Seesaw Girl

Reading expands our experience. Venture into seventeenth-century Korea with Jade as she begins to question her identity and place in the world. This engaging novel will entertain our young readers while providing a glimpse into a time and place far from their own. Linda Sue Park remains one of my favourite authors for children.

June 7, 2020

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One Little Bag: An Amazing Journey

If you are not yet familiar with the work of Henry Cole, this book is a great start. His new wordless picture book is beautifully illustrated and appropriate for all elementary grade levels. Besides being a mentor text for an art lesson on texture, drawing, or the subtle use of colour, I would also use it to teach the concept of conservation. A wonderful book to share on Earth Day too!

May 31, 2020

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Harvey Comes Home

On the surface, this is the story of a lost dog: Harvey, a West Highland Terrier. This storyline alone will engage young readers. And yet, readers are in for much more depth than expected. The author manages to involve multi-generational characters, move between past and present, and alternate narrators, all leading to an unforgettable story. Once you fall in love with Harvey, be sure to read Harvey Holds His Own as well!

May 22, 2020

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Guys Read

I often recommend this series to schools and parents looking to engage boys in reading. Jon Scieszka invites authors to contribute to a theme. Each book is a collection of short stories on a common topic: Funny Business, Terrifying Tales, The Sports Pages, Heroes and Villains, True Stories, Thriller. Boys who may be a little more reluctant to read something longer can dive into one of these books. They look like a novel to their peers but the reader can choose to read one or more of the engaging short stories. Much more manageable.

May 18, 2020

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Baker’s Magic

I thoroughly enjoyed this fantasy adventure! A strong heroine faces unexpected trials but along the way discovers she possesses a magical quality. A wonderful read for our upper elementary students.

May 10, 2020

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One-Dog Canoe

Children will certainly enjoy the silliness of this story. But, if you are looking to teach or reinforce the use of rhyme, this is your book!

May 3, 2020

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Locomotion

Written as a collection of poems from the perspective of Lonnie, an eleven-year-old in foster care, this book is yet another treasure by Jacqueline Woodson. Another must-have on our bookshelves in upper elementary.

April 26, 2020

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Life

With Earth Day on April 22, I wanted to feature a book that would be an engaging, thought-provoking read for our students. If you have not yet encountered Life by Cynthia Rylant, now’s the time. With stunning illustrations by Brendan Wenzel, this book is a beautiful tribute to our natural world.

April 19, 2020

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Tarra & Bella: The Elephant and Dog Who Became Friends

Needing a feel-good book these days? What about this true story of an unlikely friendship between Tarra, a retired circus elephant, and Bella, a stray mixed-breed dog? Kids (and adults) are intrigued by this heartwarming tale. A must-have for animal lovers and an enjoyable read for all!

April 13, 2020

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Music for Tigers

Pre-order your copy now! This middle grade novel will get your students thinking and talking about the role of nature in our lives, animal conservation, and extinction. It will also have you and your students looking up many animals native to Tasmania: I know I was! An enjoyable read.

April 5, 2020

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