Apps and websites, Building Belonging- diversity, Christmas, Uncategorized

Icelandic Book Tradition, Globe Trottin’ Kids, and Diverse Christmas Books

Click below to read about the amazing Christmas tradition in Iceland that involves lots of reading!  This would be great to adapt to do with your kids at home!


Jólabókaflóð: An Icelandic “Christmas Book Flood”

This article about the Christmas Book Flood comes from the amazing Globe Trottin’ Kids site! Take a look around at the rest of the website, your kids will love it!

Home | Globe Trottin’ Kids

The mission of Globe Trottin’ Kids is to engage kids in “learning about world geography and cultures, understanding and appreciating diversity in our world, and being kind, caring, and responsible global citizens.”  It is easy to click on various countries and learn about their statistics and culture.  There are photos, videos, infographics, links, and even a “Read Your World” section with book suggestions and resources!  I have been using this with one of the classes I teach and it has been so fun!

Globe Trottin' Kids

And lastly for this week, please have a look at this fantastic list of culturally diverse Christmas books! What a great way to build up your child’s home library!

The Ultimate List of Diverse Christmas Children’s Books to Read this Holiday Season

Have a great week HHCS!

Apps and websites, Authors, Building Belonging- diversity, Social-Emotional, Uncategorized

Anti-Bullying, and Just Ask! Book

This week I am featuring some articles and book lists on the topic of anti-bullying.  I invite you to take a look and find a book to read and discuss with your children!

A Mighty Girl is an amazing source of reading-related information for everyone.  Take a look at the article titled “The End of Bullying Begins with Me” for some helpful books to share with your children, tweens, and teens.

A Mighty Girl

The End of Bullying Begins With Me: 18 Bullying Prevention Books for Young Children

Doing Good Together™

Doing Good Together has an article about “Picture Books About Bullies, Bystanders, and Being Kind.”

A Growing List of Picture Books about Bullies, Bystanders, and Being Kind – Doing Good Together™

Check out this article from Scholastic, focused just on tweens and teens:

Books About Bullying for Middle Schoolers

This week I featured the book “Just Ask”, written by Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, in lessons in some of the classes that I teach.  This book is amazing! It is written in a matter of fact, age appropriate way for children to learn a little bit about some of the differences that some people have, such as diabetes, asthma, autism, down syndrome, dyslexia, ADHD, nut allergies, blindness, and deafness.  Sotomayor compares the differences that people have being just like the different flowers in a garden.  Rather than making assumptions or avoiding people with differences, the author encourages children to just ask their questions in a polite and friendly way.  What a great book to help our children be more accepting and understanding of each other!  I love the tagline at the bottom of the book too- “Be different, be brave, be you”!

Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You Book Poster Image


Moose information of the week:  The main predators of moose are wolves and bears.

brown moose surrounded by snowfield

Enjoy the new snow everyone!


Public Library Resources, Reading and Writing Gifts for Kids, and Bookmark Contest Results

The AR (Accelerated Reader) due date is on Nov. 19! I hope the students are close to meeting their reading goals!  Ask your child’s homeroom teacher if you have any questions or concerns.

Check out this handy guide from Imagination Soup to help you start planning for Christmas.  Some great ways to encourage your young reader and writer!

Reading and Writing Gifts for Kids

Some of you may know Lisa from Children’s Services at the Halton Hills Public Library!  Here is a message from her to remind everyone about all of the services available there:

Halton Hills Public Library Logo

Hello from Halton Hills Public Library! We want to remind educators and students that Halton Hills Public Library is open and looking forward to helping students, teachers and families this school year.

We have a lot of resources for students who are in the classroom or who are working remotely.  These resources are available virtually or in both of our branches (Georgetown and Acton) and the list below is just a sampling of what we offer.

Please visit more information. We are also on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube.

Study Rooms: You can book a room to study in alone or work as a group

Bookable Library Technology: Chromebooks, Laptops, Headphones and Charging cables are available for use in the library

Computer Workstations: Computers and printing are available

Free Wi-Fi is available in the library, or you can get on the waitlist for a mobile hotspot to take home

Talk to a Librarian: email us at, phone 905-873-2681, send us a message through our chat service or come in to your local branch and visit us in person

LinkedIn Learning/ lots of courses for online learning

Databases: great research resources like Canadian Points of View, Kids InfoBits and Canadian Reference Centre

My Next Read: fill out a form on our website and get a personalized list of book recommendations.

