Book Extension Activities
If You Could Wear My Sneakers (the 20th anniversary edition) by Sheree Fitch, with artwork by Darcia Labrosse, is a collection of poetry in that classic Fitch silly rhyming style that is adored by children and adults alike. Each poem deals with a serious topic though as the book teaches children about the 1989 United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child.
This is the August pick for the Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club and we've created a couple reading extension activities for this book to connect children even further with understanding their rights, and learning about poetry.
It can be hard to keep finding new books that your kids will enjoy reading, especially over the summer when schedules are off, routines go out the window, and (if they're like my kids) they're going through books like crazy. I decided to get my kids involved in this post by asking them what books they're really enjoying right now as suggestions for other kids to read. We'd love for you to share your recommendations in the comments as well!
The Land Beyond the Wall: an immigration story by Veronika Martenova Charles is about a young girl named Emma who lives in a land “where people speak in whispers and no flowers grow.” She escapes to Halifax and lands at Pier 21, knowing the cost of her journey is to lose everything, including her voice. She uses art to find her place in her new home and discover her voice.
This is the July pick for the Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club and we've created a couple reading extension activities and adventures for this book to help children better understand the story and the plight that many refugees still face today.
Librarian: Have you given any thought to how many books you'd like to read this summer?
Miss M: Yes. One thousand.
Mr M: Eighteen.
We compromised on one hundred each but I have no doubt they'll do that and more in the library's summer reading club program.
Today the libraries across Halifax have their summer kick off parties for their free reading club. We're always eager to hear about ways to entertain the kids all summer and, you know me, if it's free, fun and educational ("edutainment!") I'm all over it. Our first stop in this quest for summer fun, as it often is, was to the library to sign up for the summer reading club and to grab a copy of their free (yes, it's free, all free! wheee!) programming for the summer.
Here are all the details on the summer reading program...
Be A Night Detective by Peggy Kochanoff encourages children to explore the natural world around them. It answers all those questions that kids ask us which, let's be honest, we adults really don't know the answers to (why don't lightning bugs get hot like light bulbs? Are shooting stars really stars falling from the sky?). To explore the book further we created a night time Scavenger Hunt and constellation scratch art for the Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club that we're sharing with you today.
Atlantic Animal ABC, our May Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club pick, introduces children to collage art. The author, Angela K. Doak, uses all sorts of found materials for her collage work - from junk mail and scraps of fabric, to candy and gum wrappers! This art activity will teach little kids how to create their own Atlantic Animal collage art.
The Atlantic Animal ABC book by Halifax artist, Angela K. Doak, is our pick for the Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club this month. This fishing and matching game was inspired by the book's brightly coloured artwork and teaches little kids their letters, develops their fine motor skills (not to mention they'll have lots of fun doing it!). **Information on how to enter to win a copy of the book AND a print of Doak's artwork in the post**
*CONTEST* You could win a copy of this book!
Our selection for the Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club this month is for our littlest readers. Let's Read! is a board book that will grow with your baby from infancy to toddlerhood. It has bright colours, photos of real babies, lots of smiles and a wonderful, singsong, rhythmic text that you will love to read and will be as familiar as a favourite song to you and your baby in no time.
A Harbour Seal in Halifax is our pick for the Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club this month. This book is based on a true story from March 2015 and our virtual book club guide has a science experiment, a seal stuffy, a silly song and snack ideas.
This month's Itsy Bitsy Book Club book is Abigail's Wish. It's the first picture book set in Birchtown, Nova Scotia, one of the first black settlements in Nova Scotia. The book is written by Gloria Ann Wesley, who is known for her beautiful poetry, and illustrated by Richard Rudnicki who has created gorgeous images for many of your favourite local books.
Welcome to the Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club! Each month we work with Nimbus Publishing to pick out an Atlantic Canadian book that we think you'll really enjoy. Each month, we provide you with a guide for your book club meeting. For this month's selection, The Snow Knows, we've included a song, two activities and some snack ideas, but please feel free to add your own ideas to your book club meeting!
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