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August Book of the Month!

Coming to you a couple weeks early, our September Book of the Month is “Judy Moody Was in a Mood” by Megan Macdonald. For all those moody children reluctantly heading back to school, Judy Moody is a feisty, funny tale that will have children looking forward to a new school year, new teachers, and new friends!


Participate in the discussion and tell us your thoughts on our September Book of the Month:

1) Write us a review (#BookBankReads) and we will post it to our blog

2) Tweet your thoughts on our choice to @bookbankcanada

3) Follow @thechildrensbookbank on Instagram and post a picture of yourself reading using the hastag #bookbankreads




Review “Ivy + Bean”

One of our long-time volunteers recommended our July Book of the Month, “Ivy + Bean,” to a special friend. Below is her review and heartfelt thank you to the CBB volunteer!

“I like the books because when I read it with my Dad I like Ivy and Bean being sneaky and Bean’s sister getting mad at her. They are funny. I like them being sneaky to Bean’s sister, Nancy, because Nancy is mean to Bean. I like the names of the characters, Ivy and Bean and Nancy. I like Ivy the most – she has blonde hair and she wears dresses just like me. Ivy and Bean met because Ivy moved into the neighbourhood and they started playing together when Bean’s mother convinced her to play with Ivy. I like that Ivy and Bean are good friends and they play together. The stories always have happy endings. Thank you very much for sending the book to me and thank you for telling my Grandma about these books. They are my favourite books and my Daddy likes them also.
Love, Taya (age 7)”


Book of Month – August

August’s Book of the Month is “The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy” by Jeanne Birdsall. Get in the summer spirit with this National Book Award winner! This book is a perfect family read aloud that is sure to delight parents and children alike. Penderwicks




Review “Ivy + Bean”

Our new Book of the Month review page offers children a space to rate the book, write a quick summary, draw your favourite scene, and tell us what they like about the book of the month. Please feel free to print off your own review page #BookBankReads and bring it in to the book bank to become a published author today!

Review of “Ivy + Bean” by Nahom Dibenh, age 9

Rating: 4/5 stars

Quick Summary:

“ivy + Bean is a story abate a girl who tried to make her sister nice. But her plan fails and she’s caught but then runs away and meets ivy and hides. then they agree to do a magic trick [see picture] on nancy and the go Beans Backyard and nancy grabs Bean and ivy’s angry and Bean threw worms and hid. nancy ran but fell in a puddle. then ivy left home. THE END”

What did you like about the book of the month?

“My favourite part is when ivy and Bean are hiding and nancy starts chasing them and does the dancing spell then falls in the worm puddle. it’s my favourite part because it’s funny”

Ivy and Bean BOM Drawing

Review “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Review by Daquan, age 9

I read, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K rowling I think this story is such a fantastic book because of all the wizarder’s and all of the games that they get to play there. All the secret rooms they have there. I think all children would want to read Harry potter so badly and I’m going to read it to.



Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Review by Muaj, age 9


The book of the month I have read was Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone by J.K Rowling. Here is a brief summary of this amazing book. There was a small skinney boy named Harry Potter and he found out that he was the son of a wizard and witch. He went to a wizard school called Hogwarts. This book is a great book because it is so magical and it has a lot of magical things. I would recommend this book to people who like fantasy, fiction and magic because this book has all those things.

What’s the SCOOP at the book bank this summer?

Ice Cream


  1. Sign up for the challenge in July and pick up your FREE dictionary (one per family). We will be tracking your progress on a display at the book bank using a summer-time themed treat: ice cream!
  1. While reading this summer, make note of any word in your book that you do not understand. Choose ONE WORD (per day) from your book to define using your new dictionary.
  1. Look up that word in the dictionary and memorize what it means. (You can write out the definition if you prefer.)
  1. Come to The Children’s Book Bank and tell us: the title of the book, the word, and the definition. *Note: The word’s definition must be found in the Dictionary and the word must be appropriate for your reading level.
  1. Get a “scoop of ice cream”to add to your cone with every word you define! The word will appear on the front of each scoop and the definition will be written on the back.
  1. Each cone will be entered into the grand prize draw on August 14th, 2014.
  1. Join us for an ice cream party on our patio for ALL participants on August 14th, 4:00 pm-5:00 pm!

Come into the book bank to sign up in July and let’s build our vocabulary together ! #summerwordchallenge

Book of the Month – July

July’s Book of the Month is “Ivy + Bean” by Annie Barrows. Read this tale about two unlikely friends and discover how a tomboy who loves green and a reader in pink chanced into becoming friends. Full of wonderful illustrations and hilarious adventures, this book has something for every type of reader. Join us in reading this addictive introduction to the Ivy + Bean series.

Ivy + Bean

Use the hashtag #BookBankReads on Twitter and Instagram and let us know what you think of our choices!