Building Belonging- diversity, Scholastic Book Club, Special Days/Weeks/Months

World Autism Awareness and Acceptance Day, and April Digi-Flyers

Scholastic April digi-flyers are here!  School-wide class code is RC391237.

April English Flyer

April French Flyer

April English Flyer

This Monday at HHCS we celebrated World Autism Awareness and Acceptance Day.  We talked to the students about our wonderful neurodiverse brains, about qualities and difficulties of autism, and about accepting and celebrating our similarities and differences.  Enjoy these resources!

Books for Kids with Characters on the Autism Spectrum

Scholastic Book Club

Books for Kids who Like Arts and Crafts, and March/Spring Digi-Flyers

Don’t forget that Friday is the last day to hand in your forms for the Reading Olympics Challenge!  See my last 2 blog posts if you need details.

Scholastic digi-flyers are here!

Spring Flyer

Scholastic Rewards Catalogue

March Flyer- English

March English Flyer

March Flyer- French


March French Flyer

This week’s spotlight is on books for kids who like arts and crafts.  Encourage your family’s hobbies by helping them to learn more about them with a book!

Inspiring Children’s Books for Young Artists

Art History Books for Kids


Art History Books for Kids, Homeschool Art Unit Study Literature Resource


Art History for Kids: Children’s Books About Great Artists

Get Creative With These Craft Books for Kids

Martha Stewart’s Favorite Crafts for Kids

25 Awesome Art Books for Kids

25 Art Books for Kids

Top 10: Best Books for Young Artists (ages 2-18)

Exploring The Great Artists – 20+ Art Books For Kids

23 Picture Books to Inspire Artistic Creativity

Art Books for Kids

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!


Scholastic Book Club

January Scholastic Digi-Flyer and New Year Reading Resolutions for Kids

January English FlyerJanuary French Flyer

January Scholastic- English

January Scholastic- French

Happy New Year, everyone!  Scholastic digi-flyers are here for January!

Announcement re: book-themed Christmas ornaments- Emma S. in grade 7, you have been selected to win the prize of a gift card from Indigo! Thank you so much to Emma and to everyone else for the lovely contributions to our library Christmas tree! You may come and pick up your ornaments from me in the library this week!

EDIT:  Now that we’ve had to flip to online learning we will have to figure this out at a later date! Look forward to seeing everyone in person again- in the meantime let’s make the best of it on Zoom.

Check out these interesting resources for families and kids about ways to make reading resolutions for the new year! I challenge you to pick a couple- which ones will your family work on this year?

Scholastic- 100 New Years Reading Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions For Kids Based on Books and Reading

How to Make Reading Resolutions as a Family

New Year’s Resolutions: 4 Simple Ways to Read More with your Children in 2018

Authors, Scholastic Book Club

Remembrance Day, Author Focus on Trenton Lee Stewart, and November/Holiday Scholastic Digi-Flyer

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.

It’s Remembrance Day this week and we will be observing as a school.  Enjoy these resources here to help your children at home to understand the subject more.

Books for Veterans Day and Remembrance Day Reading

I have just purchased The Mysterious Benedict Society series for the school library and the books will be ready for the shelves soon.  Author Trenton Lee Stewart has written these amazing books. Has your junior or intermediate division child read these books yet?  If your child loves adventure, humour, and brain-teasers then these books will be a hit.  Here is a book trailer and also a tv series trailer for the version now on Disney Plus.  Enjoy!

MBS Book 1 bookshot.png

Take a look at the NOVEMBER 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

Holiday Flyer

Reading Club Holiday Gift Guide

November Flyer

Reading Club November Flyer

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 –

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.

Hatchet Cover

Building Belonging- diversity, Scholastic Book Club, Special Days/Weeks/Months

Scholastic Digi-Flyer, Orange Shirt Day, and Spotlight on Graphic Novels

September Digi-FlyerReading Club: Class Code

Our school will be participating in the Scholastic Reading Program again this year.  If your child’s homeroom teacher runs this program through the classroom, then please order through that.  However if your child’s teacher does not participate, you are welcome to use my school-wide code!  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


Orange Shirt Day is coming up this week on September 30.  Again our school will be observing this day in various age-appropriate ways in the classrooms and as a whole school.  We will discuss why Every Child Matters and how all people should be treated with love and respect.  We will be working on a wall display this week as well and I will post pictures of that next week.  Be sure to wear an orange shirt on Thursday.

