Reserve your Ticket to the Rock Concert of Reading

Anyone who reads this column knows that I love books and getting kids excited about them, especially Canadian books. That’s why this month is dedicated to the Ontario Library Association’s Forest of Reading program.  This year, my son is participating…

Turn your Kitchen into a Classroom for March Break

Do you have a young sous-chef at home? Cooking is a valuable skill to teach children with the potential for delicious outcomes! Cooking also happens to be jam-packed with educational potential.   There are many teachable moments for students that can…

Spooky and Mysterious Stories for October

October is always eagerly anticipated – who could forget Halloween? Students love to dress-up in costumes, carve pumpkins, trick or treat, and eat candy. It also just happens to be a fun theme for reading material with magic, mystery and…

Inspirational Books by VLM readers

My goal with this column is to offer book ideas and inspiration for children and the adults who care about them. In the process, I have been introduced to new titles myself from VLM readers who have written books of…

Great Books to Rule School 

School’s in! While there is still a lot of summertime to enjoy, back to school is around the corner. Change and the unknown can be stressful for kids (and for parents). Preparing students in advance is a helpful strategy for…

The Best of STEM Books for Summer Break

STEM Stimulates Learning The summer is finally here, and school will soon become a distant memory for students. Although classrooms will be empty over the break, who says that learning has to stop? There is a huge emphasis on education…