Teacher Bio

Mrs. Desetti has been at MPHM for 12 years, since 2005, as our school librarian. She has a vast experience of teaching with over 37 years of teaching in three states. She worked as librarian, language specialist, an inclusion and special education teacher, She holds Kansas teaching certificates in Library Science, Elementary, Early Childhood, and Deaf Education. She enjoys professional development and is a strong advocate for lifelong learning. Mrs. Desettis is always ready to help kids find a great book to read.

Newbery Winner 2017

Girl Who Drank the Milk by Kelly Barnhill 

Review by Biblionasium- 

Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the Forest, Xan, is kind and rescues the children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey.

One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. As Luna’s thirteenth birthday approaches,her magic begins to emerge--with dangerous consequences.

Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Deadly birds with uncertain intentions flock nearby. A volcano, quiet for centuries, rumbles just beneath the earth’s surface. And the woman with the Tiger’s heart is on the prowl . . .

Best for Grades: 5th - 9th

About the Author

Kelly Barnhill is an author, teacher and mom.  She is the author of four novels, including the acclaimed The Witch’s Boy which received four starred reviews and was a finalist for the Min­nesota Book Awards. She lives in Minnesota with her husband and three children.

★ Kirkus Starred Review: “Guaranteed to enchant, enthrall, and enmagick . . . Replete with traditional motifs, this nontraditional fairy tale boasts sinister and endearing characters, magical elements, strong storytelling, and unleashed forces.”

★ New York Times Book Review: “Impossible to put down . . . The Girl Who Drank the Moon is as exciting and layered as classics like Peter Pan or TheWizard of Oz.”

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State Library

The State Library of Kansas subscribes to many resources you can use. 

Elementary Students - Check out what is available for your enjoyment!  

Three fun, online reading resources that you and your child can access at home; These interactive resources get them excited about reading and books and extend learning beyond school hours. 

Scholastic BookFlix- pairs more than 120 classic video storybooks paired with a related nonfiction ebook; including 30 in Spanish. Read aloud supports so students can hear each book narrated and also hear definitions of key words and directions for each activity. 

Tumblebooks - features animated read aloud and read along ebooks for kids preschool - middle school. Many of these titles have AR quizzes available. This site also includes videos, puzzles, and games. 

Britannica E-Stax - a collection of nonfiction ebooks for grades preK-8th. Topics include: life science, earth science, space, animals, sports, geography, state books, social studies, and history. 

Middle School Students - see if there is anything at this link to help you with learning or school projects.  Also look at some of the resources 

Access these books at www.kslib.info/kids.  There is also a link on our library catalog system. 

Library Catalog Link

Library Catalog - see all the books in the MPHM Library.  

TSCPL - see the Topeka Shawnee Public Library website

Home Connect - Accelerated Reader : see progress, books read, goals, etc. 



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