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Mr. Bret D. Wheadon
bwheadon@dsdmail.net
(801) 402-1658
Library Hours:
9:00 AM - 3:15 PM

School Library Mission Statement

Welcome to Oak Hills Media Center!  My focus is to:

  • assist students and teachers in their respective roles as active learners & facilitators;
  • encourage a love of reading;
  • teach students the basic methods of effective information gathering and dissemination;
  • introduce students to a wide and varied range of literature.

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RECOMMENDED READING


Need ideas for something to read? Here are some age-appropriate lists of a wide range of books that have received starred reviews from national publications:
 
 

Library Standards

The Library Media DESK focuses and prioritizes the reading and information literacy skills that students need to know and be able to use to help them read and research effectively in all subjects and with a variety of technologies.

Elementary DESK
K-5 Elementary Library Media Standards and Scope and Sequence 
 

Secondary DESK Standards
6-12 Secondary Library Media Standards  
Utah State Board of Education Library Media Standards

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About Mr. Wheadon

 
 

 


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I have been the librarian at Oak Hills since September 1994.

I am a graduate of Viewmont High School,and earned a Bachelor's degree in English with an emphasis in Children's Literature from Weber State University.

I have always loved to read, as well as sing.

I am currently a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, which I joined in 2002; and in the past I have appeared in numerous theatrical productions around the Wasatch Front and have acted at Rodgers Memorial Theater, Desert Star Playhouse, and Hale Centre Theater.

I'm told I have a dynamic reading style and wide knowledge of children's literature.

My favorite authors include: Roald Dahl, Frances Hodgson Burnett, L.M. Montgomery, John Christopher, J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Dickens, Madeleine L'Engle, Lloyd Alexander, Agatha Christie, Rex Stout, J.K. Rowling, Jonathan Stroud, Jack McDevitt, and Isaac Asimov.
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My birthday is October 3rd.

I was born in San Jose, California, and moved to Utah with my family when I was ten years old. I still miss winters in California.

At my High School graduation party, I was voted "Most Likely To Join The Mormon Tabernacle Choir".

Students keep asking me: "What are your favorite children's books, Mr. Wheadon?" So, here they are, the books I loved when I was a small boy (and still love):

James and the Giant Peach (Roald Dahl),
The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins (Dr. Seuss)

My favorite treat is chocolate cake doughnuts with chocolate frosting and nuts (hint, hint).

Despite enjoying high cultural works by authors such as William Shakespeare, Charlotte Brontë, and Charles Dickens, I possess a hidden dark side: ...I have an affinity for cheesy science fiction movies, like The Brain From Planet Arous, Plan 9 From Outer Space, and The Green Slime. (It really drives my friends crazy!)

Reading Quotes

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Quotes About Reading

 

 

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 What a joy to match the perfect book
with the perfect reader
. ~ Lloyd Alexander

 

Literature helps us to see with other eyes,
to imagine with other imaginations,
to feel with other hearts,
as well as with our own. ~ C.S. Lewis

 


 

I cannot live without books. ~ Thomas Jefferson

 


 

The book to read is not the one which thinks for you,
but the one that makes you think. ~ James McCosh

 


 

Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend.
Inside a dog it's too dark to read. ~ Groucho Marx

 


 

Except a living man, there is nothing more wonderful
than a book. ~ Charles Kingsley

 


 

A good book is the best of friends,
the same today and forever. ~ Martin Tupper

 


 

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends,
they are the most accessable and wisest of counellors,
and the most patient of teachers. ~ Charles W. Eliot

 


 

Reading is to the mind what exercise is
to the body. ~ Richard Steele

 


 

In a very real sense, people who have read good books
have lived more than people who cannot or will not read.
~ S.I. Hayakawa

 


 

There is more treasure in books than in all
the pirates loot on Treasure Island. ~ Walt Disney

 


 

Read. Read like a wolf eats. ~ Gary Paulsen

 


 

The end of reading is not more books,
but more life. ~ Holbrook Jackson

 


 

When I get a little money I buy books, and if any is left,
I buy food and clothes. ~ Desiderius Erasmus

 


 

The book that help you the most are the ones which make you
think the most. ~ Theodore Parker

 


 

