This year for the Young Readers’ Choice Awards (YRCA) we have books in 2 different categories.
In the Junior category for both Divisions 1 and 2 we have these 8 titles:
Read a minimum of 2 of these eight titles and you can vote for your favourite after Spring Break.
Additionally, in the Intermediate category for Division 1, we have these 3 books (the other five are a more mature):
The other 5 books are:
We Contain Multitudes – rated Grade 9+ (teen LGBTQ romance) I Love You So Mochi – rated Grade 8+ (self-discovery, romance) Spin the Dawn – rated Grade 9+ (fantasy, quest, romance) Scorcery of Thorns – rated Grade 7+ (fantasy, adventure, romance) White Rose – rated Grade 7+ (historical fiction, WW2 Nazi Germany resistance, based on true events, told in verse)
Read 2 of these books and you can vote for your favourite after Spring Break.
Watch the book trailers of the books we have at Glenwood below!
Junior Division Books
Also check out a longer video with the author talking about his book, New Kid, here.
Intermediate Division Books
Also check out a longer video with Rick Riordan (author of the Percy Jackson series) talking to the author, Kwame Mbalia, about Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky here.
You can also enter two prize draws one in July and one in August for a chance to win a $30 gift certificate for Indigo. Fill out the prize entry in the Summer Adventure Guide and drop off at any BPL location.
Whether you sign up for a Summer Reading Program or not, make sure you exercise your brain as well as the rest of your body and keep reading over the summer!
The students of British Columbia, Alberta, Washington, Montana, Idaho, and Alaska together selected the winning book from this year’s YRCA competition, which was …
Wings of Fire (The Graphic Novel): the dragonet prophecy!
We did not have too many students vote here at Glenwood but the few that did vote voted for a different favourite book each. I’m glad to see our students have a wide variety of tastes and opinions on what makes a book a favourite book.
Author visits are not only a wonderful and often exciting change in routine, they also help students see authors as real people. They also benefit students by inspiring creativity, and motivating students in both reading and writing.
As part of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Book week, we were lucky to be selected to have author Kevin Sylvester visit our school, via Zoom, to talk to divisions 1 and 2 about his writing and some of his stories on Friday, May 7th.
Photo from Simon and Shuster website
We are very thankful to the Canadian Children’s Book Centre for not only selecting us for this opportunity but also subsidizing this visit making it more affordable for us to bring this author visit to our students.
The visit will be first thing in the morning this Friday. Don’t be late to school divisions 1 and 2!
If you want to check out some of Kevin Sylvester’s works or social media, WITH PARENT PERMISSION, ahead of time here are some links:
Congratulations to the final BOTB team who faced 5 other schools in the first of the two Zoom BOTB battles and came out on top in their battle! The Taylor Park, Sperling, Westridge, Confederation Park and Buckingham teams were worthy competitors.
I, Mrs. Nerpio, had our team in the library for the battle while the rest of the class watched from the classroom with Mr. Grant. In my 6+ years of participating in Battle of the Books, it was the first time the final battles were done over Zoom, which was both a challenge but also created new and different opportunities. Normally, when all the teams are in one gym the teams work through the questions with whispers, pointing and gesturing. Because each team was at their own school and were muted on Zoom the team could actually talk and it was my absolute pleasure to watch our team talk through the questions and work together to figure out the answers. I was so busy scoring our team and enjoying watching them that I forgot to take a photo!
The second BOTB battle was held 2 days later using the exact same questions and Clinton won that battle beating our score by one point. The Clinton-Glenwood students sure did a great job preparing for the battles. The organizers are now busy tracking down the winner’s plaque so hopefully, it will arrive soon and can be sent out for engraving.
Battle of the Books (BOTB) is back for our students in Division 1 as part of their Language Arts program as well as a friendly reading competition between schools.
Students have been divided up into 3 teams and each team is responsible to read all 10 books, from a variety of genres. Some students may read 1 or 2 books and others may read all 10 books. Students are responsible for creating questions for the “battles” in which the students will work together to answer the questions. Questions can be submitted in one of 2 ways: on paper (available at school) or through a form online (links below).
We will have 3 or 4 practice battles throughout April and at the end of our practice battles, a team of up to 10 students will represent Glenwood in our district’s annual interschool battle. This year, due to COVID limitations, for the first time we are holding the final battle over Zoom. Fingers crossed all the technology works!
The 10 books in this year’s battle are:
(Click the links below to read a review or view a book trailer, if available)
Sky Watchers Dez and Jax are both in the sixth grade. Now they can be Sky Watchers, kids who patrol the sky path to school on their sky bikes. The Sky Watchers protect their schoolmates from spinners, little flat disks that have been programmed to steal bike packs and take them to the ground below. Nobody but the gang kids go below the tree line. Its polluted down there.
Tumblebooks provided mostly online storybooks of interest to K-3 but there are some chapter books and graphic novels some grade 4-7 students may find interesting. Storybooks are read to the students and partially animated. Some of the chapter books can be read aloud and the student can follow along. Some chapter books and the graphic novels are simply for reading online.
Tumblebooks seems to work best with Chrome on a computer but may work well enough on other devices, give it a try. Mobile devices will look and function differently than computers.
If you are prompted for login information try, sd41 for the username and login for the password.
Teen Book Cloud – Direct link to Teen Book Cloud
TeenBookCloud is an online database of eBooks and educator resources perfect for your middle school and high school use. Including a selection of Graphic Novels, Enhanced Novels, eBooks, classic literature, National Geographic videos, educator resources, and audiobooks.