Events, Growing Readers Tips

Books that Embrace Hygge

How’s the read-a-thon going for all our participants?  So proud of all of you for your efforts!  Keep going!

Reading tip for the week from Growing Book by Book- “No player in the NBA was born wanting to play basketball.  The desire to play ball or to read must be planted.  The last 25 years of research show that reading aloud to a child is the oldest, cheapest, and most successful method of instilling that desire. Shooting baskets with a child creates a basketball player; reading to a child creates a reader.” – Jim Trelease

Take away:  Plant a reading seed. 


It’s the season for Hygge!  Hygge is pronounced ‘HOO-guh’- a Danish and Norwegian word that describes a mood of coziness, comfort, wellness, and contentment.  A hygge lifestyle also involves taking time away from the weekly routine to be with the people you love and to have time to yourself. Things like warmth, lights, comfort food, and fun all contribute to a hygge feel!  Enjoy these books to share with your kids about hygge as you cozy up together!

Disney Frozen: Anna and Elsa's Hygge Life

11 Picture Books That Make Kids Feel Warm and Cozy

Day Dreamers

Books to Cozy Up with on a Winter’s Night

16 Cozy Picture Books for a Winter Night

12 Comforting Picture Books about Home

So Cozy


Apps and websites, Events, Growing Readers Tips

How to Organize Your Book Collection, and Reading Tip Series from Growing Book by Book Begins

Keep reading, HHCS! You are doing great!  A lot of pledges have already come in – so exciting!

Last week on the blog, I featured children’s and teens’ books about organizing.  This week, we have resources about how to organize your home book collection!

How To Organize Kids’ Books (For A Tidy Home Library)

How to Organize Your Book Collection

How to Declutter Kids Books (Once and for All)

25 Creative Book Storage Ideas for Kids

How to Organize Kid’s Books

18+ Easy Ideas For Organizing Kids’ Books In Small Spaces

The Home Edit- Kids Book Storage

Display Your Child's Books


Growing Book by Book

Going forward, I will often be sharing tips from a resource pack that I purchased from Jodie at the site Growing Book by Book.  Check out this amazing website with book lists, book activities, early literacy, family activities, and more!



Even if you don’t feel comfortable reading aloud, your child thinks you are a rock star reader. Little ones love to spend time with their family members.  Snuggling up with a book and reading together shows kids that you value reading and it fills their language tanks with rich vocabulary.  

You can also improve your read-aloud confidence.  Watch a few actors read aloud a book on Storyline Online.  (


You’ll pick up some great tips about reading with expression.  



Books about Organizing, Read-a-Thon Reminder

  • January is a great time to reset and to get organized! Check out these books for kids about organizing and the value of “a place for everything.”

I hope many of our students have started on the Read-a-Thon challenge! I am excited for our kids to earn free books for themselves and for the library! Keep reading, HHCS!



Events, Scholastic Book Club

Read-a-Thon and January Scholastic Digi-Flyers

Happy New Year everyone!  Welcome back to school.  I am excited to announce a Read-a-Thon that HHCS will be participating in.  It is optional for students and will start this week.  An information package will be coming home this week.  When students complete their Read-a-Thon goals, they will earn 50% of the pledge money for themselves from Usborne books, and 50% will go to the HHCS Library.  Win-win!  More information to follow.  Many thanks to HHCS paraeducator and Usborne Books rep- Deanna Livingstone!

January Scholastic Digi-Flyers are out!

My Class Code
Shipping is free to your home for orders over $40!
January English Flyer
January French Flyer
Teen January Digi-Flyer
January/February Bonus Flyer
Christmas, Special Days/Weeks/Months

Christmas in the Library, and HHCS Student Newspaper

Thank you to all students who brought in an ornament for the Christmas tree in the library!  A name will be drawn for a prize this week and students may come to collect their ornaments back on Wednesday or Thursday.  Here are some pictures I thought I’d share of Christmas in the Library.

I am also excited to announce the first issue of HHCS Moose News- a student newspaper written by a small group of students that I work with!  I have set up its own blog site to keep all the issues together digitally, but we will also print a few copies for each classroom at school.  Please read and enjoy with your children.  If any of your kids would like to contribute a guest article for our next issue, please let me know!  Here is the link to the newspaper blog and the first issue.

Issue #1- December 2022

I can’t believe it is so close to Christmas.  Merry Christmas and have a wonderful break, everyone!

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Christmas, Events, Special Days/Weeks/Months

Classic Christmas Books

How many of these classic Christmas books have you read with your kids?  Give some of them a try this season! I’ve included some here with original type of covers and some as updated versions.

A Christmas Carol

Polar Express 30th Anniversary Edition (9780544580145)



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These next 2 are not technically Christmas books but they definitely feel like they should be read during the Christmas season!

Little Women

Don’t forget the last day to bring in a Christmas ornament for the library tree is Friday Dec. 16!

Christmas, Events, Special Days/Weeks/Months

Christmas Book Crafts and Activities

Try out some of these book-related Christmas activities before and during the holidays!  And of course, don’t forget students can make something for our library Christmas tree! Due date for those who would like to participate is December 16.

Christmas Book List with Crafts and Activities


25 Christmas Books With Crafts To Match

10 Christmas Book Activities to Help Your Kids Focus on Christ

Ways to Use Books as Christmas Decorations


Christmas, Events, Special Days/Weeks/Months

Christmas Chapter Books, Short Stories, and Picture Books, and Christian Christmas Books

30 Best Christmas Chapter Books for Tweens (Ages 8 to 12 Years)

Enjoy this week’s roundup of amazing Christmas books to read with your child- of any age!

Biggest, Best List of Children’s Christmas Books

Best Christmas Books For Tweens And Teens

A Mighty Girl- The Christmas Owl

A Mighty Girl- The Christmas Book Flood

Don’t forget about the Christmas ornament contest!


World Kindness Day, and November is Adoption Month

Monday is World Kindness Day!  Check out some of these beautifully written and illustrated books to help our kids to remember to be kind.

42 Picture Books About Kindness

Best Books to Teach Kindness and Empathy

Thoughtful Children’s Books about Kindness

November is Adoption Month!  What a great opportunity to learn more about adoption!

A Mighty Girl- Adoption

Commonsense Media- Characters Who Are Adopted

We Belong Together: A Book about Adoption and Families Poster Image

14 Brilliant Books about Adoption