The things I want to know are in books. My best friend
is the man who'll get me a book I ain't read. ~ Abraham Lincoln

 


 

What a school thinks about its library is a measure
of what it thinks about education. ~ Harold Howe

 


 
We read to know we are not alone. ~ C.S. Lewis

 


 

Good children's literature appeals not only to
the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child. ~ Anonymous

 


 

Books are men of higher stature;
the only men that speak aloud
for future times to hear. ~ E.S. Barrett

 


 

A book is good company.
It is full of conversation without loquacity.
It comes to your longing with full instruction,
but pursues you never. ~ Henry Ward Beecher

 


 

Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?
~ Henry Ward Beecher

 


 

When we read a story, we inhabit it.
The covers of the book are like a roof and four walls.
What is to happen next will take place within the four walls of the story.
And this is possible because the story's voice makes everything its own.
~ John Berger

 


 

Books, I found, had the power to make time
stand still, retreat or fly into the future.
~ Jim Bishop

 


 

Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.
~ Emilie Buchwald

 


 

The best effect of any book is that it excites the reader to self activity.
~ Thomas Carlyle

 


 

A good book is the purest essence of a human soul.
~ Thomas Carlyle

 


 

A truly great book should be read in youth,
again in maturity and once more in old age,
as a fine building should be seen by morning light,
at noon and by moonlight.
~ Robertson Davies

 


 

There is nothing in literature which does not,
in some degree, percolate into life. ~ C.S. Lewis

 


 

It is a great thing to start life with a small number
of really good books which are your very own.
~ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

 


 

If we encounter a man of rare intellect,
we should ask him what books he reads.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 


 

The person who deserves most pity is a lonesome one
on a rainy day who doesn't know how to read.
~ Benjamin Franklin

 


 

Read books. They are good for us.
~ Natalie Goldberg

 


 

These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper,
but
minds alive on the shelves.
~ Gilbert Highet

 


 

You may have tangible wealth untold;
Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
Richer than I you can never be -
I had a mother who read to me.
~Strickland Gillilan

 


 

A good book should leave you…slightly exhausted at the end.
You live several lives while reading it."
~William Styron

 


 

You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page
and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.
~Paul Sweeney

 


 

There is no mistaking a real book when one meets it. It is like falling in love.
~Christopher Morley

 


 

God and great people have put their wisdom and counsel,
their caution and best thoughts in books.
~ Jeffrey R. Holland

 

Quotes From Children's Books

 

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“Open your heart. Someone will come.
Someone will come for you.
But first you must open your heart.”

~ Kate DiCamillo, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

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“People aren't either wicked or noble.
They're like chef's salads, with good things
and bad things chopped and mixed together
in a vinaigrette of confusion and conflict.”

~ Lemony Snicket, The Grim Grotto

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“A sailor chooses the wind
that takes the ship from a safe port.
Ah, yes, but once you're abroad, as you have seen,
winds have a mind of their own.
Be careful, Charlotte, careful of the wind you choose.”

~ Avi, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

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"Of course they needed to care.
It was the meaning of everything."

~ Lois Lowry, The Giver

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“But all the magic I have known
I've had to make myself.”
~ Shel Silverstein, Where the Sidewalk Ends

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“If I fret over tomorrow, I'll have little joy today.”
~ Lloyd Alexander, Taran Wanderer

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“The more men see of the world,
the bigger their hearts”

~ Avi, At the Edge of the World

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“Even the strongest and bravest must sometimes weep.
It shows they have a great heart,
one that can feel compassion for others.”

~ Brian Jacques, Redwall

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“If nature has made you for a giver,
your hands are born open, and so is your heart;
and though there may be times when your hands are empty,
your heart is always full, and you can give things out of that
--warm things, kind things, sweet things
--help and comfort and laughter
--and sometimes... kind laughter is the best help of all.”

~ Frances Hodgson Burnett, A Little Princess

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“What is real and what is not? Can you tell me or I you?
Perhaps we shall never know more than this—
that to think a thing is to make it true.”
~ P.L. Travers, Mary Poppins

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“It all depends on you.
If you want it to be different,
it will be different.
Don't look at the world
with your eyes

but with your heart.”
~ Avi, The End of the Beginning: Being the Adventures of a Small Snail

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Can that be its secret? To think more for others than ourselves?'
That would seem to be one of its secrets, at least,'
replied Fflewddur. 'Once you've discovered that,
you've discovered a great secret indeed.”

