Events, Growing Readers Tips

Books that Embrace Hygge

How’s the read-a-thon going for all our participants?  So proud of all of you for your efforts!  Keep going!

Reading tip for the week from Growing Book by Book- “No player in the NBA was born wanting to play basketball.  The desire to play ball or to read must be planted.  The last 25 years of research show that reading aloud to a child is the oldest, cheapest, and most successful method of instilling that desire. Shooting baskets with a child creates a basketball player; reading to a child creates a reader.” – Jim Trelease

Take away:  Plant a reading seed. 


It’s the season for Hygge!  Hygge is pronounced ‘HOO-guh’- a Danish and Norwegian word that describes a mood of coziness, comfort, wellness, and contentment.  A hygge lifestyle also involves taking time away from the weekly routine to be with the people you love and to have time to yourself. Things like warmth, lights, comfort food, and fun all contribute to a hygge feel!  Enjoy these books to share with your kids about hygge as you cozy up together!

Disney Frozen: Anna and Elsa's Hygge Life

11 Picture Books That Make Kids Feel Warm and Cozy

Day Dreamers

Books to Cozy Up with on a Winter’s Night

16 Cozy Picture Books for a Winter Night

12 Comforting Picture Books about Home

So Cozy


Apps and websites, Events, Growing Readers Tips

How to Organize Your Book Collection, and Reading Tip Series from Growing Book by Book Begins

Keep reading, HHCS! You are doing great!  A lot of pledges have already come in – so exciting!

Last week on the blog, I featured children’s and teens’ books about organizing.  This week, we have resources about how to organize your home book collection!

How To Organize Kids’ Books (For A Tidy Home Library)

How to Organize Your Book Collection

How to Declutter Kids Books (Once and for All)

25 Creative Book Storage Ideas for Kids

How to Organize Kid’s Books

18+ Easy Ideas For Organizing Kids’ Books In Small Spaces

The Home Edit- Kids Book Storage

Display Your Child's Books


Growing Book by Book

Going forward, I will often be sharing tips from a resource pack that I purchased from Jodie at the site Growing Book by Book.  Check out this amazing website with book lists, book activities, early literacy, family activities, and more!



Even if you don’t feel comfortable reading aloud, your child thinks you are a rock star reader. Little ones love to spend time with their family members.  Snuggling up with a book and reading together shows kids that you value reading and it fills their language tanks with rich vocabulary.  

You can also improve your read-aloud confidence.  Watch a few actors read aloud a book on Storyline Online.  (


You’ll pick up some great tips about reading with expression.  


Events, Scholastic Book Club

Read-a-Thon and January Scholastic Digi-Flyers

Happy New Year everyone!  Welcome back to school.  I am excited to announce a Read-a-Thon that HHCS will be participating in.  It is optional for students and will start this week.  An information package will be coming home this week.  When students complete their Read-a-Thon goals, they will earn 50% of the pledge money for themselves from Usborne books, and 50% will go to the HHCS Library.  Win-win!  More information to follow.  Many thanks to HHCS paraeducator and Usborne Books rep- Deanna Livingstone!

January Scholastic Digi-Flyers are out!

My Class Code
Shipping is free to your home for orders over $40!
January English Flyer
January French Flyer
Teen January Digi-Flyer
January/February Bonus Flyer
Christmas, Events, Special Days/Weeks/Months

Classic Christmas Books

How many of these classic Christmas books have you read with your kids?  Give some of them a try this season! I’ve included some here with original type of covers and some as updated versions.

A Christmas Carol

Polar Express 30th Anniversary Edition (9780544580145)



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These next 2 are not technically Christmas books but they definitely feel like they should be read during the Christmas season!

Little Women

Don’t forget the last day to bring in a Christmas ornament for the library tree is Friday Dec. 16!

Christmas, Events, Special Days/Weeks/Months

Christmas Book Crafts and Activities

Try out some of these book-related Christmas activities before and during the holidays!  And of course, don’t forget students can make something for our library Christmas tree! Due date for those who would like to participate is December 16.

Christmas Book List with Crafts and Activities


25 Christmas Books With Crafts To Match

10 Christmas Book Activities to Help Your Kids Focus on Christ

Ways to Use Books as Christmas Decorations


Christmas, Events, Special Days/Weeks/Months

Christmas Chapter Books, Short Stories, and Picture Books, and Christian Christmas Books

30 Best Christmas Chapter Books for Tweens (Ages 8 to 12 Years)

Enjoy this week’s roundup of amazing Christmas books to read with your child- of any age!

Biggest, Best List of Children’s Christmas Books

Best Christmas Books For Tweens And Teens

A Mighty Girl- The Christmas Owl

A Mighty Girl- The Christmas Book Flood

Don’t forget about the Christmas ornament contest!


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!