Thank You!

Mo Willems has been a favorite of our students since I began working as a librarian.  He has the perfect blend of humor and depth.  He turned the ‘everybody’ section of our library on its head.  We call the ‘everybody’ section of our library that because we want ‘everybody’ to know that these are books for them.  They are books that are accessible to beginning readers, but often favorites of all students.  One of the very favorite books is the Elephant and Piggie series.  The ‘last in the series’ is called Thank You!


Honestly, I can’t imagine a more fitting way to ‘end’ that series and ‘start’ our school year.  I have a lot to be thankful for this year and so I thought we would begin the year with this book and have the students in our K-4 school respond with gratitude.

The book reminds us to say Thank You to those who have made a difference in our lives.  It is truly a love story from Mo to his readers.  Our students thought it was a fun way to show their appreciation.


Thank YOU Mo Willems for your fantastic writing and for making characters that resonate with all readers!

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Mo isn’t done writing, however!  He has a TON of new characters and projects in the works.  A quick visit to his website shows just how much we have to look forward to!



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Mo is one of the authors I would love to have visit Hubbard Woods School.  Mo, if you are reading this, let us know how we can get you to Hubbard Woods!  We’d love to Thank YOU in person!


Happy Book Birthday Mac Barnett!

Hubbard Woods School was honored to have Mac Barnett visit on a very special day; the day his book was released!  Mac was awesome!  His new book, The Magic Word was mesmerizing to our students.  Do you know what the magic word is?  Well, you better ask your child, but watch out, it is magic!



screen-shot-2016-10-04-at-7-33-49-pmWhat would a book birthday be without singing happy birthday to the book.  As nobody else could, Mac lead us through a very long and convoluted rendition of Happy Birthday to his book!





Mac was funny, silly and yet found a way to share the process that goes into making a book.  In fact, he drew us a diagram of the process of making a book.



It began with him drawing a map of the United States from space.  He showed us where he lived in CA and where his editor lived in NY.  After crisscrossing the country multiple times via edits, the book went on to multiple other folks involved in the process including being printed in China!

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What impressed me most about Mac’s visit was the careful reading and dissection he gave for one of my favorite books from last year: Sam and Dave Dig a Hole.  He co-wrote this book with its illustrator John Klassen.  I had noticed the images, but Mac really helped us all see some hidden parts of the book that honestly I missed; even after reading it a dozen times out loud to students!


We are so grateful to The Book Stall at Chestnut Court for bringing Mac to us.  We truly are blessed to have such high-caliber authors and illustrators visit us at Hubbard Woods! I can honestly say it will be tough to top this particular visit!