Welcome to February! Here are some new inspiring reads, and teaching resources for you on OverDrive!
Beginning Links to Logic by Sara Inskeep
Welcome to the beginner’s world of logic! Lots of short puzzles and games are designed to help develop critical-thinking skills in young students.
The Enchantress Returns: Land of Stories Book 2 by Chris Colfer
After decades of hiding, the evil Enchantress who cursed Sleeping Beauty is back with a vengeance. Alex and Conner Bailey have not been back to the magical Land of Stories since their adventures in The Wishing Spell ended. But one night, they learn the famed Enchantress has kidnapped their mother! Against the will of their grandmother, the twins must find their own way into the Land of Stories to rescue their mother and save the fairy tale world from the greatest threat it’s ever faced.
Forward Shakespeare: Young Orca readers by Jean Little
Seeing-eye pup, Shakespeare, conquered many fears in Rescue Pup. Now he is back, about to be matched up with a blind boy, ready to begin his working life. Tim is enraged by his blindness and wants nothing to do with a guide dog. But he is no match for Shakespeare.
Olivia and the Missing Toy: Series Olivia by Ian Falconer
Olivia has one toy that she loves more than anything. She feeds him, dresses him and takes him everywhere. So when he disappears, Olivia is FURIOUS!
She looks under the rug, under the sofa, under the cat. She shouts at Ian and baby William, she cries, she stomps…all to no avail. Then, one dark and stormy night, Olivia hears a noise…Clutching a candelabra, she creeps bravely into her bedroom, and sees a huge menacing shadow on the wall. Who is this monster, and what’s that hanging from his jaws?
All is resolved peacefully in this entertaining story starring our favourite pig and her favourite toy. Now available as an eBook with audio!
This Morning Sam went to Mars (A book about paying attention) by Nancy Carlson
Eight-year-old Sam is always daydreaming about exploring space and the deepest seas, which is awesome—except when he’s supposed to be focusing on schoolwork or stuff at home. It seems like all he hears is, “Focus, Sam!” and “Pay attention!” The doctor says Sam is lucky: He has a very powerful brain! But he does need some help focusing. She gives Sam and his dad lots of strategies to try, like staying organized, eating better food, and asking for help when he needs it. Sam’s favorite strategy? Make time for imagination! A note to adults gives extra tips for helping kids with attention struggles.
Word Family Stories: 31 Delightful Mini-Books with Humorous, Decodable Story Texts by Kathryn Wheeler
Facilitate a love of language in students in grades 1–2 using Word Family Stories! This 64-page book improves phonics skills, phonological awareness, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension with 31 fun, easy-to-decode word family stories. This classroom resource increases confidence in and enjoyment of reading. It supports NCTE and NAEYC standards.
Corrie Ten Boom: Keepers of the Angel’s Den by Janet Benge
Suddenly, Corrie’s (1892-1983) ordered life was lost in the insanity of war. With bravery and compassion, her family and countless other Dutch citizens risked everything to extend God’s hand to those innocents marked for certain execution in a world gone mad. Corrie ten Boom’s life of determination, faith, and forgiveness in the face of unimaginable brutality and hardship is a stunning testimony of the sustaining power of God.
Ottoline and the Yellow Cat by Chris Riddell
Introducing Miss Ottoline Brown, an exceptionally inquisitive Mistress of Disguise, and her partner in crime, Mr. Munroe. No puzzle is ever too tricky for the two of them to solve . . .
Ottoline lives in a stylish apartment in Big City with a small hairy creature called Mr. Munroe. Together they look after the Brown family’s eclectic collections – and dabble in a spot of detective work. So they are the first to the scene of the crime when a string of high-society dog-nappings and jewel thefts hits Big City. Ottoline (who luckily has a diploma from the Who-R-U Academy of Disguise) and Mr. Munroe go undercover – and expose an ingenious scam masterminded by furry feline crook, the Yellow Cat.
