Want to start your own book club?

The Learning Commons has a number of titles set aside for Book Clubs. Each title has multiple copies which can be borrowed by the group leader for the time needed.


  • The Call of the Wild
  • Enigma
  • The Giver
  • The Hobbit
  • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh
  • Pieces of the Past
  • The Prophet, the Shepherd and the Star
  • The Roman, the Twelve and the King
  • Sabotage
  • Second Watch
  • The Reluctant Deckhand
  • Ultra

To find the book club books, log into L4U and go to Topic Search, then click on 002 Books by Topic/Subject. Then click on the Book Club icon for the list of books available.  To book contact Shandra Wiebe at swiebe@onlineschool.ca

topic search

Books by topic

Read Around the World Event

Welcome to the Read Around the World Book Club!  Join Pippa Davies, teacher librarian, as she celebrates beautiful picture books from around the world, during two sessions in March.  Each week we will read books from different parts of the world, celebrating all of the continents.  Here is a list to get you started on your reading using Overdrive e books.  Parents can help their students by starting a passport for reading around the world. More activities can be found on this page to help support your student’s reading.   Then students can continue with their reading after the two weeks.   If they read 20 or more picture books from around the world by the end of March, they will be entered into a draw for a $50 Amazon gift certificate for more books!  Please register/s your student once they have completed their reading on this form.

Who may attend?  Students and parents in grades K-6

Where will this happen?  Zoom videoconferencing room.

Pippa Davies is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

 Read around the World Celebrating Picture Books 
Time: Mar 8,  and 15th 2017 11:00 AM- 12 PM PAC time

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/585395427

Or iPhone one-tap (Canada Toll): +16475580588,585395427#

Or Telephone:
Dial: +1 647 558 0588 (Canada Toll)
Meeting ID: 585 395 427
International numbers available: https://zoom.us/zoomconference?m=xWY-QWAogGJIs54iSSwMPUW0-N16p5_b

Cost:  Free

Please register at this poll here.

Reading for the Holidays!

Our learning commons has some amazing teacher/student professional development/non fiction in HCS Overdrive E library.  Just grab your passwords and come and enjoy some great thinking material.

Some of my favourite reads include:

The Conviction to Lead by Albert Mohler

Humilitas by John Dickson

Spiritual Leadership by Richard Blackaby

Start With Why by Simon Sinek

Half the Church by Carolyn Custis James

Good to Great  by Jim Collins

A Whole New Mind: Dan Pink

The Element : Ken Robinson

Daring Greatly Brene Brown

The Greatest Gift Ann Voskamp

For our teens:

Heaven is For Real by Todd Burpo

The Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Stephen Covey

365 Days of Wonder J Palacio

No Compromise:  The Life Story of Keith Green

Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller

Popular teen reads like The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner etc.

Christmas materials ; from devotions, Advent books,  to fiction classics, something to read by candlelight!

Let us know what you enjoy and we can buy on your behalf:)



Book Club Bonanza!

Welcome to a new school year full of literacy excitement!

Starting this October 2014/15  we have 5 book clubs, and potentially more!  Many of the books in these book clubs are in the physical commons or Overdrive E library.  Please contact a librarian to help you find your resources!

Grade 4/5 will be run by  Book club moderator April Mcleod.

This is going to be an exciting year in our Grade 4/5 Book Club.  Last year we had a fantastic response, and we had lots of fun blogging, reading and connecting about great books.  This year will be more of the same as there is an awesome list of books we are going to read and share our thoughts about.  Students will be getting their feet wet in blogging and learning a variety of ways to share about the books we are reading as they do oral presentations, moderate book club meetings, blog, complete a novel in the box presentation, and much, much more. Hope all of you amazing readers in grade 4 & 5 will join us for a great ride of reading this school year!  Looking forward to meeting all of you on October 31st when we will get started with our first novel and play some fun games!  See you soon!

Date:Grade 4/5 Book club will meet for the following dates:
October 31st   Get to know meeting and assign first book
November 21st   Learn about Blogging and oral presentations on “Mrs. Frisby & the Rats of NIMH”
December 12th   Present Novel in a Box assignment with the novel “The Giver”
January 30th   “The Roman, the Twelve & the King”
February 27th  “The Hobbit”
March 27th   “Call of the Wild”
April 24th   “Bridge of Terabithia” and Vote on Final Novel
May 22  Year End Wrap up

Books will be assigned starting October 31st with an awesome book called Mrs. Frisby & the Rats of NIMH.  We will be reading some classics, an amazing Christian fiction book about the Epic 7 and award winning novels

Link to sign up:


Grade 6/8 Book club will be run by Book club moderator Kari Bell.

