Category Archives: Books

Who is Gene Luen Yang?


  1. He is a teacher

  1. He is a cartoonist / comic book author.

Here’s his website:

Why Comics Belong in the Classroom, 10 minutes

  1. He is the author of ABC or “American Born Chinese”

Here are 9 things to know about him:

Three Little Birds

The Saint Paul Civic Symphony came to our school on Tuesday, May 16th. Carol Henseler has been working very hard to organize for us this concert.

Would you like to hear the story again? Watch the video below and then retell it in your own words and pictures. Can you retell it in just 6 or 7 scenes?


“What happens when characters from Star Wars, the movie, attend a classical music concert? Discover the answer for yourself at one of the Twin Cities most fun, interactive, and free family events for all ages-the Saint Paul Civic Symphony Children’s Concert in collaboration with artists from ArtStart!

Led by artists and performers from ArtStart, the concert features an original composition “The Three Little Birds – A Tale from Guinea, West Africa” composed by Jan Gilbert for symphony orchestra and performers from Duniya Dance & Drum ensemble”


Whatcha Readin’ Mr. Avirom?

Here are some new (to me) books that I’m excited about!

Do you love comic books a.k.a graphic novels?

Do you wish there was something for readers at (Guided Reading) Level  I-J-K?

Well these books are for you!

Blip! and other TOON BOOKS:


Bunny + Ninjitsu = BUNjitsu!



Flat Stanley!


Fly Guy!


Do you like animals? Want to hear about the BEST NEW children’s Books?

Head to…Wild RUMPUS!

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My 12 Favorite Books / Authors

  1. Jon Scieszka.
  2. Charles Smith Jr.
  3. Langston Hughes

I also REAAAAALLLY love poems:

Here are some helpful links:


Best poems for choral reading:

Become a poem hunter


Our First Eagle’s Nest T-Shirt!

EXTRA! Extra ! Read all about it!

Produced by ELPIS , the T Shirts are here!

“The business of hope for youth

Elpis Enterprises (Elpis is Greek for Hope) is a Saint Paul-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides job training, work experience and job placement for homeless or precariously-housed young people ages 16-23. Through several social enterprises, youth build skills, build experience and build relationships in the community. Young people develop as individuals and potential employees by working in real enterprises gaining the skills, knowledge, and confidence necessary to overcome homelessness and become contributing members of our community.”

Shirt design by Caroline and Evelyn. Many thanks to ALL

students who submitted designs this year!

Here’s how Elpis made it:

Free Comic Book Day 2016!

I brought some friends this year:

And I have a few comics to share:

Here are some of the Comic Book Artists whose autograph I got this year:

  1. Dave Wheeler drew a beutiful Rey SkyWalker for our classroom.
  2. Blue Delliquanti draws comics for teens and older, mostly about robots, because, as you know, everybody loves robots!
  3. I met Otis Frampton, author of Oddly Normal, for the second year in a row.


He will be at the Barnes and Noble Book Fair at Har Mar Mall on May 21st:

Saturday May 21, 2016 10:00 AM
(Local Interest)
Event Description
Stop in today and enjoy the wonderful events planned for your enjoyment by the students, parents and staff of Four Seasons A+ Elementary school.


Roseville II

HarMar Mall
2100 North Snelling Ave
Roseville, MN 55113

Store Hours:

Sun 9-9
Mon-Sat 9-10

Happy Birthday, William Shakespeare


  1. PBS
  4. Do you know how many plays Shakespeare wrote? Watch and find out! William Shakespeare is one of our ‘Shakespeare Lives‘ videos, about his life and some of his most famous plays:

Some Quotes: