Family Literacy

Family Literacy

January 27 is Family Literacy Day in Canada, and I’ve curated some really great articles for you about ways to incorporate a culture of family literacy at home.  It’s so important to make reading a regular and enjoyable part of our lives.  On that note, I thought it would be fun to see some pictures of your children’s home libraries.  Feel free to email me a picture if you’d like it to be featured on the blog!  L.baillargeon@hh-cs.org.

 

Reading Rockets- Creating a Home Library

Creating a Home Library

Reading Rockets- A Fresh Look at Your Home Library

A Fresh Look at Your Home Library

Reading Rockets- Building Reading Stamina

Theme Guide: Family Literacy Day

Scholastic- Family Literacy Day

Celebrate Family Literacy Day with these inspiring reads!

Family Literacy Day 2022: Learning in the Great Outdoors

How to Make Reading Fun: 25 Ideas Kids Will Love

How to Raise a Mom

Family Literacy Day Ideas

 

 

HHCS Reads

HHCS Reads- The Reading Life of Mrs. B, and Music-Related Books for Kids

Hello everyone!  I’m looking forward to seeing all the students in the building again this week! Last year on the blog I started a feature called “HHCS Reads”, where I ‘interview’ various staff members about their reading lives.  I realized I’ve never done a post like this on myself as a reader, so here goes!  As you can see in the picture below, one of my favourite childhood books was the Anne of Green Gables series.  I have various versions of these books around the house and have them on display. I read and re-read all of the books by Lucy Maud Montgomery many times.  I travelled to Prince Edward Island many years ago and had a wonderful time exploring all the ‘Anne’ tourist attractions and reading on the beaches.

Another favourite childhood book series was the Narnia books by C.S. Lewis.  I loved escaping to the land of Narnia.  Some of you know that I have 3 daughters.  My middle daughter’s middle name is Lucy- after author Lucy Maud Montgomery, and the character of Lucy in the Narnia books.

The lion, the witch and the wardrobe (1980 edition) | Open Library

My favourite thing about reading is that it takes you somewhere new- see the quote on the picture below.  I love experiencing different things through books.  Books are an amazing way to be a life-long learner.  Literature and the arts are so important in so many ways.  My go-to genre is specifically World War II historical fiction.  Probably a lot of my interest in that is because of my grandparents’ experience in the war.  I do try to expand what I read though – I am in a book club with some other women and we challenge ourselves to read new genres and sub-genres.

As I’ve mentioned before on the blog, I also have a love of vintage children’s books.  If you want to see some posts about that you can just click on the tag over at the side of the blog.  As a teacher-librarian, of course I have a love of modern children’s literature as well.  A favourite picture book series are the books by Jory John.

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Joryjohn.com

A chapter book series that I love to recommend in the How to Train Your Dragon series.  There are 12 books in this series by Cressida Cowell.  I read all of them with my oldest daughter when she was younger.  They are hilarious, adventurous, and so well-written!  I have just recently purchased them for the school library so they are ready for checkouts!

How to Train Your Dragon

https://www.cressidacowell.co.uk/

If there are any students or families reading this blog that would like to be ‘interviewed’ about your life as a reader or your family’s love of reading, please let me know!  Email me at l.baillargeon@hh-cs.org.

Next for this week we have a focus on music-related books for kids.  Have a great week everyone!

Books About Music and Musicians

Best Middle-Grade Books About Music and Musical Theater

Forever Young

Picture Books for Rock and Roll Parents and Their Kids

Books About Music For Kids

10 Fantastic Books About Sound & Music for Young Children

Apps and websites

January is National Hobby Month, Books About Food and Cooking, and Epic Books

Hello!  I just wanted to remind everyone, in case your children run out of reading material while at home for online school, that an amazing resource is Epic Books.  If your child’s homeroom classroom does not already have an account, you can use mine.  Epic has a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction e-books to read for free. There are picture books, chapter books, and graphic novels.  Use my class code and check it out!
Class Code
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Since January is Hobby Month, I’m including some lists of general books about hobbies as well as about the specific hobby of cooking!

https://www.harpercollins.com/blogs/harperkids/hobby-books-for-children-activities

Thematic Reading List: Hobbies

Making and Keeping a Hobby Book

https://bookroo.com/explore/books/topics/cooking

Start with a Book – Cooking and Food

Scholastic- Books to Get Your Kids Cooking

Happy Kids Kitchen – Books About Diversity and Food

Yummy Food Chapter Books for Kids (Who Like to Cook and Bake)

Scholastic Book Club

January Scholastic Digi-Flyer and New Year Reading Resolutions for Kids

January English FlyerJanuary French Flyer

January Scholastic- English

January Scholastic- French

Happy New Year, everyone!  Scholastic digi-flyers are here for January!

Announcement re: book-themed Christmas ornaments- Emma S. in grade 7, you have been selected to win the prize of a gift card from Indigo! Thank you so much to Emma and to everyone else for the lovely contributions to our library Christmas tree! You may come and pick up your ornaments from me in the library this week!

EDIT:  Now that we’ve had to flip to online learning we will have to figure this out at a later date! Look forward to seeing everyone in person again- in the meantime let’s make the best of it on Zoom.

Check out these interesting resources for families and kids about ways to make reading resolutions for the new year! I challenge you to pick a couple- which ones will your family work on this year?

Scholastic- 100 New Years Reading Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions For Kids Based on Books and Reading

How to Make Reading Resolutions as a Family

New Year’s Resolutions: 4 Simple Ways to Read More with your Children in 2018

Christmas, Events

Themed Christmas Books- Nature, Trees, and The Nutcracker

Barley and Birch has a great list of Christmas books that are about trees!  I have been reading Red and Lulu to the primary classes and using it to also have the students learn a little bit about the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and about cardinals.

Read: 16 Timeless Picture Books about Christmas Trees

A collection of our favorite picture books about Christmas Trees | via barley & birch

Run Wild My Child also has a great selection of nature-related Christmas books.

Nature-Themed Holiday Books for Kids

As I am teaching a primary music class this year, I have also been finding ways to use picture books in music class. We have been using music from The Nutcracker lately for class activities.  Enjoy these Nutcracker-related Christmas books!

Nutcracker Books for Kids

Beautiful Children’s Book Editions of The Nutcracker!

 

I’d love to see some more book/reading-related Christmas ornaments come in for our library Christmas tree!  Let’s see your creativity, HHCS!

 

Authors, Christmas, Events

Author Focus on Arnold Ytreeide, Book-ish Christmas Activities, and Keep Working on the Book-Related Christmas Ornaments!

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This week I am featuring an author focus on Arnold Ytreeide!  HHCS students in grades 4 and up are very familiar with Mr. Ytreeide’s books.  In grades 4,5, and 6, the classes rotate reading a different Christmas-themed book of Mr. Ytreeide’s for each year that they are in the junior division.  This year all of grades 4,5, and 6 are reading Bartholomew’s Passage!  I am teaching grade 6A Bible this year and we are really enjoying this book, set in the time that Jesus was born.  Mr. Ytreeide’s 4 Christmas-themed books can be read during the Advent season and have short devotional reflections at the end of each chapter.  These stories are adventurous, funny, and thoughtful.  The students love being surprised by the recurring characters’ appearances and by the many dramatic twists and turns in Mr. Ytreeide’s writing.

In spring of 2020, as we moved into our first lockdown of the pandemic with online learning, I wrote to Mr. Ytreeide, who was so kind as to send us a personalized video to say hello to the students.  I then had the students come up with some questions to ask Mr. Ytreeide about being an author and about his books and he sent a video message back again to us answering those questions. He also sent us some of his Mike Danford books (see below) for our library. It was so great for our students to be in contact with an author whose writing they really appreciated!

Amon’s Adventure is going to have a sequel, published in 2022!  Apparently there have also been some conversations about having one of Mr. Ytreeide’s books made into a movie one day!  Which book do you think should be the first to be a movie??

RAR #123: A Family Story for Easter, with Special Guest: Arnold Ytreeide

Check out this interview with Mr. Ytreeide on one of my favourite reading websites- The Read Aloud Revival!

Mr. Ytreeide also writes other types of books besides his Advent series and the Amon books.  We have the first 3 books of the Mike Danford series in our school library, and the number 5 book just came out!

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Here are some articles from Read Brightly about some book-ish Christmas activities!  Some great ideas here for making book-themed Christmas ornaments!  Don’t forget to start working on your ornaments for our library Christmas tree, HHCS!  Have a great week!

How to Create Your Own Book Advent Calendar

8 Clever Ways to Celebrate the Holidays with Books

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Authors, Building Belonging- diversity, Christmas, Events, Vintage

Vintage Author/Illustrator Spotlight- Gyo Fujikawa

Something a little different for you this week!  Last year around this time I posted some pictures of vintage children’s Christmas books that I have at home. I love children’s literature and feel that is so important- and I also love vintage children’s literature!  I have a collection at home of my favourites.  My number one favourite author-illustrator from my childhood is Gyo Fujikawa.  I had forgotten all about her books until one day I saw “Oh What a Busy Day” and I was immediately transported back to childhood.

Source: Goodreads.com

Gyo captured childhood so well in her writing and illustrations and lovingly depicted children from all cultures playing together, at a time when that was not commonly featured.  You can read about her amazing life in this article from The New Yorker.  It includes anecdotes about when her family was in an internment camp and when she worked for Disney.  https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/how-gyo-fujikawa-drew-freedom-in-childrens-books

There is even a fairly new book about Fujikawa’s life, titled “It Began with a Page-How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way.”  You will love reading these books with your children, they are really special!

 

 

 

The awesome thing about these vintage books is you don’t have to hunt them down- they are easy to find as the re-prints are available at Amazon or your local bookstore!

 

 

 

I think it is important to show our own kids the books that we loved when we were young! Such treasures!

Don’t forget our upcoming Book Character Christmas Ornament challenge!  I can’t wait to see what the students come up with!

Apps and websites, Building Belonging- diversity, Christmas, Events, Social-Emotional, Special Days/Weeks/Months

World Kindness Day, and Upcoming Book-Themed Christmas Ornament Challenge

Saturday was World Kindness Day!  As Jesus-followers, let’s intentionally teach our kids to find ways to be kind.  You will love all the practical ideas and resources on this site:  https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/

Quotation: A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. Amelia Earhart

Take a look here:

A Mighty Girl – 25 Picture Books about Kindness and Empathy

Cool to Be Kind: Children’s Books That Champion Kindness

Here We Are

 

Our fall Book Character Potato Contest was so fun, that I’d like to do something similar yet different for Christmas!  I am planning to put up a Christmas tree in the library in a few weeks.  I would love for students to create (at home) some book-themed ornaments to put on the tree!  Any materials or format are fine as long as they will work well with being up on a tree!  Let your creativity flow!  I will draw a couple of names again to win an Indigo gift card to say thanks for participating.  You may send the students’ creations in at any time – the tree will go up sometime late November.  Need ideas?  Try a keyword search for “DIY Book Character Ornaments.”

Authors, Scholastic Book Club

Remembrance Day, Author Focus on Trenton Lee Stewart, and November/Holiday Scholastic Digi-Flyer

A heads up- the AR due date is coming up soon on November 18! Please check in on your children to see how they are coming along with their reading goal for the Accelerated Reader program.  Check in with the homeroom teacher if you are not sure how to access your child’s information on Accelerated Reader/Renaissance.

It’s Remembrance Day this week and we will be observing as a school.  Enjoy these resources here to help your children at home to understand the subject more.

Books for Veterans Day and Remembrance Day Reading

I have just purchased The Mysterious Benedict Society series for the school library and the books will be ready for the shelves soon.  Author Trenton Lee Stewart has written these amazing books. Has your junior or intermediate division child read these books yet?  If your child loves adventure, humour, and brain-teasers then these books will be a hit.  Here is a book trailer and also a tv series trailer for the version now on Disney Plus.  Enjoy!

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https://www.mysteriousbenedictsociety.com/series

Take a look at the NOVEMBER Scholastic Book Club digi-flyer! Your order will ship to your home and you can order online whenever you’d like!  When you enter the ‘class code’, your order earns 20% back for new books for our school library.  Orders over $40 are free shipping.

Use this for the Class code – RC391237

Holiday Flyer

Reading Club Holiday Gift Guide

November Flyer

Reading Club November Flyer