June 18

OJCS Storytime for the LAST WEEK OF SCHOOL!!

Kiki & Coco in Paris – Photographs by Stephanie Rausser, story by Nina Gruener, doll by Jess Brown.

We made it to the last week of school!  Woo hoo!!  Maybe you and your family are going away somewhere for a little trip or to a cottage.  This book is about a girl who takes a very big trip, to Paris, France.  Here it is on a world map.

France location on the World Map

Your activity this summer – make a travelogue!

How to Make the Perfect Photo Book | ShutterflyWherever you go this summer, whether to visit family in a different city or town, to a cottage, or somewhere even further, create your own travelogue.  A travelogue can be a photo album with notes next to the photos, a google doc with your pictures in it and some description, a book of drawings and notes about the places you visit, or even a video.  Travelogues can be a fun summer project that allow you to share your experience with your classmates and teachers in September.

Alternative Activity – A Picnic in Paris

Fresh juices, various vegetables and berries, baguette and cheese ...

If you aren’t going anywhere at all this summer, you can imagine that you are travelling to Paris for a picnic.  In Paris you see people picnicking everywhere!

You will need;

  • a picnic blankey
  • a baguette
  • some cheeses or vegan cheeses
  • some fruit
  • some grape juice (so you can pretend it’s wine!)

Set it up in the backyard on a nice day and imagine you are far far away!!

June 11

OJCS Storytime for the Week of June 15th

Bunnicula and Friends – The Vampire Bunny by James Howe, illustrated by Jeff Mack

Your Assignment: Bunniculicious Salad

There is nothing Bunnicula loves more than veggies!  You are going to make your own Bunniculicious salad.  You can use any and all of your favourite veggies.  Just make sure you get help from a parent to chop them up.

Here are some delicious salad possibilities;

  • tomato
  • cucumber
  • olives
  • broccoli
  • cauliflower
  • lettuce
  • spinach
  • celery
  • carrots
  • cheese (feta, cheddar, parmesan)
  • crumbled tofu
  • beans (chickpeas, kidney beans)
  • nuts

Easiest dressing ever: Thousand Island Dressing

  • Mix mayo, ketchup, and relish together.  Shazam.  Instant dressing.

Easiest dressing ever #2: Creamy Maple Balsamic

  • Mix mayo, balsamic vinegar, and maple syrup together.

If you want to share a photo of your finished salad, I will post them here.  Send them to b.ruel@theojcs.ca

June 8

Super Fun Summer Reads K-3

It is very important that you continue to read a little bit every day all summer long, that way you are well practiced and ready for a new school year in September.  Here is a list of fun recommendations for our grades k up to grade 3 that you can find at your nearest public library.

I can’t wait to see everyone in September, I have missed you all very much.

Have a wonderful summer!

YOUR ASSIGNMENT – YOUR SUMMER BOOK BUCKET LIST:  In the comments on this page, post a list of books you plan to read over the summer.  They can be from your personal collection, from this list, books you’ve seen mentioned online, books you’ve seen in bookstores, or other books you already had in mind to borrow or buy this summer.

Fun Picture Books

Cover image for Please Don't Eat MeBeloved author-illustrator Liz Climo is back with a hilarious take on (reluctant) friendship that will appeal to fans of We Don’t Eat Our Classmates and I Want My Hat Back!
When a carefree bunny is approached by a voracious bear in the woods, Bunny has just one request: “Please don’t eat me.”


ALL ARE WELCOMECelebrate diversity and inclusion with this New York Times bestselling picture book about a school where all are welcome! Look under the jacket for a poster, and don’t miss the fold-out page at the end of the book.



From the creators of the bestselling Oi Frog! Frog comes an hilarious tale about one duck’s quest for a missing vowel!



Cover image for In a JarHere’s a marvelous picture book, charmingly written and beautifully illustrated, about the power of memory and the magic of friendship.




HAIR LOVEZuri’s hair has a mind of its own. It kinks, coils, and curls every which way. Zuri knows it’s beautiful. When Daddy steps in to style it for an extra special occasion, he has a lot to learn. But he LOVES his Zuri, and he’ll do anything to make her — and her hair — happy.



Meet a very Serious Goose in late-night host Jimmy Kimmel’s first fun and funny picture book! There is nothing silly about this goose. You CANNOT make her laugh, so DON’T EVEN TRY!





Everyone knows the cool beans. They’re sooooo cool.

And then there’s the uncool has-bean . . .

Always on the sidelines, one bean unsuccessfully tries everything he can to fit in with the crowd—until one day the cool beans show him how it’s done.


SOFIA VALDEZ, FUTURE PREZThe newest picture book from the creators of Iggy Peck, ArchitectRosie Revere, Engineer; and Ada Twist, Scientist stars Sofia Valdez, a community leader who stands up for what she believes in!






A hilarious, timely conversation about the differences between facts and opinions, by the creator of the #1 New York Times bestseller Goodnight Goon



Cover image for CockroachHilarious illustrated non-fiction about cockroaches perfect for beginning readers. You’ll bug out over this perfect pairing of humorous text and funny illustrations about this insect that’s been around for over 335 million years!




Abigail is determined to get the perfect pet.
So she chooses Fido. He keeps her cool from the sun, stays where she tells him, and even gives her air to breathe. That’s because Fido is a tree!



Cover image for Goodnight, VeggiesEvery veggie needs their shut-eye in this bedtime book that celebrates community, the joys of a small garden, and the importance of taking care of ourselves. 




