This month’s book club is weather related which was a lot of fun for us! Our favourite weather forecaster, Frankie MacDonald, and local author Sarah Sawler worked on this book together. After reading it we were inspired to do a weather experiment by creating a cloud right in our own home. Read on for how to do this simple and fun experiment with your kids AND your chance to win a copy of the book!
This month’s book club book is called Mi’kmaw Waisisk/Mi’kmaw Animals by Alan Syliboy (published by Nimbus Publishing) and it is a board book for babies and toddlers. It has beautifully drawn images that will delight readers of all ages, along with the English and Mi’kmaw word for each animal, as well as the proper pronunciation of the Mi’kmaw word.
This book inspired our book club activity this month to teach babies, toddlers, and preschoolers about animal habitats, and learn a bit of a second language while they’re at it!
This month’s Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club’s pick is the much anticipated “100 Things You Don’t Know about Atlantic Canada for Kids” by Sarah Sawler, published by Nimbus Publishing. Sarah first wrote an article for The Coast called “100 Things You Don’t Know About Halifax” that was wildly popular and it started expanding into more articles, then a book, and now a book for kids!
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This month’s Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club pick tackles a challenging topic with kids, talking about mental health. Sheree Fitch’s EveryBody’s Different on EveryBody Street (illustrations by Emma FitzGerald) manages to do so in a way kids can get; and we show you how to create a special Feelings Basket and space, and a Calm Down Jar for your home.
I was inspired by the fun, lyrical text by Jill Barber and gorgeous illustrations by Sydney Smith in Music is For Everyone to create an activity this month that also combined art and music for our Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club. This activity encourages the children to explore the musical genres in the book further and they end up with a unique piece of art! Bonus, it’s a mess-free activity so kids of all ages (and, yes, you parents will probably want a turn too!) can enjoy it.
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The book My Two Grandmothers, published by Nimbus Publishing, tells the tale of two grandmas who are unique from each other in almost every way. One grandmother is Acadian, the other is Scottish; their traditions are different, their grandparenting style is different, even the words they use to describe things are different. One thing about them is exactly the same, however, and that is the love for their grandchildren.
Reading this book will naturally lead to conversations about your child’s grandmother – noticing similarities with one of the grandmothers in the book, or noticing a big difference between them. Use these discussions to set up the book extension activity (and free printable you can download!) that we’ve created for My Two Grandmothers.
The Fox and the Fisherman is a tale of friendship and family, originally written in French . . . and if that level of alliteration doesn’t inspire you to do a craft brought to you by the letter F, well, I don’t know what will!
If you’re a Maritimer, well, actually, even if you’re NOT a Maritimer, you’ve likely heard of Maud Lewis, especially after that blockbuster movie last year profiling her life. Her distinctive folk art and fascinating life story makes her a memorable artist, and she is particularly appealing to children.
This month’s pick for the Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club is Maud Lewis 1 2 3. It’s a board book filled with images of her colourful iconic paintings that encourages children to count items found in each piece of art (ex. 10 roofs, 4 blue tulips). One of the things we loved about this book was it’s a bit of an I Spy style book so my children were both immediately drawn to it. We’ve talked about who Maud Lewis was and her impact on the Nova Scotia art scene and we were inspired to create two reading extension activities from this book to explore their natural interest in her style of painting and her life story – one Christmas card one, and one Christmas cookie one!
Thanks to Nimbus Publishing who sponsored this post (and provided a book for a giveaway) so that we can help cultivate little readers who love local books! As always, all opinions are our own.
Most Haligonians know the story of how the people of Boston came to our aid after the catastrophic disaster of the Halifax Explosion; and, in turn, we send them a Christmas tree each year as a thank you. To help children learn about this story and tradition, Marijke Simons has written and illustrated a book called The Flying Squirrel Stowaways: From Nova Scotia to Boston. This book is our featured book for the Itsy Bitsy Nimbus Book Club this month.
This month’s pick is the latest picture book from Shauntay Grant, with illustrations by Erin Bennett Banks. It’s a Halloween book, but not your typical spooky ghosts and goblins Halloween book. This one has a message about owning your choices and being proud of standing out from the crowd. It’s sure to become a Halloween classic in our house.