Educator Newsletter – March 2024

Explore resources for the youngest learners starting kindergarten to those getting ready for life beyond high school. As always, Sno-Isle Libraries staff are available to work with you to serve students of any age.  

Getting Ready for Kindergarten

Starting kindergarten is a milestone for children and their families. The library has curated resources to help parents and caregivers get their future kindergartners ready. 

Web Resources: 


  • Countdown to Kindergarten: Find picture books recommended by Sno-Isle Libraries staff to help children develop reading readiness skills. Look for the “C2K” spine label in the picture book section or ask a staff member. 
  • Getting Ready for the First Day (English|Spanish): Explore suggested books to get ready for the first day of kindergarten. 
  • Books for Beginning Readers: Children enter kindergarten with a wide range of skills. This list has something for every emerging reader.  

Visit our website to learn more!

Third Graders Read Together  

Third Graders Read Together is Sno-Isle's signature third-grade reading program, centering on the Washington Library Association’s OTTER (Our Time To Enjoy Reading) Award. The goal of the award is to highlight six titles for readers transitioning into chapter books. 

Download the Sno-Isle Teacher Guide for discussion questions, vocabulary, author and illustrator facts, and read-alike suggestions for each title. Check out the Washington Library Association’s OTTER Award website to find information about each nominee, fun activities, and more! 

Don’t forget to gather and submit your students’ votes for the 2024 OTTER Award. Check the OTTER Award website for updated voting information as it becomes available. 

Life Beyond High School    

Students in grades 6-12 are all at different points on the path to considering life beyond high school. Whether it’s a four-year college, a two-year credential program, or entry into the workforce, Sno-Isle Libraries has resources available to help.

Check out the Beyond High School page, or request materials from your local library.


Books for Spring

Mindfulness in the Classroom: Check out books for early elementary students that remind us how to use our breath and slow down and be present.  

Smokey Turns 80: Celebrate Smokey Bear’s birthday by learning about the environment, wildfires, and safety with these picture and chapter books for kids.  

Run the World (Girls): Who runs the world? Girls! Teens can celebrate Women's History Month by checking out one of these inspiring biographies or nonfiction titles. 

Poetry for Teens: Explore these memoirs in verse and collections of poetry especially for teens.

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