SJC Librarian’s Great Books Read-Aloud 2020
The Wild Robot, Chapters 31-36

The Wild Robot, Chapters 31-36

March 31, 2020

How do you build a garden in the wild? What will you use to fertilize the soil? How about inviting all your neighbors over to poop in it...that might work! (Don't try this at home)

Harry Potter & Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 2, Dobby’s Warning

Harry Potter & Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 2, Dobby’s Warning

March 31, 2020

Welcome back Laura Z from Seattle, Washington! One of our most popular readers is back to treat you to her dulcet tones and fantastic voices.  Thank you Laura - and happy April to all our listeners!

The Wild Robot, Chapters 27-30

The Wild Robot, Chapters 27-30

March 30, 2020

Goslings hatch. Goslings need to eat. How hard can it be for a robot to be a mother?

Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 1, The Worst Birthday

Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 1, The Worst Birthday

March 30, 2020

Here we go! Starting the 2nd Harry Potter book today. There are 18 chapters, so we will have 18 episodes for you over the next 18 days. I'm super excited because I've actually never read this book!  

Enjoy and thank you JK Rowling for the permission to record for our students during e-learning. 

 

The Wild Robot, Chapters 20-26

The Wild Robot, Chapters 20-26

March 29, 2020

Day 3 of The Wild Robot and Roz learns a life-changing skill: how to speak to the animals! 

Harry Potter Chapter 17, The Man with Two Faces

Harry Potter Chapter 17, The Man with Two Faces

March 29, 2020

This is it! The final chapter and a final showdown between Harry and...? You'll have to listen to find out.  

Tomorrow we start the 2nd Book: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.  

The Wild Robot, Chapters 10-19

The Wild Robot, Chapters 10-19

March 29, 2020

Roz awakens to her environment and learns the value of camouflage. 

Harry Potter Chapter 16, Through the Trap Door

Harry Potter Chapter 16, Through the Trap Door

March 29, 2020

We are down to the last two episodes in the first book. Things are going to get a little hairy for Harry in this chapter!  Enjoy the excitement.

NEW BOOK: The Wild Robot, by Peter Brown. Chapters 1-9

NEW BOOK: The Wild Robot, by Peter Brown. Chapters 1-9

March 27, 2020

I. Love. This. Book. And so will you. It's nothing short of magical. 

Thank you to Peter Brown for writing this instant classic about robots, nature, being a mom, adventure, danger, understanding and most of all, connecting to each other.  

Here we go! The Wild Robot.

Harry Potter Chapter 15, The Forbidden Forest

Harry Potter Chapter 15, The Forbidden Forest

March 27, 2020

We head back to England, this time to London, for guest reader Camilla S.  This is how Harry Potter was meant to be read! Thank you and long distance air hugs, Camilla!

#lovethataccent

One Third Nerd, Chapters 23 & 24: A Nerd or a Greek? & Daughter of the Corpse

One Third Nerd, Chapters 23 & 24: A Nerd or a Greek? & Daughter of the Corpse

March 26, 2020

Here we are, at the end of One-Third Nerd - what will become of Cupcake, Dakota, Izzy, Dodge, Moses and Liam?

I hope you enjoyed this book. It has the best illustrations throughout, which really add to the story - if you ever get a chance, grab a copy and check them out!

COMING UP NEXT, STARTING SATURDAY, MARCH 28:
THE WILD ROBOT, by Peter Brown. (A modern masterpiece!)

Harry Potter, Chapter 14, Norbert the Norwegian Ridgeback

Harry Potter, Chapter 14, Norbert the Norwegian Ridgeback

March 26, 2020

Yesterday, our guest reader was in northern England. Today, sail back across the Atlantic and soar clear across the US to gorgeous Eugene, Oregon, to hear from another lifelong friend and Harry Potter fan, Tris O. 

Enjoy and Go Ducks!
#Benetclassof86 #Osh 

One Third Nerd, Chapters 21 & 22: Somebody Invented Underwear? & The Second Person

One Third Nerd, Chapters 21 & 22: Somebody Invented Underwear? & The Second Person

March 25, 2020

I know, I know, I keep saying this but seriously: Don't Try this Stuff at Home! Dakota, sheesh. On the other hand, she might just be on to something...

