Entries in Reading (6)


Book Fair Carnival February 22nd to 25th

Step right up!  Your ticket to read is at the Book Fair Carnival, coming very soon to The Wood Acres School.

Fabulous books, a carnival atmosphere and a drawing for Scholastic book dollars will be waiting for you!

The fair will be held in the Multipurpose Building’s Music Room during the times listed below:

  • Tuesday, Feb 22 - 9:30 to 4:30
  • Wednesday, Feb 23 - 9:30 to 4:30
  • Thursday, Feb 24 - 9:30 to 4:30
  • Friday, Feb 25 - 9:30 to 11:30

So, put on your clown shoes and head to the fair!

A portion of all sales benefits “The Stacks”, The Wood Acres library. Please note that only checks and credit cards will be accepted.


Book Fair Diner March 22-26

Come check out the specials at our Book Fair Diner in the Wood Acres Music Room (Multi-Purpose Building)…

  • Monday
    9:30 am - 1:30 pm
  • Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
    9:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Friday
    9:30 am - 11:30 am

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Destination Book Fair October 19th-23rd

Scholastic Books will again be Wood Acres’ partner in hosting the Destination Book Fair.  

The Book Fair will be held in the Music Room/Multi-Purpose Building at the following times: 

  • Monday, Oct 19th
  • Tuesday Oct 20th to Thursday Oct 22nd
  • Friday, Oct. 23rd

Our Fall Book Fair has an amazing and inspiring selection of new and exclusive titles. Don’t miss this opportunity to begin your holiday shopping and give an adventure. Open a book and read around the world! No passport required!

This year, Wood Acres would like to contribute to our community. Please join us by bringing your used books to the Book Fair. All books will be donated to Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of Greater Marietta and Children’s Shelter of Marietta. Book donors will receive a special Wood Acres bookmark designed by our contest winners in the 4th and 5th grades! 

Proceeds from the Book Fair help to grow our own Wood Acres Stacks.

Thank you. We look forward to seeing you!


Woody & the Woods… A Worldwide Adventure

Flat Stanley, by Jeff Brown

A perennial favorite in the genre of children’s literature is an engaging book, Flat Stanley, authored by Jeff Brown.

For 40 years the story of Flat Stanley and his suitcase and backpack adventures have transformed the armchair travels of children throughout the world. Presidents, rock stars, traveling parents, and doting grandparents have taken Flat Stanley on adventures as they travel and sent him home with stories, poems, and notes to the delight of readers of all ages.

Since it is Flat Stanley’s 40th anniversary as it is Wood Acres, it is fitting to share with you Wood Acres own version of Flat Stanley, his life history, and his amazing travels around the world- twice!

Woody travels to Acapulco, Mexico Woody travels to Barbados Woody rounding Cape Horn Woody meets Captain Perkins of the QE2 Woody travels to Colombia Woody travels to Easter Island Woody travels to the Florida Everglades Woody travels to Hawaii Woody travels to Ingrassu Falls, Brazil Woody travels to Jamaica Woody travels to Japan Woody travels to Los Angeles, California Woody travels to Melbourne, Australia Woody travels to New York City Woody travels to Auckland, New Zealand Woody traverses the Panama Canal Woody travels to Rio de Janeiro Woody travels to Shanghai, China Woody travels to Singapore Woody travels to Tahiti Woody travels to Tonga

When Jim and Joann Ryan, the dynamic couple who serve as Wood Acres benefactors to our annual Scholarship Fund, decided to travel around the world on the QE 2 and later on the new Queen Mary, they wanted to take the children of Wood Acres with them to bring world travel to the classroom door and to bring the love of reading to children everywhere.  Wood Acres third graders were reading Flat Stanley at the time, so the fit was a natural.  With the help of a talented Wood Acres parent, our very own version of Flat Stanley was born to travel, Woody!  Students decked him out in custom designed Velcro outfits for each port of call and every night aboard ship, right down to a dinner jacket and tuxedo for special events.  His monogrammed back pack was ready as were his passport and boarding documents.  Fed Ex lovingly delivered this mini-traveler to the Ryans and the journey of 140+ days around the world began.

You can follow Woody’s travels around the world at Woody.WoodAcresSchool.org

The Ryans established a Woody website specifically for the students to track Woody’s travels, post questions, blog, and learn about each country and people he met on his way.

What began as a simple way to share an incredible trip with Wood Acres students magically turned into something quite spectacular!  All who met Woody aboard the QE 2, from room attendants to the ship’s Captain, from the table mates of the Ryans to famous author, Mary Higgins Clark, were touched by the magic and charm of Woody.  He became quite a ship legend.  When he journeyed with the Ryans into their hundreds of ports of call, all they had to do was bring out Woody and children flocked to them with smiles, hugs, and wonder at this little guy.  He returned to the Woods to the surprise of the students in a package overflowing with treats and mementos of the trip for each of them.  Woody went on his second world trip with the Ryans two years later and it was even more spectacular- if that was possible.  He now resides back @ the Woods ready for adventure whenever he is invited!

The website the Ryans created and maintained is a timeless treasure and learning tool for families and classrooms. Learning should always strive to be an M & M experience - Memorable and Movable - meaning that it never leaves you.

Woody and the Woods is just that magical adventure. Enjoy, dream, and let your travels be grand!  Bon voyage! 


Great Summer Reading Ideas

Reading is the perfect family activity to enjoy during the summer. To find classic children’s literature as well as the most notable new titles, visit the American Library Association’s website, www.ala.org. You will find lists of Caldecott and Newbery Medal winners as well as honor books. The lists are a wonderful starting point to find new favorites for you and your child!

Newbery & Caldecott Medals

The Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the American Library Association for the most distinguished American children’s book published the previous year. The award encourages original, creative work in children’s literature. Each year, the Caldecott Medal honors an artist who has created the most distinguished picture book for children. If you visit the ALA website, you’ll see some very classic titles that you’ll enjoying sharing with your child as well as great new works to discover together. Here are a few title that have recently been added…

Newbery Medal Winners

Caldecott Medal Winners


Summer Reading Lists for Fifth, Sixth & Seventh Graders

It is summer time and time for summer reading! As students begin to enjoy their varied summer activities, The Wood Acres School’s fondest wish is that a book will accompany them as they go. Reading is a valuable tool not only during the academic year, but during the summer as well. It allows students to gather knowledge, think critically, and derive pleasure from the words on the page.

Reading lists for the upper school students will be mailed in early June so look for your envelope in the mailbox soon!