Thank you SO much to all those students who entered the HHCS Bookmark Contest!  It was great to see all the submissions that were emailed to me.  I appreciated seeing all the creativity and effort!  I was having a hard time picking the winners so I chose a couple of extra!  Here are the winners.  Congratulations to Brooke in grade 1, Isabel in grade 4, Tyler and Gabby in Grade 5, and Hayley in Grade 6!















Apps and websites, Events, Uncategorized

Remembrance Day, and KidLit Tv

Explore the world of children’s literature with!

Here you can find book trailers, podcasts and tv shows about children’s literature, craft and activity ideas, and more!

KidLit TV

Remembrance Day is coming up very soon!  Here are some great books to help talk about this topic with your child.


Remembrance Day books

Don’t forget to work on your Christmas shopping a little early and get some great Christian books for your family!

The AR (Accelerated Reader) due date is on Nov. 19! I hope the students are close to meeting their reading goals!
This week’s moose info- enjoy this read aloud!

“Reading is an exercise in empathy; an exercise in walking in someone else’s shoes for a while”.

-Malorie Blackman


Events, Social-Emotional, Uncategorized

World Kindness Day, and Mr. Rogers

24 Picture Books To Teach Students About Kindness

World Kindness Day is coming up on Nov. 13 and I thought I’d get the information out a little early- let’s look for ways to teach about kindness all month long!  Here is a list of book resources to share with your children- I will be reading some of these books to some classes at school.  World Kindness day also overlaps with Cardigan Day! Cardigan Day celebrates the work of Mr. Rogers, who taught adults and children about kindness, among many other things.  Last year I bought this lovely book for my daughters- “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood- The Poetry of Mr. Rogers”.  I love having Mr. Rogers’ song lyrics written and illustrated in this book, it is so beautiful.


The online book fair is underway!  Get those orders in and find some Christian books and merchandise in time for Christmas!  Here’s a note from Ann, the book fair lady!

Hello Parents, Students, Teachers, Grandparents and your Loved Ones.
It’s Ann Schieckoff, the Living Books and Kerusso T-Shirt Lady.  This year’s Book Fair, as with most things, has a “Covid” look to it.  Sorry, no tables full of product.  Instead an email linking you to both a Catalogue and Order Form with lots of great Fiction, Devotionals, Christian Living, Bibles, Boxed Christmas Cards, and much more for the whole family.  Over 800 items to choose from!
Launch Date is: Wednesday October 28,2020
Order Deadline is: Friday November 13,2020
Buying gifts for students who shouldn’t see in the bag? – no problem – simply mark the order.  “Gift Order, please give to Parents Only”
Plus, every order is entered into a draw for the “Family Basket” (retail value $100).
** A percent of all orders goes to supplying Free Christian Books for the HHCS library.
Orders will be packaged individually by myself and delivered to the school before the end of November (Items with December release dates will follow as soon as possible).
Welcome to Halton Hills Christian School’s Book Fair – Covid 19 Style
Attached to this email you will find:
1.) An Order form in 2 formats.  A printable PDF version and an Excel version. Please note that Prices are Tax Included on these 2 forms.
2.) A Deals and More 1 page flyer
Also the Link! Use this link to download the Living Books 20/21 catalogue and Christmas Good News Flyer 2020.  (Please do not use the Order Form on the Catalogue Site as it does not reflect the taxes)
To Place an order, use one of these options:
1.) Print the PDF Order Form attached, record your order, drop it and payment off at the school.
2.) Print the PDF Order Form attached, record your order, scan it and email it directly to me at
3.) Use the Excel file attached.  Record your order and then SAVE it to your computer under your family name.  Email that file to me at
4.) Type your order into a separate email and list your name, phone number and payment method.
5.) Phone me directly at 519-501-2274 (6-9pm) or leave a message and I will call you back.
Payment Methods: 
Cash and Cheques can be delivered to the school with your order.  Please send order and payment to school with your child.
Credit Card *If you do not feel comfortable giving your number over the Internet, please give me your phone number and I will call for your number once I have your order complete.
E-Transfer, please make note on the form that you wish to pay by e-transfer. I will verify your order and email you the correct amount to Transfer  (Some of the items on the bottom of the Order Form are limited quantity).
Wishing you Christ’s peace and safety during these times we are in.
Blessings and wishing I could be with you.
Ann Schieckoff