The Forest of Reading: Red Maple

One of the best programs run by the Ontario Library Association is the Forest of Reading. Every year, the OLA selects 10 books written by Canadian authors for each school division(e.g Primary, Junior, Intermediate) to read. Then, once students have read all or most of the ten, they can vote for their favourite. When all …

The Halifax Explosion

December 6th is a somber day for my family. As well as it being the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, it also marks the anniversary of a disaster that aligned the stars so we could be born- the Halifax Explosion. During the First World War, Halifax, Nova Scotia, became a …

Save Anne With An E!

I am sorry to have to interrupt my scheduled Red Maple post from my three-part Forest Of Reading Series, but this post that I am putting up today contains time-sensitive content. Recently, I have discovered that one of my favourite shows, Anne With An E, was cancelled. The show, which features Amybeth McNulty, Lucas Jade …

The Forest Of Reading: Silver Birch Fiction

One of the best programs run by the Ontario Library Association is the Forest of Reading. Every year, the OLA selects 10 books by Canadian authors for each school division(e.g Primary, Junior, Intermediate) to read. Then, once students have read all or most of the ten, they can vote for their favourites. When all of …

The Forest Of Reading: Blue Spruce

One of the best programs run by the Ontario Library Association is the Forest of Reading. Every year, the OLA chooses ten books for each school division(e.g Primary, Junior, Intermediate) to read. Then, once the kids have read all or most of the ten, they can vote for their favourites. When all of the votes …

The RMS Titanic

It’s one of the most famous tales of all time. A ship is on its maiden voyage, carrying everyone from millionaires to immigrants. But a collision with an iceberg dooms the ship, and about 2/3 of the passengers and crew perish due to a lack of lifeboats. By now, some of you may have guessed …

Spooky Reads

Halloween is almost here! But as we get older, going trick-or-treating becomes less and less appealing than it used to be. Instead, we now turn to scary movies, haunted houses, and ghost stories. I do enjoy a good ghost story, but not all the time. Is it wrong to want to be able to sleep …

Time for a read-aloud.

October 5th is, among other things, World Teachers Day. I’ve been very lucky to have had such wonderful teachers growing up, but for their privacy I will not be naming them. This is a tribute post to some influential people in my life- and the books they introduced to me during read-aloud time. The One …

Climate Fiction

Our planet is dying. That’s it, the complete and utter truth. If we do nothing about the rising oceans, melting glaciers, intense forest fires, and the disappearing ozone layer, humanity is going to pay the price. For years and years, people have been trying to get the world to listen. But so many people just …