Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Looking for a Book Club List?

Book Club List          May 2016                   S. Wright

Title                                                    Author                                   Genre
1.Girl Runner                                      Carrie Snyder                          Historical fiction
2.Ghost Boy                                        Martin Pistorius                     Biography
3.Orphan Train                                   Christina Baker Kline              Historical fiction
*4.100 Foot Journey                           Richard C Morais                  India/France realistic
5.The Bookman’s Tale                         Charlie Lovett                        Realistic/Hist fiction
6.The Thread                                       Victoria Hislop                          Greece--Historical Fiction
7.The Art of Racing in the Rain        Garth Stein                             Realistic fiction
8.Boston Girl                                       Anita Diament                         Historial Fiction
9. Inside the O’Briens                         Lisa Genova                             Realistic Fiction
10.The Nightingale                             Kristin Hannah                        WWII Historical Fic
11.Stella Bain                                      Anita Shreve                            WWII Historical Fic
12.The Lost Wife                                Alyson Richman                      WWII Historical Fic
13.Little Bee                                        Chris Cleave                            Realistic Fiction
14.The Golden Son                              Shilpi Somaya Gowda             Realistic Fic (India/US)
15.At the Water’s Edge                       Sara Gruen                              WWII Historical Fic
*16.A Dog’s Purpose                           W. Bruce Cameron                 Fantasy
*17.Room                                            Emma Donoghue                    Realistic Fiction
18.The Lake House                              Kate Morton                            Realistic/Hist Fiction
19.The Cuckoo’s Calling/Silkworm/Career of Evil-  Robert Galbraith           Mysteries  (BBC TV)
*20.Me Before You                             Jojo Moyes                              Realistic Fiction/Romance
21.All the Light We Cannot See          Anthony Doerr                     WWII Historical Fic
22.Girl on the Train                            Paula Hawkins                         Mystery

Other stuff
Fish In A Tree                                      Lynda Mullaly Hunt                 Children  (gr 6)
Fangirl                                                  Rainbow Rowell                      Young Adult
I’ll Give You  the Sun                           Jandy Nelson                          Young Adult
The Bookshop Book                             Jen Campbell                          Non-fiction
Winnipeg Cooks                                  Robin Summerfield                 Non-fiction
What’s Next!?
The Illegal                                            Lawrence Hill                          Realistic Fiction
His Whole Life                                     Elizabeth Hay                          Realistic Fiction
Vanessa & Her Sister                           Priya Parmar                           Historical Fiction
     *has been made into a movie

Thanks to Synthia Wright and the Brandon Reading Council for sharing!
Synthia shared her Book Club List with us and you will find some great recommendations.
The books in bold and italics are her personal favourites.

Don't Miss the AGM on May 30th

Pembina Escarpment Reading Council
Rock’s Restaurant-Morden
Monday May 30, 2016
4:45 p.m.


1. Call to Order
2. Attendance-sign in sheet
3. Approval of Agenda
4. Approval of AGM Minutes, May 2015
5. Celebrate Literacy, Celebrate Life—members please bring celebration for sharing
6. Business
Reports; President, Vice President, Treasurer, Membership
·         Election/Appointment of Executive: Vice-President
·         Declaration of Slate of Officers: President, Past President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Director, Members At Large

7. Adjournment

Please confirm your attendance by emailing

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Informational, Poetry and Graphica from Sally Bender

It’s All About the Books!
May 5, 2016
Informational, Poetry and Graphica Books
Sally Bender

Informational Books
Bean, Jonathan                                This is My Home, This is My School
Bond, Rebecca                                  Out of the Woods
Cousteau, Philippe                          Follow the Moon Home
Coy, John                                          Their Great Gift
Davies, Nicola                                   I Don’t Like Snakes
Desmond, Jenna                              The Blue Whale
Hopkinson, Deborah                      Beatrix Potter & the Unfortunate Tale of a Borrowed Guinea Pig


Jenkins, Martin                               Fabulous Frogs
Jenkins, Steve                                  How to Swallow a Pig
Keating, Jess                                     Pink is for Blobfish
Kulling, Monica                               Clean Sweep: Frank Zamboni’s Ice Machine
London, Jonathan                           Otters Love to Play
Mattick, Lindsay                              Finding Winnie
McCloskey, Kevin                            The Real Poop on Pigeons
Nassar, Daniel                                  Animal Architects

Paul, Miranda                                  Water Is Water
Roy, Katherine                                 Neighborhood Sharks
Schaefer, Lola                                   Lifetimes
Smith, Lane                                      There is s TRIBE of Kids
Snyder, Laurel                                 Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova
Valerio, Geraldo                              The Book of Birds
Wilcox, Merrie-Ellen                      What’s the Buzz?

Fogliano, Julie                                 When Green Becomes Tomatoes
Frost, Helen                                     Among a Thousand Fireflies
Orgill, Roxane                                  Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph
Raczka, Bob                                      Wet Cement
Reid, Barbara                                   Sing a Song of Bedtime
Shovan, Laura                                  The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary
Singer, Marilyn                                Echo Echo


Brown, Don                                      Drowned City
Chikwanine, Michel                        Child Soldier
Davis, Eleanor                                  Flop to the Top!
Duffy, Chris                                      Fable Comics/Fairy Tale Comics
Hatke, Ben                                        Little Robot/Zita the Spacegirl
Hicks, Faith Erin                             The Nameless City
Holm, Jennifer                                Comics Squad: Lunch/Recess
Jamieson, Victoria                          Roller Girl
Liniers                                               Written and Drawn by Henrietta
McCoola, Marika                             Baba Yaga’s Assistant
Pearson, Luke                                  Hilda and the Troll
Telgemeier, Raina                           Smile/Drama/Ghosts *
Spiegelman, Nadia                           Lost in NYC: A Subway Adventure


Sally Bender's Illustrated Book List

It’s All About the Books!
May 5, 2016
Illustrated Books for Your Classroom
Sally Bender

Agee,  Jon                                          It’s Only Stanley
Alexander, Kwame                          Surf’s Up
Alexie, Sherman                              Thunder Boy Jr.
Archer, Micha                                  Daniel Finds a Poem

Bateman, Teresa                              Job Wanted

Bagley, Jessixa                                 Boats for Papa
Brown, Margaret Wise                   The Dead Bird
Chang, Victoria                                Is Mommy?
Cronin, Doreen                                Bloom

Daniel, Danielle                               Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox
de la Peña, Matt                               Last Stop on Market Street
DeWalt, Drew                                   The Day The Crayons Came Home
Dyckman, Ame                                Horrible Bear!
Fergus, Maureen                             Buddy and Earl

Gerstein, Mordicai                          The Night World
John,  Jory                                        I Love You Already
Hall, Michael                                    Red
Henkes, Kevin                                  Waiting/When Spring Comes
Heyder, Thyra                                     The Bear Report
Higgins, Ryan T                               Mother Goose Bruce
Kennedy, Anne                                Ragweed’s Farm Dog Handbook
Lawson, JoArno                               Sidewalk Flowers
Litchfield, David                              The Bear and the Piano

Mantchev, Lisa                                 Strictly No Elephants
McGhee, Alison                               Tell Me a Tattoo Story
O’Brien, Anne                                  I’m New Here
Paschkis, Julie                                 P. Zonka Lays An Egg
Petty, Dev                                          I Don’t Want to Be a Frog
Reynolds, Aaron                              Nerdy Bird
Ringtved, Glenn                               Cry Heart, But Never Break
Robinson, Michelle                          A Beginner’s Guide to BEAR SPOTTING
Ruzzier, Sergio                                 This is not a picture book!

Sarcone-Roach, Julia                      The Bear Ate Your Sandwich
Shea, Bob                                          Ballet Cat: The Totally Totally Secret
Shea, Bob                                          Ballet Cat: Dance! Dance! Underpants!
Smiley, Jane                                     Twenty Yawns
Stead, Philip C                                  Lenny & Lucy          
Tallec, Olivier                                   Louis I, King of the Sheep
Tallec, Olivier                                   Who Done It?
Taylor, Sean                                      Hoot Owl: Master of Disguise
Tullet, Hervé                                                Let’s Play
Twohy, Mike                                     OOPS POUNCE QUICK RUN!
Willems, Mo                                     I Really Like Slop
Zagarenski, Pamela                         The Whisper



Monday, May 9, 2016

All About the Books Networking Notes

“I Love to Read Month” Discussion

Plum Coulee
·         Theme: Books are great entertainment.
·         Presented “Oscars” for those classes that met their reading goals

·         Theme: Superheroes
·         Capes, masks, utility belt
·         Family Literacy Night
o   Made masks and read together
o   Reading train
§  Read a page together, move on to a new student, read another section, etc.
Prairie Dale
·         Theme: Star Wars/”Book Wars”
o   Used the Star Wars font
o   Principal dressed up as Darth Vadar
o   Students were Jedis—reading war—the Empire vs. Rebels

·         Book exchange
·         Set reading goals
·         Gr 6-used logs
·         Guest readers
·         Cross-grade reading

Carman Elementary School’s grade 5B students showed off their enthusiasm for literacy as I Love to Read Month kicked off Feb. 2 in schools across the province. The elementary’s theme this year is “Literacy is a Human Right” and the school will be hosting several high-profile guest readers this month. (Emily Distefano/The Valley Leader)

Photo credit Emily Distefano/Valley Leader

Ideas for Performers
·         Mr. Ken
·         Munsch Theater and the Prairie Theater Exchange (or MYTP?)
·         Ag in the Classroom—local producer comes and reads a book and then does an ag-based activity with the kids (make butter, etc.)
·         Winkler Flyers (Ernie Sutherland of Carman is the contact)
·         Senior citizens
·         Retired teachers
·         RCMP
·         Radio personalities
·         Big Daddy Tazz
·         MLA/MP
·         Reading bilingual matching books together
·         Justin Currie
·         Local radio personalities
·         Sally Bender
·         The Reading Rockstar – Barb Lepp

MRA Theme Ideas for I Love to Read month
·         How-To books
·         Superheroes/empowerment
·         Simplistic themes
·         Have two themes in a K-12 school
·         Food—showcases diversity
·         Literacy/Numeracy connection (100 Day is in February)

Networking Notes

·         Looked at their individual routines
·         Activities—Maker Spaces—3D printer—gets kids in the library (lure them in), then get them reading
·         Lego robotics
·         Red River librarians have First Class—online posting of questions

·         Read alouds—listed them
·         Many of the same authors as Sally
·         Favourite novels of the older kids
·         Silent reading time—when to do it
·         Novel study structures—whole class vs. literature circles

·         Listening centers and book corners—pull a name from the hat, gets to choose what to do with a buddy