Coming Soon: Spring Scholastic Book Fair

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The winter months are over and spring is finally here which means our next Scholastic Book Fair is right around the corner!

Our Spring Scholastic Book Fair will take place during the week of May 4th, 2015.  A syner-voice notice will be sent mid-April to provide details including times for family drop-ins and purchasing.

Check out the links below for a sneak peak at some of the items that will be at our Spring Book Fair:

http://www.scholastic.ca/bookfairs/images/2015_Spring/news/JrNews_S15-2.pdf

http://www.scholastic.ca/bookfairs/images/2015_Spring/news/SrNewsS15-2.pdf

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Forest of Reading Update

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I can’t believe it’s almost March Break!  The Forest of Reading program is in full swing with students actively reading nominated titles and sharing responses to their books with fellow readers and Bruce Trail Staff.  We had a great student turn-out once again proving that B.T. students love to read and love their Library & Learning Commons.

The Blue Spruce books have been a huge hit with our Kindergarten, Grade 1, and Grade 2 students.  We only have a few more titles left to read and students are anxious to place their vote for their favourite nominated book.

Our Silver Birch Express club is our largest group with almost 85 Grade 3 & 4 student readers.  With books being read independently and reading responses recorded in booklets, students attend weekly meetings with great energy and dedication.  Several staff members have also read these titles and attend our meetings to participate in mini-booktalks with students.

Silver Birch and Red Maple offer an on-line discussion conference (via Edmodo) alloying students and staff readers to share their thoughts and opinions on each book that is read.  This fits nicely into our school-wide focus around I.T. integration.  Students and staff are pretty passionate about their favourite titles resulting in dynamic conversations about what makes a great book.

Our most exciting news this year is that 10 Red Maple readers and 2 staff members will be attending the Festival of Trees on May 12th.  The OLA’s Forest of Reading® and the Festival of Trees™ occupy major places of prominence in Canada’s literary landscape. The Festival is Canada’s largest literary event for young readers and is continuing to grow. More than 9,000 people attend this event at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto.  In addition to the award presentations featuring the nominated authors/illustrators, the day is packed with fun and engaging activities, including workshops put on by the authors/illustrators themselves.  More details to come in regards.

Voting for all Forest of Reading programs will take place at the end of April.  Can’t wait to see who our winners are!

The Invisible Boy

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In connection with Pink T-Shirt Day in February, many of my recent read-alouds in the library have focused on anti-bullying, empathy and inclusion.  My go-to author for picture books with these themes is Trudy Ludwig.  An award-winning author who specializes in writing children’s books that explore the colorful and sometimes confusing world of children’s social interactions, Ludwig’s work offers an engaging opportunity to address relational aggression (the use of relationships to manipulate and hurt others) to an elementary aged audience.

Without question, my favourite Trudy Ludwig book is The Invisible Boy which asks students to consider which is worse: being laughed at or feeling invisible.  Many students respond with the belief that one is nor better or worse than the other – a great provoking question to start critical conversations.  In the story, we meet Brian, the invisible boy.  Nobody ever seems to notice him or think to include him in their group, game, or birthday party…until, that is, a new kid comes to class.  When Justin, the new boy, arrives, Brian is the first to make him feel welcome.  And when Brian and Justin team up to work on a class project together, Brian finds a way to shine.  This message of the story is further highlighted by Patrice Barton’s beautiful illustrations.  Slight changes in colour and shading offer visual cues to the perceptive and/or struggling reader to help infer the state of Brian’s emotional well-being as the plot progresses.  Students love sharing what they see on the page and the meaning they can make from these illustrations.

The Invisible Boy is one of my all-time favourite books in the library.  It beautifully illustrates how small acts of kindness can help children feel included and allow them to flourish.  I highly recommend this book for students from Kindergarten to Grade 8 as well as any parent looking for material that sensitively addresses the needs of quieter children.