150 nights of Reading February 20th

Wow!  150 nights of reading is almost here.  I can hardly believe it.  Please hand in your forms to the library beginning on Thursday and pick up your new 200 night forms.  Students who have completed their forms will be recognized at our Celebration of Learning Assembly on Feb. 28th at 2pm.

What have I read in my latest 50 nights of reading???

There are three books I read recently that are now in our school library.  I highly recommend them all.

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Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin is the companion book to Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, a Newbery Honor Book.  It is part mystery, part folk tale, part fantasy.  School Library Journal described it as “a work that is nothing short of enchanting”.  I recommend this book for students in grades 3-7.

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Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier is a fantasy, adventure that I couldn’t put down.  According to Quill and Quire, “Auxier’s novel contains plenty of scenes of the sort that make adults squirm with distaste while children wriggle with delight. Magic abounds, but is treated in a matter-of-fact manner, and the informal narrative style, reminiscent of Lemony Snicket, is entertaining”.  I would recommend this book to students in grades 4-7.

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Leisl and Po by Lauren Oliver is another fantasy, complete with ghosts, alchemy and a very wicked stepmother. I was transported to another world as I read this novel and hope that other readers join me.  This book would be a great read aloud by teachers or parents for grades 3 and up.  Older students who like ghost stories could read this on their own.

What have you read lately?  Share your great reads below or come and see me in the library and let me know what books you love.



Red Cedar reviews and more!

This week the Red Cedar nominees will be released for check out to the intermediate students.  I asked the teachers if they would like to read them first, and many of them volunteered.

If you hover over the Red Cedar page at the top of the blog, you will see a list book titles.  F is for fiction, and NF is for nonfiction.  Click on one of this titles and and you will find a review of the book written by one of our teachers.  So far Mr. Brown, Mrs. March and I have submitted our reviews.  Keep your eyes out for more in the weeks to come!

We would love to hear what you think of these books, too.  Please leave your comments at the bottom of the book’s page and/or come see Mrs. Araujo about how to post your review.


Students have until April to read the books and then they will vote for their favourites!

Happy Reading!

And the winner is…

The votes are in! The Canadian Picture Book of the Year is Small Saul by Ashley Spires!

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Over the last several weeks. Divisions 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 read the five nominees for the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award.  First they decided on criteria for a great picture book.  Then we read all 5 books during their library times.  Finally, they voted.  Stay tuned for some of the students’ comments about the books they read.

The other nominees were:

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Drop Everything And Read

It was a warm and cozy afternoon at South Slope/ BCSD this past Monday.  After lunch we all got our books and read around the school in our pyjamas.
Congratulations to everyone who helped us celebrate reading!