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It’s important to give kids choice and I am always happy to take student requests regarding what books they want in our Library.  If they get to pick them they will surely read them!

It was a little thing….but it helped

When the 2013 flood devastated the town of High River, I,  some of my colleagues and many of our students were affected.  The Clothesline project was a little thing, a simple thing…..but it helped. Recovery, healing and restoration is all about taking thousands of little steps.  This is one of them.  Enjoy!   Literacy for Life – Clothesline Project

Why I love Scholastic Book Fairs

MBF_Logo_FrightfullyI am really happy to host Scholastic Book Fairs in our school because it brings a book store right into our little school in our little community in rural Alberta, Canada!  The kids have so much fun exploring new books, sharing them with their friends and family and then of course, being able to bring them home for keeps!  Well-stocked home libraries are one of the best ways to encourage literacy in families and Scholastic Book Fairs in our school, help to create those libraries.  We host a fall and a spring sale for the kids and they are a real highlight of the school year.  Here’s to reading!

New Katherine Applegate Book!

crenshawRead this little gem over the weekend and can’t wait to use it as a read-aloud for our great Cayley School kids.  A beautiful tender novel about family and struggle and honesty.  Crenshaw.  I highly recommend it!



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Ahhh…the wonder of being absorbed in a good book.  The joy of shutting away the rest of the world and disappearing on a spectacular adventure with the characters in a book!

If you Plant a Seed

IMG_20151118_140606This beautiful book by Kadir Nelson is a book for our time.  Plant kindness instead of selfishness and just wait and see the amazing and wonderful things that grow.  Really looking forward to sharing this with my students tomorrow.

Children need to move……maker spaces can help

Maker spaces Anybody that works with children knows that they need to move – allowing them time, during the course of their Learning Commons (Library) time with me can help. I love the enthusiasm show and level of personal and team accomplishment they feel when they have created something totally on their own – no adults involved!   Maker spaces 2

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