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Who HQ, and Scholastic Book Fair Starts in 2 Weeks!

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Have you and your children checked out the Who HQ series? This huge collection of non-fiction books helps kids to learn the who, what, when, where, and why of the world!  I have recently purchased some more of this series to enrich our collection in the library at school.  There is even a tv version of this book series on Netflix!

Images from whowasbookseries.com

who was the first man on the moon?: neil armstrong

who sparked the montgomery bus boycott?: rosa parks

what is the coronavirus disease covid-19?

what is the civil rights movement?

where were the seven wonders of the ancient world?

The book fair is coming up… I could still use one more volunteer!  Email me at l.baillargeon@hh-cs.org if you’re able to help during the school day. Parents will be welcome to stop in to shop after school after the Arts Assembly on Wednesday June 1.

Events, Social-Emotional, Special Days/Weeks/Months

Volunteers Needed for Scholastic Book Fair, May is Mental Health Awareness Month

It was so great to have so many families come through the library on the Celebration of Learning night last week!  It was so fun to have you all making bookmarks, using the selfie station, checking out extra books, and just reading and relaxing together!  The library is such an important part of our school community- thank you for coming by!

I am excited that we will be able to host an in-person book fair for the students the week of May 30!  I will need a couple of volunteers to help out with sales.  Email me at l.baillargeon@hh-cs.org if you might be able to help!

May is Mental Health Awareness Month!  This year at school I started a permanent rotating display of social-emotional books in the library for the students to easily find.  It is so important for us to talk about these issues with our kids and to support them in mental health.  I hope these resources will be helpful.

Random House- Kids Books About Mental Health

What's Up, Maloo?

A Mighty Girl- Books to Help Kids Overcome Anxiety, Worry, Fear

Events, Special Days/Weeks/Months

Earth Day, and Upcoming Celebration of Learning Night

Earth Day was on Friday!  It’s very exciting around school these days as our classes get ready for the Celebration of Learning night on May 5.  Quite a few classes are working on projects that have to do with the environment.  We can’t wait to show you what we’ve been learning this year!  Make sure to stop by the library that night too- I am planning to have some book-related selfie props for you to take some pictures with your family in the library, as well as some DIY bookmark-making materials- lots of fun!

CBC.ca – Canadian Books for Kids to Read for Earth Day

Books for a Better Planet! 16 Earth-Friendly Reads for Kids

Here We Are

Books to Celebrate Earth Day

Picture Books for Earth Day

18 thoughtful children’s books about the environment

Building Belonging- diversity, Special Days/Weeks/Months

Easter Books, New Honours Reader Program

Easter weekend is over, but the reading and the learning doesn’t stop!  Here are some great recommendations to continue to help your child learn more about Jesus’ death and resurrection or just to extend the fun of the holiday a little longer. I especially love these diverse book lists.

23 Multicultural Children’s Books about Easter

Darkest Night/Brightest Day

Darkest Night Brightest Day A Family Devotional for the Easter Season Marty Machowski

 

The Best Easter Picture Books About the Gospel for Lent

The Easter Story Books for Kids

Egg-cellent Book Gifts for Your Little Bunny’s Easter Basket

I'm Growing Great

7 Books That Tell the Big Story of Easter

7 Multicultural Easter Books for Kids

I am launching a new version of the HHCS Honours Reader program!  Some of you might remember this program from a few years ago.  The new program will replace the format of the old one. It will have categories to work on such as classics and modern classics, various genres, and diverse books. Students who complete this challenge before they graduate will receive a special HHCS seal. If you like reading, would like to learn more about the world around you, and would like to earn an HHCS seal for your efforts, then go to Google Classroom and click on the plus+ sign button on the top right to add a class and enter this code  qru34nw. You will see all the categories with further instructions there.

Events, Genre, Special Days/Weeks/Months

Poetry Month and Bruce the Moose Visit

Bruce the Moose visited HHCS for his birthday on Friday!  Here are some pictures of him hanging out in the library.

