And the winner is…

Well, the votes are in and we have chosen our Canadian Picture Book of the Year.  South Slope has selected We found a Hat by Jon Klassen as the winner! 

We chose this book because…

  • The pictures can tell the words and because the eyes of the turtles can make me laugh.
  • The author made unique illustrations because he made the turtles shell patterns different from each other.
  • It makes me feel like that other turtle who wants the hat to tell the truth of why he really wants the hat!
  • The pictures match the words and the pictures tell the story on their own. I also think it is very funny. (I like it very very much!) 
  • It makes me feel happy because it reminds me of my dad since he always wears a hat. 
  • It has powerful words.

In close second place was Town is by the Sea by Joanne Schwartz and pictures by Sydney Smith. 

We chose this book because…

  • It makes me a little sad. I go to the graveyard to visit my grandfather, my father’s father.  He was a miner, too.
  • It reminds me that my town is by the sea.  And it is a peaceful book. 
  • It has unique and creative illustrations.  It makes me remember that I used to live by the sea.
  • I feel that I’m in the book and it repeats. 
  • The pictures make me feel calm.  

We enjoyed reading and talking about the other books as well.  When we were Alone was recently voted a winner in the Governor General Literary Awards. The Snow Knows was named the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book of the Year.  

We look forward to reading more great Canadian picture books next year! 


Canadian Picture Book of the Year

For the past few weeks several classes have been reading some fabulous Canadian picture books.  The books were chosen from the nominees for the Marilyn Baillee Picture Book of the Year as well as the Governor General’s Literary Awards nominees.  We created criteria to help us decide on what makes a great picture book. Then we read a different book each week and discussed how the book met the criteria for us.  Finally we will vote on our favourite.

Stay tuned for the announcement of the winner! 


Let’s celebrate 50 nights of Reading!

On November 14th we reached 50 nights of reading. So far 148 students and staff have handed in their forms!  Our assembly is this Thursday so there is still time to hand in your Reading Club forms and be recognised.  There will be book draws, too! Come and see me in the library any time to ask about the Reading Club and to find a great read! 

Author Shane Peacock visits South Slope/ BCSD

On October 30th author Shane Peacock visited our school. He told us that as a young child he didn’t really like to read, but he loved stories. He told us to read what we’re interested in and also write what we’re interested in.  We also learned about an amazing Canadian, The Great Farini, and how he crossed Niagara Falls. Mr. Peacock read his picture book, The Artist and Me, to some of the classes.  He also read from Death in the Air, the second in the Boy Sherlock Holmes series, and left us wanting to hear more. Come and check out his books from the library!

DEAR Day Success!

What a great day we had: pajamas, stuffed animals and reading! Thanks to everyone for participating.  Reading is a beautiful thing!

DEAR Day October 24th

Please join us on Tuesday, Oct.24th as we Drop Everything and Read right after lunch all around the school.  Everyone is invited to wear their pjs and bring a stuffed animal.  

Thank you!!!!

THANK YOU!!! Thank you to all the parents and families who visited and volunteered at the book fair.  We raised over $1700 in product commission that will be used to buy new resources for our library.  Our next fair will be in February.  See you then!

Welcome back!

Welcome back to another exciting school year! I hope everyone had a wonderful summer.  

You may have noticed the link to the library on the school website has changed. Now, when you click on library you will go straight to the library blog.  On the right hand side you will see links to the catalogue, home page, web Resources and Tumblebooks.  Just click on the one you want. If you need any help, please come and see me in the library.

I hope you all had a wonderful summer and read some great books.  Here is some of the reading I did:



What were some of your favourite reads this summer? Share on the padlet below.

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The library program has some exciting opportunities in store for your child this year:
• Our curriculum will be promoting the very best of children’s literature to your child with activities designed to help students enjoy the stories even more.
• We will be doing our very best to get (or keep) your children “hooked on reading” by recommending specific reading materials to each individual.
• At each grade level, students will be learning information literacy skills specifically suited to their developmental needs.
• The iPads will continue to be used for learning and exciting new projects!  We have 25 iPads for students to use.
• We have a lot of special events being planned: author visits, DEAR day, book fairs, Literacy Week, the home reading club, and more!
• If you would like to volunteer to help in the library, please let me know. We’d love to have you.

Upcoming Events:

Scholastic Book Fair: Monday, September 18th until Thursday, September 21st. Parent volunteers are needed.  Please see me in the library or look for the sign up sheet on the library bulletin board.

Reading Club: Our reading club begins again on September 26th.  Notices will go home the week prior.  I encourage all families to make reading for pleasure a part of your day, every day.

Check out the library blog for more information and updates throughout the year. You can access it from the school website under the library tab or go to:
Use your smartphone to find us too! (A great app for scanning QR codes is i-nigma)

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Questions? Comments? Please come and see me in the library. I’m looking forward to an exciting year!

June News

Author Grayson Smith visit

On Thursday, May 25th we were very pleased to host author Grayson Smith at  South Slope/BCSD.  In our library he presented to all the primary classes over three sessions and read his children’s book, There’s a Norsman in the Classroom.

First, he asked us to think about some of the assumptions we might make about people based on what they look like or what they do.  We found out he was a police officer, but he wasn’t wearing his uniform.  When he asked the students if he looked like a police officer, they said no. However, after he added some elements of his uniform they said yes.  

Next he talked about including and excluding people.  He said we all make choices everyday about whether we include or exclude.  We can invite others to join us in a game or we can say there is no more room for anyone else.  When he read us his book, he stopped and ask the students how they thought the children in the story were behaving. Were they including or excluding? We all enjoyed his storytelling very much.

Finally, Grayson asked if the students had any questions.  We learned that as a police officer Grayson has to be serious, but he loves being an author because he gets to be silly. There were a few questions about Norm, the Norseman. Why does he have a beard if he’s only a kid? There was no real answer to that one except that Grayson didn’t do the illustrations. He told us it only took 2 hours to write the words for the book, but over 18 months to actually make it into a book.  Why so long? He made a mistake on the front page and didn’t notice until it had been printed! His message to the kids, “Always check your work!!!” 

Some of our students won copies of his books at the end of his visit. Part of the proceeds of his book sales goes to the Special Olympics, an organisation close to Grayson’s heart. To order There’s a Norseman in the Classroom or any other of Grayson Smith’s books, please click here