Messy
Eating, Frying, Spilling
Keep the Food In It
Nick, 4th grade
Pink, Colorful
Devouring, Chewing, Swallowing
Pink Frosting and Rainbow Sprinkles
Treat Delicious
Taegan, 4th grade
Cold, White
Sledding, Playing, Laughing
Drinking Hot Cocoa
by Kaity, 4th grade
Runs like a cheetah
Jumping, Playing, Ducking
Playful horse that loves to play
Horseback Riding
by Kate, 2nd grade
Flying Pickles
Juicy, Delicious
Flying, lying, tying
Pickles in the air!
by Grant M., 4th grade
H-ot Cocoa
D -ecember
by Fynn, kindergarten

Welcome to the Library

heart shaped book page
Our beautiful library is constantly growing...and changing! We are moving to a "remote library" while our physical school library is closed.
Use the links on the top left to navigate to information on our site for both students and parents. I hope you have fun exploring, and I can't wait to see you back in the library soon!
Mrs. Mundl


Mrs. Mundl LOVES books and science! She loves doing voices when she reads and she loves getting kids excited about reading!
Before she was a librarian, she lived by a river in France, worked for a member of Parliament in London, went to law school in Los Angeles, lived in a minuscule apartment in New York City, worked across the street from the White House, and accidentally sneezed on the Queen of England.
When she's not reshelving books, she loves to be at the beach with her family (and a book).  Her pets are all named after authors: She has 2 poodles named Huxley and Harper, and 2 cats named Lucy and Frank.


While the library is closed, let's meet here for a weekly story!
This week we're reading about my favorite animal - the humpback whale! I hope you have a great week!
Click the link below to read the book with me.


Gerald the library fish
Gerald, the Library Fish, gets to hear all the stories we read together, but these are some of his favorites. 
the penguin that hated the cold book
I'm not sure if Gerald loves this book so much because it's a vintage 1970s story, or that Mrs. Mundl can't get read it aloud without laughing hysterically, but it is definitely one of his favorites.

three bears in a boat book

Three bear siblings break their mother’s favorite blue seashell, and rather than tell her, they decide to set out in their sailboat to find her a new one. On their quest they encounter salty sailors, strange new islands, huge whales, and vast seas but no blue seashells.
This read aloud shares its best qualities with classic picture books: breath-taking illustrations, epic adventure, and a subtle message about taking responsibility for your actions.
violet the pilot book
"Violet the Pilot" by Steve Breen is an amazing tale of a little girl named Violet, who loves to build flying machines with the junk she finds in the junkyard. She gets made fun of by the kids at school for being different - not playing with dolls, always wearing greasy coveralls and reading "strange books" (she reads "Principles of Aeronautics" at the lunch tables). But when a group of Boy Scouts gets into trouble, it's Violet who saves the day!
the snail and the whale book 
"The Snail and The Whale" by Julia Donaldson tells the story of a sweet little snail who longs to see more than her little rock in the harbor. When she puts out an advertisement for a "Ride Around The World", a whale answers and takes her on an adventure she's been dreaming about. But when her huge new friend gets beached after being confused by the loud sounds of boats in the bay, it's the tiny snail who saves the day, even though at first she thinks she's too small to help. This book is great to read aloud. Here is an exert:
"This is the whale who came one night
When the tide was high and the stars were bright
A humpback whale, immensely long,
Who sang to the snail a wonderful song
Of shimmering ice and coral caves
And shooting stars and enormous waves."


Do you want to show your parents all the French words you've learned in the library this year? Here are our French colors, and some fun, Gerald approved, new words too!
color palette in french
list of animals in french
hello fall banner
Welcome Back to School!
The library books missed you! Crisp fall days are perfect for snuggling up with a great book, and luckily we have some great books to choose from in the school library!
Mrs. Mundl

Here are some of my favorite elementary school books! If you don't have these at home PARENTS can find many of these titles being read online for free, for free download at the public library or for purchase.

Picture Books
1. Fiona's Lace by Patricia Polacco
2. Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld
cloudette book
3. The Honeybee by Kristen Hall
the honeybee book
4. If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson
if you plant a seed book
Early Chapter Book Series
1. The Land of the Spring Dragon (Dragon Master's #14) by Tracey West (Lexile 560)
dragon masters book
2. Zoey and Sassafras: Monsters and Mold by Asia Citro (Lexile 640)
zoey sassafras book
3. Houndsley and Catina by James Howe (for younger students, has color pictures, Lexile 580)
houndslet and catina book
Chapter Books
1. Ban This Book by Alan Gratz (Lexile 690)
2. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo (Lexile 700)
kate dicamillo book
3. The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary (Lexile 860)
the mouse and the motorcycle book
Nonfiction Books (picture books and chapter books)1. Tree Lady by H. Joseph Hopkins
tree lady book
2. Shark Lady by Jess Keating
3. Margaret and the Moon: How Margaret Hamilton Saved the 1st Lunar Landing by Dean Robbins
4. I Survived series by Lauren Tarshis
5. The Street Beneath My Feet by Charlotte Guillain
6. The William Hoy Story by Nancy Churnin
Graphic Novels
1. Smile by Raina Telgemier