Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Bird and Squirrel by James Burks

Heroes, villains, and two very unlikely friends...
Get ready to laugh!
Bird and Squirrel on the Run #1
"Bird and Squirrel outwit Cat and become best friends in this zany adventure.

Squirrel is afraid of his own shadow. Bird doesn't have a care in the world. And Cat wants to eat Bird and Squirrel. Of course, he'll have to catch them first, and that's not going to be easy.

Join this trio as they head south for the winter in a hilarious road trip. But watch out! Cat is waiting around every bend, and he's one pesky feline." - publisher's blurb

Bird and Squirrel on Ice #2
"Bird and Squirrel are back and ready for adventure!

After Bird and Squirrel crash land in the South Pole during a raging blizzard, a penguin named Sakari thinks Bird has come to rid her village of a hungry Killer Whale. But when Squirrel finds out that Bird will actually be fed to the Killer Whale as a sacrifice, they hatch a crazy plan to escape.

With a good timing, a little luck, and help from Sakari, they just might make it out alive. Or they might end up as whale food!" - publisher's blurb

How to Draw Squirrel 

How to Draw Bird

How to Draw Sakari 
You can learn more about author and illustrator, James Burke, by clicking here or here.

To learn more about his other books, click here.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Double the Fun in April!

Our spring book fair is just around the corner.  What the Book will be here from Seoul as part of our Book Week celebrations.  Come prepared to shop and stock up on books for the summer!

Event: Spring Book Fair
Place: ES PAC
Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Date: Thursday, April 14, and Friday, April 15
(Parents are welcome after school on both days!)

Please talk about appropriate choices with your parents beforehand and come prepared to enjoy the fair and to buy a lot of books.  (Your teacher will let you know which day you will visit the book fair as a class).
Then, on Friday, April 15, we are having our second annual Dress up as a Book Character Day!

It is easy to participate...
1. Choose a favourite book character.
2. Design a costume that is comfortable and effective.
3. Come dressed up on Friday and be ready for fun!
Please remember...
You can either come dressed up as a favourite book character or wear your school uniform.  Also, leave the weapons and face masks at home...thank you!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Scooby Dooby Doo!

"We now have a new series of You Choose Books featuring Scooby-Doo and his friends Fred, Velma, Daphne, and Shaggy! These mysteries are fun, action-packed stories (and illustrations!) that allow the reader to choose their own path. In each book, with the help of the reader, Scooby and the gang will solve spooky mysteries and expose common criminals in a truly dynamic reading experience." - Amazon blurb

"In this You Choose mystery, Scooby Doo and the gang are on a cruise, right through the Bermuda Triangle! Suddenly, a ghost interrupts a costume contest, sending everyone running. Readers choose which characters to follow. Will your path lead to dangerous criminals, confused passengers, or a real ghost? Solve the mystery again and again!" - Amazon blurb

"A famous archeologist and Velma's uncle asks the gang to visit his dig site in Mexico. It seems something is scaring his workers, and he needs to get to the bottom of it. But when Scooby-Doo and the gang arrives, the dig is empty and Velma's uncle is missing! Where did he go and what's scaring everyone? To solve the mystery, readers choose which characters to follow, discovering what seems to be Aztec ghosts and monsters along the way."  - Amazon blurb

Click for more information on this title
"Has the lost city of Atlantis finally been found? Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. gang head to the Bahamas to investigate. When a ghost appears at the dive site, there's more than just ruins in the watery depths theres trouble! In this You Choose mystery, you help the gang get to the bottom of this tropical riddle.."  - Amazon blurb

For more Scooby-doo fun, check out these websites:

Thursday, March 10, 2016

New National Geographic Books

We are enjoying some new nonfiction titles from National Geographic.  They are fun and informative, sparking our imaginations and creativity! 

For fun, you can try this short trivia quiz at

National Geographic Kids Animal Records
"Lively and information-packed, this book is bursting with mind-blowing animal records. The fastest, the biggest, the most poisonous—it's all here for kids to discover. It's a visual feast of colorful photographs surrounded by swirling, expanding, and climbing bits of information in a high-energy design—as dynamic as the animal world it celebrates." - publisher's blurb

National Geographic Kids Cookbook
"Join Barton Seaver—master chef and National Geographic Explorer—on a year-round culinary adventure as he explores what it takes to create the ultimate dish. Barton provides mouthwatering recipes, the ins and outs of healthy eating, awesome crafts and activities, and food-focused challenges, proving once and for all that cooking can be a blast. Follow along as he teaches you to plant a kitchen garden, host a dinner party for your friends, and pack the perfect school lunch. Other highlights include ways to play with your food, festive holiday meals, snow day snacks, and family cooking competitions. With fascinating sidebars, profiles on real people, and cool facts, the National Geographic Kids Cookbook will have you ruling the kitchen in no time!" - publisher's blurb

Try This!
"Discover what makes science fun in this engaging book, filled with weird, wacky science facts, basic principles, and 50 creative science projects that take interactivity to a whole new level. Dynamic photos and art highlight projects step by step so kids can conduct experiments with confidence and accuracy. Most projects involve kid-friendly subjects like electrical charges, chemical explosions, and food chemistry and are based on materials easily found at home. Bonus projects throughout encourage curious kids to dig deeper and experiment on their own." - publisher's blurb

National Geographic Kids Guide to Photography

"In the age of smartphones and selfies, why not learn from the pros how to take great photos to share with friends and family! Here's a fun, fact-filled, kid-friendly guide that is jam-packed with all the essentials for budding photographers. From how to set up a shot and stage the lighting, from the best software to short assignments, you'll learn all the important photographic concepts and basics of equipment, lighting aperture, lenses, depth of field, and more." - publisher's blurb

Friday, March 4, 2016

Don't be a copycat!

This week in library, Grade 3 - 5 are spending time thinking about plagiarism.  We are brainstorming why it is not the right choice for us as learners and then doing a quick write to persuade others not to be a copycat.

Click here for a good teaching website about plagiarism.
Plagiarism is not smart
For another good website about plagiarism, click here.
For information about copyright and fair use, click here.

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Puns and fun with reading

**A big thank you to Carolyn Vibbert for sharing her 
color display posters with other librarians**