In celebration of winter break, a few of our staff members wanted to share book recommendations that they have for Hampton students to read over winter break.
Book 1 Wonder by R. J. Palacio Genre - Realistic fiction You can get Wonder by R. J. Palacio at the library, Amazon, bookstore, or any store you can buy books. R. J. Palacio’s Wonder is about a boy named August Pullman who has facial deformities that had stopped him from going to school until now. Aggie becomes the hero in this story as he faces new and different challenges when he begins fifth grade. This story is about accepting others and being kind. “Choose Kind.”I recommend Wonder to elementary and middle grade students who like realistic fiction because it is an inspiring and relatable story about a boy in fifth grade.
Book 2 The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate Genre - Fiction You can get The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate at the library, Amazon, bookstore, or any store you can buy books.
Katherine Applegate’s The One and Only Ivan is about a gorilla named Ivan that lives in a cage in a shopping mall with other animals. Ivan is a chill gorilla that likes painting. This story talks about Ivan’s relationship with Ruby, a baby elephant that is new to the shopping mall. I recommend Katherine Applegate’s The One and Only Ivan to readers who love animals and who like to read stories about friendship.
Book 3 The Wizard of Oz By: L. Frank Baum Genre: fantasy Five friends go on an adventure to visit the wizard of oz to make their wishes come true. In this adventure they have some problems. Read this book to find out more. Who would enjoy the book/ Ages : 3-10 Where to get the book : Towson Library, maybe your school library or a library.
Book 4 Guest Author: Mary Downing Hahn Genre: fantasy Two children go on an adventure to the Kinde Folke to get there brother back, but on their way there they meet more people and they have somethings they have to get through. Ages: 4 or more Where to read/ get the book:Library, school library, and library
Book 5: I would recommend the Percy Jackson series. It’s about a demigod named Perseus Jackson in a world where Greek gods are real, but so are the Greek monsters. It’s violent so second graders and under should wait. It’s author is Rick Riordan.
Book 6: My second book is Diary of an 8-Bit Warrior. It’s about a villager in Minecraft named Runt who wants to be a warrior, will he be able to complete his dream? This book is good for any elementary student who likes Minecraft. The author’s pin name is Cube Kid (Erik Gunnar Taylor). They are both fiction.
“Blossom The Flower Girl Fairy.” by Daisy Meadows. It is fiction. It is about these girls Kirsty and Rachel. They team up with fairies to try and stop Jack Frost. This time he steals Blossom’s stuff to have the wedding go smoothly. So Blossom, Kristy, and Rachel team up to try and stop Jack Frost. I would recommend this book to people who love reading about magical things. Also, I would rate this book an 8 out of 10. You can get this book at a library.
“Allies” by Alan Gratz. This book is historical fiction. This book is about D-day. It is all about these people who try to survive. There are many adventures in this book. I would recommend this book to people who love adventure. You can get this book on line or the scholastic book fair.
The book series I recommend kids to read is the Wayside School series by Louis Sachar. The genres of the books are humor and fiction. Each book is about the crazy things that happen at a three-story tall elementary school called Wayside School. From the teachers, students, cafeteria ladies, and more who work there, the story is a must-have comedy for kids (I know, I sound like a person in one of those Scholastic Bookfair ads). Any kid that loves whacky stories will love this book. You can find one at a nearby convenience store such as Target or a bookstore such as Barnes & Noble in Towson, MD.
Another book that I find interesting and other kids may as well is Jack: The (Fairly) True Tale of Jack and the Beanstalk by Liesl Shurtliff. The genre of the book is Fairy Tale. It is about a boy named Jack, known for trouble and adventure around the farm he lives in following a giant along with his sister Annabella to the giants’ huge world in the clouds. Going from pockets to kitchens, they have more fun than humanly possible to imagine without getting very hurt (Seriously, I advise you to refrain from imagining. Results include serious injuries such as brain damage, constant headaches, ringing ears, and refrigerator [don’t ask]). Though the journey isn’t for giant spoons or swimming in food, but to retrieve something he has ownership of. I believe that the age demographic that would enjoy the book most is 8 - 12 years old. That is because that is the information it says on Barnes & Noble's Website, and let’s just be honest, they know better than me. You can find the book at a Barnes & Noble, Target, or Walmart near you (assuming you’re in Towson, Maryland).
ATTACK ON TITAN
When man eating tians first appeared in 100 years ago humans found safety behind three huge barriers called the three walls Maria, Rose,and Shina Shina was the wall rich and wealthy people lived the giants stopped in their paths but the walls fell when a 60 meter titan and came destroyed the wall. It started to flood with titans the humans thought they lost Only 25,000 people left…Our protagonist, Eren jaeger's, mother was devoured by a titan. He vows to end the titan's life; he swore he would kill them all!!! He joins the scouts to take the back what was originally theirs… I suggest this to 15 and over due to the language violence. The genre is anime the manga and show is from isyama hajime
Hampton Elementary is helping people in need this holiday season. Each year Hampton Elementary holds a food drive, and this year they continued the tradition despite the unusual circumstances. In previous years, students at Hampton brought the food to their computer lab and then the student council sorted it into separate bags. This year, families were asked to donate a complete bag filled with all the things people would need for Thanksgiving dinner. People drove to Hampton to drop off the filled bags. Hampton staff members and PTA members took the bags to the Assistance Center of Towson Churches where people in the area came to pick them up. Some people misunderstood and thought that Hampton was giving out food. However, because of the amount of donations, Hampton staff were able to provide food for those people.
Another way that Hampton helps support people in need during the holiday season is by donating gift cards to Walmart and Target. Mrs. Allison Dyer, a counselor at Hampton, said that she likes to use gift cards so that people can have the experience of shopping for their families. The PTA called this initiative the Holiday Wish List Drive, and it was conducted entirely online this year. According to Melissa Heick-Rodola, the PTA’s Community Outreach Coordinator, the Hampton school community made over $2,000 in donations. In addition to those donations, a Towson area church also contacted Mrs. Dyer and offered to donate extra gift cards to Hampton families in need.
The Hampton school community has always been willing to help. Mrs. Dyer said that there has always been some type of food drive since she started working at Hampton. Originally it started as a canned goods drive and has evolved into creating food bags for the Assistance Center of Towson Churches. Mrs. Dyer said that Hampton has never had a year when they didn’t have something to donate. This year more than ever, Hampton wanted to make sure that families and members of the community had people taking care of them.
“It’s really important for those of us who can to work together to help people out,” Mrs. Dyer said. Members of the Hampton school community have taken that message in stride. Lots of families have been contacting the school this year to see what else they can do to help those need. If our readers are looking for ways to continue to help Hampton families and the Hampton community, joining the PTA or following them on social media are great ways to keep up-to-date on opportunities to help.