Well, this unusual year has now come to a close. I hope you all have a wonderful summer and find time to rest and play. Here is a “virtual library” for you to explore over the summer. I hope you enjoy the activities and links for reading and more. See you in September!
I wanted to share some more information about what’s happening at the Burnaby Public Library this summer. This year the Summer Reading Club will be virtual. There is a club for kids up to grade 7 and one for teens. Click on the posters above to learn more.
Another exciting development is their new Paper Bag Pickup service. You can order library items from the online catalogue and safely pick them up at your preferred BPL branch. Click on the image to learn more.
I hope you all take advantage of what your public library has to offer this summer. If you live in any community in BC, you can still join the Summer Reading Club. Just visit your local public library website for information.
Check out the video below for an ASL welcome to the Summer Reading Club:
There is also Virtual Drum Across BC event you can register for. Click on the image below for more information.
This week in of our classrooms we have been reading Hair Love written by Matthew A. Cherry and illustrated by Vashti Harrison. The students really enjoyed this funny, heartfelt story of a African-American father learning how to do his daughter’s hair for a “special day”. Hair Love is also an Academy Award winning film! In this case, the movie came first and then the book. Students watched the movie, too, and were asked to look for and think about the similarities and differences. Hair Love is a great book and movie to share with our kids now to celebrate family, love and diversity.
Did you know that June is National Indigenous History Month? This week at school I shared a new book, Johnny’s Pheasant, with many classes. It was written by Cheryl Minnema who is a member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and and illustrated by Julie Flett who is a Cree-Metis author, illustrator and artist. Julie Flett is one of my favourite author/illustrators and we read her book, Birdsong, earlier in the year as part of our Canadian Picture Book of the Year read alouds.
Students we excited to read Johnny’s Pheasant and made lots of connections to our previous read aloud of Birdsong. They loved the beauty of both the words and illustrations. I’m sure Johnny’s Pheasant will be on everyone’s wishlist for check out in September.
In January 2020, Cheryl Minnema received the Charlotte Zolotow Award for Johnny’s Pheasant. The award is given annually to the author of the best picture book text published in the United States in the preceding year.