I AM PERFECTLY DESIGNEDI Am Perfectly Designed is an exuberant celebration of loving who you are, exactly as you are, from Karamo Brown, the Culture Expert of Netflix’s hit series Queer Eye, and Jason Brown―featuring illustrations by Anoosha Syed.




A potato and his eggplant nemesis struggle to find the perfect pants in this hilarious, heartwarming tale of forgiveness by bestselling Geisel-Award winning creator Laurie Keller.




Chapter Books

Roald Dahl meets The Penderwicks in this quirky, humorous, whimsical, and heartwarming middle grade debut about two siblings who run away from home to escape working in the family coffin business.




Cover image for Rory Branagan (Detective) (Rory Branagan, Book 1)Meet RORY BRANAGAN – he eats bad guys for breakfast. Well, not ACTUALLY. But he IS the best detective in town. First in a hilarious illustrated comedy-crime series for kids.




Cover image for Scallywag on the Salish SeaA nameless boy finds treasure, courage, and clues to his past in this hilarious high-seas adventure.





Cover image for Cool Cat ClubSmart cat. Messy puppy. Here comes trouble… Meet Jasper and Scruff, an unlikely pair as they learn about friendship, determination, and working together.





RACE TO THE SUNBest-selling author Rick Riordan welcomes indigenous fantasy writer Rebecca Roanhorse to his imprint with this thrilling adventure about a Navajo girl who discovers she’s a monsterslayer.




Moo: A Novel

Fans of Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech’s Love That Dog and Hate That Cat will love her newest tween novel, Moo. This uplifting tale reminds us that if we’re open to new experiences, life is full of surprises.




Kitty and the Sky Garden AdventureKitty is a superhero-in-training with feline superpowers. She dreams of being like her superhero mum one day, but she’s still got a lot to learn.





Cover image for What Is Inside THIS Box? (Monkey & Cake)From the author of The Day the Crayons Quit comes a groundbreaking new friendship series, introducing mischievous Monkey and inquisitive Cake as they grapple with life’s biggest questions.




Cover image for Dr. Wangari Maathai Plants a ForestFrom the world of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls comes a historical novel based on the life of Dr. Wangari Maathai, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist and environmentalist from Kenya.




Cover image for Tales of Bunjitsu BunnyIntroducing Isabel, aka Bunjitsu Bunny! She is the BEST bunjitsu artist in her school, and she can throw farther, kick higher, and hit harder than anyone else! But she never hurts another creature . . . unless she has to.




The Unicorn Quest by [Kamilla Benko]An enchanting, exciting fantasy about a real-world girl searching for her sister in a land full of magic and strange creatures, blending the timeless feel of A Wrinkle in Time with Frozen‘s powerful themes of identity, enchantment, and sisterhood.





From the Desk of Zoe WashingtonFrom debut author Janae Marks comes a captivating mystery full of heart, as one courageous girl questions assumptions, searches for the truth, and does what she believes is right—even in the face of great opposition. A perfect book for fans of Front Desk and All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook!




The Haunted House Next Door (Volume 1)Meet Desmond Cole! A fearless eight-year-old who runs his own ghost patrol, looking for ghosts, monsters, and mischief makers everywhere. Oh, and he just so happens to be my new best friend…and thank goodness! Because I’m afraid of everything.



Aru Shah and the End of Time: A Pandava Novel Book 1 (Pandava Series) by [Roshani Chokshi]Best-selling author Rick Riordan introduces this adventure by Roshani Chokshi about twelve-year-old Aru Shah, who has a tendency to stretch the truth in order to fit in at school. 






June 4

OJCS Storytime for the Week of June 8th

Part 2 – Continuing the Slinky Malinki Series by Lynley Dodd

I hope you enjoyed last week’s Slinky Malinki stories.  This week we are in for a few more where we meet some new kitties.

Your activity this week:

Create your own cat character!  Draw a picture of your own cat character and give it a special name.  If you would like to share, send them to b.ruel@theojcs.ca  and I will post them up here.

May 28

OJCS Storytime for the Week of June 1st

Slinky Malinki Series by Lynley Dodd

This week and next we will be reading through the Slinki Malinki series by Lynley Dodd. These books star a rascally and mischievous cat named Slinky Malinki.

Your activity this week:  Listen to the three stories and then draw your own picture of Slinki getting into trouble or write your own short story about the mischief that Slinki gets into.  Extra points if your story is rhyming like the books!  If you want to share, send them to b.ruel@theojcs.ca

May 21

OJCS Storytime for the week of May 25th

A Job for Wittilda by Caralyn and Mark Buehner

Activity: The Wittilda Game

This game turns you into a pizza delivering superstar.  You will need to use empty pizza boxes or regular empty boxes you can pretend are pizza boxes.  You can draw and cut out some paper pizzas to put in the box just to make it extra special.  Get a parent or sibling to time you.  You will only have 5 minutes to deliver a pizza box to each room in your house!  If that is too easy, reduce the amount of time to just a few minutes.  Race the clock to deliver the pizzas.  Your dolls or stuffies could be your customers.  To make this a money game, you could even make change for your customers with play money to make it a bit of a math challenge.

May 14

OJCS Storytime – Chapter Book Edition

Hilde Cracks The Case – Hero Dog by Hilde and Matthew Lysiak, illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff

Your assignment

After the last chapter of the book I explain how you would write your own short news article.  Try your hand at it.  It could be about anything that is ‘newsworthy’ at your house or in your neighbourhood.  I am attaching a template you can print and use if you want something that looks even more like a real newspaper page.  Or you can create a Google Doc of your article.  Share your finished doc or a photo of the printed news page with me at b.ruel@theojcs.ca