~ Lloyd Alexander, The Castle of Llyr

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"The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain.
It's the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared."
~ Lois Lowry, The Giver

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“The journey is the treasure.”
~ Lloyd Alexander, The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio

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"No thief, however skillful,
can rob one of knowledge,
and that is why knowledge is the best
and safest treasure to acquire."

~ L. Frank Baum The Lost Princess of Oz

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"So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow,
nurtured by the voices of all those authors
who had sent their books out into the world
like ships on the sea.
These books gave Matilda a hopeful and
comforting message: You are not alone."

~ Roald Dahl, Matilda

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“Yes, it is hard to discover a truth.
But it is much harder to be unable to do anything about it.
It's as if you know for certain a building will collapse
and not one soul?not even those within?
will listen to your warning.
Hearing truth makes many deaf.”

~ Avi, Sophia's War: A Tale of the Revolution

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“It is important that you say what you mean to say.
Time is too short. You must speak the words that matter.”

~ Kate DiCamillo, The Magician's Elephant

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“How much good inside a day?
Depends how good you live ‘em.
How much love inside a friend?
Depends how much you give ‘em.”
~ Shel Silverstein, A Light in the Attic

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“Behind one truth there is always yet another.”
~ Lloyd Alexander, The Iron Ring

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“Don't be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life.
You don't have to live forever, you just have to live.”
~ Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting

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“Have you ever heard the wonderful silence just before the dawn?
Or the quiet and calm just as a storm ends?
Or perhaps you know the silence when you
haven't the answer to a question you've been asked,
or the hush of a country road at night,
or the expectant pause of a room full of people
when someone is just about to speak,
or, most beautiful of all, the moment after the door closes
and you're alone in the whole house?
Each one is different, you know,
and all very beautiful if you listen carefully.”

~ Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

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“When a young man talks to
an old man, it is always a gift.”

~ Avi, Catch You Later, Traitor

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“Is there worse evil than that
which goes in the mask of good?”

~ Lloyd Alexander, The High King

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“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.”
~  Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

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“You may tire of reality but you never tire of dreams.”
~ L.M. Montgomery, The Road to Yesterday

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"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It's not."

~ Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

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“You will find joy, frustration and sorrow in your quest.
Never forget that friendship and loyalty are more precious than riches...
Happiness can be brief, but it knows no time in the land of dreams.”

~ Brian Jacques, Pearls of Lutra

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“ALICE
She drank from a bottle called DRINK ME
And she grew so tall,
She ate from a plate called TASTE ME
And down she shrank so small.
And so she changed, while other folks

Never tried nothin' at all.”

~ Shel Silverstein, Where the Sidewalk Ends

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“Here is my secret. It is very simple:
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly;
what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

~ The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Expuery

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“Neither refuse to give help when it is needed,...
nor refuse to accept it when it is offered.”

~ Lloyd Alexander, The Book of Three

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"Well, we all make mistakes, dear, so just put it behind you.
We should regret our mistakes and learn from them,
but never carry them forward into the future with us."

~ L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea

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“Real isn't how you are made,” said the Skin Horse.
“It's a thing that happens to you.
When a child loves you for a long, long time,
not just to play with, but REALLY loves you,
then you become Real.”

“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.

“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse,
for he was always truthful.
“When you are Real you don't mind being hurt.”

~ The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

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“If you want truth, you should begin by giving it.”
~ Lloyd Alexander, Taran Wanderer

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“Defend the weak,
protect both young and old,

never desert your friends.
Give justice to all, be fearless in battle
and always ready to defend the right."
—The law of Badger Lords”

~ Brian Jacques, Lord Brocktree

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“I trust you to find the good in me,
but the bad I must be sure
you don't overlook.”

~ Gail Carson Levine, Ella Enchanted

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“Life's a forge! Yes, and hammer and anvil, too!
You'll be roasted, smelted, and pounded,
and you'll scarce know what's happening to you.
But stand boldly to it!
Metal's worthless till it's shaped and tempered!
More labor than luck.
Face the pounding, don't fear the proving;
and you'll stand well against any hammer and anvil.”

