Celebrating Courage in the Elementary School Library

Written by EmmaK. Posted in 2nd Grade, ES Library

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Courage is grace under pressure. – Ernest Hemingway


This month we are celebrating courage.  This will be the theme of our upcoming assembly.    

Courage is an essential ingredient in growing up. It’s what propels us to reach new milestones—from learning to walk to learning math—even though the effort seems hard or painful. Courage can be physical, like jumping from a diving board, or moral, like doing the right thing in the face of possible ridicule.

Your child’s growing independence will lead them to encounter the unexpected. As they learn to deal with these fears, they will gain the courage to face the unknown.  The selections of books on this list feature courageous kids who find themselves being brave in a variety of situations.  These inspiring books can help your child use words to express their fears and become courageous individuals.

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.” 
Maya Angelou

Here is the link my Courage Presentation

Older Readers

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Ramona the Brave by Beverly Cleary

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Hunt

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Pax By Sara Pennypacker

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Raymie Nightingale By Kate Di Camillo

The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles

Island of the Blue Dolphin by Scott O’Dell


Younger Readers

Sheila Rae, the Brave by Kevin Henkes

The Dot by Peter Reynolds

Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine

The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney

The Man Who Walked between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein

Black Dog by Levi Pinfold

The Recess Queen by Alexis O’Neill

One by Kathryn Otoshi

The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper

The Empty Pot by Demi

A Boy and a Jaguar by Alan Rabinowitz

ES Library looking for Puzzles and Games

Written by EmmaK. Posted in 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, ES Library

We are starting a Puzzle Club in the library at lunchtime for Grades 3, 4 and 5. 

I am on the lookout for some good quality puzzle type games like Matermind or IQ Twist and puzzles.  

If you have any at home and would like to donate them to our Elementary School Library, we will take very good care of them.

Drop them off with Miss Emma in the Library.  

Puzzle club will start on Monday 20th March with the help of some Middle School Students.

Thank you!

National Geographic for Kids has arrived in the Elementary School Library

Written by EmmaK. Posted in ES Library

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I am very happy to let you all know that National Geographic for Kids has arrived in the Elementary School Library.  This is an outstanding magazine.  Nat Geo Kids inspires young adventurers to explore the world through this award-winning magazine and website.  It is the only kids brand with a world-class scientific organization at its core. There vision says it all, “We teach kids about the world and how it works and empower them to succeed and to make it a better place.”

National Geographic for Kids is available to read in the library only.  Why not come in before or after school to take a look.

Books about Human Growth and Development in the Elementary Library

Written by EmmaK. Posted in ES Library

Image result for ugly truth wimpy kid  Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

In March, Grade 5 students will begin their class discussions about adolescence and puberty.  At home, the first step in starting a conversation with your Grade 5 child about growing up is to choose a good time to talk. An excellent way to start that conversation is by talking about books.  Here are some excellent books that will provide your child with a practical guide to puberty and adolescence, as well as some award winning fiction around this theme.  These books are all available in our Elementary Library.  These books are specifically targeted for young teens and are sensitive to their needs.  However, please let me know if you would prefer not to have any of these books available to your child or would prefer to read them first before your child checks them out.



The Boy’s Body Book by Kelli Dunham

The Body Book for Boys by Jonathan Mar & Grace Norwich

The Care and Keeping of You by Valerie Lee Shaefer

Head to Toe Guide to You by Sarah Wassner Flynn

It’s a Girl Thing: How to Stay Healthy, Safe and In-Charge
by Mavis Jukes



Are You There God?  It’s Me, Margaret. by Judy Blume

Eleven; Twelve; Thirteen by Lauren Myracle

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth by Jeff Kinney

The Secret Dairy of Adrian Mole aged 13 ¾ by Sue Townsend



Happy Reading!

Miss Emma

Family Friday in the ES Library with Grade 5

Written by EmmaK. Posted in 5th Grade, ES Library

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by Jonathan Mar & Grace Norwich                              By Sarah Wassner Flynn

Thank you so much to all the parents who were able to attend our Grade 5 Morning Meeting today in the ES Library. 

It is a pleasure to encourage everyone to use our library more and showcase some of the great books we have to offer you.  It is such an excellent resource and my goal this year is to encourage more parents to come and check out books, make requests and see how the library is supporting your child in the classroom.

Don’t worry if you were not able to make it.  I have included a link here to my presentation highlighting the theme of Growth and Human Development.  


Please let me know if you would prefer not to have any of these books available to your child or would prefer to read them first before your child checks them out.

You’re welcome in the library anytime!
Best Wishes,

Celebrating Diversity in the Elementary School Library

Written by EmmaK. Posted in ES Library

Image result for George by Alex Gino   George by Alex Gino

This month we are celebrating diversity and acceptance.  This will be the theme of our upcoming assembly in March.

How can we best prepare children to meet the challenges and reap the benefits of the increasingly diverse world they will inherit? Our goal at BFIS is to celebrate and value diversity and to help all our students be proud of themselves and their family traditions. We can help children to respect and value people regardless of the color of their skin, their physical abilities, or the language they speak.

The selections on this list feature a diverse group of boys and girls living in different parts of the world. Exposing students to books that reflect the diverse world around them teaches empathy and helps children become global citizens. 

George by Alex Gino  is a sensitive, insightful portrayal of a transgender child coming to terms with gender identity.  Please let me know if you would prefer not to have this book available to your child or would prefer to read it first before your child checks it out.


Older Readers

Calvin Coconut By Graham Salisbury

Alvin Ho By Lenore Look

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes By Eleanor Coerr

Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream By Jenny Han

Eggs By Jerry Spinelli

The Tree In the Courtyard: Looking through Anne Frank’s Window by Jeff Gottesfeld

Salt to the Sea By Ruta Sepetys

The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney

George by Alex Gino

Stella By Starlight By Sharon M. Draper

Rosa by Nikki Giovanni

El Deafo by Cece Bell

I Lived on Butterfly Hill by Marjorie Agosín

Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & her family’s fight for desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh

Wonder by P.J. Palacio


Younger Readers

Freedom In Congo Square By Carole Boston

Red By Jan De Kinder

Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music  By Margarita Engle;

My Story, My Dance: Robert Battle’s Journey To Alvin Ailey By Lesa Cline-Ransome

Last Stop On Market Street By Matt De La Peña

My Two Blankets by Irena Kobald

Little Melba And Her Big Trombone by Russell-Brown, Katheryn

Ready, Steady, Mo! By Kes Gray


Happy reading!

Miss Emma