Harry Potter Chapter 13, Nicolas Flamel

Harry Potter Chapter 13, Nicolas Flamel

March 25, 2020

Today, at last, we have a real live British person reading our chapter!  My old friend Leanne E, from Leeds, North Yorkshire, England will delight your ears with her wonderful reading. Thank you Leanne. Also, kids, check out this link to see how magical North Yorkshire is: https://www.yorkshire.com/places/north-yorkshire

Geography lesson included free of charge : )

One Third Nerd, Chapters 19 & 20: Licking Toilet Seats and Other Problems & Being Cardboard Must be Nice

One Third Nerd, Chapters 19 & 20: Licking Toilet Seats and Other Problems & Being Cardboard Must be Nice

March 25, 2020

Time is running out for raising the money to take Cupcake to the vet to solve the peeing-in-the-apartment problem. 

Harry Potter Chapter 12, The Mirror of Erised

Harry Potter Chapter 12, The Mirror of Erised

March 24, 2020

Thank you again to yesterday's guest reader Alex C from New Jersey.  Tomorrow, fingers crossed, we will have a guest reader from the other side of the world! Stay tuned...

This is another action packed chapter - enjoy!

Mrs. M

One Third Nerd, Chapters 17 & 18: Tiebreaker & Science is Not Just for Girls

One Third Nerd, Chapters 17 & 18: Tiebreaker & Science is Not Just for Girls

March 23, 2020

Again, don't try this at home. Microwave safety everyone - it's important!

Harry Potter Chapter 11, Quidditch

Harry Potter Chapter 11, Quidditch

March 23, 2020

Meet Alex C, today's guest reader from Summit, New Jersey. He is a real pro - you're going to love this reading. As a professional actor (Law and Order anyone?) and a dad, he's the perfect combination to do a fantastic reading.  Enjoy!

One Third Nerd, Chapters 14, 15, & 16: Superheroes Don’t Have Sisters, Counting the Dead Ones, & Skittles Rule

One Third Nerd, Chapters 14, 15, & 16: Superheroes Don’t Have Sisters, Counting the Dead Ones, & Skittles Rule

March 22, 2020

Tennis anyone?  (well, not really and not here in Chicago because it's been SNOWING all afternoon).  But Liam gets an invite to play, so his social life is looking up! Have a great week, Mrs. M

Harry Potter Chapter 10, Halloween

Harry Potter Chapter 10, Halloween

March 22, 2020

Hope you had a lovely weekend with your families. I saw a funny meme today that said, REMINDER: 9pm is the time to remove your day pajamas and put your night pajamas on. Had to share. Ok - enjoy the chapter!

One Third Nerd, Chapters 11, 12 & 13: A Bed Wetter or a Thief?, They Scared by Themselves, & Doggy Diapers

One Third Nerd, Chapters 11, 12 & 13: A Bed Wetter or a Thief?, They Scared by Themselves, & Doggy Diapers

March 21, 2020

My apologies in advance for cracking up while reading Chapter 13. The image of Dakota and Liam trying to get a diaper on Cupcake is just too funny.  Happy Sunday!

Harry Potter Chapter 9, The Midnight Duel

Harry Potter Chapter 9, The Midnight Duel

March 21, 2020

Exciting chapter! Happy Sunday to you, wherever you are. Stay home, stay strong, stay curious and go for long walks with your family. And read Harry Potter! That's my new daily motto. -Mrs. M

One Third Nerd, Chapters 9 & 10: What I Do for Fried Rice & Bigfoot and the Two-Legged Bear

One Third Nerd, Chapters 9 & 10: What I Do for Fried Rice & Bigfoot and the Two-Legged Bear

March 20, 2020

Two chapters today! And probably every day from here on out. Dakota does something NO little sister should ever do to her siblings today....enjoy.

Harry Potter Chapter 8, The Potions Master

Harry Potter Chapter 8, The Potions Master

March 20, 2020

Woohoo, it's Saturday! Welcome to our listeners from Germany. We truly are all one family in this world, and certainly our 22-year global love of Harry Potter clearly demonstrates that. Hope you all have a lovely day with your family - thanks for letting me be a part of it too.

One Third Nerd, Chapters 7 & 8: Phone-Swear & Nerd Power

One Third Nerd, Chapters 7 & 8: Phone-Swear & Nerd Power

March 19, 2020

Cupcake just can't stop peeing on the floor, Dakota sulks, and we meet the fun-loving 47s.

