Episode 9: You Hold Me Up

It has been been a challenge for us to be away from family, friends and school for the last several weeks.  However, the students, staff and families of South Slope/BCSD have made me feel so loved and supported in this difficult time.  I was thinking about the wonderful emails, comments on the blog and phone calls I’ve received.  The video meetings I’ve been a part of have been so fun and made me feel connected to you.  Thinking about this inspired me to choose You Hold Me Up, written by Monique Gray Smith and illustrated by Danielle Daniel, as this week’s read aloud.

We read this book at the beginning of the school year to learn more about reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and we responded to it by thinking of ways we can support and hold each other up in the school community.

I hope you enjoy this story which includes ASL interpretation.  Click on the book cover to watch the video.  Ask your teacher for the password.

Thank you to Orca Book Publishers and the Read Aloud Canadian Books Program for permission to record this video.


Watch the story again as the author reads the book to a group of children:

New book from JK Rowling: The Ickabog

Exciting news, everyone! JK Rowling has released a new story online called The Ickabog.  She will publish it online and release a  chapter or more starting today and then for seven more weeks. It was written as a read aloud story but is suitable for 7-9 year olds to read on their own. Of course, there is no age limit on great stories.  I’m looking forward to this new adventure and I hope you all enjoy it, too.

Visit the site to read the book and enter the illustration competition.

Read Aloud: Count on Me

What is your passion? Music? Art? Science? Soccer? In my latest read aloud we learn about a character who sees the beauty of the world through math.  I  hope you enjoy Count on Me by Miguel Tanco.  Click on the book to view.  Ask your teacher for the password.  This video includes ASL interpretation.

What math can you find in the world around you?

What are you passionate about?

For more math check out Which one Doesn’t belong: a website dedicated to providing thought-provoking puzzles. There are no answers provided as there are many different, correct ways of choosing which one doesn’t belong. Enjoy!

Episode 7: Bear Came Along

This week’s book, Bear Came Along by Richard T. Morris and illustrated by LeUyen Pham, is quickly becoming one of my new favourites. I made many connections from the story to the difficult times we are going through right now.  Together, we can get down this “river” using all of our unique talents.  This book was also awarded a Caldecott Honor in January 2020.

Click on the book to view my read aloud of this book with ASL interpretation.  Ask your teacher for the password.








You can also listen an interview with the illustrator LeUyen Pham:

And watch the story again with Bill from the publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. Closed captioning is available.

Happy Mother’s Day!

I hope you enjoy this new read aloud, Does a Kangaroo have a mother, too? by Eric Carle, just in time for Mother’s Day.  What do you love best about your mom?

Ask your teacher for the password and click here to watch. This video includes ASL interpretation.

Happy Star Wars Day! May the 4th Be With You!

Happy Star Wars Day! I know many of you are Star Wars fans so here’s a few activities you can try at home.  Have fun and May the 4th be with you!

Visit the site for the Star Wars: Jedi Academy Books and read an excerpt of the new book, watch some book trailers or play a game. Click here.



Learn to draw Yoda with Author and Illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka.


Try some block coding or JavaScript with Star Wars’ characters like BB8. Click here.

Make Yoda Cucumber Bites with this simple, yet delicious recipe. Click here.