Berrigan Virtual Library

Welcome to Berrigan E.S. Virtual Library's Google Site

Hello everyone!!!! Here we go, another start to the school year. It may be quite different this year, but my motto is going to be "one day at a time". I will be changing up this virtual library from time to time and letting you know about some great books I have found and some good sites to discover. I will keep up the old STEM Challenges and add some more as we go along. To view the different pages of this site, just click on the three bars at the top left of this page.


Just remember - "Reading gives us someplace to go when you have to stay where you are"

Mrs. Randall

Mrs. Randall's new favourite picks

In this section I will post books that I think you might like. Check it out!

Snow!!!!

Since we have had a couple of days of snow this week, I thought I would pick out some books with snowy themes. Make sure you go out and enjoy the snow, but it is always nice to come back in and snuggle up with a book.

Ottawa Public Library

Check out this e-book from the Ottawa Public Library if you like Yetis, mysteries, and funny situations. This is for more advanced French readers.



Storyline Online

Listen to past Vice President Al Gore read the story of Brave Irene. In olden days getting from one place to another in a blizzard was very dangerous, but through her courage, determination and luck, Irene succeeds.

EPIC

If the snow is packing snow, then you have a great opportunity to become snow architects. Here is a book on EPIC that will give you some ideas


TumbleBooks

Access TumbleBooks through the Ottawa public library and click on Lewis Cardinal's First Winter. Lewis Cardinal is confused as his woodland friends get ready for winter. Should he stay or go? Solomon explains hibernation and migration, leading Lewis to understand the process of change and friendship.

Ottawa Public Library

This ebook, available from the Public Library and for the more mature reader, will put you in the winter mood. Its imagery and setting will give you a chill, but its strong, female heroine will warm your heart. If you are a fan of dystopian fiction and like the excitement of a prison break, this is the book for you.



Past Favourites


Friday, Nov. 20 is National Child Day

World Children's Day was first established in 1954 as Universal Children's Day and is celebrated on November 20th each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improve children's welfare. Children's rights are front and center on this day.

Click on this link to see the 54 provisions set out by the UN on Children's Rights.

https://www.unicef.ca/sites/default/files/2016-11/crc_poster_en.pdf



childrights.mp4

Here is a read a loud for National Child Day.

For Every Child by Caroline Castle

'Whoever we are, wherever we live, these are the rights of every child under The sun, and the moon and the stars.'In November 1989 the United Nations formally adopted 54 principles which make up the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child




Happy Diwali!!

This year Diwali begins on Saturday, November 14. Diwali is the Indian festival of lights, usually lasting five days and celebrated during the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika (between mid-October and mid-November). One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, Diwali symbolizes the spiritual "victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance" Wishing everyone a very happy Diwali!!!!

Tumble Books

Find this short video on the celebration of Diwali on Tumble Books

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Binny's Diwali

Here is a read a loud. Binny's Diwali written by Thrity Umrigar and it is a Scholastic Book.

Epic Books

Find out more about Diwali in this non fiction book on Epic. Such bright and beautiful colours in this celebration.

Epic Books

Shaira doesn't know what to give her mother for Diwali. What does she do when a crow drops a pearl necklace on her door step? Read this story on Epic.

Bully Awareness and Prevention Week

From November 15 to 21 is Bully Awareness and Prevention week in Ontario. During this week, Ontario students, school staff and parents are encouraged to learn more about bullying and its effect on student learning and well-being.


TumbleBooks

Brave and smart and big at heart. Kylie Bell may be the smallest one in her first-grade class, but when it comes to standing up to mean ol' bully-boy Rusty Jacks, her courage is monumental.

Ottawa Public Library

In this story told alternately through journal entries and instructions from a bullying manual, sixth-grader Eric embarks on a quest to find the reason why he is being teased and tormented in middle school. You can download this ebook from the public library.

Ottawa Public Library

This ebook from the public library shares a story of loving who you are, respecting others and being kind to one another

EPIC Books

This is a non-fiction advice bookon EPIC. Learn how to protect yourself against bullies and how to help others against them.



EPIC Books

This is a story about Vincent Van Gogh. The Artist and Me is the fictional confession of one of van Gogh’s bullies — a young boy who adopted the popular attitude of adults around him. It’s not until the boy faces his victim alone that he realizes there is more than one way to see the world.

