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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!

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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

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, 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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Building Belonging- diversity, Events, Family Literacy, Special Days/Weeks/Months

Black History Month

Recently Mrs. Kroezen, Grade 6B, and I hosted a school assembly on the theme of Black History Month.  This year we decided to go with a Canadian Focus.  Black History is Canadian history! As a school we celebrated the many achievements and contributions of Black Canadians who have done so much for our country. Enjoy some of these Black History month stories below.

Read about the role of Canada as a safe place for slaves to escape to and watch a Heritage Minute about The Underground Railroad:

https://www.cbc.ca/kidscbc2/the-feed/canada-code-name-heaven

The role of Harriet Tubman:

The amazing story of John Ware:

Enjoy the music of Oscar Peterson:

She’s on our $10 bill- Viola Desmond!

He’s the real McCoy- inventor Elijah McCoy!

Hockey fans- it’s Willie O’Ree!

Keep working on your reading for The Reading Olympics Challenge!  Remember that each book you read can only be applied to one category for the Olympics.

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

Reading Olympics Challenge, and Books for Valentines Day

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Flyers are being handed out this week to your child’s class for the READING OLYMPICS CHALLENGE!  I’m looking forward to seeing what your kids come up with for the Reading Olympics categories!  Have fun!

Wishing everyone a happy Valentines’ Day!  Enjoy these picture books about Valentines, love, and friendship.

Children’s Library Lady- Sharing Love Picture Books

Picture Books about Love and Compassion

Christian Book- Valentine Books for Kids

God Is Love

 

Books That Show Kids What Love is All About

9 books about Valentine’s Day for kids

Christmas, Events

Themed Christmas Books- Nature, Trees, and The Nutcracker

Barley and Birch has a great list of Christmas books that are about trees!  I have been reading Red and Lulu to the primary classes and using it to also have the students learn a little bit about the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and about cardinals.

Read: 16 Timeless Picture Books about Christmas Trees

A collection of our favorite picture books about Christmas Trees | via barley & birch

Run Wild My Child also has a great selection of nature-related Christmas books.

Nature-Themed Holiday Books for Kids

As I am teaching a primary music class this year, I have also been finding ways to use picture books in music class. We have been using music from The Nutcracker lately for class activities.  Enjoy these Nutcracker-related Christmas books!

Nutcracker Books for Kids

Beautiful Children’s Book Editions of The Nutcracker!

 

I’d love to see some more book/reading-related Christmas ornaments come in for our library Christmas tree!  Let’s see your creativity, HHCS!