Library News

"Take 2" Library Books for the Summer!

It's time again for "Take 2," which means Shabonee students may borrow two library books for the summer. In order to participate, students must have no overdue books or outstanding fees. (5th grade students may return their books to the Wood Oaks library.)

If you'd like to "Take 2," please return the signed permission slip to the library by Thursday, May 23rd.

Click here for a digital copy of the permission slip.

Time for Summer Reading!

Summer is almost here! The Shabonee PTA is generously providing a special book for all Shabonee students to read over the summer. 

3rd grade students will be reading Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie by Julie Sternberg.  Click here to read about the author and the book.

4th grade students will be reading The Thing About Georgie by Lisa Graff. Click here to read about the author and the book.

5th grade students will be reading Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea. Click here to read about the author and the book.

The New Book Match List is Here!

Our library is buzzing with news about next year's Book Match list! There are 50 titles on the list. The books were chosen by teachers and students. Any interested incoming 4th or 5th grader is welcome to join the Book Match team! Team members are encouraged to read at least 10 books from the list. In addition to the multiple copies we have in the library, the Northbrook Public Library also has copies of these books. Look for information about the Book Match program in next year's club descriptions, and sign up next October!

Click here for the Book Match book list.

Have you joined a Chat & Chew yet?

Chat & Chew is our school book club opportunity for students and an optional adult guest. Our Chat & Chew book clubs take place during lunch and recess on a designated day. We meet to discuss the book, and eat lunch together!

Our next Chat & Chew is for any interested 3rd grade student, and we will be reading the book Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate. 3rd grade permission slip

The Chat & Chew will take place on Thursday, March 14th. Email Ms. Parker, Shabonee school librarian, ( or Mrs. Singer, reading coordinator, ( to RSVP!

Announcing our first Dine & Discuss!

Similar to the Chat & Chew, our “Dine & Discuss” is an evening edition book club, open to any interested 5th grade student with an accompanying adult guest. It will take place on Thursday, March 14th, from 6:30 to 7:45 pm. We will be serving a light dinner, and will be discussing the book Ghost, by Jason Reynolds.

5th grade permission slip

Email Ms. Parker, Shabonee school librarian, ( or Mrs. Singer, reading coordinator, ( to RSVP!

November 15th is Family Reading Night!

November 15th is an Illinois Family Reading Night sponsored by Jesse White, State Librarian. The district librarians are encouraging all District 27 families to read together sometime during this week. Click here to see a chart for some fun ways to get involved in reading. (Maybe you can even complete all of the activities by the end of the weekend!) Photos of families reading together will be displayed in the school libraries. If you would like to share a photo of your family reading, please email Ms. Parker, Shabonee school librarian (

October is the perfect month for mystery!

To get ready for our author visit, students have been thinking about the mystery genre, as well as becoming familiar with the book, Under Their Skin, by Haddix.

After brainstorming the “ingredients” we might put into a mystery-themed muffin, students went shopping at the Mystery Shop (previously known as the Dolphin Room), to see if they could find the ingredients to make a mystery. Students had to think about what kinds of clues and settings they might need, as well as what kind of atmospheric details they might want in order to make their mystery just right.

To help our understanding of what elements make up a mystery, we have also been reading a part of Under Their Skin, by Margaret Peterson Haddix. We are completely caught up in the story of twins Eryn and Nick, who are suspicious of the fact that their mother and new stepfather never want them to meet their step siblings, Ava and Jackson! Eryn and Nick won’t stop until they can figure out exactly what is going on, and we can’t stop reading to find out what happens next!

mystery shop


Author Visit News!

Have you heard about our upcoming author visit? Mystery and suspense author Margaret Peterson Haddix will be visiting Shabonee School on November 7th!

You can read about Margaret’s books on her website:

All library classes will be spending time learning about Margaret, as well as what makes a mystery book so especially fun to read! (And write!)

Margaret will be signing books the day of her visit! Students can bring in their own copies of her books, or they can order books through a school book order (supplied by The Book Bin.) The order form for Margaret’s books will go home with students in October.

We will also be holding a very special Chat & Chew “Author Visit” edition. On November 1st, 5th-grade students and an optional adult guest are invited to attend a book “Chat & Chew” during lunch and recess on that day. We will be discussing the book Running Out of Time, by Haddix. If you’d like to sign up to participate, you can turn in a permission form, or email Ms. Parker at, or Mrs. Singer at