SJC Librarian’s Great Books Read-Aloud 2020
Echo, Chapters 18-20

Echo, Chapters 18-20

April 30, 2020

It's hard to stop reading - want so much to find out what happens next.

Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 14, Snape’s Grudge

Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 14, Snape’s Grudge

April 30, 2020

What do you all think of Severus Snape? I think he's just misunderstood...

Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 13, Gryffindor Versus Ravenclaw

Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 13, Gryffindor Versus Ravenclaw

April 29, 2020

Welcome back guest reader from Seattle, Washington: the incomparable Laura Z! 

Too bad we all can't watch Quidditch matches -- especially ones like this -- on ESPN. 

Echo, Chapters 14-17

Echo, Chapters 14-17

April 29, 2020

Friedrich and his family have much to fear. But reader, don't forget the midwife's prophecy from the fairy tale at the beginning of the book: "Your fate is not yet sealed. Even in the darkest night, a star will shine, a bell will chime, a path will be revealed."

Echo, Chapters 10-13

Echo, Chapters 10-13

April 28, 2020

The terrifying reality of life under Hitler is starting to hit home for Friedrich and his father.

Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 12, The Patronus

Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 12, The Patronus

April 28, 2020

What if your happiest memory could save you from a Dementor?

Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 11, The Firebolt

Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 11, The Firebolt

April 28, 2020

Our favorite guest reader, Camilla S, direct from London, UK. Thank you as always Camilla!

Echo, Chapters 7-9

Echo, Chapters 7-9

April 27, 2020

The scary truth about the Hitler youth.

Echo, Chapters 5 & 6

Echo, Chapters 5 & 6

April 26, 2020

Friedrich discovers a...ghost? And learns something disturbing about his beloved sister.

Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 10, The Marauder’s Map

Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 10, The Marauder’s Map

April 26, 2020

Harry gets an incredible, and possibly dangerous, gift from Fred and George.

Echo, Chapter 4

Echo, Chapter 4

April 25, 2020

Friedrich works and learns at the factory, but not everyone is on his side.

Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 9, Grim Defeat

Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 9, Grim Defeat

April 25, 2020

Guest Reader Alert: Thank you Sarah W, from T. Ford Library!

Echo, Chapters 1-3

Echo, Chapters 1-3

April 24, 2020

Bullies abound, but Friedrich's family has his back.

Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 8, Flight of the Fat Lady

Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 8, Flight of the Fat Lady

April 24, 2020

Professors Lupin and Snape - friends?

NEW BOOK STARTS NOW:  Echo, by Pam Munoz Ryan

NEW BOOK STARTS NOW: Echo, by Pam Munoz Ryan

April 23, 2020

Woohoo - on to our next GREAT book. This time, it's Echo, a book that is a whopping 585 pages long BUT flies by. The characters in this book will warm and break your heart - they will stay with you long after we finish reading. Get ready for an epic saga that takes place around the world and in the beginning at least, in a fairy tale world somewhere in a forest in Germany...I love this book and can't wait to read it with you.  Enjoy!

Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 7, The Boggart in the Wardrobe

Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 7, The Boggart in the Wardrobe

April 23, 2020

This chapter reminded me of Monsters Inc...

Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 6, Talons and Tea Leaves

Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 6, Talons and Tea Leaves

April 23, 2020

Really, should anyone seek to know their future?

The Wild Robot Escapes, Chapters  86 - Epilogue

The Wild Robot Escapes, Chapters 86 - Epilogue

April 23, 2020

Sometimes the world needs a happy ending : )

Tomorrow, a new book - stay tuned for updates!

The Wild Robot Escapes, Chapters 79-85

The Wild Robot Escapes, Chapters 79-85

April 21, 2020

Is Roz dead?

Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 5, The Dementor

Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 5, The Dementor

April 21, 2020

Creepy creatures coming to Hogwarts.

The Wild Robot Escapes, Chapters  74-78

The Wild Robot Escapes, Chapters 74-78

April 20, 2020

Oh no, RECOs. Lots of them.

Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 4, The Leaky Cauldron

Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 4, The Leaky Cauldron

April 20, 2020

The gang is back together again, getting back-to-school supplies. What could possibly go wrong?

The Wild Robot Escapes, Chapters  68-73

The Wild Robot Escapes, Chapters 68-73

April 19, 2020

There's little that scares a mother more than when she loses her child in a big city.

Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 3, The Knight Bus

Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 3, The Knight Bus

April 19, 2020

Harry, a runaway on the streets of London?

The Wild Robot Escapes, Chapters 63-67

The Wild Robot Escapes, Chapters 63-67

April 18, 2020

Big waves, deep water, and a whale.

Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 2, Aunt Marge’s Big Mistake
The Wild Robot Escapes, Chapters 57-62

The Wild Robot Escapes, Chapters 57-62

April 17, 2020

Life on the run can be dangerous.

Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 1, Owl Post

Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 1, Owl Post

April 17, 2020

Away we go! The 3rd book begins with a birthday and some very good friends. Watch for some guest readers from around the world in coming chapters.

HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN STARTS TOMORROW!

HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN STARTS TOMORROW!

April 17, 2020

Get ready for Book 3 in the Harry Potter series. The wizards and witches return to Hogwarts for another thrilling year.

The Wild Robot Escapes, Chapters 51-56

The Wild Robot Escapes, Chapters 51-56

April 17, 2020

Roz and Brightbill are on the run!

Harry Potter & Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 18, Dobby’s Reward

Harry Potter & Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 18, Dobby’s Reward

April 17, 2020

Another school year wraps up at Hogwarts, with even more secrets and surprises at the very end. Tune in tomorrow as we start book 3:Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban!

And if you are an SJC student in grades 2-4, be sure to log in and take the AR quiz on Chamber of Secrets. Lots of points (and lots of prizes to be won).

Thanks for listening,

Mrs. M

The Wild Robot Escapes, Chapters 46-50

The Wild Robot Escapes, Chapters 46-50

April 15, 2020

Goodbyes are never easy.

Harry Potter & Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 17, The Heir of Slytherin

Harry Potter & Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 17, The Heir of Slytherin

April 15, 2020

What and who are down in the Chamber?!

The Wild Robot Escapes, Chapters 40-45

The Wild Robot Escapes, Chapters 40-45

April 14, 2020

A midnight surgery in a dark, deserted barn. What could go wrong?

Harry Potter & Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 16, The Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter & Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 16, The Chamber of Secrets

April 14, 2020

As multiple secrets start to unravel, Harry and Ron find themselves dangerously close to a dark force that wants them dead.

The Wild Robot Escapes, Chapters 31-39

The Wild Robot Escapes, Chapters 31-39

April 13, 2020

Reunited, and it feels so good...

Harry Potter & Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 15, Aragog

Harry Potter & Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 15, Aragog

April 13, 2020

Um...spiders. Get ready for spiders.  Good thing our wonderful guest reader doesn't mind spiders!  Please welcome Katie Filbin, Librarian at St. Francis Xavier School in La Grange, as she reads to us all about...very scary spiders.  Thanks Katie!

The Wild Robot Escapes, Chapters 25-30

The Wild Robot Escapes, Chapters 25-30

April 13, 2020

Sadly, today's chapters are all too relevant for many of our American neighbors in the south. Tornado season is here - but clearly, Roz was built for protecting her farm.

Harry Potter & Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 14, Cornelius Fudge

Harry Potter & Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 14, Cornelius Fudge

April 13, 2020

Guest reader alert! Please welcome Uma Nori, Head of Youth Services at the Thomas Ford Library here in Western Springs, IL.  Known as Ms. Uma to her many fans, she is a local treasure. Thank you Uma!

The Wild Robot Escapes, Chapters 17-24

The Wild Robot Escapes, Chapters 17-24

April 11, 2020

Uh oh, wolves.

Harry Potter & Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 13, The Very Secret Diary

Harry Potter & Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 13, The Very Secret Diary

April 11, 2020

All diaries have secrets, but this one has that little something extra.

The Wild Robot Escapes, Chapters 8-16

The Wild Robot Escapes, Chapters 8-16

April 10, 2020

Life on the farm turns out to be pretty wonderful. But Roz still has a longing...

Harry Potter & Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 12, The Polyjuice Potion

Harry Potter & Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 12, The Polyjuice Potion

April 10, 2020

The potion is ready! But will all go as planned?

The Wild Robot Escapes, Chapters 1-8

The Wild Robot Escapes, Chapters 1-8

April 9, 2020

Roz wakes up in a very different world...with humans!

Harry Potter & Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 11, The Dueling Club

Harry Potter & Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 11, The Dueling Club

April 9, 2020

No one reads aloud like a librarian! Welcome today's guest reader, Sarah Wilson, Youth Services Librarian at the Thomas Ford Library.  Thank you Sarah! I can't wait for the T. Ford to reopen : )

NEW BOOK STARTS TONIGHT: The Wild Robot Escapes, by Peter Brown
The Wild Robot, Chapters 76-80

The Wild Robot, Chapters 76-80

April 8, 2020

The exciting and emotional...end? This might be the last installment of The Wild Robot, but I assure you, the story is not over. 

Come back tomorrow for the sequel!

Harry Potter & Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 10, The Rogue Bludger

Harry Potter & Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 10, The Rogue Bludger

April 8, 2020

More Quidditch! And a very bizarre injury for poor Harry.

The Wild Robot, Chapters 71-75

The Wild Robot, Chapters 71-75

April 7, 2020

Action, danger, and some serious damage. Things are getting serious.

Harry Potter & Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 9, The Writing on the Wall

Harry Potter & Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 9, The Writing on the Wall

April 7, 2020

Dead cats, dingy toilets, ghostly professors...and some untold history of Hogwarts.

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