Teachers Recommend Books

Literacy Week is coming: November 11-15

To encourage our students to try some new or different reading, many of our teachers have recommended books for our students. The students have had some fun seeing their teachers made into books marks and are choosing to read the books that are being recommended. Come on by and check out our newest display and select a book that has been suggested by one of our teachers.



Accessing E-Books Through the SSIS Libraries

SSIS has added several e-books to the library collection. In order to access them your child will need to use their usual log in name (the same as for the school computers grades 3-5) and log into the elementary library. Follow the worksheets below to help you as you begin to use our e-books. Follett eBook

***Please note: If your child is in:

Kindergarten: use this log in and password: kbook, kbook

Grade 1: g1a, g1a

Grade 2: g2, g2


When working from a desktop or laptop computer use this tutorial to access the e-book collection:

pc tutorial for ebooks

When working from a tablet such as an i-Pad use this tutorial to access the e-book collection:

ebook tutorial tablet


Good Reads for Elementary Kids

childreadingWe have complied some lists of books that are good for elementary kids to read. Some of the books are older and might be considered a classic, while others are new and current. When you see a happy face beside the title, you’ll know we have that book in the library. You’ll see lots of happy faces;) These lists are available in the library too.

Suggested Reading List prek-2 2013

Suggested Reading List 3rd-5th 2013

Autumn Has Arrived in the Library

Some of you may be missing the changing of seasons that many parts of our world experience each year; you know those lands where leaves turn color and fall to the ground with the brisk breezes. If that is the case, why not stop by the elementary library and pick up a book or two about autumn or some of the fun celebrations like Halloween. We have a display full of books for your reading pleasure.

EC/ES Library Introductions

Greetings to all!

I am Connie Anderson and have come to SSIS to be the new EC/ES  Librarian. I am very excited to be here and look forward to meeting the students and parents in the coming weeks. Ms. Duyen and I have been busy getting ready for the new school year and are excited to share the many  new books that arrived over the summer.

This year we have moved to a flexible schedule which will mean I am more available to collaborate with classroom teachers and our new Integrated Technology Specialist in order to increase student learning with both our print and digital resources in natural and fun ways.

We look forward to working with the students and families to support the literacy program at SSIS. Please come by and introduce yourself and if you’d like to help we are looking for volunteers to help out in the library.

Thanks very much,




Summer Reading

Summer is a wonderful time for children. It is a time of freedom, exploration and learning. Summer is also a great time  time for independent reading. It’s a time when anything goes – books, magazines, online publications, newspapers etc. Visit bookstores, stop by a local library. Pack some books on a trip to the beach, or just relax at home and share a good book with the family.

Are you looking for recommendations?  These lists are intended to introduce you and your child to some of the best, most enjoyable books available. Let your child feel free to choose books from different grade levels and to find other books by favorite authors.

Have fun with the lists and have a wonderful summer. Happy reading!

From the American Library Association:

2013 Best Fiction for Young Adults

2013 Notable Children’s Books

2013 Notable Children’s Videos

 2013 Summer Reading Lists from Boston Public Schools:

Book List Grades K – 2

Book List Grades 3 – 5

Book List Grades 6 – 8

Book List Grades 9 – 12

HAISLN 2013 Recommended Reading Lists – These annotated 2012 reading lists come from the Houston Area Independent Schools Library Network (HAISLN). Eight reading lists are available in pdf format: Preschool through Kindergarten, Grades 1 & 2, Grades 3 & 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7 & 8, Grades 9 & 10, Grades 11 & 12. The carefully selected children’s books and young adult books on the reading lists include recent fiction and nonfiction.

Classics/Best Ever

Top 100 Children’s Novels

100 Picture Books Everyone Should Know

50 Multicultural Books Every Child Should Read

Teacher’s Top 100 Books for Children



Students at SSIS now have access to ebooks and audiobooks through our new Library service called:
You now can use Follett Shelf to Read ebooks on your computer! Just log in with a student username and id on our online catalog

If you prefer to read on a portable device you will need the Destiny Quest App questwhich is currently available for iPads running iOS 4.0 and newer and Android tablets running Android 3.0 and newer. The iPad® App can be found in the Apple App Store

The Android™ App can be found in Google Play-Download it here.

You will need this id number once you install the app: wbb17446 to identify the SSIS community. Students then will log in with their school username and password. Please try it with your child and let me know what you think!



Grade 5 Reads

Goodreads recommends…

Interested to know what Grade 5 are reading? Survey says:

Title Number of votes
hunger game 13
Holes 12
Charlott’s web 7
secret garden 7
Diary of a wimpy kid 6
Esperanza Rising 6
dot 5
Hatchet 5
lightning thief 4
Matilda 4
Diary of a young girl 3
Where the sidewalk ends 3
bad beginning 2
Bridge to Terabithia 2
Bud, not Buddy 2
Captain underpants 2
Giver 2
Harry Potter Sorcerer’s stone 2
Ivy & Bean 2
Puss in boots 2
Tales of a 4th grade nothing 2
wind in the willows 2
Airborn 1
Anne of Green gables 1
Coraline 1
Dear dumb diary 1
Diary of a worm 1
Divergent 1
Giving tree 1
Goodnight moon 1
House of Scorpion 1
Interrupting chicken 1
Knuffle Bunny 1
last Olympia 1
Living sunlight 1
Mrs. Frisby and the rats of Nimh 1
Where the wild things are 1
wrinkle in time 1