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Book Finder

ebooks now available!  

Abdo Digital Bookshelf


username: Sewaneetn

password: tigers

Book Lists--what to read now  

SES catalog and other ways to find a book

The SES catalog is accessible from any computer or device with internet 
service. The call numbers help the student locate the book in the library.

Students and parents are welcome to use the catalog to identify 
possible "good reads" before the student comes to the library to select the 
book to check out.

Other links may be useful to students and parents as they search for good 


SES Catalog


Search the SES library catalog by subject, author, title, series, 
See what is hot right now in the library!


Volunteer State Book Award book lists


The Volunteer State Book Award (VSBA) is sponsored annually by 
the Tennessee Library Association and the Tennessee Association 
of School Librarians. 

Each year, children across Tennessee are asked to read books from 
a list of nominated titles. 
In the spring, those students who have read or listened to at 
least three of the titles from the list are eligible to vote for 
their favorite titles. These votes are tabulated and sent to the 
state organization. The book with the most votes statewide wins 
the award. The author of the book receives a plaque and is 
invited to Tennessee to receive the award.


Newbery, Caldecott and other award-winners


The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British 
bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually to the author of 
the most distinguished contribution to American literature for 

The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century 
English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually  
to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for 




Looking for a good read to download? Check out Regional ebook and 
Audiobook Download System! A valid public library card is needed 
(such as the FREE library card you can get at the Franklin County 
Public Library).

 Scholastic Book Wizard


The Scholastic company has a wealth of information about how 
parents can support their child's reading development. 

AR Book Finder


The Accelerated Reader program through Renaissance Learning is 
designed to match students with books at their reading level.


TN First Lady's Book Club


A book and a hug: lists for boys and girls


Reluctant reader in your house? Try these.


Children's literature network


Top 50 must reads per grade

Other Resources

Here are some other resources:

Five Finger Rule

Franklin County Public Library

Jessie Ball duPont Memorial Library 

FAQs (frequently asked questions)  


This page will answer questions commonly asked by students and parents.
  1. How many books may a student checkout at a time?
  2. When are the books due?
  3. May I checkout an encyclopedia or other reference item?
  4. Am I charged a fine if my book is late?
  5. What happens if I lose or damage a book?
  6. How can I find a book just right for me?
  7. What is the "5 finger rule"?
  8. When is the book fair?



How many books may a student checkout at a time?

Students in grades 1-5 may check out two books at a time. Kindergarten students may check out 1 book at a time.
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When are the books due?

Books are due one week from the check out date. However, students may renew their books!
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May I checkout an encyclopedia or other reference item?

No. These books must remain in the library, but students are welcome to use them.
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Am I charged a fine if my book is late?

No. However, report cards may be withheld until all books are returned and/or fines are paid, in accordance with the Sewanee Elementary School Handbook.
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What happens if I lose or damage a book?

Payment is expected for lost or damaged books, in accordance to the Sewanee Elementary School handbook.
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How can I find a book just right for me?

Books in the SES library are arranged by author in the Easy and Fiction categories and by subject in the Non-fiction section. Use the "5 finger rule" to determine if the book is just right for you.
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What is the "5 finger rule"?

Pick any page in the book you want to read and begin reading that page. Hold up a finger for each word you cannot read or do not understand. If you have 5 fingers up, the book is too hard. If you have no fingers up the book may be too easy. If you have 2-3 fingers up the book is probably just right!
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When is the book fair?

There are two book fairs each year: one in September and one in February.
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Keep Reading During Break!  

Any of these sites would be a GREAT way to practice your reading during weekends and breaks away from school. Keep having fun reading!


Star Fall

Practice your phonics skills

with these read-along stories.

Storyline Online
Have some of your favorite stories
read to you by movie stars!


Practice math and reading skills
all while playing fun games!




Reference Links  

Reference Links

The Tennessee Electronic Library enables all students to access the most up-
to-date information, including the WorldBook Encyclopedia, with just a few 
clicks on the computer!


Tennessee Electronic Library


Over 400,000 articles at your fingertips, including biographical 
entries about Presidents and other important people.


World Book Encyclopedia


Learn about people, places, animals, history and more!