~ Lloyd Alexander, Taran Wanderer

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“You have plenty of courage, I am sure,” answered Oz.
“All you need is confidence in yourself.
There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger.
The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid,
and that kind of courage you have in plenty.”

~ The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

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"Promise me you'll remember,
you are BRAVER than you believe,
STRONGER than you seem,
SMARTER than you think."

~ Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne

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"We gained control of many things. But we had to let go of others."
~ Lois Lowry, The Giver

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“Everything's a story - You are a story - I am a story.”
~  Frances Hodgeson Burnett, A Little Princess

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“Shall we make a new rule of life from tonight:
always try to be a little kinder than is necessary?”
~ The Little White Bird by J.M. Barrie

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“You must never feel badly about making mistakes
… as long as you take the trouble to learn from them.
For you often learn more by being wrong for the right reasons
than you do by being right for the wrong reasons.”

~ The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

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“Life, with its rules, its obligations, and its freedoms,
is like a sonnet: You're given the form,
but you have to write the sonnet yourself.”

~ Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time

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"There are those, who must first learn loss, despair, and grief.
Of all paths to wisdom, this is the cruelest and longest.
Are you one who must follow such a way?
This even I cannot know. If you are, take heart nonetheless.
Those who reach the end do more than gain wisdom.
As rough wool becomes cloth, and crude clay a vessel,
so do they change and fashion wisdom for others,
and what they give back is greater than what they won.”

~ Lloyd Alexander, The High King

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“All little creatures are beautiful...
every living thing when it first sees life is born in beauty.
What they grow to be is a different matter.”

~ Brian Jacques, Outcast of Redwall

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“Never do anything by halves
if you want to get away with it.
Be outrageous. Go the whole hog.
Make sure everything you do is so
completely crazy it's unbelievable”

~ Matilda by Roald Dahl

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"No act of kindness,
no matter how small,
is ever wasted."

~  The Lion and the Mouse by Aesop

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“Believing takes practice.”
~  A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle

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“You must be filled with expectancy.
You must be awash in hope.

You must wonder who will love you,
whom you will love next.”

~ Kate DiCamillo, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

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"I believe the nicest and sweetest days
are not those on which anything very splendid or
wonderful or exciting happens but just those
that bring simple little pleasures, following one
another softly, like pearls slipping off a string."

~ L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea

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"He wept, and it felt as if the tears were cleansing him,
as if his body needed to empty itself."

~ Lois Lowry, Messenger

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“Weapons may be carried by creatures
who are evil, dishonest, violent or lazy.
The true warrior is good, gentle and honest.
His bravery comes from within himself;
he learns to conquer his own fears and misdeeds.

~ Brian Jacques, Mattimeo

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“Where you tend a rose, my lad, a thistle cannot grow.”
~ The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

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“Maybe you have to know the darkness
before you can appreciate the light.”

~ Madeleine L'Engle, A Ring of Endless Light

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"It doesn't matter who you are or what you look like,
so long as somebody loves you."

~ Roald Dahl, The Witches

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“Happiness can be found in the darkest of times 
if only one remembers to turn on the light.” 

~ Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

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“Now, don't be angry after you've been afraid.
That's the worst kind of cowardice.”

~ Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book

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“Love is a great beautifier.”
~ Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

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“Time is a gift, given to you,
given to give you the time you need,
the time you need to have the time of your life. ”

~ Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

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“Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.”
~  One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss

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“At Tara in this fateful hour,
I place all Heaven with its power,
And the sun with its brightness,
And the snow with its whiteness,
And the fire with all the strength it hath,
And the lightning with its rapid wrath,
And the winds with their swiftness along their path,
And the sea with its deepness,
And the rocks with their steepness,
And the earth with its starkness:
All these I place,
By God's almighty help and grace
Between myself and the powers of darkness!”

~ Madeleine L'Engle, A Swiftly Tilting Planet

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“Indeed, the more we find to love,
the more we add to the measure of our hearts.”

~ Lloyd Alexander, The Black Cauldron

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“If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face.
And when that person has ugly thoughts every day,
every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier
until you can hardly bear to look at it.


