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Well, the votes are in and we have chosen our Canadian Picture Book of the Year. South Slope has selected We found a Hat by Jon Klassen as the winner!
We chose this book because…
- The pictures can tell the words and because the eyes of the turtles can make me laugh.
- The author made unique illustrations because he made the turtles shell patterns different from each other.
- It makes me feel like that other turtle who wants the hat to tell the truth of why he really wants the hat!
- The pictures match the words and the pictures tell the story on their own. I also think it is very funny. (I like it very very much!)
- It makes me feel happy because it reminds me of my dad since he always wears a hat.
- It has powerful words.
In close second place was Town is by the Sea by Joanne Schwartz and pictures by Sydney Smith.
We chose this book because…
- It makes me a little sad. I go to the graveyard to visit my grandfather, my father’s father. He was a miner, too.
- It reminds me that my town is by the sea. And it is a peaceful book.
- It has unique and creative illustrations. It makes me remember that I used to live by the sea.
- I feel that I’m in the book and it repeats.
- The pictures make me feel calm.
We enjoyed reading and talking about the other books as well. When we were Alone was recently voted a winner in the Governor General Literary Awards. The Snow Knows was named the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book of the Year.
We look forward to reading more great Canadian picture books next year!
For the past few weeks several classes have been reading some fabulous Canadian picture books. The books were chosen from the nominees for the Marilyn Baillee Picture Book of the Year as well as the Governor General’s Literary Awards nominees. We created criteria to help us decide on what makes a great picture book. Then we read a different book each week and discussed how the book met the criteria for us. Finally we will vote on our favourite.
Stay tuned for the announcement of the winner!
On November 14th we reached 50 nights of reading. So far 148 students and staff have handed in their forms! Our assembly is this Thursday so there is still time to hand in your Reading Club forms and be recognised. There will be book draws, too! Come and see me in the library any time to ask about the Reading Club and to find a great read!
On October 30th author Shane Peacock visited our school. He told us that as a young child he didn’t really like to read, but he loved stories. He told us to read what we’re interested in and also write what we’re interested in. We also learned about an amazing Canadian, The Great Farini, and how he crossed Niagara Falls. Mr. Peacock read his picture book, The Artist and Me, to some of the classes. He also read from Death in the Air, the second in the Boy Sherlock Holmes series, and left us wanting to hear more. Come and check out his books from the library!
Please join us on Tuesday, Oct.24th as we Drop Everything and Read right after lunch all around the school. Everyone is invited to wear their pjs and bring a stuffed animal.
THANK YOU!!! Thank you to all the parents and families who visited and volunteered at the book fair. We raised over $1700 in product commission that will be used to buy new resources for our library. Our next fair will be in February. See you then!
Welcome back to another exciting school year! I hope everyone had a wonderful summer.
You may have noticed the link to the library on the school website has changed. Now, when you click on library you will go straight to the library blog. On the right hand side you will see links to the catalogue, home page, web Resources and Tumblebooks. Just click on the one you want. If you need any help, please come and see me in the library.
I hope you all had a wonderful summer and read some great books. Here is some of the reading I did:
What were some of your favourite reads this summer? Share on the padlet below.
The library program has some exciting opportunities in store for your child this year:
• Our curriculum will be promoting the very best of children’s literature to your child with activities designed to help students enjoy the stories even more.
• We will be doing our very best to get (or keep) your children “hooked on reading” by recommending specific reading materials to each individual.
• At each grade level, students will be learning information literacy skills specifically suited to their developmental needs.
• The iPads will continue to be used for learning and exciting new projects! We have 25 iPads for students to use.
• We have a lot of special events being planned: author visits, DEAR day, book fairs, Literacy Week, the home reading club, and more!
• If you would like to volunteer to help in the library, please let me know. We’d love to have you.
Scholastic Book Fair: Monday, September 18th until Thursday, September 21st. Parent volunteers are needed. Please see me in the library or look for the sign up sheet on the library bulletin board.
Reading Club: Our reading club begins again on September 26th. Notices will go home the week prior. I encourage all families to make reading for pleasure a part of your day, every day.
Check out the library blog for more information and updates throughout the year. You can access it from the school website under the library tab or go to: http://goo.gl/PPPXu
Use your smartphone to find us too! (A great app for scanning QR codes is i-nigma)
Questions? Comments? Please come and see me in the library. I’m looking forward to an exciting year!