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Canadian Picture Book of the 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! 

 

Author Shane Peacock visits South Slope/ BCSD

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!

DEAR Day Success!

What a great day we had: pajamas, stuffed animals and reading! Thanks to everyone for participating.  Reading is a beautiful thing!

Welcome back!

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.

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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.

Upcoming Events:

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)

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Questions? Comments? Please come and see me in the library. I’m looking forward to an exciting year!

June News


Tumblebooks is back!

Great news! Our school district now has a subscription to Tumblebooks from Scholastic. This is a great site to find story books, non fiction, videos and more.  

Read and listen to some of your favourite books any time from the link on school website under Library or click on the link on the left hand side right here on the Library blog. 

Comments or questions?  Please come and see me anytime in the library or leave your comments here. 

Scholastic Book Fair and Student Led Conferences

The Scholastic Book Fair is now open in the library until the end of Student Led Conferences, Thursday, Feb 9th.  Please come by, find a great read and help support your school library! 

Literacy Week is Here!!!

Author Rachelle Delaney visits South Slope

On January 12th Rachelle Delaney, author of The Metro Dogs of Moscow, The Circus Dogs of Prague, The Ship of Lost Souls and more, visited our school. She spoke to students in Divisions 1-4 about her books and told us the story of how she plans, writes and researches her books. Students asked her lots of great questions and we learned some interesting things about Rachelle and being an author. Her words of advice: “Great writers are great readers.” Thanks, Rachelle, for a great visit! 

Canadian Picture Book of the Year

For the past few weeks Divisions 5,6,7,8,17 and 18 have been reading the five nominees for the Maryilyn Baillie Picture Book of the Year Award. From these five Canadian Picture books students will be choosing their winner for the Great Canadian Picture Book of the year.  First,students read some award winning books during our library times and were encouraged to check out award winning and Canadian picture books. Next, we created criteria for deciding what makes a great picture book.  Then, we began reading all five nominees for 2016.  Soon the students will vote for their favourite. Stay tuned to find out which book won!

Here are the nominees: