Monthly Archives: May 2010

Book Count: End of Day 1

Technically yesterday only counted as half a day, but here’s the total anyway: 74 books. Not bad considering I haven’t hit the thrift stores yet. 11 days and 726 books left to go….. I KNOW you’re scouring your bookshelves right now to see if you have anything to send me….. when you have your books boxed up, just email me at melaney (at) and I’ll send you my address…..

By |May 6th, 2010|Summer Satchels 2010|Comments Off on Book Count: End of Day 1|

The Official Wish List

Here’s the official wish list, compiled by Alps Road Elementary, for books to send home with the kids this summer. Alps students are ethnically diverse, and the book list reflects that.I’m looking hard for these books, but don’t limit yourselves to this list; any age-appropriate book will do. I’ll post a separate list of easier-to-find books for any of you willing to scour the thrift stores.Alps Road Elementary Summer Wish ListAardema, Verna. Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears. Ada, Alma Flor. Gathering the Sun: An Alphabet In Spanish And English. Aylesworth, Jim. Old Black Fly. Barrett, Judi. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. Benson, Martin/, and Patrick (ILT) Waddell. Owl Babies. Birney, Betty G. The World According to Humphrey. Browne, Anthony. Voices in the Park. Burton, Virginia Lee. The Little House. Carle, Eric. Today Is Monday. Clements, Andrew. Frindle. Cobb, Vicki. Harry Houdini (DK Biography). Cowell, Cressida. How to Train Your Dragon Curtis, Christopher Paul. Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money. Demi. The Empty Pot. Elmer the Elephant Finchler, Judy. Miss Malarkey Doesn’t Live in Room 10. Gerstein, Mordicai. The Man Who Walked Between the Towers. Grimes, Nikki. Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel. Hartman, Bob. The Wolf Who Cried Boy. Henkes, Kevin. Kitten’s First Full Moon. Henkes, Kevin. Owen. Howard, Elizabeth Fitzgerald. Aunt Flossie’s Hats (and Crab Cakes Later). If Kids Ruled the School: More Kids’ Favorite Funny School Poems. Jordan, Brian. [...]

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Summer Satchel Program is kicking into high gear…

Remember last year’s “Summer Satchel” program for Alps Road Elementary? The school decided to continue the program… on a much larger scale. 400 students, Pre-K through 5th grade! So far my contact at Alps has 1 book for every child, and plans to include a journal, a pencil, and a library card application for each child. My aunt is donating the bags.But seriously: is ONE BOOK enough to keep a child occupied for a whole summer? I think not. It’s progress, but it still leaves me sad. I’d like each child to have three books. Yes, that means I need 800 more books. So far I have an abundance of Pre-K, 1st & 2nd grade books stacked in my closet. But I need chapter books for 3rd, 4th & 5th graders. Help me! Some popular series that have been mentioned:Magic Treehouse Junie B Jones Nancy DrewDiary of a Wimpy KidGoosebumpsSpiderwick ChroniclesWrinkle in TimeAmerican GirlGot books, but don’t live in Athens? Mail them to me! The post office offers a discounted rate for books; just ask for the Media Mail rate.Even if you can’t buy or donate a book, think about these options:1) If you’re a member of PaperbackSwap or BookMooch and would be willing to donate points, let me know.2) If you’re willing to find & obtain free books from Craigslist or Freecycle in your area (and you’re somewhere near central/north Georgia) I’ll find a way to get the books. I’ve got Athens covered.Finally: If you’d prefer to make a donation, I buy most of my books at thrift stores and average about $.50 per book. Give me a [...]