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
The book fair is coming up… I could still use one more volunteer! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.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.
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??
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Take a look at the October 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.
The HHCS Fall Online Book Fair with Usborne Books continues! Are you taking advantage of this amazing fair? Take a look at the catalogue of gorgeously illustrated picture books, graphic novels, chapter books, nonfiction books, board books, activity books, sticker books, and more! Get some Christmas shopping done early and support the HHCS library! Start browsing now with the online catalogue- HHCS Usborne Book Sale. After shopping online, fill out your order form here- 2021 HHCS Usborne Book Fair Order. Follow along for Facebook updates here – Facebook Event- HHCS Usborne Book Sale. And finally, if any questions, and to pay your invoice, email Deanna McAllister here – email@example.com.
Author Gary Paulsen passed away recently at age 82. He was the author of a vast number of books for middle grade and young adult readers, focusing on themes of nature and wilderness and coming of age. His most famous book, a modern classic, is Hatchet, the story of a 13 year old boy named Brian who survives a plane crash in Canada’s north. Check out this interview with Gary Paulsen and a book trailer for Hatchet.
Last week I received some early bird entries for the Book Character Potato contest! They are so adorable and make me smile every time I re-enter the library. Enjoy this sneak peek here and I’ll have more next week!
Big news! We will be having a Fall Online Book Fair for HHCS! It will be launched on the same day as Parent-Teacher Interviews- OCTOBER 20! I am excited that we will be partnering with USBORNE BOOKS. Our very own HHCS staff member, Deanna McAllister, is an Usborne rep and will be helping us to run this sale! Look for information coming soon about where to look at the online catalogue and order your choice of amazing books. HHCS will receive a percentage of sales back- to go towards keeping our library collection exciting and fresh!
This week I thought I would highlight the author Gordon Korman. This author has written over 90 books for kids and young adults. I remember reading his first book, This Can’t be Happening at McDonald Hall, when I was a child and marveling that Korman had written the book at age 12 and had it published at age 14! Gordon Korman’s books are a great recommendation for kids who just aren’t sure what they want to read. This Canadian author has written comedic books about the adventures of Bruno and Boots, adventure books such as the Island series and 39 Clues series, and many others that have become modern-day classics. I am currently reading aloud the book Restart to the grade 6 classes – here is an interview with the author!
Hi HHCS! See below for exciting details about a fun contest in the library coming up soon for this fall! This would make a great Thanksgiving weekend project!
Ada Twist, Scientist is now on Netflix! Ada Twist, Scientist is a book by Andrea Beaty, the author of many books for children including Rosie Revere, Engineer; Sophia Valdez, Future Prez; Iggy Peck, Architect, and the upcoming Aaron Slater, Illustrator. These books are all in picture book form but the characters also reappear in the Questioneers chapter book series that continues the adventures.
Check out the author’s website for activity printables and more!
It was a sad week in the world of children’s literature as two very well known author-illustrators, Eric Carle and Lois Ehlert, passed away. Lois Ehlert is most famous for illustrating the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. She also worked on books such as Waiting for Wings, Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf, and many more.
Eric Carle’s cheerful and colourful books have brought joy to children for many years. His most famous book is of course The Very Hungry Caterpillar, a classic. Some other books by Eric Carle are Brown Bear Brown Bear, The Tiny Seed, The Grouchy Ladybug, The Very Busy Spider, and so many more!
It has been a goal of mine for some time to visit The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts. The Carle celebrates picture books and offers educational programs and exhibits. This looks like such an amazing place to visit!
We have a new segment of HHCS READS this week- an interview with Mrs. McAllister, a paraeducator on our staff who is completing her first year of working at HHCS!
Mrs. McAllister says:
My favourite things about reading are the places I get to “visit”, the topics I get to learn about and the feelings I get to feel. Books have taken me so many places and given me perspectives very different from my own. With so many types of books available so easily the options are endless!! If only there was more time for reading!!
I don’t think I have a favourite place to read. I will read anywhere (except in a moving car, that makes me sick). I always have an ebook available to read on my cell phone so if I have to wait somewhere I can always have a book with me.
What type/genre of books do I read? Mostly I choose fiction, anything with a bit of a mystery, or a feel good story, some science fiction, some utopian stories, if someone recommends a book I will read it. I find reading books that other people have recommended tells me a little something about that person. I do read non-fiction books too. It depends on what I’m interested in at the moment as to what the topic is. Probably most often the book is about animals or about a person (biographical).
Right now I read a lot of children’s books. A LOT! James and Clayton are my twin boys. They are 6, and they love books like I do. We read a lot together. All kinds of fictional stories, all kinds of non-fiction books, mostly about sea creatures and dinosaurs right now. For me I am reading Do It Afraid by Joyce Meyer (she is one of my favourite authors right now), and You Are The Girl For the Job by Jess Connolly. I am learning and praying about what God is calling me to do and being able to do it.
As a young child I read Dr. Seuss, Berenstain Bears and really anything I could get my hands on. As I got older I read chapter books about animals, horses mostly, and Babysitters Club, Nancy Drew and Christy. I loved my church library and getting different books every week. I bought so many books with birthday and Christmas money. I even went through all my books and labeled them like they are labeled in the library. I wanted to be a librarian when I was young, and for one term in university I worked in the campus library. I loved shelving all the research books and being surrounded by the smell of old books.
Last year, just before the pandemic started I bought a bunch of Usborne books for my sons. They loved them so much that I became an Usborne consultant. A year later and I am still a consultant, I love helping other people find books that they will love, and our home library is full of so many Usborne books. We have lift-the-flap non-fiction books (I think those are our favourites), activity and puzzle books, a bunch of different leveled reading books like you might use for AR reading, and what are called Beginners books (non-fiction books about all kinds of different topics). Some of my favourite books to read with my sons right now are The Dinosaur Who Lost His Roar, Look Inside Our World, 100 Things to Know About the Oceans and Forgotten Fairy Tales of Kindness and Courage.
Thank you so much to Mrs. McAllister for this interview for HHCS Reads! I love the smell of old books too!
May is Inventors’ Month! Here are some great places to get started with improving your home library with books related to inventors and STEAM! (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math!) Don’t forget you can look these books up on your local public library website as well- just place them on hold with your library card number!
Gordon Korman’s newest book, Unplugged is now out! The premise sounds very interesting! It is so neat to see how Korman is still a very popular author. His first book, This Can’t Be Happening at Macdonald Hall, was written when he was 12 years old and published when he was 14. I remember as a kid the amazement I felt that a teenager could be a published author of a very popular book!
Chris Grabenstein is an amazing author with many middle-grade novels to his name, including the very popular Lemoncello series. His newest book is here- Dog Squad! Grabenstein’s writing is always very funny and interesting – his books are a great way to get reluctant readers interested in reading!
Terry Lynn Johnson is a 2021 Forest of Reading nominated author and shared stories with grades 4-6 last week about her adventures in dog sledding and working at Quetico Park in northern Ontario. She also explained about the writing and editing process and how much work it takes to get to the final, just right draft! Terry Lynn had all of us captivated as she enthusiastically shared her stories. We look forward to reading more of Terry Lynn’s books! Thank you for an amazing author visit Terry Lynn!