Events, Family Literacy

Summer Reading Program and New Books to Read this Summer

Summer Reading Activities 2022

Wow, it’s the last week of school!  The HHCS Summer Reading program will be coming home in your child’s report card envelope.  There are 3 main options outlined for your child to choose from, either completing a total of 24 hours of reading over the summer, reading books from around the world, or reading in various locations and documenting it in pictures!  Students who complete the challenge will receive an HHCS seal next June at the Awards Assembly.  Have fun with it! Students may return the summer reading forms to me in the library in September or may give it to their homeroom teacher. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions, at

Here are some book lists to help if your child wants to do the read around the world challenge!

Books Set on Every Continent & A Printable Reading Activity


Here are some new books for kids that have either been released recently or will be soon, to get your kids excited for reading this summer.


Hattie Harmony: Worry Detective by Elizabeth Olsen and Robbie Arnett

The Bad Guys in Open Wide and Say Arrrgh! (The Bad Guys #15)

Ali Cross: The Secret Detective (Ali Cross, 3)

Spy School Project X

The Pigeon Will Ride the Roller Coaster!

Jessi's Secret Language (The Baby-sitters Club Graphic Novel #12): A Graphix Book (Adapted edition) (The Baby-Sitters Club...

Mummies in the Morning Graphic Novel (Magic Tree House (R))

Key Player (Front Desk #4)

The Princess in Black and the Mermaid Princess

Learn to Read Box

The Super Cup Face-Off (Geronimo Stilton #81)

Brave Every Day

Have a wonderful summer, everyone!!

happy stroll in meadow




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:

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.

Apps and websites, Family Literacy, Social-Emotional, Special Days/Weeks/Months

Bell Let’s Talk Day/Social-Emotional Books, and World Read Aloud Day

Bell Let’s Talk Day was last week, so in honour of that, this week I have posted their website, as well as a slideshow I put together of social-emotional issues, including mental health.  Have a look below- you can see the preview in the post- just click on where it says Slideshow and it will take you to the full screen where you can hit your keyboard arrows to navigate through.  It has social-emotional books featured by topic as well as by favourite authors who have entire collections of books with social-emotional themes. Hope it’s helpful!



This week on February 2, it is World Read Aloud Day!  This day is created by Lit World and sponsored by Scholastic.  Check out some of the online events and activities for your family below.


7 Ways to Celebrate Reading Aloud Together on World Read Aloud Day

Family Literacy

Family Literacy

January 27 is Family Literacy Day in Canada, and I’ve curated some really great articles for you about ways to incorporate a culture of family literacy at home.  It’s so important to make reading a regular and enjoyable part of our lives.  On that note, I thought it would be fun to see some pictures of your children’s home libraries.  Feel free to email me a picture if you’d like it to be featured on the blog!


Reading Rockets- Creating a Home Library

Creating a Home Library

Reading Rockets- A Fresh Look at Your Home Library

A Fresh Look at Your Home Library

Reading Rockets- Building Reading Stamina

Theme Guide: Family Literacy Day

Scholastic- Family Literacy Day

Celebrate Family Literacy Day with these inspiring reads!

Family Literacy Day 2022: Learning in the Great Outdoors

How to Make Reading Fun: 25 Ideas Kids Will Love

How to Raise a Mom

Family Literacy Day Ideas