January 20

A Story For Tu B’Shevat – Our Tree Named Steve

Happy Tu B’Shevat!  It is such a joy to celebrate and honour trees.  Our story today is ‘Our Tree Named Steve’ by Alan Zweibel and David Catrow.



Activity:  Make a Steve!

This lovely and simple craft uses just a paper towel roll and some cardboard and paint.  Make sure to give your tree lots of personality… I recommend adding lots of colour, pompoms, and maybe even some Googly eyes!

Cardboard apple tree craft

January 17

JDAIM Storytime – We Belong

To help us celebrate Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance, & Inclusion month, we are reading the book We Belong by Laura Purdie Salas and illustrated by Carlos Velez Aguilera.

Inclusion Activity: Poem Template

The author of  We Belong, Laura Purdie Salas, has created a wonderful poem template activity that you can use in the classroom that will enable each student to compose their own poem.  For younger students,  you could work together as a class.

Poem Template Activity Link


November 24

Scholastic Book Fair Storytime

The Book Fair Runs from December 6-9th in the OJCS chapel

The OJCS Scholastic book fair is next week so today’s storytime will give students a taste of the amazing books that will be at the fair.

The fair visit schedule is as follows;

And be sure to check out the teacher wish list board at the fair and support building the child’s in-class book collection!

For those who aren’t up to visit the fair in person, this link will be active the week of the fair and ordering online is a cinch!  Here is the virtual link: https://virtualbookfairs.scholastic.ca/pages/5166587

Without further ado, here is the Scholastic Storytime video!

Today we read Fox and Squirrel Help Out by Ruth Ohi and Sloth at the Zoom by Helaine Becker and Orbie




October 20

Same But Different, Different But Same Storytime

Today we learn about how even though we are all unique and different, in many ways we are also the same!  We read Everybody by Elise Gravel and Same, Same but Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw.


Break your students into groups of 4 and provide them with a list of questions.  Find out all the ways in which they are the same and all of the ways they are different!  Here is a sample handout you can use.  For younger, non-reading students, you can ask questions and tally the answers on the board.

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September 6

A Welcome Back Story

I am so happy to welcome our students and teachers back to the library space!  To help celebrate the start of this new school year, I am reading ‘If You take A Mouse to School’ by Laura Numeroff and illustrated by Felicia Bond.