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!

 

Authors, Christmas, Events

Author Focus on Arnold Ytreeide, Book-ish Christmas Activities, and Keep Working on the Book-Related Christmas Ornaments!

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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??

RAR #123: A Family Story for Easter, with Special Guest: Arnold Ytreeide

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!

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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!

How to Create Your Own Book Advent Calendar

8 Clever Ways to Celebrate the Holidays with Books

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Authors, Building Belonging- diversity, Christmas, Events, Vintage

Vintage Author/Illustrator Spotlight- Gyo Fujikawa

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.

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Gyo captured childhood so well in her writing and illustrations and lovingly depicted children from all cultures playing together, at a time when that was not commonly featured.  You can read about her amazing life in this article from The New Yorker.  It includes anecdotes about when her family was in an internment camp and when she worked for Disney.  https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/how-gyo-fujikawa-drew-freedom-in-childrens-books

There is even a fairly new book about Fujikawa’s life, titled “It Began with a Page-How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way.”  You will love reading these books with your children, they are really special!

 

 

 

The awesome thing about these vintage books is you don’t have to hunt them down- they are easy to find as the re-prints are available at Amazon or your local bookstore!

 

 

 

I think it is important to show our own kids the books that we loved when we were young! Such treasures!

Don’t forget our upcoming Book Character Christmas Ornament challenge!  I can’t wait to see what the students come up with!

Apps and websites, Building Belonging- diversity, Christmas, Events, Social-Emotional, Special Days/Weeks/Months

World Kindness Day, and Upcoming Book-Themed Christmas Ornament Challenge

Saturday was World Kindness Day!  As Jesus-followers, let’s intentionally teach our kids to find ways to be kind.  You will love all the practical ideas and resources on this site:  https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/

Quotation: A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. Amelia Earhart

Take a look here:

A Mighty Girl – 25 Picture Books about Kindness and Empathy

Cool to Be Kind: Children’s Books That Champion Kindness

Here We Are

 

Our fall Book Character Potato Contest was so fun, that I’d like to do something similar yet different for Christmas!  I am planning to put up a Christmas tree in the library in a few weeks.  I would love for students to create (at home) some book-themed ornaments to put on the tree!  Any materials or format are fine as long as they will work well with being up on a tree!  Let your creativity flow!  I will draw a couple of names again to win an Indigo gift card to say thanks for participating.  You may send the students’ creations in at any time – the tree will go up sometime late November.  Need ideas?  Try a keyword search for “DIY Book Character Ornaments.”

Events, Genre, Media Literacy

Usborne Book Sale Ends Friday, Media Literacy Week, and Genre Spotlight on Historical Fiction

It’s November 1 and it’s time to start thinking ahead to Christmas plans! The HHCS Usborne Online Book Fair is scheduled to end on Friday Nov.5, so act now!! Take a look- you will be so impressed with the selection! 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 – anotherstoryplease2021@gmail.com.

 

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.

 

Recently it was Digital Citizenship week, and then last week, the week of October 25-29, was Canada’s Media Literacy Week!  I’m a bit late but wanted to share resources on this important topic.  Check out these videos with your kids at home.

Common Sense Media’s Tips for Decoding Media Messages: (from http://commonsense.org)

With so much media and information coming at us through the television, phones, social media, and more, it’s more important than ever for kids to understand the basics of media literacy. When kids can identify different types of news and media and the methods and meanings behind them, they’re on their way to being critical thinkers and smart consumers.

Encourage healthy skepticism.

Help them analyze the messages around them — from toy packaging to news headlines — and question the purpose of the words and images they see.

Play “spot the ad.”

When you see advertising on TV or on a billboard, ask kids to figure out what the ad is selling. Sometimes it’s obvious, and sometimes it’s not. Help them explore why certain pictures, sounds, or words are used to sell certain products.

Explore different sides of a story.

Use real-life examples to help kids understand how people can view the same situation with totally different perspectives. One child might experience a game on the playground as fun, while another might feel like the rules are unfair. When appropriate, tie this example to a news story.

Discuss fact vs. opinion.

Play around with ideas and decide which are facts and which are opinions. Ask: How tall are you? What’s the best food in the world? Do rocks sink or float? Do you like dogs? Point out that both facts and opinions show up in the news, but opinion is usually labeled.

Choose a variety of sources.

Show kids how you get news and information from different places, and explain how you make your choices. Use words like “credible,” “trustworthy,” “respected,” and “fair.” As kids get older, introduce the ideas of bias, satire, and clickbait.

 

This week I decided to also highlight the genre of historical fiction books.  Check out these amazing lists of historical books for every age and from many diverse areas of the world and times in history.

26 Best Historical Fiction Picture Books You Need to Read

Why Historical Fiction Is Important for 21st-Century Kids

 

45+ Thrilling Historical Fiction Books for Kids

 

The Best Historical Fiction Chapter Books for Kids

Best Historical Fiction Books for Kids 8 & Up

If your child’s homeroom teacher doesn’t already have an Epic account, feel free to use mine! Instructions:

Have your students open up their web browser and

  1. Go to www.getepic.com/students
  2. Enter class code 
Authors, Events, Scholastic Book Club

October Scholastic Digi-Flyer, Usborne Book Sale Continues, and Spotlight on Author Gary Paulsen

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.

Use this for the Class code – RC391237

October Scholastic Digi-Flyer

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 – anotherstoryplease2021@gmail.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.

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Digital Literacy, Events, research skills, Special Days/Weeks/Months

Book Character Potato Pictures, Online Book Fair Launches Wednesday, and Digital Citizenship Week

Here is the link to my presentation for families about Digital Citizenship again, in case you missed it in a previous post. It includes links to a Family Media agreement, research sites for kids, e-books about digital citizenship, and online games for practicing digital citizenship.  Take a look!
Have a wonderful week HHCS!
Authors, Events

Upcoming Fall Online Book Fair, Author Focus on Gordon Korman, and Don’t Forget the Book Character Potato Contest!

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!

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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!

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