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CR-B Book of the Year

February 02, 2021

CR-B Book of the Year Program Heads Into the Night  See this link for letter home to families

This school year Coon Rapids-Bayard School District will again be participating in an all-school reading adventure called CR-B’s Book of the Year.  Every family with a PreK-5th grade student will have a copy of the book The Nocturnals:  The Mysterious Abductions  by Tracey Hecht and will read it together at home from February 22 to March 12. 

The Nocturnals is a book that can be enjoyed by all levels.  The story follows a trio of nocturnal animals as they try to solve the mystery of why animals are suddenly missing in their forest.  Readers will enjoy the characters of a brave fox, a sweet pangolin, and a very silly sugar glider.  The story weaves together animal facts, teamwork, and character values, along with a crazy high stakes game with a twist readers won’t see coming!

CR-B families with children in PK-5 received letters this week so they can order books for this program.    CR-B is asking families to try to make time to participate in this reading project. If the community would like to join in on the fun, the public libraries in both towns will have books to check out and read during this program. 

CR-B’s Book of the Year will kick off on Monday, February 22 with a zoom assembly about nocturnal animals given by the Blank Park Zoo.  Books will be handed out to the oldest in the family that day.  Reading bookmarks will come home with the books and reading starts that night  and goes for 3 weeks until March 12.   CR-B’s Book of the Year will have its own webpage on the school’s website.  On that site, families will find the reading schedule and questions that go along with the chapters.  Questions are optional, but may enhance the reading experience.  Families will also find the audio versions of the chapters to listen to if they wish.   

Family Fun Night will be held virtually the following week.  Students will bring home a packet and will click on links on the CR-B’s Book of the Year webpage for explanations of how to do the activities.  There are also several more novels in the series and a series of easy readers that follow the trio.

Reading aloud together at home is valuable because it better prepares children to be effective readers and listeners.  It is also a fun, worthwhile family activity.  With CR-B’s Book of the Year program, the school aims to build a community of readers.   Everyone - students, parents, teachers, administrative staff, and community members - will be participating and can all reap the many benefits.

CR-B’s Book of the Year committee would appreciate any support from the community.  Financially, the school will use funds from the CR-B Foundation and Reading Is Fun (RIF) and any donations from the community and/or businesses to help offset the cost of books and materials.  The books actually cost almost $9, but with donations the school will be able to offer it at the discounted $5 price per book per family.   “Our community support has been great!” said Ankenbauer.  “I want to thank everyone who has donated and participated in our program!”

“We have never done a mystery before and this book does have a bit of suspense too.  We know from experience that our kids enjoy animal characters and they will enjoy learning some things about animals they aren’t familiar with.  Do you know what a pangolin is?  I had to look it up!  And it’s cool!” Ankenbauer stated.  “We really are excited about sharing this reading experience with everyone in the community.”

Please contact Connie Ankenbauer at connie.ankenbauer@crbcrusaders.org, or 999-2208 if you have any questions or want to support this important and fun cause. 


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