A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly.
You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth
and a double chin and stick-out teeth,
but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face
like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”

~ The Twits by Roald Dahl

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"There's no place like home."
~  The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

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Piglet: "How do you spell love?"
Pooh: "You don't spell it, you feel it."
~  Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne

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“Listen to the MUSTN’TS, child,
Listen to the DON’TS
Listen to the SHOULDN’TS
The IMPOSSIBLES, the WON’TS
Listen to the NEVER HAVES
Then listen close to me—
Anything can happen, child,
ANYTHING can be.”
~ Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

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“I don’t understand it any more than you do,
but one thing I’ve learned is that you don’t have
to understand things for them to be.”

~  A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

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“If something is there, you can only see it with your eyes open,
but if it isn't there, you can see it just as well with your eyes closed.
That's why imaginary things are often easier to see than real ones.”

~ Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

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“‘What day is it?’, asked Winnie the Pooh.
‘It’s today,’ squeaked Piglet.
‘My favorite day,’ said Pooh.”
~ The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne

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“Fate may be thwarted.”
~ Gail Carson Levine, Ever

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"Above all, watch with glittering eyes
the whole world around you,
because the greatest secrets are always hidden
in the most unlikely places. Those who don't
believe in magic will never find it."

~ The Minpins by Roald Dahl

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“The most important reason
for going from one place to another
is to see what's in between.”

~ Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

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"Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them."
~ Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne

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“Thinking is a bit uncomfortable, but you'll get used to it.
A matter of time and practice.”

~ Lloyd Alexander, The Iron Ring

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"It's no use to go back to yesterday
because I was a different person then."

~  Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

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"Sometimes," said Pooh; "the smallest things
take up the most room in your heart."

~ Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne

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"Sometimes I've believed as many as six
impossible things before breakfast."

~ Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There by Lewis Caroll

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“I intend to follow the path of virtue. It will not be overcrowded.”
~ Lloyd Alexander, Westmark

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“When someone is crying, of course,
the noble thing to do is to comfort them.
But if someone is trying to hide their tears,
it may also be noble to pretend
you do not notice them.”

~ A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

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"A heart is not judged by how much you love;
but by how much you are loved by others"

~ L. Frank Baum (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

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“Say the word 'quest' out loud.
It is an extraordinary word, isn't it?
So small and yet so full of wonder,
so full of hope.”

~ Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux

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"But the children knew,
as I'm sure you know,
that the worst surroundings
in the world can be
tolerated if the people
in them are interesting
and kind."

~  The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

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“You’re mad, bonkers, completely off your head.
But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.”

~  Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

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“Seize the day, whatever's in it to seize,
before something comes along and seizes you.”

~ Lloyd Alexander, The Arkadians

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"The moment you doubt whether you can fly,
you cease forever to be able to do it."

~ Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

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"Who in the world am I? Ah, that's the great puzzle."
~ Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

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“Love... is a powerful, wonderful, ridiculous thing,
capable of moving mountains. And spools of thread.”
~ Kate DiCamillo, Tale of Despereaux

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“I only knew that there was a certain rightness in life--
the feeling you got when you did something
the way you knew you should.”

~ Laurence Yep, Dragonwings

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“And Max, the king of all wild things, was lonely
and wanted to be where someone loved him best of all.”

~  Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

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“Words can be worrisome, people complex,
motives and manners unclear.
Grant her the wisdom to choose her path right,
free from unkindness and fear.”

~  Blueberry Girl by Neil Gaiman

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“Llonio said life was a net for luck;
to Hevydd the Smith life was a forge;
and to Dwyvach the Weaver-Woman a loom.
They spoke truly, for it is all of these.
But you,' Taran said, his eyes meeting the potter's,
'you have shown me life is one thing more.
It is clay to be shaped,
as raw clay on a potter's wheel.”

~ Lloyd Alexander, Taran Wanderer

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“The reason birds can fly and we can't
is simply because they have perfect faith,
for to have faith is to have wings.”

~ J.M. Barrie, The Little White Bird

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“Books can truly change our lives:
the lives of those who read them,
the lives of those who write them.
Readers and writers alike discover things
they never knew about the world
and about themselves.”

~ Lloyd Alexander, Time Cat

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"Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?"
"That depends a good deal on where you want to get to."
"I don't much care where –"

"Then it doesn't matter which way you go."

~ Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

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"So many things are possible
just as long as you don't know
they're impossible."

~ The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

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“Perhaps to be able to learn things quickly isn't everything.
To be kind is worth a great deal to other people...
Lots of clever people have done harm and have been wicked.”

~ Frances Hodgeson Burnett, A Little Princess

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“You can always trust a dog that likes peanut butter.”
~ Kate DiCamillo, Because of Winn-Dixie

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“Just because there's tarnish on the copper,
doesn't mean there's not a shine beneath.”

~ Laurence Yep, Dragon's Gate

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“True love is the best thing in the world,
except for cough drops.”

~ William Goldman, The Princess Bride

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“Who knows, my friend? Maybe the sword does have some magic.
Personally, I think it’s the warrior who wields it.”

~  Redwall by Brian Jacques

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"Of course it's happening inside your head, Harry,
but why on earth should that mean it is not real?"

~ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

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“You have to know someone a thousand days
before you can glimpse (their) soul.”

~ Shannon Hale, Book of a Thousand Days

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“A little (one) can sometimes see things in others
that us older ones cannot because our judgement gets clouded.

~ Brian Jacques, The Bellmaker

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“It doesn’t happen all at once,” he said.
“You become. It takes a long time.
That’s why it doesn’t often happen to people
who break easily, or have sharp edges,
or who have to be carefully kept.
Generally, by the time you are Real,
most of your hair has been loved off,
and your eyes drop out
and you get loose in the joints and very shabby.
But these things don’t matter at all,
because once you are Real you can’t be ugly,
except to people who don’t understand.”

~ The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

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"I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship."
~ Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

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“You must know nothing before you can learn something,
and be empty before you can be filled.
Is not the emptiness of the bowl what makes it useful?

~ Lloyd Alexander, The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen

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“You cannot stop the birds of sorrow from flying over your head,
but you can stop them nesting in your hair.”
~ Eva Ibbotson, The Dragonfly Pool

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“Don’t you know that everybody’s got a Fairyland of their own?”
~  Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers

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"You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing."
~  Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

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“Just because you've seen something
doesn't mean you'll stop looking.
There's always something you didn't see before.”

~ Lloyd Alexander, Time Cat

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“Watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you,
because the greatest secrets are always hidden
in the most unlikely places.
Those who don’t believe in magic
will never find it.”

~ The Minpins by Roald Dahl

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“Keep all your promises,
don’t take what doesn’t belong to you,
and always look after those less fortunate than yourself,
and you’ll do well in the world.”

~ The Dragon of Lonely Island by Rebecca Rupp

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"For what you see and hear depends a good deal
on where you are standing:
it also depends on what sort of person you are."

~ The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis

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No teacher, preacher, parent, friend
Or wise man can decide
What's right for you - just listen to

The voice that speaks inside.

~ Shel Silverstein, Falling Up

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“It’s wonderful how much you can learn
by just being quiet and listening.
Sometimes you even learn the truth—
or what seems to be the truth.”

~ Avi, Nothing But The Truth

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“There is nothing sweeter in this sad world
than the sound of someone you love
calling your name.”

~ The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

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“We’ll never survive!”
“Nonsense. You’re only saying that because no one ever has.”
~ William Goldman, The Princess Bride

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"You can't pick out the pieces you like and leave the rest.
Being part of the whole thing, that's the blessing."

~ Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit

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“It is a bad thing to have love and nowhere to put it.”
~ Kate DiCamillo, The Magician's Elephant

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“Friend is a very small word,
A little sound we make,
For one who is true, one who will do,
Great deeds for friendship's sake.”

~ Brian Jacques, The Bellmaker

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“I wished she’d never stop squeezing me.
I wished I could spend the rest of my life as a child,
being slightly crushed by someone who loved me.”

~ Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

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"How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard."
~ The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne

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“You can't always judge people by the things they done.
You got to judge them by what they are doing now.”

~ Kate DiCamillo, Because of Winn-Dixie

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“It's been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things
if you make up your mind firmly that you will.”

~ L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

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"Child, child, do you not see? For each of us comes a time
when we must be more than what we are."

~ Lloyd Alexander, The Black Cauldron

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"In some cases we learn more by looking for the answer to a question
and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself."

