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Review: Egyptian Lullaby by Zeena M. Pliska
By Kara Cybanski | March 10, 2023 | 0 Comments

If you’ve never been to Egypt, this is the book you need to read—it’ll make you hear, see, smell, and taste Cairo like you’re really there. When Aunty Fatma comes to visit, the little girl is transported back to her homeland through all her senses, especially during the bedtime song her aunt sings. And even […]

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Review: Mr. Thatcher’s House by Kristin Wauson
By Kara Cybanski | February 15, 2023 | 0 Comments

When someone knocks at your door, odds are it’s a delivery. But at Mr. Thatcher’s house, every knock is a new bunch of storybook characters looking for a place to stay! The three little pigs’ homes collapsed, and the old woman who lived in a shoe simply can’t keep so many children in such a […]

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Review: Lilian and Noah’s Great Moving Adventure by Monika Ferenczy
By Kara Cybanski | January 31, 2023 | 0 Comments

An American study by the MacArthur Foundation discovered that children moved an average of 2.5 times by age 13—needless to say, the experience of packing up your family home and moving your life to a new location is widespread. While some kids may embrace this change, others will find it more difficult… and therein lies […]

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Review: Violet and the Crumbs by Abigail Rayner
By Kara Cybanski | January 10, 2023 | 0 Comments

Lactose-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, GMO-free… a decade ago, you never heard about all these different eating restrictions. But that’s when my mother was diagnosed with celiac disease—in 2010—and suddenly she couldn’t eat anything! Go to a restaurant? No chance! Nobody knew what gluten was, let alone what meals had none of it. Now, menus often have […]

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Review: Baby Dragon’s Big Sneeze by Sheryl Bass
By Kara Cybanski | January 10, 2023 | 0 Comments

You’ve probably had a really bad cold a few times in your life. But have you sneezed and accidentally burned a village to the ground? Such is the case for a poor baby dragon. Without any dragon parents around, he falls sick—his symptoms affect not only him, but also the townspeople who are furious at […]

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Review: Brand-New Bubbe by Sarah Aronson
By Kara Cybanski | December 21, 2022 | 0 Comments

“There is no one right way to blend a family,” writes author Sarah Aronson in the afterword of her beautiful (and delicious) book, Brand-New Bubbe. But main character Jillian has a hard time letting her stepfather’s mother find a place in her heart. What about her Noni and Gram? She already has grandmas—awesome ones with […]

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How Canadian Writers in Grades 1 to 6 Blew Us Away in 2022
By Kara Cybanski | December 14, 2022 | 0 Comments

We often hear parents remark “I could write a book” about all the hilarious things their kids say. But what if the kids were the ones writing? This is what we had in mind for our first ever One Story a Day Writing Contest (2018-2019) for Canadian kids from grades one to eight – and […]

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By Kara Cybanski | December 14, 2022 | 0 Comments

With so much of our lives spent on a screen, we are faced with a constant influx of information – Twitter wars, celebrities’ lunches, natural disasters, real wars, and most of all, people’s opinions on… everything. (Yes, we’re aware that this blog post is also an opinion!) Everyone has something to say, especially when it […]

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Review: Jitterbug by Kai Luftner
By Kara Cybanski | December 13, 2022 | 0 Comments

Ever heard the expression “marching to the beat of your own drum”? For Ladie B. Marie, ladybug rockstar in the making, nothing could be closer to the truth. But the insects in the forest aren’t quite on board with all her singing, dancing, and guitar-playing—in fact, even her dad wishes she would just be quiet […]

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Celebrating Reading Milestones and Other Tips to Get Kids Reading Independently
By Kara Cybanski | December 13, 2022 | 0 Comments

While some children are interested in books from a young age, others need more convincing to sit down and read. What can you do to help your kids find their love of literature? The Right Mindset First, it’s important to frame reading as a hobby rather than a chore. Telling your child to read for […]

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This book is truly a work of art. It features a bunch of wonderful poems about kids having recess and life in the Arctic. From making igloos to the Northern lights to sled dogs it depicts many of the unique elements that make the North so very special. Also look at these illustrations 😍 I really enjoyed this and highly recommend!

The books increase in difficulty at a steady pace so students are not overwhelmed with words and catch themselves reading (to their absolute delight). For the last four years, I have been using this reading program for all my beginning readers. It’s been the one program that has consistently helped the majority of my students.

As a librarian, I haven’t often come across books that teach financial literacy to kids, so when I read Three Little Piggy Banks, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Financial literacy can seem intimidating, even for adults who have been paying bills and other expenses for years and years. It seems almost impossible to unpack such a mature subject for the youngest of children, but author Pamela George deftly simplifies the subject for young children. The book provides a very basic understanding of money: saving it, sharing it, and spending it.

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