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... Obert Skye

Mr. Skye is the author of the just-released (and FANTASTIC!) _Lost & Found: Witherwood Reform School_, the sequel to book 1 of a planned trilogy about "Witherwood Reform School."

 We were very pleased to welcome Mr. Skye back to Shady Oaks in February for his FOURTH visit since 2007! Mr. Skye discussed his books with grades 3-4-5-6 and then focused upon his writing process with our 4th graders.

Mr. Skye created the outstanding fantasy series about "Leven Thumps." A second series, "Beyond Foo," continues the adventures of the well-loved characters. He has also written an exciting trilogy about dragons: _Pillage__Choke_ and _Ambush_. Those three books are available in one volume: _The Pillagy_. 

He is certainly one of the favorite authors of our students!  They are loving his zany series "The Creature from My Closet"  which began with _Wonkenstein_ , and continued with _Potterwookiee_,  _Pinocula_,  _Katfish_ and _Lord of the Hat_, too.

Be sure to look at our online website scrapbook for photos of Mr. Skye's visits, and click on the icon below to view a video highlight of his presentation. 





 Thank you, author Obert Skye, for the joy your books bring and your role in helping us create enthusiastic lifelong readers and writers! 


 The above photo is from one of Mr. Skye's previous visits.  He had just asked our students, "Who here likes to read?" and we loved the wonderful response of every hand in the air! 



   The Gateway (Leven Thumps)  Witherwood Reform School    Lost & Found: Witherwood Reform School     MAIN


So much learning happens in our library media center! Please remember that parents are welcome to visit our library media center from 7:45 - 8:00 before school or 3:00 - 3:15 after school to choose books. We have a great collection of books about parenting, and you may also choose books to share with your children.

Checkout: Each class is scheduled for a weekly checkout period. Please contact Mrs. Zorn to find out which is your child's checkout day. Even though your child checks out books from our school's library media center each week, please remember that it is still very important to make regular trips - adventures! - to the Hurst Public Library! You will be absolutely amazed by all of their books and media materials!

Research and Technology Projects: Teachers may schedule groups to visit the library media center to work on research and technology projects which support the curriculum.

Library Instruction: Mrs. Zorn teaches classes to each homeroom. 

Assignments: Homework is usually not given, other than to always work hard to find books you will love to read during checkout periods, and then to READ - READ - READ!



Do you have a family of "wild readers?"  In Donalyn Miller's wonderful book, Reading in the Wild: The Book Whisperer's Keys to Cultivating Lifelong Reading Habits (which you can borrow from our library) she discusses how to create enthusiastic, lifelong readers.  One of her suggestions is that the adults in the family read voraciously to serve as good role models of being avid readers for our children / students.


If you would like some suggestions of interesting books to read, our great Texas Library Association is happy to help!  You know about their Texas Bluebonnet Award reading list, but did you know they also offer book lists for all ages - even for adults?  Visit http://www.txla.org/Lariat to find this year's suggestions, as well as Lariat lists from the five previous years.


We enjoyed celebrating our 3rd annual

International Dot Day
on Friday, September 11! The day is a wonderful celebration of creativity:
"make a mark, and see where it takes you!"

Click here to enjoy photos from International Dot Day at SOE September, 2013.

and click on the link below for photos from last year's celebration: 



Click here for more information about this special day: International Dot Day



Congratulations to our 2014 Texas Bluebonnet Award readers! To continue our celebration of International Dot Day , the theme of that day, "Make your mark and see where it takes you!" was used to create our shirts, which say "I made my mark reading Texas Bluebonnet Award books at Shady Oaks in 2014."

Thank you to our wonderful PTA for providing our shirts and celebration snacks. Thank you also to Marco's Pizza for donating pizza!

Click on the link for more photos :


 Welcome to the Shady Oaks library website!  Please be sure to click on the links in the menu to the left to access the catalog, create a reading list using your lexile with QuizList, and explore our wonderful online research databases.  Useful Links: SQWORLS will take you to areas to find suggested reading lists for all ages, author information, fantastic iPad app information, as well as websites for learning and recreation.  Great study websites for preparing for the upcoming Geography Bee can be found on a SQWORL in Useful Links, too.

Please click on "Contact Mrs. Zorn" to send an email about anything on the library website or library-related.  Parents can visit the library before and after school to check out books from our great parenting section, too. 

Research shows..."School libraries are a powerful force in the lives of America's children. The school library is one of the few factors whose contribution to academic achievement has been documented empirically, and it is a contribution that cannot be explained away by other powerful influences on student performance."

"What Research Tells Us About the Importance of School Libraries"

 Keith Curry Lance, Ph.D.

Congratulations to our 2015 Texas Bluebonnet Award readers!

The Texas Bluebonnet Award winner for 2015 is

 _The Day the Crayons Quit_  by Drew Daywalt.

 _Dead City_ by James Ponti received the most votes at Shady Oaks.  

Students working on their TBA reading lists have until January 15, 2016 to complete their reading. The Texas Bluebonnet Award reading program is sponsored by the Texas Library Association. From the document manager on this page, you can download a slideshow of our TBA readers suggesting their favorite books which they read this year. Thank you to our 6th grade Techno Team members for creating the slideshow! We appreciate the support of our Shady Oaks PTA in providing our t-shirts and helping with refreshments for our celebrations! Thank you so very much!

Students in grades 3-4-5-6 who read or listen to at least five books from the list will vote for their favorite of the nominees in January, 2016. Be sure to visit the Hurst Public Library to find copies of the Texas Bluebonnet Award books, also. We do appreciate the help of our area public libraries in helping our students find the 2016 nominees as well as nominees from previous years which can also be read for our Texas Bluebonnet Award reading program.

Watch this space for our 2015 Texas Bluebonnet Award readers photo, which will be posted after the website software is changed. Congratulations to all!