If you want to quickly check out the books, figure out where they could fit into your classroom programming, and connect with a few cool resources to support this year's Ontario Library Association's Blue Spruce Nominees, scroll down.
I loved learning how the Fan Brothers collaborate in The Night Gardener. I think I'm the newest fan of the Mayor of Edmonton & I now know the importance of Vincent Van Gogh's Wheatfield with Crows.
Every year we run the Ontario Library Association's Blue Spruce Program, along with the other Forest of Reading programs, through our library. The Blue Spruce program has provided us with many quality picture books by Canadian authors & illustrators, as well as giving us a lot to discuss over the years. This year is no different!
So many of the character traits we want our students to develop are embedded into these ten nominated stories. Introduce them to your students randomly or on an as-needed basis. I've posted quick blurbs & connections on each book, so you can get a feel for them before you share them with your students.
Don't forget! I'd love to book a time to share the program & kick it off by reading a book or two to your class!
That time of year is coming again! I'm pounding through those Forest of Reading Books. Okay, I wish I was pounding through those Forest of Reading books, but I have read the Red Maple book. Lots of interesting and varied topics there!
Usually I create Prezi to present the books to our students, but since the Durham Distict School Board has gone the way of Office 365, I thought I'd play with our new presentation software, Sway.
I have to admit, I had fun with it & love the ease with which I can find various media resources through it. I still have a ways to go, but I put this together this morning. It's fairly simple, but I think it will work!
Here's a couple videos in case you feel like you want some support or tips!