Summer is here and it’s time for the Summer Reading Club at Burnaby Public Library and all libraries in BC. I encourage all families to visit the library virtually or in person this summer. Reading throughout the summer is important for all of us – students, teachers and parents. It’s a great time to take a book outside and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. Happy reading everyone!
Read on many days or choose your own goal. Being read to counts.
Friday, June 18 is the first day to join. It’s okay to start later in June or July. Pick up a free kit at any Burnaby Public Library location, or join online at bpl.bc.ca/summer-reading-club.
During the summer the library offers a fun and welcoming place to be. Ask about our take-away activities to do at home or outside.
Need reading ideas? Have questions? Let’s talk! Call 604-436-5400 or email email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>.
The votes are in from South Slope and BCSD and the 2020 Canadian Picture Book of the Year is… The Barnabus Project by The Fan Brothers.
Why did we choose this book? Here are some of the students’ comments:
- “It helps people learn everything is possible and everyone is perfect in their own way”
- “It’s about being brave and knowing you can do it if you believe”
- “In it they are kind and help each other”
- “It was exciting becuase I didn’t know what would happen”
- “I like the funny monster with the big eye”
- “It goes to my heart”
- “It allows me to imagine I am in the story, like I’m watching a 3D movie”
- “It tells me everyone can be unique. I like people who are different”
- “I learned that everyone does not have to be the same”
The Barnabus Project was also recently awarded the Governor General’s Literary award for Young People’s Literature- Illustrated Books.
Watch the story again read by the Fan brothers:
In second place was My Day with Gong Gong by Sennah Yee (Author), Elaine Chen (Illustrator).
- “It has Chinese words and I speak Chinese”
- “It reminds me of Grandma”
- “I remember my Papa and me who also do this”
- “It made me feel like I was in the book and it made me happy”
- “It had a happy ending”
- “I like how the creator did their pictures with collage”
- “It makes me have a connection of South Korea and North Korea having a war”
- “I had a connection from my dad’s city and my mom’s city”
And tied for fourth was I talk like a River by Jordan Scott and Sidney Smith and The Most Amazing Bird by Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak, illustrated by Andrew Qappik.
Thank you to everyone for participating! Looking forward to choosing the 2021 Canadian Picture Book in the next school year.
Check out these great stop motion animation films created by grade 4/5 students from BCSD. https://vimeo.com/showcase/8566345
How did we get here? We began by watching some amazing stop motion films and thinking about the stories they tell. Click here to view a collection that includes professional and student made films.
Students had time to play and experiment before they created a storyboard for their final project. They presented their storyboard ideas to the group for feedback and then they began making their movies.
Using loose parts and other materials from the Story Studio, students created their characters and sets. They used the StopMo app on their iPads and then used iMovie to add titles, music and sound effects.
Join us February 17th as we celebrate I Read Canadian Day. Our school has registered and we will be reading Canadian books in the library and in our classrooms. We are also inviting everyone to wear red and white or their Canada gear for this special day.
What is I Read Canadian Day?
GOAL: The purpose of this event is to raise awareness of Canadian books and celebrate the richness, diversity and breadth of Canadian literature.
WHEN: February 17th, 2021.
ACTION: We challenge the nation to “Read Canadian” for 15 minutes and to share their experience at their library, in their school, with their families and friends, or on social media Young people are encouraged to read, or be read to, a Canadian book of their choice.
We’re excited for Literacy Week which starts tomorrow, January 25th! See you at our Zoom Assembly at 1pm!
Well, it’s that time of year again! I love reading all the best books lists at the end of the year. It’s wonderful to see some of the books I have loved over the year and also find some new gems to add to the library. If you’re looking to get some gifts for the holidays for the kids in your life or just looking for a great read, have a look at these fabulous lists. If you are buying books, consider supporting local bookstores such as Kidsbooks.
First off, check out this great list by my colleague, Elaine Su:
If you’re looking for some great Canadian choices, try this list by the Globe and Mail:
School Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews also publish a comprehensive list with several categories to meet the needs of all kinds of readers:
Hope you found something great to put on your list for 2020! Happy reading and please contact me if you have any questions or comments.
On Monday, Oct. 26th South Slope/BCSD participated in Drop Everything and Read (DEAR). Everyone was invited to wear their PJs and we all read in our classrooms and around the school after lunch. DEAR day is sponsored by the British Columbia Teacher Librarian’s Association (BCTLA) and we were one of many schools around the province who participated. It was also National School Library Day and we celebrated that, too. Many schools across the country have limited or no access to their school libraries and librarians due to COVID restrictions. I feel blessed at South Slope/BCSD to be part of a school community that has embraced the COVID protocols and that we are able to be able to provide access to the library for all our students.
Here are some memories of our fabulous day:
This week the library, or rather the librarian (that’s me), will be visiting classrooms and reading “The Dot” by Peter Reynolds. September 15th”ish” is International Dot Day and we will be celebrating it by asking everyone to “Make your Mark” and “See where it takes you!” Everyone will create their own dot and we will display them in the hallway outside the gym.
Here are some of the Big Ideas we are exploring:
- Language and story can be a source of creativity and joy.
- Everyone has a unique story to share.
- Exploring stories and other texts helps us understand ourselves and make connections to others and to the world.
- Texts can be understood from different perspectives.
Core Competencies we are developing:
- I can show a sense of accomplishment and joy.
- I get new ideas or build on other people’s ideas.
- I am kind to others.
Here are some videos of and about the book:
- Watch “The Dot” on Tumblebooks . Click on the link on at the top right hand side of the blog under “Links”. In TumbleSearch, type in “The Dot”.
- Watch author and illustrator, Peter Reynolds the story behind the story and how this book helped launch International Dot Day – a worldwide celebration of creativity.
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!