Camp description:
Hi, my name is Kari Bell and I will be running a Virtual book club this year that will encourage students to read each day. We will meet every six weeks, via an online forum to discuss the chosen book. The students will also have an opportunity to share their ideas on a blog.

We will meet online at 1:00 Pacific Standard Time (2:00 Mountain time).  Link will be sent to registrants.

Oct 1: Camp X by Eric Walters
Nov 19: Dear Canada:Pieces of the Past.  The Holocaust Diary of Rose Rabinowitz
January 7: The Orphan King by Sigmund Brouwer
Feb 25: Enigma by Eric Walters

Book one:  Camp X by Eric Walters (Camp X is the first book in the series. Enigma the most recent book is a Red Cedar nominee)

-We will discuss the importance of a plot line and cover literary terms such as: plot, exposition, rising action, climax, falling action and resolution, protagonist and antagonist.
-Bible integration: discussion on loyalty.
-Blog choice: Back cover of a book jacket describing just enough of the plot to get a reader interested but not enough to give the story away.

Book two: Dear Canada: Pieces of the Past.  The Holocaust Diary of Rose Rabinowitz (Red Cedar Nominee)

Bible integration: Discussion about the Holocaust and courage.

Link to register!
Reading Buddies K-3 with Pippa

Students in Kindergarten to Gr.3 and their reading buddies are encouraged to come and join Pippa Davies HCS teacher librarian share the joys of reading picture books, and inquiry based learning.  Pippa will incorporate picture books, puppets and early primary research databases (Pebble Go) to get your younger students reading, listening, learning nursery rhymes and writing their first research project based on learning outcomes in these years. Sessions will be run on  Blackboard classroom on a twice a month basis in the morning. The sessions will run for about half an hour to 40 minutes.  Set up will be the first ten minutes and then half an hour of reading time, songs and puppets.
Grab your coffee and your kids and come and read with Pippa.

 Books read will include favourites like Old Macdonald, Five Little Kittens, Promise is a Promise, Salmon Forest, and authors like Robert Munsch, Eric Carle and Jan Brett as well as some Bible favourites.

Picture books read will include Canadian, American and British fiction and non fiction.
Puppets/rhymes and songs will also be shared.

When: Wednesdays at 11:30am PT
Oct. 8, 29th, Nov. 12th, 26th, Dec 3rd. Jan. 7th and 21st, Feb. 4 and 18th.
Virtual Book Club with Kathy Kanda: Grades 8/9/10.

Join a virtual book club for Middle School students! Our first book choice is Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen which will be discussed at our first meeting on October 20 at 1pm. Afterwards, students will vote on the club’s next book pick and then meet back 6 weeks later to discuss in skype or Google Hangouts. Members will be encouraged to interact about the book in between meetings via a private club blogging site and students will have the opportunity to win prizes at each meeting. Meetings are Oct 27, Dec 15, Jan 12, Feb 2, March 16th

Link to register for the grade 8-10 Book club.


Virtual Book club Chocolate Lily and Kate Greenway Picture Book Critique and Blogging:  Grades 4-9. With Pippa Davies, Jessie Davis (campus) and NDG School in the UK.

Details to follow in January.  This club will be in the spring.

 This information will be stored under Literacy Centre -> Student book clubs!

Bless you in all your literacy endeavours!


Springing into March: Learning Commons Newsletter

As I share our news from my learning commons, office on this sunny but snowy day, I am reminded that Spring is just 23 days away!  Yes, time to drop a layer or two and look forward to the new buds! 😀

We are so grateful to connect with you all in this wonderful community we call HCS Blended Commons! Thank you for the awesome patronage shared by our staff and families!   We hope you will enjoy some of our team’s collaborative efforts.  We also love to hear from you!  Feel free to contact us and share your blog posts, suggestions or feedback.

Curriculum Finds!

Natalie shared more about some of the amazing fiction books related to International Friendship Month (career and health outcomes grade 1-5) we have on our E Library in this article here.  Did you know that February 20th was Love Your Pet Day?  Natalie shares some of the wonderful curriculum we have purchased in regards to novel studies and pets in this article here.   For grade seven students learning about Ancient Egypt you may discover how to use some amazing social studies curriculum in this article here.