I started a new special ‘graphic novel section’ in our school library this year so I thought I’d post about graphic novels!  Here is an infographic I made about the benefits of graphic novels.  See below for information about graphic novels that may be appealing or helpful to your child. Have a great week HHCS!


Graphic Novels Can Turn Reluctant Readers Into Lifelong Book Lovers

12 Outrageously Funny Graphic Novels for Reluctant Young Readers

7 Graphic Novels Elementary Schoolers Love


A Mighty Girl

Building Belonging- diversity, Scholastic Book Club, Special Days/Weeks/Months, Uncategorized

Indigenous History Month, New Scholastic Digi-Flyer, and Father’s Day Books

June is Indigenous History Month and it is a time to celebrate First Nations, Metis, and Inuit people.  However at HHCS we recently mourned the very sad news about the discovery of the remains of 215 children at a former residential school in British Columbia.

If you would like to talk about this topic some more with your children, here is an article from CBC Kids News that could help you.

CBC Kids News

Here are some resources to help you to highlight the many amazing things about Indigenous people and community.

CBC Kids is always a great site to visit!

The Barren Ground by David A. Robertson

The Barren Grounds

Click on the link above for the synopsis/review.  Several of the students I work with read this book for the Forest of Reading program.

What’s My Superpower?

Just an everyday awesome indigenous kid in this story!


My Heart Fills with Happiness

A sweet and happy book about family!

My Heart Fills With Happiness

May We Have Enough to Share

Community and gratitude are celebrated in this meaningful book.

May We Have Enough to Share

Visit indigenous websites:

Scholastic Digi-Flyer- June

Class code – RC391237

June Flyers Are Here

Read about Scholastic Camp Read-a-Lot here!

I will also have more options for Summer Reading Challenges- to be announced next week!  Your child will have the opportunity to earn a Summer Reading seal!

In other news, don’t forget about Father’s Day coming up soon!

Father’s Day Fun: 14 New Picture Books Perfect for Dads

My Dad Used to Be So Cool
Daddy Long Legs
Every Friday

Authors, Scholastic Book Club, Uncategorized

New Book Releases, New Scholastic Digi-Flyers, and Books About Inventors

Hello HHCS!  Time to stock up to get ready for some summer reading- new Scholastic digi-flyers!

May Flyers Are Here!

Class code – RC391237

Camp Read-a-Lot

May Digi-Flyer


May is Inventors’ Month!  Here are some great places to get started with improving your home library with books related to inventors and STEAM! (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math!) Don’t forget you can look these books up on your local public library website as well- just place them on hold with your library card number!

Childrens’ Library Lady- Books About Inventors

Children’s Books about Inventors Perfect for Teaching STEM

Scholastic- Books for Young Inventors

Women Inventors That Changed the World Picture Books & GIVEAWAY!


And lastly for this week, I wanted to feature some new book releases that I am excited about!  All of these have either just been released recently or will be very soon.

You can’t go wrong with Scaredy Squirrel by Canadian author Melanie Watt, and now his adventures will be featured in a graphic novel format!

Scaredy Squirrel in a Nutshell Graphic Novel – Penguin Random House

Scaredy Squirrel In a Nutshell

Gordon Korman’s newest book, Unplugged is now out!  The premise sounds very interesting!  It is so neat to see how Korman is still a very popular author.  His first book, This Can’t Be Happening at Macdonald Hall, was written when he was 12 years old and published when he was 14.  I remember as a kid the amazement I felt that a teenager could be a published author of a very popular book!



The Magic Tree House books remain very popular with our students and I’m sure they will be thrilled to see this new version of Dinosaurs Before Dark in graphic novel format!

Magic Tree House- Dinosaurs Before Dark- Graphic Novel

Dinosaurs Before Dark Graphic Novel

Chris Grabenstein is an amazing author with many middle-grade novels to his name, including the very popular Lemoncello series.  His newest book is here- Dog Squad! Grabenstein’s writing is always very funny and interesting – his books are a great way to get reluctant readers interested in reading!

Dog Squad

Happy reading!