Genre Spotlight- Mystery Books, and Last Week of Library Checkouts for the Year

Thank you everyone for your support for the Scholastic Book Fair!  The students’ mouths were dropped open as they walked by and saw the displays for the first time!  It was so nice to see all the enthusiasm, especially as we haven’t been able to do an in-person book fair for so long.  This coming week is the last week to check out library books.  Then the students will need to return all outstanding books the following week.  Can you believe there are only 3 weeks left of school?

This week I am highlighting great lists for mystery lovers!  Here is an article that explains why you should consider introducing your child to mystery books!

5 Reasons Parents Should Get Mystery Books for Kids

60 Best Middle-Grade Mysteries to Read

50 Must-Read Mystery Books for Kids

Little Detectives: Mystery Books for 6- to 8-Year-Olds

60+ Mystery Chapter Books for Kids

Mystery Books for Kids with Diverse Characters

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?


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

Halton Hills Public Library Logo

Genre, Scholastic Book Club, Special Days/Weeks/Months

Books about the Olympics, Books Related to Sports, and February Scholastic Digi-Flyer

The Winter Olympics started in Beijing, China on Friday- were you watching?  Enjoy these Olympic-themed book lists!  I’m also including general books for the sports-lover in your family! REMINDER- Don’t forget that AR (Accelerated Reader program) reading points are due on Friday Feb. 25!  Let’s encourage our kids to meet their goals!  AR Reward will be the week of Feb. 28.


Children’s Books about the Winter Olympics

Winter Olympics Themed Books

Books About the Winter Olympic by The Educators' Spin On It #olympics #eduspin

Scholastic- Books about Sports

Sports Books for Kids of All Ages

Who Is Michael Jordan?

Harper Kids- Sports Books

Sports Books for Kids

Awesome Sports Books for Kids

13 Children’s Books About Women in Sports

Febuary English FlyerFeburary French Flyer

Scholastic- February- English

Scholastic- French- February

Don’t forget that volunteer hours can now be earned by purchasing from Scholastic!

When ordering, use Class code- RC391237.  Orders over $40 are FREE delivery to your home!


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 –


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

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
  2. Enter class code