Rocky Mountain Book Awards

You have heard of the YRCA books but have you heard of the Rocky Mountain Book Awards?

The Rocky Mountain Book Award is an Alberta based reader’s choice program. It is for students in Grades 4 to 7 and focusses on excellent Canadian writing. The books appeal to many readers. You can choose from picture books and novels as well as non-fiction.

We currently have 16 of this year’s 20 titles available in our library. Stop by and check one out or perhaps you have already read one. It would be great to hear your reviews and to publish them on the blog!

2012 Rocky Mountain Book Award Titles available in our library:

1. Arctic Thunder by Robert Feagan

2. Brussels Sprouts and Unicorns by Robert Chaplin

3. Burn by Alma Fullerton

4. Case Closed: Nine Mysteries Unlocked by Modern Science by Susan Hughes

5. The Cat’s Pyjamas by Wallace Edwards

6. Dear George Clooney Please Marry My Mom by Susin Nielsen

7. Fatty Legs: A True Story by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton

8. Follow the Elephant by Beryl Young

9. The Good Garden by Katie Smith Milway

10. Magic Up Your Sleeve: Amazing Illusions, Tricks and Science Facts You’ll Never Believe by Helkaine Becker

11. The Mealworm Diaries by Anna Kerz

12. No Moon by Irene N. Watts

13. Robert Munsch by Frank B. Edwards

14. The Sea Wolves: Living in the Great Bear Rainforest by Ian McAllister and Nicholas Read

15. Tower of Treasure by Scott Chantler

16. Who Wants Pizza? by Jan Thornhill




Welcome Back!

The first two days of school have already passed. Classrooms are busy and the library is ready. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone next week and showing off some of our new books.

Remember to bring in your summer reading lists. At this month’s assembly summer reading prizes will be awarded. I can’t wait to see what you have been reading. Congratulations to the students who have already submitted their lists. They were busy readers!


Marty McGuire

“Marty McGuire” by Kate Messner is a fantastic read.

Marty is a third grade girl. She likes to play outside and pretend that she is Jane Goodall saving chimpanzees in Tanzania, Africa. Marty’s dad is a 5th grade teacher and her mom is a wildlife rehabilitator.

Marty isn’t too pleased with third grade so far. It isn’t what she thought it would be. Even her best friend Annie has changed. And now her teacher has given her the part of the princess in the class play. Marty is not impressed.

To find out more about Marty’s adventures, read the book! It even includes a sneak peek at her next adventure in “Marty McGuire Digs Worms!”


George Brown Class Clown

George Brown is an ordinary guy. He goes to school, has friends and likes to have fun. However, George also has a little problem. A problem with burps.

These are no ordinary burps. These burps seem to have special powers and a mind of their own.

Read “George Brown Class Clown Trouble Magnet” to find out more about George and his burps.¬†This is the second book in the George Brown series written by Nancy Krulik and illustrated by Aaron Blecha.

A farewell note

Until last week, we were fortunate to have Ms Baron completing her placement as part of her library tech studies. She made many contributions to our library during this time. She asked me to post this message for her:

“I would like to thank all of the staff and students at the school for having me in the library this past month. I truly enjoyed every minute I spent in your school and wish you all the best of luck for the rest of the school year!”

Thank-you Ms Baron, we hope to see you again.

Ready, Get set, Comment!

It is always great to read a new comment on the blog. I love to read them, answer questions and begin conversations.

In order to leave a quality comment that starts and maintains a conversation, it is important to follow some simple rules.

Remember, everyone wants to understand your message.

Here is a short video made by some students in Mrs. Yollis’ classroom in California. They have some great advice! If you want to learn more about her classroom, you can take a look at their classroom blog. It is included in my Blogroll.

How to Compose a Quality Comment! from mrsyollis on Vimeo.