In this section I will post books that I think you might like. Check it out!

The Remembrance Day Ceremony has played a major role in Remembrance since 1931. Every year, at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, we gather in memorial parks, community halls, workplaces, schools and homes to stand in honour of all who have fallen. Together, we observe a moment of silence to mark the sacrifice of the many who have fallen in the service of their country, and to acknowledge the courage of those who still serve.

The Act of Remembrance

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.

We will remember them.



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A Poppy is to Remember

Written by Heather Patterson

Illustrated by Ron Lightburn

With permission from Scholastic Books


SORA

It's 1942. Sam's class is knitting socks for soldiers and Sam is a terrible knitter. Keiko is a good knitter, but some kids at school don't want anything to do with her because the Japanese have bombed Pearl Harbor and her family is Japanese American. When Keiko's family is forced to move to a camp for Japanese Americans, can Sam find a way to demonstrate his friendship? Log into SORA with your student number and password through this link

https://soraapp.com/library/ocdsbca


Ottawa Public Library

This book from the Ottawa Public library is great for a younger reader. It is one of my favourite Remembrance Day picture books.


Ottawa Public Library

Check out this e-book and learn of 16 brave women who made a difference in WWI


Ottawa Public Library

This is an e-book for older students and is based on From a Name to a Number: A Holocaust Survivor's Autobiography by Alter Wiener. Gifts from the Enemy teaches children in age-appropriate language about the dangers of hatred, prejudice, and stereotyping and that there are good and bad in every group of people.


EPIC

Even dogs did their part in World Wars. This is the story of a dog who loved his soldier master very much and was quick to learn just how to help out his human friends.


CBC Kids

So secret was their mission, that many in Canada do not know of the amazing First Nations soldiers who helped win WWII, the Code Talkers. Click on the picture to go to the article on Code Talkers.


November 2 - 6 is Treaty Recognition Week

All students, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, benefit from learning about Treaties. This learning supports our understanding of First Nations, Métis and Inuit history, cultures, and perspectives which is essential for reconciliation to occur amongst all Canadians.

We Are All Treaty People

This book is a good starting place for understanding of the treaties, and how they are important to our Indigenous partners.


What is a Treaty?

Kids from Ontario give their definition of what a treaty is in this short video.


What is Wampum?

Agreements with the First Nations and Europeans were done in Wampum.

Alex shares his Wampum

Click on the picture to hear Alex tell us about Wampum.

The meaning of Wampum

Former Chief of Garden River First Nation and direct descendant of Chief Shingwauk speaks to Anishnaabe students at East View Elementary School in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada.

Going Back To School Narratives

Going back to school will look quite different this year. To help everyone prepare for this new adventure, the OCDSB has created a collection of dual language e-books. These highly visual e-books are written is multiple languages with English audio. Some books have French and Arabic audio as well. The OCDSB will continue to add languages, as they become available. These short stories highlight physical distancing, hand washing, sharing of personal items, mask use, etc. These texts can help navigate new topics for students and help orient them to new classroom routines, So if you are looking for "back to school" stories that contain some of the new realities we are currently facing, check out this site.

https://create.piktochart.com/output/47553375-ocdsb-social-narratives-sept-2020


Storyline Online

This funny story is about how we can respect our differences. You will laugh at all the body part dishes the zombies like to eat and get hungry looking at all the tasty veggies Mo likes to eat.

https://www.storylineonline.net/books/zombies-dont-eat-veggies/



Storyline Online

This book reminds me of Monters Inc, one of my favourite movies. I wonder what monster would be the best for me.

https://www.storylineonline.net/books/hey-thats-monster/


Epic

This is a fun story about a little zombie girl on Halloween. After the story there are recipes, crafts and a how to look like a zombie page.



Amazon Kindle

Download this free Kindle book for some scares.


Ottawa Public Library

This French e-book, for grades 6 and up is sure to give you all the spooky chills you would want.


Tumblebooks

If Halloween is not your thing, here is a book that is just plain fun. Enjoy the adventures of Mercy, the cutest pig around. You can access Tumblebooks for free from the Ottawa public library website (you just need a library card)


Ottawa Public Library

This Chapter book is for the older reader. You can't beat Goosebumps for getting you in the mood for a scary Halloween. You can download this ebook from the Ottawa public Library.


Ottawa Public Library

this book is avaiable as an ebook from the Public Library.