April is poetry month!  Mrs. Weening and I are planning a combination Speechfest/Poetryfest to take place coming up in May.  Your child can check with their homeroom teacher for details.  In the meantime, here are some resources for how to have more poetry in your children’s lives.

The Best Poetry Books for Children

 

Colorful Poetry: 22 Diverse Poetry Picture Books for Kids

Ohana Means Family

Books in Verse & Poetry Collections

CBC Books- Books to Read During Poetry Month

 

10 Points on the Power of Poetry

Otto the Owl Who Loved Poetry

Have a great week and a blessed Easter coming up soon!

Building Belonging- diversity, Scholastic Book Club, Special Days/Weeks/Months

World Autism Awareness and Acceptance Day, and April Digi-Flyers

Scholastic April digi-flyers are here!  School-wide class code is RC391237.

April English Flyer

April French Flyer

April English Flyer

This Monday at HHCS we celebrated World Autism Awareness and Acceptance Day.  We talked to the students about our wonderful neurodiverse brains, about qualities and difficulties of autism, and about accepting and celebrating our similarities and differences.  Enjoy these resources!

Books for Kids with Characters on the Autism Spectrum

Building Belonging- diversity, Events, Genre, Special Days/Weeks/Months

Biographies/Autobiographies/Memoirs for Kids, World Down Syndrome Day, and Battle of the Books

Let’s start with a round-up of biography books for kids and tweens/teens! There are so many great choices these days for kids to learn about interesting people in the world.

who was duke ellington?

whowasbookseries.com

https://www.shepersistedbooks.com/

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Middle Grade Biographies and Memoirs in Verse

New Biography Books for Elementary and Middle School

World Down Syndrome Day, Online Book Sale Continues, and New Blog Feature- HHCS Reads- Interview with Mrs. Spencer

Last week we celebrated World Down Syndrome Day!  Above is a link to my post from last year with some books to learn more.

I’m excited to be starting a Battle of the Books team!  If your child is interested and missed last week’s introductory meeting, there is still time to join.  We will meet during two recess times each week.  This program is organized and hosted by the Halton Hills Public Library.

Battle of the Books

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Special Days/Weeks/Months

Books for Pi Day and Kids who Like Math, Resources for World Water Day

I hope everyone had a wonderful March break!  March 14 was Pi day!  Here are some book lists to celebrate the number Pi and all things mathematical!

14 Math Books Perfect for Pi Day- Scholastic

A Mighty Girl- Books about Math

Math Chapter Books and Story Collections

PBS Parents- Books to Excite Your Child’s Mathematical Imagination

Tuesday March 22 is World Water Day!  I hope these resources will be helpful for using with your children on this important topic.

Kid World Citizen- World Water Day

Water Collection in Ethiopia- Kid World Citizen

Worldwaterday.org

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23 Children’s Books to Inspire Ocean Conservation

Children’s Books About Water & Keeping It Clean

World Water Day Reading List

Special Days/Weeks/Months

Women’s History Month

We had a wonderful week last week with our Accelerated Reader celebrations.  Congratulations to all who met their AR goal!  Students had an Olympics theme this week at school, with completing the Reading Olympics Challenge, (winners to be announced at school this week) a theme-dress day as an Olympian or a person from a country in the world, learning about Olympic sports and traditions, and class campfires with delicious treats.

March is Women’s History Month and I have a lot of great resource lists to share with you.  I have a display of books related to this theme in the library at school.  I am encouraging the students to take them out and give them a try- maybe you can remind your children at home as well to try some of these books and learn something new! Wishing everyone a happy March Break- only a few more days to go!

25 Children’s Picture Books for Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month: A Book Every Day

A Mighty Girl- Celebrating Women’s History in Pictures

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Books Celebrating Women’s History Month for Young Kids

Picture Books about Women in History

National Geographic- Women’s History Month

Colours of Us- Women’s History Month

30 Multicultural Children’s Books About Women In STEM