The Vote Is In!

Packer’s Mock Newbery Book Club’s winner is…

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

When the  announcement was made during Library to the Fourth Graders the room erupted in cheers. Yay reading! And kudos to Peter Brown for the incredible and wildly popular The Wild Robot.


4th Grade Mock Newbery Voting

The 4th grade Mock Newbery book club participants have been busy reading all year. On Thursday, January 19th they voted for their winners! The real Newbery committee is also convening and voting at ALA’s mid-winter conference in Atlanta, January 20th – 23rd. The winners will be announced on Monday, January 23rd. Check in again soon to find out the results!

Mock Newbery Kickoff Celebration at BFS

On Friday, November 18th a group of 23 4th and 5th grade Mock Newbery Book Club members went to Brooklyn Friends School for a kickoff celebration after school. Students from St. Ann’s and Brooklyn Heights Montessori were also there. There were snacks, trivia and best of all students got to meet and hear from Krishna Grady, current Newbery Committee member. A great time was had by all at this well attended event!file_003file_001file_000


Mock Newbery Kick-Off Celebration

Packer’s 4th Grade Mock Newbery Book Club is run concurrently with librarians and students at St. Ann’s, Brooklyn Friends, and Brooklyn Heights Montessori. Every year we hold a kick-off event at one of the participating schools. This year the kick-off with be at Brooklyn Friends School (BFS) located at 375 Pearl Street, Brooklyn on Friday, November 18th. We will meet in the Hart Library after school promptly at 3:20 on the 18th and walk over to BFS. The celebration will begin at 3:40pm and will run until 4:45. We will meet and discuss books with children at these nearby schools as well as hear from a special guest speaker, a current “real” Newbery committee member. Snacks will be provided. We will walk back to Packer for a 5pm pick up back in the Hart Library. Those interested in attending must have a parent email Chris Rush ( no later than 11/15. Please refer to the parent letter for more details.Newbery Seal

Sara Pennypacker

pennypackerThe illustrious author Sara Pennypacker is coming to Packer on Wednesday, October 19th. She’s the author of the popular Clementine series. Her latest book, Pax, is on the longlist for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. She will be speaking to Third and Fourth Graders in the Hart Library. If you have copies of her books you’d like signed by her, make sure you bring them in on the 19th.

Mock Newbery Book Club

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The Fourth Grade Mock Newbery Book Club is underway again this year! This is a voluntary book club that meets in the Hart Library during lunch about once a month to discuss a list of books compiled by the librarians and Packer. We had our initial meeting where members learned what was on our list. They’re busy reading away in preparation for our next meetings which will be on Thursday, October 20th and 27th. There has been such overwhelming interest (about 40 students) that we have had to split the club into two separate groups! Please stop by the Hart Library to talk to Chris and Megan about this year’s list. Happy reading!

Thanhha Lai Visit

Author Thanhha LaiInside Out will be visiting Packer on Wednesday, April 27th. She will be speaking to Third and Fourth Graders about her book, Inside Out & Back Again,a Newbery Honor Book and winner of the National Book Award, which was inspired by the author’s childhood experience of fleeing Vietnam after the Fall of Saigon and immigrating to Alabama. It’s a coming-of-age novel told in verse and has been celebrated for its touching child’s-eye view of family and immigration. Her book will be available at Packer’s Book Fair in early May.

George O’Connor is Coming to Packer!

George O’Connor is coming to Packer on OlympiansMonday, April 4, 2016. He will be visiting with the 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. He is the author of The Olympians, a series of graphic novels about Greek mythology, which are wildly popular among our students. He will be signing copies of his books so bring in yours on April 4th if you’d like to get them signed.