There are two new fantastic graphic novels in the library:
On Sunday night I had the opportunity to listen to the authors, Raina Telgemeier and Kazu Kibuishi, and meet them. It was a fabulous evening and I learned a lot about the creative process. There were so many kids there and they were all excited to meet the authors.
A few things I remember:
- Raina draws everything in a rough draft before she submits it to her editor.
- Kazu writes everything down like a script before he draws.
- “Repetitive practice is the key to sucess.” Kazu
- “Try not to make decisions based on fear.” Kazu
- One of Raina’s favourite books as a kid was Calvin and Hobbes.
- After both author have drawn their comics in ink, they have colourists who add the colour.
Three great things about the night:
- My daughter got to ask Raina a question in front of the whole audience.
- I met Raina Tegelmeier and she knows who I am on Twitter.
- Seeing students and former students at the event.
Can you guess who some of these mystery readers are?
Come see me in the library to check out these new books and more!
One of the sessions I attended at the IRA (International Reading Association) Conference a couple of weeks ago was called “The Art of Teaching Reading”. It was presented by Tim Rasinksi, a professor of literacy education at Kent State University. He shared the importance of ensuring our students enjoy reading through song, poetry and more.
One of the poems he shared reminded me that I “read because it’s beautiful”.
Read It Because It’s Beautiful
by Karen Morrow Durica
Somehow a life without poetry seems…
So each day in my classroom I read…
An observer sat in my room one day…
Noted poem’s title
Recorded “lesson” sequence—
Said dryly: “It seems
There’s no connection curricular-wise…
No anticipatory set
No vocabulary drill
No comprehension query—
Do they know what it means?”
I could have contrived a defense or two, but…
Spirits flowed with peaceful joy
Simple truth explained—
“I read it because it’s beautiful,” I said.
She didn’t quite frown but recalled all the same, “We’ve…
Standards to meet
Timelines to keep
Pages to cover—
Important content to be read.”
I looked from her to my students’ gaze; they…
Had relished the words
Danced with the rhythm
Mused with the meaning—
Were richer in spirit than when we began.
I read it because it was beautiful. And beauty is…
Always in my “lesson” plan.
I would love to hear your responses to this poem. Why do you read?
Hello everyone! I am in New Orleans at the International Reading Conference. Today I’m learning a lot about meaningfully integrating technology into teaching and learning. There has also been a lot of information on inquiry as well.
A couple of quotes from the day:
“Collaboration leads to friendly controversy” Amber White
“What brings meaning to reading? How can technology enrich that meaning both online and off?” Larissa Pahamov
Fun new tech tools I want to try:
Kaizena (Google drive add on)
Got caught in a rainstorm on the way back from dinner. Very funny!
Reading Buddies at McGill and Metrotown Libraries this summer!
Would you like your child to have more reading practice this summer? Will your child be in grade 2, 3 or 4 this September?
This summer, Burnaby Public Library will be running two five-week long Reading Buddies programs. For more information, contact the Bob Prittie Metrotown Branch (604-436-5420) or the McGill Branch (604-299-8955). Or visit us online at www.bpl.bc.ca/kids. Registration begins May 30th.
Hope everyone is having a great long weekend. Just thinking about my favourite read alouds from last week.
The first one was If not for the cat by Jack Pretlusky. The clever book of haiku poetry provided many classes with riddles to solve and syllables to clap.
Next was another hilarious book from Jan Thomas, The Easter Bunny’s Assistant. Skunk’s “exciting” antics made everyone giggle- a lot!
See everyone on Tuesday when the book fair opens in the library!
On February 19th we reached 100 nights of reading. On Thursday, February 27th we will recognize all the staff and students who have participated in the Reading Club. We will give away some great book prizes to some lucky winners, too.
Unfortunately, we are down in our number of participants this term.
One of the many reasons we run the Reading Club is to support families. We want to help families model the importance of reading by making it an essential part of their day. You can help by reading to your child, listening to your child read, or reading yourself while your child is reading. Make this an enjoyable time of day and let your child choose their own reading materials as much as possible.
Pick up the forms anytime from the library. It’s never too late to join!
We will reach 200 nights on April 10th. Everyone who completes 250 nights of reading will be able to place their name in a book in the library.
During literacy week we all read the book Journey by Aaron Becker. It is an stunningly beautiful wordless picture book that celebrates the imagination. This week it was announced that Journey had been awarded the prestigious Caldecott Honor. Congratulations, Mr. Becker!
Watch the video below to learn how the book was made:
Last week we celebrated Literacy in a big way at South Slope/BCSD.
It all started with our Celebration of Learning assembly on Monday, Jan. 21st. First, we recognized all the staff and students who completed 100 nights of reading in our reading club.
Next, we were treated to three special Readers’ Theatre performances. BCSD students performed Red Dragon, Red Dragon based on Eric Carle’s Brown Bear, Brown Bear. Leadership students performed a very funny play called, Claynocchio. And finally, South Slope staff was very cool in their shades while they performed, Pete the Cat and his Magic Sunglasses.
On Tuesday everyone was invited to dress up as their favourite character from a book. Can you guess who these staff and students are?
All week the school participated in Drop Everything and Read times every day.
On Wednesday, we had special guest readers for every classroom from the Burnaby School district and the community.
Every classroom all read the book, Journey by Aaron Becker. Journey is a wordless picture book that invites readers to use their imagination and embark on incredible adventures. Many classes have displayed their responses in the hallways.
Our theme this week was Reading Opens Doors. What doors has reading opened for you? Do you have a favourite book that changed you or took you on an incredible adventure? I’d love to read your responses here or come and talk to me in the library.
This year the students in Grades 4-7 have some great titles to choose from for the Red Cedar and YRCA (Young Readers’ Choice Awards).
Nominees for the YRCA Junior Division grades 4-6:
Nominess for the YRCA Intermediate Division grades 7-9:
Red Cedar Non Fiction and Fiction Nominees:
For more information about Red Cedar click here and for more information about YRCA click here.