Authors, Social-Emotional

Author Focus- Peter Reynolds

Peter Reynolds has written and illustrated many books for children- here are a few that I will share.  The Dot is his most famous book, which sparked a movement to celebrate International Dot Day each year.  I did some Dot Day activities with the kindergartens last month and it was fun! Peter Reynolds’ books have social-emotional themes that are so helpful for using with kids.  They always love the pictures and story lines too.


Be You

Say Something

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The Water Princess

Here is a short film produced by Fablevision, a company that Peter Reynolds is involved with.  It’s about teaching and education, aptly titled Keepers of the Flame.  Be sure to share the last video here with your kids- they can draw along with Peter Reynolds!  I think it’s important for students to get a glimpse into the illustrating or writing process- Kidlit TV is a great resource for this.


Pictures of Book-Themed Lego Contest Entries

Thanks to all the students who entered the contest!  It was so fun to see your amazing creations, and so fun to have so many students wanting to pop in to the library to see the displays and chat about them!  A random name was drawn for the winner- Lucas V. received his gift card to Indigo.  If your child hasn’t already taken their creation home, I will keep the rest up until after Grandparents’ Day and then start sending them home.  A reminder that the Christian Book Fair continues next week!  We will be open on Monday morning recess for student shopping, homeroom classes will be taking some classes to shop on Tuesday during the day, and Ann the book lady will also be available for Tuesday evening parent-teacher interviews and Wednesday- Grandparents’ Day!



Events, Scholastic Book Club, Social-Emotional

October Scholastic Digi-Flyers, Christian Book Fair, and 7 Habits of Happy Kids

October Scholastic Digi-Flyers are here!

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

October English Flyer

October- English Digi-Flyer

October- French Digi-Flyer

October French Flyer

If your child still wants to get in a last minute entry for the Book-Themed Lego contest, they can bring it in by Tuesday at the latest, before I will draw a random winner from all the entries!  They look amazing in the library and I can’t wait to post pictures next week!

Parents and Grandparents, the book fair is open for you during Parent-Teacher interviews and Grandparents’ Day!  Students, the fair is open for you when your homeroom teachers take you during the week, or at select recess times.  (stay tuned- listen on the morning announcements.)


At HHCS, we begin each school year in every grade teaching about The 7 Habits of Happy Kids; using the book by Sean Covey, and referring to what we have learned often throughout the year.  It has become part of our school ‘language’ and has a big effect on building successful habits in our students. Here are some picture book suggestions to help our kids internalize what these habits are all about.

Habit #1 – Be Proactive, You’re in Charge:

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Habit #2- Begin with the End in Mind

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Habit #3- Put First Things First

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Habit #4- Think Win-Win




Habit #5- Seek First to Understand


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Habit #6- Synergize

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Habit #7- Sharpen the Saw


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Events, Special Days/Weeks/Months

Books about Thankfulness, Book-Themed Lego Contest, and Christian Book Fair!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!  Here are some books to help us to cultivate a thankful attitude with our kids all year long.

Picture Books About Gratitude

20+ Terrific Thankfulness and Gratitude Picture Books

Children’s Books About Gratitude to Read All Year!

Doing Good Together- Gratitude Picture Books


I’m so excited for the student book-themed Lego submissions to start coming in this week!

Lots going on- we also have a Christian book fair coming up soon!