Welcome to the North Woods Media Center


Julie Kirchner
Media Specialist

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Book Recommendations

Hennepin County Libraries' Kid Links
Includes an Option to search for books by grade level

A Book and A Hug
This site recommends great books for boys and girls of all ages.

Guys Read
Recommendations by children's book author Jon Scieszka

My Weird School
A fun series for kids by Dan Gutman

Series Books
A great list of books for all readers

Newbery Medal Winners & Honor Books
"The Newbery Medal was named for 18th century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children." (Description from the ALA Newbery Medal website.)

Caldecott Medal Winners & Honor Books
"The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of 19th century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott.It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.” (Description from the ALA Caldecott Medal website.)

Scholastic Books
Recommendations by age

Common Sense Media
Recommendations by topic and age

Taking Care of Books

Each week your child is welcome and encouraged to check out books from the library. Please be aware your child is responsible for the care and return of all books checked out under his/her account. To keep loss at a minimum and to promote the finishing of books that are being circulated, we limit the number of books students are allowed to check out. Bright Start and kindergarten can check out one book, grade 1 starts with one and later in the year can check out two, and grades 2-5 can check out two books. With teacher permission, students can return to the library during open check out times to choose new books, not just during their weekly classroom checkout time. Students may keep their books for two weeks. If they would like to keep it longer books may be renewed.
We are so lucky at North Woods to have an amazing collection of books in our media center, and thanks to the generosity of our PTO and families, in addition to our district budget, we will be adding new titles every day! We want to take good care of these resources so they last a long time and kids are reading them for years to come.
While accidents do happen, we want to remind everyone to be mindful about how we take care of our library books:

  • We lose more books from water damage than any other reason. If your child uses a water bottle at school, please transport it empty! Water bottles often leak and cause water damage. Another option is to place library books in a plastic bag, preferably one that seals shut, for transport back and forth to school.
  • Please do not allow children to eat or drink while reading their library books and keep books away from areas where food and beverages are present. 
  • Keep books away from younger children who may write on books or rip pages and from pets that might chew on them.
  • Having a specific spot for library books at home keeps them safe from damage and less likely to be misplaced/lost.

If a student returns a damaged book beyond repair that needs to be replaced, we ask that you work with us to resolve the issue before he/she is allowed to check out more books. Please do not buy a replacement copy. We will contact you to explain how to make payment and the exact cost of replacement. If a student notices damage in a book he/she checked out, he/she should notify us immediately so we can make a note of it. If a book goes missing for an extended period of time, we will ask for replacement payment. If it is found before we re-order the book, we will refund your money. We will go over these procedures with students during the first few weeks of the school year.
Thank you for helping us limit loss of and damage to our library books.

Maud Hart Lovelace Award

The winner of last year's Maud Hart Lovelace Award was The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John. Vote for this year's winning book:

  • from March through the first week in April.
  • in the Media Center.
  • if you have read at least three of the nominated titles.
Wish by Barbara O'Connor cover

by Barbara O'Connor

Star of the North Award

The winner of last year's Star of the North Award was The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors by Drew Daywalt and Adam Rex. Vote for this year's winning book:

  • vote the last two weeks in March
  • in the Media Center
  • if you are in grades K-2 and have read at least 8 of the nominated titles
The Honey Bee by Kirsten Hall, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault cover

by Kirsten Hall, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault

Bowwow Powwow by Brenda J. Child, illustrated by Jonathan Thunder cover

by Brenda J. Child, illustrated by Jonathan Thunder