Storyline Online

Listen to Kristen Bell (Anna from Frozen) read the book Quackenstein. It might seem scary, but it has a happy ending

https://www.storylineonline.net/books/quackenstein/

Epic

Find this funny classic on the Epic site.

Tumble Books

Find this book at Tumble books which you can access through the Ottawa Public Library's Web Site

Since we are in the scary month, what scares you?

Whether it’s raccoons, the dark, math, or whatever lurks in the bathtub, everybody is afraid of something. Big or small, common or quirky, fears are normal — and maybe even a little less scary when brought to light (and made light of).


October is Islamic Heritage Month

The Legislative Assembly of Ontario in 2016 proclaimed the month of October as Islamic Heritage Month. The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board recognizes Islamic Heritage Month each year. Islamic Heritage Month provides an opportunity for all citizens to learn about the history and culture of Ontarians of Muslim heritage who have made an impact in our communities across the province as well as to appreciate the significant contributions made by the Islamic community. This celebration of Muslim history, culture and religion is a time for all of us to reflect, celebrate and learn about these contributions together.

Below are some great sites and books that celebrate this Month


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Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns - a Muslim book of Colours.

With permission from Scholastic Publishers



1001 Inventions and the Library of Secrets

Click on this link to watch a short movie about Muslim inventions during ancient times.

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/1/?tab=wm&ogbl#inbox/FMfcgxwKhqkQwMvxDZlPVlTjhnmtJkDq?projector=1


Ottawa Public Library

Check out the e-book from the Public Library. A powerful, vibrantly illustrated story about the first day of school--and two sisters on one's first day of hijab--by Olympic medalist and social justice activist Ibtihaj Muhammad.

Ottawa Public Library

Check out this e-book from the Public Library.

Meet nineteen powerhouse Muslim women who rose up and made their voices heard.

Long ago, Muslim women rode into battle to defend their dreams. They opened doors to the world’s oldest library. They ruled, started movements, and spread knowledge. Today, Muslim women continue to make history. Once upon a time, they were children with dreams, just like you.

Epic

Learn about the holiday traditions and celbrations during Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr.


Epic

Getting inspired by all the cooking that goes along with Thanksgiving weekend? Here is a fun fictional book about 4 kids who enter a Junior Chef competition. I love watching Master Chef Canada and get some great cooking tips from it. This book will also give you real life cooking tips you can use.


Epic

This is a great book, especially for this year. Before we sit down to eat a meal, there are lots of people to thank for it. From the farmers to the truckers to the grocery clerks. Thank-you to all essential workers for everything you do!!!!!


Storytime Online

Here is a funny Thanksgiving story from Storytime Online.

https://www.storylineonline.net/books/turkey-trouble/


Tumble Books

(You can access Tumble books through the Ottawa Public Library's web site if you have a library card)

It seems Mr. Rabbit is in a bit of a fix. After losing that race to Turtle, he's in a bit of a financial jam. So, he goes to Bear and makes a deal. The Rabbit family will plant and harvest the crops on Bear's land. Rabbit will split the crops with Bear 50/50. All Bear has to do is decide which half - tops or bottoms - he wants. Unfortunately, whether the crop is potatoes, lettuce, corn, or radishes, Bear keeps picking the "wrong half"

(You can access Tumble books through the Ottawa Public Library's web site if you have a library card)



Ottawa Public Library

This e-book is available through the public library. A family of 1000 kids would like a pet. How can they prove to their parents that they deserve to have their wish come true? How many animals do 1000 kids have to own for this to be fun?




September 30 is Orange Shirt Day. In support of this important day, the following are my book picks. So put on an orange shirt and read a great book to show your support on Sept. 30th


Here is a great site that explains the meaning behind Orange Shirt Day

Tumble Books

This is a book about a girl named Olemaun who travels from her Arctic home to a Residential School. Her experiences at the school are awful but her determination and strong will see her through. Based on a true story. Meet this remarkable girl who reminds us what power we hold when we can read.

(You can access Tumble books through the Ottawa Public Library's web site if you have a library card)


Tumble Books

This is the chapter book version of When I Was Eight. A more in depth look at life at a Residential School.

(You can access Tumble books through the Ottawa Public Library's web site if you have a library card)


Ottawa Public Library

This e-book has a format just like a diary. Read the diary of Violet Pesheens as she experiences life at a residential school.