~ Lloyd Alexander, The Book of Three

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“Step follows step,
Hope follows Courage,
Set your face towards danger,
Set your heart on victory.”

~ Gail Carson Levine, The Two Princesses of Bamarre

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"Long ago I yearned to be a hero without knowing, in truth, what a hero was.
Now, perhaps, I understand it a little better.
A grower of turnips or a shaper of clay, a Commot farmer or a king
--every man is a hero if he strives more for others than for himself alone.

Once you told me that the seeking counts more than the finding.
So, too, must the striving count more than the gain."

~ Lloyd Alexander, The High King

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“Underneath my outside face
There's a face that none can see.
A little less smiley,
A little less sure,

But a whole lot more like me.”

~ Shel Silverstein, Every Thing on It

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“I like good strong words that mean something…”
~ Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

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“Nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it.”
~ L.M. Montgomery, The Story Girl
 
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“People laugh at me because I use big words.
But if you have big ideas, you have to use
big words to express them, haven't you?”

~ L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
 
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“When you will not fly into a passion
people know you are stronger than they are,
because you are strong enough to hold in your rage,
and they are not, and they say stupid things
they wish they hadn't said afterward.
There's nothing so strong as rage,
except what makes you hold it in--that's stronger.
It's a good thing not to answer your enemies.”

~ Frances Hodgson Burnett, A Little Princess
 
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“Stories are light.
Light is precious in a world so dark.
Begin at the beginning. Tell a story.
Make some light.”

~ Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux
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“You can learn to change the world
or go on being changed by it.”

~ Laurence Yep, Dragon's Gate
 
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“And so, with laughter and love, we lived happily ever after.”
~ Gail Carson Levine, Ella Enchanted
 
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Library Lessons

Library Lessons

Power Point Lessons

Author Introductions

AUTHORS

Games

Shakespeare Power Points

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INTRODUCTION

COMEDIES

ENGLISH HISTORIES

TRAGEDIES

ROMAN TRAGEDIES

LATE ROMANCES/PROBLEM PLAYS

What We're Reading

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Books We Are Investigating:

Kindergarten: Fairy Tales Part I
(The Brothers Grimm & Fractured Fairy Tales)

  • Two of Everything
  • The Three Little Pigs
  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • The Five Chinese Brothers
  • Hansel & Gretel
  • ...and more!

First Grade: Fairy Tales Part II
(Hans Christian Andersen, Charles Perrault & More)

  • The Little Mermaid
  • The Talking Eggs
  • The Nightingale
  • The Tinderbox
  • The Pied Piper of Hamelin
  • ...and more!

Second Grade: Chapter Books

  • Ghost Town Treasure (Clyde Robert Bulla)
  • George's Marvellous Medicine (Roald Dahl)
  • The Wizard Of Oz (L. Frank Baum)
  • American Tall Tales 

Third Grade: Various Authors

  • All About Sam (Lois Lowry)
  • Pippi Longstocking (Astrid Lindgren)
  • Wayside Stories From Wayside School (Louis Sachar)

Fourth Grade: Various Authors

  • The Phantom Tollbooth (Norton Juster)
  • Fortunately, The Milk (Neil Gaiman)
  • The Big Bazoohly (Peter Carey)

Fifth Grade: Various Authors

  • Hope and Glory in Freedom, Georgia (Barbara O'Connor)
  • The Willoughbys (Lois Lowry)
  • Lawn Boy (Gary Paulsen)

Sixth Grade: 

  • The Devil and His Boy (Anthony Horowitz)
  • The Works of William Shakespeare

Videos

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SONNETS

Mrs. Harrison's Class - Sonnet 116

Mrs. Harrison's Class - Sonnet 29

Mrs. Tilley's Class - Sonnet 55

Mrs. Tilley's Class - Sonnet 104

Mrs. Streuper's Class - Sonnet 18

Mrs. Streuper's Class - Sonnet 93

Connections

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Book Wisdom

“A sailor chooses the wind 
that takes the ship from a safe port. 
Ah, yes, but once you're abroad, as you have seen, 
winds have a mind of their own. 
Be careful, Charlotte, careful of the wind you choose.” 

― Avi, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle