Kids Books 2 Support Outdoor Learning

Wild About Vancouver 2022 in Stanley Park included a booth sponsored by the B.C. Literacy Council. Hundred books, mostly for children, were given away to support outdoor learning. Following is an annotated bibliography of some of the favourites. These would be a great addition to Take Me Outdoor Week, and throughout the coming year. #getOUTdoorsContinue reading “Kids Books 2 Support Outdoor Learning”

Congrats to Dr. Judith Scott for induction into Reading Hall of Fame

The British Columbia Literacy Association is proud to announce that Dr. Judith Scott is one of five 2022 inductees into The Reading Hall of Fame. On December 1st, she will join the 136 living members in the RHF and will receive one of the highest honours bestowed on literacy scholars worldwide. Dr. Scott recently retiredContinue reading “Congrats to Dr. Judith Scott for induction into Reading Hall of Fame”

From Your President: BCLCILA

Happy 2022 from The British Columbia Literacy Council of the International Literacy Association – January 28, 2022 I hope very much that you are well.  Unfortunately we are not yet able to say Good Riddance to COVID.  Linda Klassen, leading the charge in membership, recently attended an online meeting with close to 40 Chapter leaders from the United States,Continue reading “From Your President: BCLCILA”

Reflections of Writing 8 – Shakespeare’s 1st Folio in Vancouver

“Now is the winter of our discontent.” Richard III Shakespeare’s words ring just as clear in this time of COVID, floods, and climate change as they did 400 years ago.  The crisis changes.  The characters change.in appearance but not in character. The plot and the theme remain surprisingly the same.  The beauty and authenticity of the written word isContinue reading “Reflections of Writing 8 – Shakespeare’s 1st Folio in Vancouver”

Never Underestimate the Power of a Librarian

A regular ritual when I visit my father in Los Angeles, is to go to my much beloved Huntington Library. This week in a quest to organize my life, I reshelved some of my most precious books. Two books my Dad bought me on our most recent trek to The Huntington Library make the cutContinue reading “Never Underestimate the Power of a Librarian”

Entering the World of Graphic Novels

Due to an unforeseen set of circumstances, I have been spending more time in the school library than I have for years.  As the once again, president of the the British Columbia Literacy Council of the ILA (International Literacy Association), and a lover of books, this is a bonus for me.  Talking to kids aboutContinue reading “Entering the World of Graphic Novels”

Holiday Reading Extravaganza

At the Reading Extravaganza, gymnastics and yoga mats were pulled out and all children carefully removed their shoes before getting cozy on the mats. Benches pulled into shapes, lawn chairs and blankets were equally captivating spaces to read.

Shining A Light on Reading

Children going to play in the park, are enticed to incorporate reading as another fun activity. This is particularly important as students are moving towards the summer holidays and the risk of losing reading gains is imminent without continued reading.

#WelcomeSyrianRefugees

On December 10th, 2015, Tecumseh Elementary School paused to celebrate Human Rights Day and to consider the plight of Syrian refugees.  If you had a chance to read the Welcoming Syrian Refugees blog (Dec. 2015), you will remember that Marion Collins was reading Hannah’s Suitcase with her students and we had the idea to create peaceContinue reading “#WelcomeSyrianRefugees”

“We are story…”

Richard Wagamese calls it. It’s up to us to create “the best story we can create while we are here”. The celebration of relationships with the earth, family, community and spirits as well as the embedding of history and survival techniques in story is what sustained our First Nations people for thousands of years pre-Continue reading ““We are story…””