Chris Grabenstein , Children’s Author in Vancouver

FullSizeRender (2)Last Wednesday evening, Ms.Higgins went to see the author of one of the YRCA 2016 titles, Escape from Mr.Lemoncello’s Library , Chris Grabenstein which was hosted by Vancouver Kidsbooks. It was a delightful and informative presentation in which Mr. Grabenstein had children come up to the front to participate in some short quiz games. Of course, afterwards , participants received Lemon Drops! Ms.Higgins will be sharing what she heard to some of the Intermediate classes. To learn more about this entertaining author and his books, go to his website –

YRCA 2016 begins this week!



This week, Intermediate classes will be introduced to the YRCA books for 2016. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in this recreational reading program. It`s easy to participate in, too! Students have to read only 2 of 8 books in a division to vote. Voting takes place at the end of April, 2016. There are some great reads in the Junior Division.  The Edmonton Public Library has an excellent site about YRCA:

Sensational presentation by Susin Nielsen

Susin Nielsen came to Seaforth on April 2nd to make two presentions; one to Divisions 1 to 3 and the other to Divisions 4 to 6. She talked about her life as a writer and about her books, Word Nerd, Dear George Clooney, please marry my mom , and The reluctant journal of Henry K. Larsen which was an Intermediate Division book for YRCA this year. Students loved her presentation and found Susin to be very funny and entertaining. The highlight for the students was when Susin read from her new novel , We are all made of molecules which will be released on May 12.SUSINNEILSEN Ms. Higgins will definitely be getting some copies for the library.

YRCA 2015

ivanLast week was the official launch of YRCA 2015 at Seaforth. This recreational reading program was explained to all Intermediate classes and the selected books were book talked by Ms.Higgins. As a literary connection to one of the junior titles, The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, Ms.Higgins read the picturebook, Ivan, the remarkable true story of the shopping mall gorilla. Hearing the true story has sparked an interest for many students to read the novel which won the Newbery Medal in 2013. An excellent resource about the YRCA program is the Edmonton Public Library’s website: . All Intermediate students are encouraged to participate and voting will take place in April, 2015.

YRCA 2013 Voting Results

Students who participated in the YRCA recreational reading program voted last week and this week in the School Library. Eleven students voted in the Junior division, sixteen in the Middle division, and twenty-six students voted in both divisions. A total of 53 Intermediate students voted. In the Junior division, the winner was The Lost Hero and in second place was Big Nate: In a class by himself. In the Middle division, the winner was Smile and in second place was The Red Pyramid. It should be interesting to see if our voting pattern was similar to the rest of the schools in Burnaby. Stay tuned for the District results!

To see next year’s YRCA nominees, go to this website:

YRCA voting results

The results are in for the voting at Seaforth and it is very evident that graphic novels are very popular! In the Junior Division, the winner was Amulet:The Stonekeeper. Tied for second were The Maze of Bones and Swindle. In the Middle Division, the winner was Rapunzel’s Revenge, followed by Airman and Juvie Three tied for second place. In the Senior Division , the clear winner was The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. District results are now tallied. Seaforth students had a similar voting pattern as the overall District vote. From all the other schools in Burnaby, Amulet, Rapunzel’s Revenge and The Hunger Games were the clear winners in their respective divisions. However, in the Junior division, Maze of Bones was in second place followed by Found. In the Middle division, Airhead came in second and Zorgamazoo came in third.

YRCA voting postponed

Good news, readers! You have a bit more time to read titles from the YRCA program. Voting at Seaforth will now be during the week of  April 4th – 8th.  You are strongly encouraged to read some of the great titles selected for this year’s voting. Each division has a graphic novel and a variety of book genres. Remember, you only have to read 2 books in a division to vote in that division! Exercise your right to vote!