Some of the Halton Hills Christian School staff shared with me what their favourite books for children and young people are. Enjoy this sneak peek into our teachers’ reading lives!
Mrs. Amaral loves Subway Mouse – written and illustrated by Barbara Reid!
Mrs. Sypkes likes The Spiderwick Chronicles- we have this series in our school library!
Ms. Jones says that The Book with No Pictures is hilarious!
Ms. Takaki says- “I would say “Fish in a Tree” is a favourite story because I like “underdog stories”. These stories are about characters who don’t see the gifts and talents that they have and they don’t see themselves in the same light as others. These characters also think that they don’t have a lot to offer in this world – but they do. Ally is a student who struggles at school, has a tendency to day dream and sometimes gets teased. She has struggled enough that she begins to think that she might be dumb. Along the way she learns what true friends are and how learning differently doesn’t mean you aren’t smart.
Everyone needs to know that they have worth and that they have value. Kindness matters. For anyone who is a fan of “Wonder”, I think that you will enjoy this book as well.”
Mrs. Bocchinfuso finds this book for kids helpful!
Mrs. Tapley loved Amelia Bedelia when she was a little girl!
Ms. Dykstra especially likes this book by Eric Walters. He has written over 100 books!
Ms. Mantel is reading Number the Stars with her students right now and really enjoys it!
Ms. Westendorp says- “A book series that I read in grades 7-8 that I really enjoyed was the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz – the first one “Stormbreaker” really interested me and I read the entire series to follow.”
Mrs. Olazabal loves Elephant and Piggie!
Mrs. Sithamparapelli says- “When I was really young, my parents told me that I always asked them to read Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown.”
Mrs. Baillargeon (that’s me!) has loved the Anne of Green Gables series and all books by L.M. Montgomery since she was a little girl. Did you know that the author lived in nearby Norval for part of her life?
Mrs. Vetro loves the English and French versions of Le Petit Prince/The Little Prince!
Mr. VanDonkersgoed loves this sweet book by Robert Munsch!
LITERACY TIPS FOR THIS MONTH FROM GROWING BOOK BY BOOK:
“Kids are more motivated to read if they can choose the books they want to read or have read to them. Building a personal home library is important and can be done in an economical way. Kids need reading material to practice reading. If your kids love a particular book, look for other books by the same author. It’s ok if kids want to hear or read the same books over and over again. Books are like friends. We want to spend lots of time with them. Book club flyers offer high interest in low cost books.”
Growing Book by Book