AMS Read-A-Thon

On May 28th we will hold our Readathon at Annapolis Middle School. What is a Readathon?, you may ask. It is a reading marathon in which students, parents, teachers, and community members are encouraged to come and read as long as they can! Leading up to the event, we have challenged students to read 1,400 books  in these 3 weeks. While at the event some serious participants will sit and read the entire time, there will be additional activities for the less-competitive, including Read Alouds, Book “Sales”, and a Reading Café. There will be representatives from our community partners such as the Public Library and giveaways.

One of the highlights is the Read Aloud Room; this will be a great opportunity for all participants to hear selected stories shared by teachers, students, and community members. We would love to have you as a guest reader for any 15 minute time slot from 2:00 until 5:30. Click here to sign up:

We are also in need of parent volunteers to help monitor students, serve food, and direct activities.  Interested in volunteering but not eager for the spotlight?  Follow this link to sign up to volunteer:

2015-2016 Black-Eyed Susan Nominees Announced!!

There’s a fantastic group of titles nominated for the Black-Eyed Susan Book Award this year.  For those unfamiliar with the award, it’s the only kids’ book award that’s awarded by, well, kids.  Students across Maryland have the opportunity to vote for their favorite if they have read at least 3 of the 10 nominees at the level they’ve chosen.  Nominees must be books published in the past 3 years, and are chosen by Maryland school librarians who are also avid readers.  Recent winners include Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper, Wonder by R. J. Palacio, and One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia – just to name a few!

This year’s list includes some familiar authors like Kenneth Oppel, Jacqueline Woodson, Doug TenNapel, and Jennifer Holm, but there are also some exciting first novels like The Crossover by Kwame Alexander and Malala Yousafzai’s autobiography, I am Malala.  It looks like a great set of books at all 3 levels for which AMS students can choose to vote – that’s Grades 4-6, Grades 6-9, or Graphic Novels Grades 4-6.  You can download the PDF with all the levels right here!

2015-2016 nominees