Virtual Scholastic Book Fair Link

Our Scholastic Book Fair will be offered in two formats – in-person (for students only) and virtual!  You can shop in the comfort of your own home and make choices with your child.  You will be receiving information on when you child will be visiting the library for the in-person book fair this week.  Our virtual book fair link will be LIVE starting on Monday, September 20, 2021.  All proceeds from both fairs will directly benefit our school library!  Books purchased in our virtual fair will be delivered to Parkcrest the week after the in-person fair and given directly to your child.

Here is the virtual book fair link:

Thank you for your support!

Trudy’s Rock Story by Trudy Spiller and Jessika von Innerebner

Sunday, June 21, 2020 is National Indigenous People’s Day in Canada!  It is a day to celebrate Canada’s 1.4 million Indigenous people.

This week’s story is written by a local Gitxsan nation author.  It is a personal story from her childhood and the stories that she was told by her grandmother.

While you are listening to the story, think about ways that Mother Nature has blessed you and your family.  Also, think about you might use the “knowledge” in this story in your life when dealing with stress, anger or sadness.

Summer Reading Club – Burnaby Public Library (BPL)

For the first time EVER, public libraries in British Columbia are offering their summer reading programs digitally online!  Starting on Monday, June 15, 2020, BC children can sign-up online to be part of the summer reading club.

Information from the BPL can be found on their website and accessed here.  The theme for 2020 is “Explore Our Universe”.

More information on the 2020 BC Summer Reading Club can also be found in this press release.

Rose’s Garden by Peter H. Reynolds

This is another one of new personal favourite pictures by the one and only Peter H. Reynold’s!  The illustratrations are gorgeous and change as the reader experiences the travels of Rose.  This is a story with many themes and messages – in it are glimpses of resilience, perseverance, and hope – ideals that we should all be striving toward in our ever-changing, unpredictable world…


I Wonder by Annaka Harris and John Rowe

Sometimes, books fall into our hands at just the right moment!  While in the library last week, I came across this beautifully illustrated book about the gift of wonderment…

In these uncertain, ever-changing times in which we are currently living, Annaka Harris urges all of us to allow ourselves to and teach our children that it is okay to “wonder” about things that are unsure….what a powerful concept!

Please listen carefully to the last page of our book – it gives all of us permission to be curious and that it is okay not to have all of the answers!!

Guest Reader!!

This week, we are so lucky to have a guest reader on our library blog!  Mrs. Lusignan is an educational assistant at Montecito Elementary and will be sharing a book written and illustrated by her extraordinarily talented niece, Janice Stouffer.  This is a story about acceptance, tolerance and being kind to ourselves and others.  Please enjoy the reading of this newly released children’s book and its gorgeous illustrations!

Plant a Kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & Peter H. Reynolds

Spring and summer are times for planting!  This story shows what can happen when you plant something unusual – something unusual grows!  The simple text in this book lets the reader explore how bliss can be shared with others!  Our book’s illustrator is an author too.  Peter H. Reynolds has written and illustrated numerous of his own books including:  Ish, The Dot, The Word Collector, The North Star, Sky Colour and many more.  If you are familiar with any of these titles, you will surely recognize his unique style of illustration.

Click on the picture of my garden to hear our story…

Hair Love – Short Film turned book by Matthew A. Cherry

This week’s read-aloud is based on an Oscar-Winning Short Film by Matthew A. Cherry!  I have included a link to the short film:

You can listen to my reading of Matthew A. Cherry’s book before watching the short film or after watching it – the choice is yours!  I am wondering if you can list the differences and similarities between the two pieces?

Coronavirus: A Book for Children

This week’s “read-alouds” is more of a “read-at-home”!

Candlewick Press has published a story for children about Coronavirus.  It is written by Elizabeth Jenner, Kate Wilson, and Nia Roberts and is illustrated by Axel Scheffler.

I include it here as a way for parents and children to examine this virus together.  Parents, you can choose to read some of the book or all of it to your child(ren) depending on the age of your child(ren) and on how extensively you wish to cover the topic.  CLICK HERE to view the book.