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Project Bookmark Canada


Project Bookmark Canada [a nationally registered charity] exists to mark our stories in our spaces, by placing fiction and poetry in the exact Canadian locations where literary scenes are set.” How is it marked? A poster sized plaque is placed in situ with up to 500 words from a story or poem.

On September 29 2016, a plaque honoring Dennis Lee’s book The Cat and the Wizard (illustrated by Gillian Johnson) was unveiled at Casa Loma – #17 on the literary trail across Canada. Checkout the site to discover other sites in Toronto, and across Canada.

You can suggest a book 

“Bookmarks must be from a work of fiction or poetry, published in book form by a recognized publishing company or organization.

The Bookmarked excerpt must be set in an actual and identified location. The reader must be able to stand in the place where the characters or narrators stand in the story. The site can be named in the Bookmarked passage or at some other point in the overall work. 

A Bookmarked passage may be up to 500 words and should be effective as an excerpt—but it should also make you wonder what came before and what comes next, encouraging readers of the Bookmark to become readers of the book.”

Very cool idea, and could be used in so many ways in classrooms. Check it out! Rowan

October 13, 2016 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Word on the Street – this Sunday at Harbourfront (11am to 6pm)

Word on Street is this Sunday (September 25) at Harbourfront.  Check out the map of publishers & associations and the schedule of authors. It is a great way to spend an afternoon.

Check it out! Rowan



September 23, 2016 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

EduGains new doc: Student Achievement Literacy Planning Resource

Newly released from EduGains,  Adolescent Literacy:

The Student Achievement Literacy Planning Resource (2016) is a tool that supports the collaborative efforts SSLs, system and school leaders and teams to plan for and implement deep, precise and targeted actions that support literacy instruction and achievement.  This resource consolidates effective practices from Ontario boards, schools and classrooms for identifying and addressing the needs of students facing literacy challenges.

Effective literacy practices in this resource are organized under three headings:

  1. Literacy leadership
  2. Collaborative professional learning
  3. Supports for students

The document is a bit hidden – you gotta know where it is:  Click on < Resource Collection by Topic / Improvement Planning > in the left menu under System Leader on the Literacy K-12 site.

Check it out! Rowan




September 16, 2016 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

Adolescent Literacy Guide 2016 revised edition available

EduGains Literacy has released a revised 2016 edition of the Adolescent Literacy Guide and in addition, an online professional learning module (parts 1 and 2) is now available to support self-directed professional learning about Adolescent Literacy.

Check it out! Rowan





September 14, 2016 at 9:07 am Leave a comment

Big-ideas for small group work (literacy)

Check out this attractive, teacher-friendly new book: 30 big-idea lessons for small groups: The teaching framework for ANY text and EVERY reader (2016 by Rafferty, Moreell and Rountos).

The stages of the big ideas totally connect with your inquiry process:

  1. Engaging
  2. Discussing
  3. Deep-See thinking
  4. Connecting

Chapter 3 is all about engagement and includes a description of classroom ideas (like ranking characters, vocabulary karaoke); chapter 6 is all about conferring big ideas across the day; chapter 7 includes forms / masters.

TDSB teachers may borrow this by reserving it in the catalogue – remember to login first! Or phone (416) 395-8289 or email


May 26, 2016 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

Free Online eBooks for Children

Submitted by Judy C., one of our fabulous reference librarians:

The summer is fast approaching, and to help children beat summer learning loss, here is a list of  free online ebook sites for children. Keep them reading!

Online eBooks for Children


TDSB Virtual Library:

  • BookFLIX (TDSB Virtual Library > eBooks > BookFLIX)
    • Paired children’s fiction books with nonfiction books on different themes.
  • Capstone (TDSB Virtual Library > eBooks >BookFLIX)
    • Children’s non-fiction books by grade range from PrK and up.
  • PebbleGo (TDSB Virtual Library  > eBooks>BookFLIX)
    • Written for primary level children on animals and science. Includes video clips.

Toronto Public Library: (Reproduced from the TPL site)

Judy Chyung

Librarian – TDSB Professional Library




May 11, 2016 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

EQAO video for parents on tracking child’s progress

The EQAO site includes a new video aimed at parents. Literacy (reading, writing) risk indicators are evident as early as the Grade 3 EQAO assessments and unless addressed, problems and deficiencies continue into secondary school. When action is taken by parents and teachers, these at-risk students can improve their outcomes. The lesson for parents is to:

  1. keep track of their child’s progress
  2. talk to teachers

This is not a video with spoken words and you have to be able to read quickly to follow this. You can’t argue with the facts, and it might be good to show on  “family literacy night” but personally, I found it a bit ‘strident’ in its tone. What do you think?

Check it out! Rowan

April 6, 2016 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

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