Books From the Epic site.

You Hold Me Up

My Heart Fills With Happiness

Secret of the Dance

Hiawatha and the Peacemaker

Shin-chi's Canoe

The Raven and the Loon

Shi-shi-etko

Putuguq and Kublu and the Qalupalik

I Am Not a Number

Beneath Raven Moon

Dreamcatcher and the Seven Deceivers

Seven Sacred Teachings

I Am Raven

A Walk on the Shoreline

Sweetest Kulu

Ottawa Public Library

This is an ebook can be found at the Ottawa Public Library. As she asks her grandmother about her life, a young girl is told about life in a residential school a long time ago, where everything was taken away. When We Were Alone is a story about a difficult time in history and, ultimately, a story of empowerment and strength.

Bookflix Pick

Another one of my favourite books. I love the soundtrack that they put with this story. https://bookflix.digital.scholastic.com/pair/detail/bk0105pr/story?authCtx=U.624837542

Storyline Online

I giggled all the way through this book. Listen to funny man Chris O'Dowd read this story

https://www.storylineonline.net/books/arnie-the-doughnut/

TumbleBooks

A very interesting book about what certain animals can do in their lifetimes

(You can access Tumble books through the Ottawa Public Library's web site if you have a library card)


TumbleBooks

Happy Canada Day!!!


(You can access Tumble books through the Ottawa Public Library's web site if you have a library card)


Bookflix Pick

Martin's Big Words, a great book about Martin Luther King, Jr.. Find it on Bookflix under People.


Storyline Online

This is one of my favourite books. I love its message - stay true to yourself!!!!

Epic Books


This is an audio book offering from Epic books. If you would just like to sit back and listen to a good book, this is the book for you. Here is a quick summary - Candace finds a letter that contains clues to a fortune. Can she find the fortune and fulfill the letter's promise before the summer ends? This book is part historical fiction and part mystery and a great story.


Ottawa Public Library

Check out this e-book about a hilarious caper of a dad and son.



Storyline Online

Listen to Oprha Winfrey read a great story that makes me want to go out and Hula-hoop. What a fun activity that would be on a beautiful summer day. https://www.storylineonline.net/books/hula-hoopin-queen/



TumbleBooks

Here is a great graphic novel that combines a mystery with protest, politics and fighting for change. Good for older grades

(You can access Tumble books through the Ottawa Public Library's web site if you have a library card)




Ottawa Public Library

This ebook is available to borrow from the Ottawa Public Library. Join Raven on his night adventures.



TumbleBooks

This peaceful book is full of whale facts.

(You can access Tumble books through the Ottawa Public Library's web site if you have a library card)


TumbleBooks

June is National Indigenous History Month. Here is the story of Margaret who has just returned home from being at a residential school. Read about how she feels and how she tries to regain her heritage.

(You can access Tumble books through the Ottawa Public Library's web site if you have a library card)


TumbleBooks

See what happens when two artists don't see eye to eye.

(You can access Tumble books through the Ottawa Public Library's web site if you have a library card)


Storyline Online

This is a good story about how to handle relationships and conflict.

https://www.storylineonline.net/books/enemy-pie/

Boukili

Écolo-Fille sauve la forêt

Here is a French book about how a girl recycles to make the forest safe for the animals who live there.

Ottawa Public Library

You can download this e-book from the OPL website. Here is a short summary of this book - After his big spring break trip gets cancelled, 11-year-old Scoob heads out on an unplanned road trip with his grandma. The unconventional road-trip story takes readers through American race relations of the past (particularly the segregation history of the South) and present. Real historical elements - like the Green Book, which was the subject and title of the recent Oscar-winning film - are woven in, making this an educational and powerful read.

Storyline Online

Here is a great story about telling the truth. Rami Malek reads one of his favourite books, The Empty Pot. Here is the link

https://www.storylineonline.net/books/the-empty-pot/

BookFlix

Here is a great 2 book collection from BookFlix about the solar system. Since there is going to be a space launch this week, I thought this would be a good choice to commemorate the launch. https://bookflix.digital.scholastic.com/category/pairs/node-33979?authCtx=U.624837542

TumbleBooks

Here is another book for "space" week. Here is a summary of this book. This picture book was published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 8 mission, telling the story behind the photograph, both inside the spaceship and back on Earth. Text includes dialogue pulled from NASA’s Apollo 8 transcript, drawing readers into the iconic moment Earth was photographed from space. An author’s note at the end explains more about the photograph, the Apollo 8 mission, and how Earthrise went on to inspire Earth Day.