Harry Potter Chapter 7, The Sorting Hat

Harry Potter Chapter 7, The Sorting Hat

March 19, 2020

Guest Reader Alert: please welcome Kate G: an SJC alum, Benet Academy senior, and future Indiana University Hoosier. Thank you Kate for sharing your love of Harry Potter with us!  

One Third Nerd, Chapter 6: A Pink Bracelet…Dude?

One Third Nerd, Chapter 6: A Pink Bracelet…Dude?

March 18, 2020

Today we meet Moses, the new kid at school who is also, perhaps, the coolest kid at school. What will he say when he sees Liam's pink glitter bracelet?

Harry Potter Chapter 6, The Journey from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters

Harry Potter Chapter 6, The Journey from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters

March 18, 2020

What do doctors do when they are not treating patients? They read to you of course. I'm pleased to welcome today's guest reader, Dr. Will from Boston. Dr. Will is an orthopedic surgeon, a dad, a great human being.  

From Boston for all of you - take it away Dr. Will.

One Third Nerd, Chapter 5: Desperately Seeking Geeks

One Third Nerd, Chapter 5: Desperately Seeking Geeks

March 17, 2020

Dakota in the school library with pink glitter wristbands? Sounds a little embarrassing...

See you tomorrow!

Harry Potter, Chapter 5, Diagon Alley

Harry Potter, Chapter 5, Diagon Alley

March 17, 2020

Happy Wednesday! Today's chapter is read by me, Mrs M.  I gotta say that a lot of unusual things continue to unfold in this chapter, and there are so many wacky characters. After 44 minutes of reading aloud, I was pretty dizzy.

But I do it all for you : )  Enjoy.  (Tomorrow: another guest reader!)

One Third Nerd, Chapter 4: Superpowers I Don’t Have

One Third Nerd, Chapter 4: Superpowers I Don’t Have

March 16, 2020

Dakota writes apologies, we meet mom, we get a glimpse into Dodge's house, and I do a really bad Australian-American accent. Have a happy St. Patrick's Day!

Harry Potter Chapter 4, The Keeper of the Keys

Harry Potter Chapter 4, The Keeper of the Keys

March 16, 2020

I am SO EXCITED to introduce you to guest reader Laura Z, reading to you from her hometown of Seattle, Washington. #bff #Benetclassof86 #funniestpersonIknow #smartestpersonIknow. 

ENJOY!

One Third Nerd, Chapter 3: I thought this only happened to teenagers

One Third Nerd, Chapter 3: I thought this only happened to teenagers

March 16, 2020

Uh oh, the police have arrived at Liam and Dakota's house. Busted! 

Harry Potter Chapter 3, The Letters from No One

Harry Potter Chapter 3, The Letters from No One

March 16, 2020

It's Monday, March 15. I woke up a little late today, so please excuse my late posting.  Enjoy.  Tomorrow:  a guest reader from Seattle Washington will read Chapter 4.  So exciting : )

One Third Nerd, Chapter 2: Torpse the Corpse

One Third Nerd, Chapter 2: Torpse the Corpse

March 15, 2020

Do not try this at home, kids! Not the pee part, nor the watermelon part ; )

Harry Potter Chapter 2, The Vanishing Glass

Harry Potter Chapter 2, The Vanishing Glass

March 15, 2020

Enjoy! I'm working on guest readers from around the US and around the world. Welcome to listeners in Australia, especially Sam and Ollie.

One Third Nerd, Chapter 1: Pee in the Fridge

One Third Nerd, Chapter 1: Pee in the Fridge

March 14, 2020

And how about a new book: One Third Nerd by Gennifer Choldenko. (She wrote Al Capone Does My Shirts). Here's a link to learn more about this book - https://www.amazon.com/One-Third-Nerd-Gennifer-Choldenko-ebook/dp/B07DSZYD43

Kids if you love dogs, this book is for you.  Here we go!

Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone Chapter 1!

Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone Chapter 1!

March 14, 2020

For the next month, I'll be posting a new chapter every day! Read along or just listen. I'll try to do justice to the many characters and the exquisite writing. (Feel free to laugh at my British accents!)  

Enjoy and stay healthy,

Mrs. M

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