Picture Books Celebration

If you have a student who enjoys reading, blogging or reviewing books,  please invite them to join in our Chocolate Lily Children’s book awards celebration and blogging bonanza.  Read more in this article here.  To launch this part of our book club Natalie and Pippa will be hosting a “How to Blog” webinar next week on Thursday March 6th @ 11 am.  If your students in grades 4-9 would like to attend please RSVP Pippa Davies.  Come ready with questions and Gmail address to get your Blogger going!  If you are 13 or under please ask a parent whether they are willing to share their Gmail address?

Here is the link to the virtual classroom on Blackboard Collaborate.  Please sign in 15 minutes early to check your headset and sound.


Campus News

From the campus Jessie shares about her inquiry based learning and iBuddies program in this article.

March Happenings

Missions Read-A-Thon winners will be announced in March.  Don’t forget to add up your reading and donate your monies to our worthy charity! Thank you for participating with us!!  Read more at this website.

PRIZE for the E Reader competition on Overdrive will be shared on the blog next week.  Stay tuned for more information:)

Innovator of the Year Competition on the Ning.   If your student has a science project, computer skill set, video producer, virtual world innovator, or entrepreneur please encourage them to enter this competition.  Students in grades 4-12 may enter.  D Day is March 15th for all entries!  If you would like an invite to the Ning to find out more please contact Pippa Davies.

Current Awareness

Find some great lesson plans, and educational resources related to Plants, Nutrition and St Patricks Day, Martin Luther, Carol Barnier, Science and Math, Art, and apps,  in our Scoopit Newsletter.

Blessings from our learning commons team!

Give thanks to the Lord, because he is good. His faithful love continues forever. Psalm 136:1 (NIrV)

Cultivating Reading With Book Clubs @HCS!

Heritage Christian Schools Learning Commons strives to put literacy on the front line for all its students.

Statistics show that:  role modelling reading as parents ;  encouraging trips to libraries ; sharing great audiobooks or telling stories ; reading to your students more than once a day ; and encouraging literacy participation in Read-A-Thons  will really help your student flourish in their literacy skills!

Our HCS distance learning and campus students in grades  4-9 may be found collaborating in virtual classrooms, and in the campus commons sharing about their reading, and blogging book reviews.

During the fall of 2013 the grades 4-8 students have read books nominated for the Red Cedar Awards.  All book clubs including our campus book club are collaborating on the  HCS NDG blog.  The most popular reads were CatBoy by Eric Walters and Racing Home by Adele Dueck (both books may be found on our E Library).  We are very excited to follow up this collaboration with an Author event starring Adele Dueck sharing from her award winning book in May.  More details of this classroom will be made available closer to May!  Stay tuned if you have a student in these age groups, and would like to hear more about how an author writes a children’s book and some of the challenges.

Our next event in our book clubs for this spring involves critiquing children’s books,  in regards to their pictures and their themes.  Our book clubs, including the distance learning students,  and our campus book club are teaming up with a British school,  Notre Dame Catholic School in New Guernsey England,  to contribute to the BC Chocolate Lily Picture  Book awards, and possibly the Kate Greenaway Awards (British awards) which take place late in June.


Some of the questions we will be examining include the following:

1.  Does the story have rhythm?  Is it a pleasure to read aloud or do you stumble with the words?

2.  Did you enjoy the story?  Would a small child enjoy the story?  Why or why not?

3.  Do the images match the theme of the story?  Could the images tell the story on their own?

4.  Is it a circular story? Does it bring you back to the end or does the ending take you somewhere else?

5.  Does the character grow or change in some way by the end of the book?

6.  How much of the text is telling you the story?  Do you feel like things are being explained to you a lot?  Can you see the images in your head when you read?

7.  Is the language suited to the story?  Does it start off well?  Are there any sensory details that add to the text?  Are the nouns and verbs strong?

8.  If there is a rhyming text does the rhyme add to the story? Is it a strong story without the rhyme?  Does the story have substance or is the author relying on the rhyme to get through?  Is the rhyme innovative?

9.  Is this book unique in some way?  What makes it special?

After our blogging all book clubs hope to participate in a collaborative classroom event on Blackboard where we will vote on the winners! We might even post our library staff sharing the books via video to our blog!   Join us in our blogging adventure and encourage literacy:)!

 Blessings from the learning commons team!
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