(You can access Tumble books through the Ottawa Public Library's web site if you have a library card)



Ottawa Public Library

Here is a great Ebook to download from the public Library. I love the name FrouFrou for the poodle.



Ottawa Public Library

This is such a good ebook chapter book!!! I learned so much about life in London during Victorian times. Read this story about a young chimney sweep who tries to survive her dangerous life and befriends a Golem. It is available to download now from the Public Library.



Tumblebooks

This is a story I had not read before. It is a mix of Fairytale and science. It is a bit longer of a story, but interesting.

(You can access Tumble books through the Ottawa Public Library's web site if you have a library card)



TumbleBooks

Here is one of my favourite book Characters, Geronimo Stilton. This Graphic Novel has this adventurous mouse going to the moon.

(You can access Tumble books through the Ottawa Public Library's web site if you have a library card)


Storyline Online

This is a great book about a girl who fights hard for her dream of playing baseball. Taking place in the past, when girls were not encouraged to play sports, the hero of this story never gave up.

https://www.storylineonline.net/books/catching-the-moon-the-story-of-a-young-girls-baseball-dream/

Ottawa Public Libarary

This E-book is available now to borrow. How will little Wolf stop Big Red Riding Hood from bullying him?

Strega Nona on Storytime

This is an Italian folklore story that made me hungry for pasta. It reminds me of the story The Sorcerer's Apprentice.

Here is the link https://www.storylineonline.net/books/strega-nona/


Les vrais trésors

Found on Boukili.

See if you can read a level 4 French book


The Gallery

t's 1929, and twelve-year-old Martha has no choice but to work as a maid in the New York City mansion of the wealthy Sewell family. But, despite the Gatsby-like parties and trimmings of success, she suspects something might be deeply wrong in the household—specifically with Rose Sewell, the formerly vivacious lady of the house who now refuses to leave her room. The other servants say Rose is crazy, but scrappy, strong-willed Martha thinks there’s more to the story—and that the paintings in the Sewell’s gallery contain a hidden message detailing the truth. But in a house filled with secrets, nothing is quite what it seems, and no one is who they say. Can Martha follow the clues, decipher the code, and solve the mystery of what’s really going on with Rose Sewell?


This book is available now as an Ebook from the Ottawa Public Library

Free book on Kindle


This is a cute book for grades 3 to 4. It follows the adventures of Zelda the pug and is told through her perspective. It gives you a look into the everyday life of a dog. Every chapter is a different story, so this is a great read if you just want to read one story a day.


Chicken, Pig, Cow

My boys used to have a stacking toy just like Chicken, Pig and Cow, and our dog loved to play with them. This is a cute story about working together and making a new friend.

(You can access Tumble books through the Ottawa Public Library's web site if you have a library card)




Kids who Rule

Ever wonder what it would be like to rule a country while you are still a kid? This book, (for grades 5 and 6), gives you a peek into the lives of 5 kid rulers in history. A very interesting read from Tumblebooks

(You can access Tumble books through the Ottawa Public Library's web site if you have a library card)



The Rainbow Fish

A classic book about sharing. A wonderful reading found on Storyline Online. Click here for this book

ttps://www.storylineonline.net/books/the-rainbow-fish/


Ms. Bixby's Last Day

Topher, Brand, and Steve know their teacher is special better than anyone. And so when Ms. Bixby unexpectedly announces that she won’t be able to finish the school year, they come up with a risky plan—more of a quest, really—to give Ms. Bixby the last day she deserves. Through the three very different stories they tell, we begin to understand what Ms. Bixby means to each of them—and what the three of them mean to each other. A funny, heartwarming, and heartbreaking contemporary story about three boys, one teacher, and a day none of them will ever forget. A great book for grades 5 and 6.

This book is available as an e-book through the Ottawa Public Library



100+ Knock Knock Jokes

If you like knock, knock jokes, this book is for you. It is a free book for your Kindle reader or Kindle APP.



Click on this link to see the 54 provisions set out by the UN on Children's Rights.

https://www.unicef.ca/sites/default/files/2016-11/crc_poster_en.pdf