Virginia Readers’ Choice Books Elementary Nominees

The Virginia Readers’ Choice Elementary books are selected by librarians across the state for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders.

These are chosen to encourage young readers to become better acquainted with contemporary books with outstanding literary appeal, to broaden students’ awareness of literature as a life-long pleasure, to encourage reading aloud in classrooms as a means of introducing reading for pleasure, and to honor favorite books and their authors.

Click on the link to see book trailers of this year’s nominees!

Fall Book Fair

Our fall book fair is scheduled October 18th through October 26th. Once again, Scholastic will be offering both the Online Book Fair and the eWallet payment option to provide easy opportunities for families to shop for books with their students outside of the library walls.

Teachers will be able to select books for their Wish Boxes so students and families can purchase something for their classroom libraries. These boxes will be placed along the bookcase near our check out line. Just see what your child’s teacher is wishing for and take one to buy for the classroom.

Our Evening Book Sale will coincide with the Curriculum Night on Thursday, October 25th.

Welcome Back!

We are excited to begin a new year in the library at Lewis & Clark Elementary School. Students from all grade levels will have the opportunity to visit the library. The library is part of the Encore rotation, along with Art, Music, Computer and P.E.

Classes will have story time, lessons in the use of reference resources, and library lessons, among other activities. Students will have a chance to check out books each time they visit the library. If he or she forgets to return a book on library day, he or she may come during early morning check out before classes begin to exchange books.

As a Division, Caroline County schools are focusing on the 5C’s: Critical Thinking, Creative Thinking, Collaboration, Communication and Citizenship. In the library, students will engage in learning experiences that support these key life skills which are a part of the Virginia Department of Education K-12 Profile of a Graduate.

Save the Date!

Best-selling author of the original Pete the Cat books, Groovy Joe and the Nuts series, Eric Litwin, is coming to Lewis & Clark Elementary this Spring! Friday, March 9th will be an exciting day for Lewis & Clark students and staff.

Mr. Litwin brings literacy and music together in a fun-filled presentation. His award winning books have sold over 10 million copies and have been translated into 15 languages.
You can check out his music at

If your child would like to own an autographed copy of one or more of Mr. Litwin’s books, the library will pre-order them so they are ready for his personal message and signature. Order forms have been sent home in Thursday folders, or click on the words Eric Litwin.

Fall Book Fair is Coming Soon!

Our Scholastic Book Fair will be held in the library October 13th – 20th, 2017. Students will have a chance to preview the fair and write out their Wish Lists to share with their families. The book fair will be open during the Family Curriculum Night on Tuesday, October 17th from 5:00 – 7:00.

Students will be able to purchase books and other items on Tuesday evening, and during the school day on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (morning only on Friday).

You may wish to purchase a book for your teacher’s class library.  This year we will do Teacher Wish Boxes. Each teacher will have a Wish Box with books they have selected that parents can choose from as a gift from their student.

We Unmasked Super Readers at LCES

A competition was held during the month of March to see how many books could be read school-wide.  The top classes in K-2 and 3-5 were rewarded with an ice cream sundae party. Ms. Flaherty’s Fourth Graders read a total of 150 books and Ms. Smither’s First Graders read 1,686!

Congratulations go to the top reader in the upper grades, Tinsley Beazley who read 66 books and the top reader in the lower grades, Cecilia Weber who read 358 books. Well done Grizzlies!


LCES Students pick their favorite book for the Virginia Readers’ Choice Award

Students in Kindergarten – 3rd Grade voted for their favorite book in this year’s Virginia Readers’ Choice Award. I Yam a Donkey by Cece Bell was selected overwhelmingly as the favorite at Lewis & Clark Elementary with 210 votes! Second place was Wolfie by Ame Dyckman with 52 votes, and Found by Salina Yoon came in third place with 38 votes.

Check out the winning author’s website at and watch a video of the story on Type in I Yam a Donkey in the search box and select the one by Really Readdiculous.

The Spring Book Fair is Coming!

Our spring Scholastic Book Fair will be held from March 2nd-9th. Students will come with their classes to visit the library to preview the fair and see the new books from Scholastic before the sale days begin.

This year’s theme is Happy Camper.

The book fair will be open for an evening book sale on Wednesday, March 8th, coinciding with Curriculum Night. Parents, grandparents, and everyone are invited to visit the book fair!  The book fair will conclude on Thursday.

Reference Sources

Fourth and Fifth graders are exploring different types of reference books. We will learn about atlases, encyclopedias, dictionaries, and almanacs in print as well as online resources.

Virginia Readers’ Choice Awards

Lewis and Clark Elementary students in Kindergarten through Third grade will be participating in this statewide reading program. Each year ten books are selected by Virginia librarians for students to read (or be read to) and students get to vote for their favorite title in April. Only students get to vote, so it really is a readers’ choice! We will be reading them together in the library and doing activities that correspond with the books.
More information and a full list of the books can be found at