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Cites & Insights 14.1 (January 2014) E vs P Books?

Is it E and P, or E vs P?
January 2014 Cites & Insights is now available (31pp)
Great long form article by Walt Crawford on the place of e-books and p-books in the hearts and minds (and lives) of readers.

"I also believe that any simplistic formulation of when print or e makes more sense is almost certainly wrong...."


OLA Tutorial encourages parent engagement in school libraries

An interactive tutorial connecting school libraries with student success

"The Ontario Library Association (OLA), in partnership with Engage Literacy Inc., is launching a 15-minute online tutorial, entitled "21st Century School Libraries, Parent Engagement and Student Achievement", empowering parents to support school libraries in their child's school. It also has resources that can help to plan literacy-based events for children, including lunchtime book clubs and family literacy events.


Claire and her Grandfather - FN resource

Storybook plus teaching resources
The story of "Claire and her Grandfather" is designed to enhance young people's awareness of some of the many contributions and inventions by Aboriginal people. Teachers can use the story to initiate a broader examination of the many historical and contemporary contributions of First Nations and Inuit to Canada and the world.

Table of Contents (downloadable PDF available)
  • Introduction
  • Learning Outcomes
  • Suggested Related Activities
  • Claire and her Grandfather [Audio file available]
  • Glossary

Aboriginal Children's games

Some FN games to try
"Games are an important part of Aboriginal society, passed down from generation to generation. Games teach cooperation, team work and social skills. Some games also teach other essential skills such as target practice, hand/eye coordination, agility, and dexterity. They were important for the emotional, physical, and mental development of the community members. Games also provide a good form of exercise and leisure activity for the young and the old. Many games were played in the winter- time."


Best Books of 2013 : NPR

NPR's Book Concierge
"NPR's Guide To 2013's Great Reads: Choose your own adventure! Use the categories below to search through more than 200 standout titles selected by NPR staff and critics. (You can also combine categories!) Then click on the books' covers to find out why we love them."

An interesting way to navigate Best Books without scrolling through yet another long list!

Winter 2014 YAACING magazine

Young Adult & Children's Services e-zine
Winter 2014 YAACING is now available! 
"We are introducing another new column by Kaitlyn Vardy called Kaitlyn's Programming Corner.  We are also storytime programs and a lovely felt for The Paperbag Princess.  Also exciting is an update on Summer Reading Club news."


Physics To Go: Explore Physics on your own

A mini-mag for Physics lovers
"Physics to Go is a collection of websites where you can learn physics on your own, through games, webcasts, and online articles, exhibits, and activities. To find the resources you want, you can browse the collection and search our database by content topic, resource type, and grade level. Alternately, you can browse the archives for back issues (you can reach the archives with the navigation button at the top left of the homepage)."


Canada & The United States: Bizarre Borders

The line between Canada and the USA

A somewhat humourous take on the reasons for why the border looks like it does.


Think Before You Share: New resource from Facebook and MediaSmarts

A new guide for teens
Facebook and MediaSmarts have released a new guide for teens, "Think Before You Share", with tips about sharing and making decisions online.

"Our Young Canadians in a Wired World study, along with the best research available from around the world on how young people share and make decisions online, provided the basis for Think Before You Share, a new tip sheet for teens available on the Facebook Family Safety Center and on the MediaSmarts website."



12 days of Christmas - Book store sytle

Bookish Elves sing
It would be fun to do one entitled "My library lent to me."

"What happens when a bunch of kidlit authors, agents, editors, and artists get into the holiday spirit? This." Starring Sarah Brannen, Kristy Dempsey, Mike Jung, Arthur Levine, Emily Mitchell, Kim Norman, Anne Marie Pace, Yolanda Scott, and Deborah Underwood, also known as the Bookish Elves.



Canada's History - Kayak Magazine site

History for Kids
"The new issue of Kayak: Canada's History Magazine for Kids is now online at Check out features in the new issue including profiles of great Canadian explorers, the story behind the search for John Franklin and a comic about the life of arctic aviator Punch Dickins."



Good Books for Literature Circles?

Where to look for some titles that work?
"Looking for a few good books to get your literature circles off the ground?  Click on the links on this page for some suggestions from teachers around the country."


Thinking about Science Fair?

World Book Kids - Science Project Centre
  • Selecting and Researching a Topic
  • Getting Organized, The Experiment, Safety, Measurements
  • The Science Report
  • The Science Fair
Smarter Science (Youth Science Canada) [LINK]
A list of science resources, some Canadian

Canadian Astronomy Education [LINK]
Astronomy-based science fair ideas.

To see what Canadian kids have done, take a look at the
Canada Wide Virtual Science Fair [LINK]

Other sites to explore:

Science Bob [LINK]
A set of questions to prompt science fair projects. Includes some interesting videos and links to other sites.

Science Kids [LINK]
Gives easy to follow instructions on building various apparatus.
Kids will have to generate their own questions. [LINK]
Search by grade and "kind" of science.
Prompts questions that are answered by the project.

Steve Spangler Science [LINK]
A series of short videos with ideas to explore.

I also came across this Pinterest Board