Tag Archives: #BookBankReads

A Few Words from One of Our Outreach Partners…

Dave Page
“Thanks to an exciting partnership with The Toronto Children’s Book Bank, Macaulay has been providing children the opportunity to own their own books, free of charge!  The initiative is known as “The Book Nook”.  For the past five years, Macaulay has been distributing 1,000 books a month to our young clients, throughout all of the Macaulay program sites: Ontario Early Years Centres, Child Care Centres, Homework Clubs, home visiting program etc.
This initiative has reached thousands of families in the north/west region of the city. In 2014, Macaulay served more than 7,000 children and youth, and their families and caregivers. 35% of these children had a significant special need or were considered at risk due to environmental factors such as poverty and neighbourhood violence. 23% of these families had an income below $15,000. Therefore they would not likely be able to buy their own books.
Giving families quality books to keep is a powerful tool to support the literacy message. We encourage families to read with their children every day, and to regularly visit their local libraries. When children have books of their own, they have a greater likelihood of becoming stronger and enthusiastic readers later in life.
In 2015, we received this letter from a parent whose children were receiving Speech and Language services from Macaulay and were therefore able to access the books from The Children’s Book Bank:
‘My own three children have been blessed to receive Speech therapy…., and we have many a book from the Macaulay Book Nook.  The kids are always excited to rush in and pick out a new “friend”, and are always sad when a therapy block ends, and their visits to the Book Nook are over.'”
-Dave Page
Early Literacy Specialist
Ontario Early Years
Macaulay Child Development Centre

Book of the Month – November!

Our Book of the Month for November is The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. This classic tale follows Milo and a watchdog, Tock as they explore distant lands full of comical puns through the mysterious phantom tollbooth. First published in 1961, The Phantom Tollbooth is an epic story of the joys of language and imagination that remains a favourite of many wordsmiths.

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1) Write us a review (#BookBankReads) and we will post it to our blog

2) Tweet your thoughts on our choice to @bookbankcanada using the hashtag #bookbankreads

3) Follow @thechildrensbookbank on Instagram and post a picture of yourself reading using the hashtag #bookbankreads

October’s Book of the Month is Coraline by Neil Gaiman!

Our Book of the Month (BOM) for October is “Coraline” by Neil Gaiman

The Book of the Month selection for October is the strange and scary tale of Coraline, an inquisitive girl that discovers another sinister world within her home. Coraline is full of spooky imagery and creepy atmosphere, perfect for chilly October evenings. Join us in reading this award winning fantasy-horror book.

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1) Write us a review (#BookBankReads) and we will post it to our blog

2) Tweet your thoughts on our choice to @bookbankcanada using the hashtag #bookbankreads

3) Follow @thechildrensbookbank on Instagram and post a picture of yourself reading using the hashtag #bookbankreads

Book of the Month – September

Our Book of the Month (BOM) for September is “Hatchet” by Gary Paulsen!

Welcome the new school year with this classic Canadian novel.  On the way to visit his father, Brian’s single-engine plane crashes in the wilderness. Brian must learn to survive with nothing more than a torn windbreaker and a hatchet. Gary Paulsen’s “Hatchet” is a thrilling account of one boy’s harrowing tale of survival. Read this spellbinding novel with us!

 

1) Write us a review (#BookBankReads) and we will post it to our blog

2) Tweet your thoughts on our choice to @bookbankcanada using the hashtag #bookbankreads

3) Follow @thechildrensbookbank on Instagram and post a picture of yourself reading using the hashtag #bookbankreads

Book of the Month – August

Our Book of the Month (BOM) for August is “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle!

First published in 1963, “A Wrinkle in Time” is an award winning science fiction novel enjoyed by both children and adults. This classic story follows Meg Murry through time and space in an epic journey to rescue her father. Join us in reading this exciting (and controversial) tale!

“If I have something I want to say that is too difficult for adults to swallow, then I will write it in a book for children.” – Madeleine L’Engle

A Wrinkle in Time

1) Write us a review (#BookBankReads) and we will post it to our blog

2) Tweet your thoughts on our choice to @bookbankcanada using the hashtag #bookbankreads

3) Follow @thechildrensbookbank on Instagram and post a picture of yourself reading using the hashtag #bookbankreads

December Book(s) of the Month!

For the first time ever, we are choosing 4 books as our December Book(s) of the Month! Let’s get in the Holiday Spirit together with this incredibly popular and hilarious series. Follow Geronimo as he gets excited for Christmas and goes on exciting adventures in New York City, works tirelessly at The Rodent’s Gazette, and channels his inner Santa Claus. Which Christmas adventure will be your favourite?

Read any of these Christmas-themed Geronimo Stilton’s:

  • The Christmas Toy Factory
  • A Very Merry Christmas
  • Merry Christmas, Geronimo 
  •  Christmas Catastrophe 

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Participate in the discussion and tell us your thoughts on our December BOOKS of the Month:

1) Write us a review (#BookBankReads) and we will post it to our blog

2) Tweet your thoughts on our choice to @bookbankcanada using the hashtag #bookbankreads

3) Follow @thechildrensbookbank on Instagram and post a picture of yourself reading using the hashtag #bookbankreads

 

November Book of the Month

Our Book of the Month (BOM) for November is a graphic novel!

“Binky: Under Pressure” by Ashley Spies is a hilarious comic book about a space cat, Binky, and his quest to rid his space station of alien intruders! Binky’s situation is made worse by the adoption of another space cat …who turns out to be his superior officer.

Read the November BOM with us and tell us what you think of our choice to include graphic novels in this popular program at the book bank!

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Participate in the discussion and tell us your thoughts on our November BOM:

1) Write us a review (#BookBankReads) and we will post it to our blog

2) Tweet your thoughts on our choice to @bookbankcanada using the hashtag #bookbankreads

3) Follow @thechildrensbookbank on Instagram and post a picture of yourself reading using the hashtag #bookbankreads

October Book of the Month

Piggybacking our successful September Book of the Month, the staff at the book bank have put ourselves in a Stink-y mood!

Our choice for October is another novel by Megan Macdonald about Judy Moody’s brother, “Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid.” In his first solo adventure, Stink experiences the frustrations of life as a 3 feet 8 inch tall boy …and being a younger brother to the bossy, Judy Moody!

Read the October Book of the Month and laugh along with us!

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Participate in the discussion and tell us your thoughts on our October Book of the Month:

1) Write us a review (#BookBankReads) and we will post it to our blog

2) Tweet your thoughts on our choice to @bookbankcanada

3) Follow @thechildrensbookbank on Instagram and post a picture of yourself reading using the hastag #bookbankreads

 

BIG NEWS!!!

We sold out of our

August Book of the Month!

Coming to you a couple weeks early, our September Book of the Month is “Judy Moody Was in a Mood” by Megan Macdonald. For all those moody children reluctantly heading back to school, Judy Moody is a feisty, funny tale that will have children looking forward to a new school year, new teachers, and new friends!

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Participate in the discussion and tell us your thoughts on our September Book of the Month:

1) Write us a review (#BookBankReads) and we will post it to our blog

2) Tweet your thoughts on our choice to @bookbankcanada

3) Follow @thechildrensbookbank on Instagram and post a picture of yourself reading using the hastag #bookbankreads

 

 

 

Review “Ivy + Bean”

One of our long-time volunteers recommended our July Book of the Month, “Ivy + Bean,” to a special friend. Below is her review and heartfelt thank you to the CBB volunteer!

“I like the books because when I read it with my Dad I like Ivy and Bean being sneaky and Bean’s sister getting mad at her. They are funny. I like them being sneaky to Bean’s sister, Nancy, because Nancy is mean to Bean. I like the names of the characters, Ivy and Bean and Nancy. I like Ivy the most – she has blonde hair and she wears dresses just like me. Ivy and Bean met because Ivy moved into the neighbourhood and they started playing together when Bean’s mother convinced her to play with Ivy. I like that Ivy and Bean are good friends and they play together. The stories always have happy endings. Thank you very much for sending the book to me and thank you for telling my Grandma about these books. They are my favourite books and my Daddy likes them also.
Love, Taya (age 7)”

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