Ottoline and the Yellow Cat is a quirky mystery-adventure from star author/illustrator, Chris Riddell. Winner of the Nestle Prize, and crammed with black and white illustrations, Ottoline and the Yellow Cat is perfectly packaged and highly collectable.
High School and Adults
In His Majesty’s Secret Service by Patrick Bell (HCOS teacher)
Jim, Nick and Kirsten have always had a heart for their fellow believers, behind the Iron Curtain. It’s one thing to pray for their brothers and sisters in Romania, though , and another thing entirely to face hostile border guards with illegal Bibles hidden in their van. Only God can blind the hearts of those searching the vehicle so the three of them will be allowed to pass through safely. Someone in the underground church is an informer, and the three Bible smugglers want to know who. The brutal dictatorship of Nicolae Ceausescu, the watching eyes of the secret police, and a personal vendetta being carried out by a colonel with a forty-year grudge have put them and all the believers in danger. As rumours of revolution swirl around them, Jim, Nick and Kirsten face an impossible dilemma. If they can’t trust those who call themselves Christians, who can they trust?
Iqbal by Francesco D’Adamo
When young Iqbal is sold into slavery at a carpet factory, his arrival changes everything for the other overworked and abused chidren there. It is Iqbal who explains to them that despite their master’s promises, he plans on keeping them as his slaves indefinetely. But it is also Iqbal who inspires the other children to look to a future free from toil…and is brave enough to show them how to get there.
This moving fictionalized account of the real Iqbal Masih is told through the voice of Fatima, a young Pakistani girl whose life is changed by Iqbal’s courage.
The Brave Learner: Finding Everyday Magic in Homeschool, Learning and Life, by Julie Bogart
In this book, Julie Bogart distills decades of experience—homeschooling her five now grown children, developing curricula, and training homeschooling families around the world—to show parents how to make education an exciting, even enchanting, experience for their kids, whether they’re in elementary or high school.
Enchantment is about ease, not striving. Bogart shows parents how to make room for surprise, mystery, risk, and adventure in their family’s routine, so they can create an environment that naturally moves learning forward. If a child wants to pick up a new hobby or explore a subject area that the parent knows little about, it’s easy to simply say “no” to end the discussion and the parental discomfort, while dousing their child’s curious spark. Bogart gently invites parents to model brave learning for their kids so they, too, can approach life with curiosity, joy, and the courage to take learning risks.
Truth and Reconciliation in Canadian Schools by Pamela Rose Toulouse
In this book, author Pamela Toulouse provides current information, personal insights, authentic resources, interactive strategies and lesson plans that support Indigenous and non-Indigenous learners in the classroom. This book is for all teachers that are looking for ways to respectfully infuse residential school history, treaty education, Indigenous contributions, First Nation/Métis/Inuit perspectives and sacred circle teachings into their subjects and courses. The author presents a culturally relevant and holistic approach that facilitates relationship building and promotes ways to engage in reconciliation activities.
The Great Trouble by Deborah Hopkinson (Middle grades)
“A delightful combination of race-against-the-clock medical mystery and outwit-the-bad-guys adventure.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred
Eel has troubles of his own: As an orphan and a “mudlark,” he spends his days in the filthy River Thames, searching for bits of things to sell. He’s being hunted by Fisheye Bill Tyler, and a nastier man never walked the streets of London. And he’s got a secret that costs him four precious shillings a week to keep safe. But even for Eel, things aren’t so bad until that fateful August day in 1854–the day the deadly cholera (“blue death”) comes to Broad Street.
Everyone believes that cholera is spread through poisonous air. But one man, Dr. John Snow, has a different theory. As the epidemic surges, it’s up to Eel and his best friend, Florrie, to gather evidence to prove Dr. Snow’s theory–before the entire neighborhood is wiped out.
“Hopkinson illuminates a pivotal chapter in the history of public health. . . . Accessible . . . and entertaining.” —School Library Journal, Starred