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!

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