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

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Review of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid”

“Diary of a Wimpy Kid” Review by: Shakeelah, age 17

Greg Heffley is the main character of this series. The book is his diary where he writes about what happens in his life. Greg writes about his best friend Rowley, who acts a little childish which embarrasses Greg. Greg also writes about his big brother Roderick who is really mean and his little brother Manny who always gets away with what he wants. Basically, when you read “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” you get a glimpse into the life of a pre-teen. This book is packed with humor! It’s a great book.



Reviews of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”

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

“The book I am writing about is Harry Potter and The Philosiphers Stone and it is by J.K. Rowling. Firstly there is a yonng boy whose parents are dead. Before they were dead they were wizards. Whoops I forgot to tell you that they were killed by an evil wizard. But the poor boy didn’t know any of that stuff until a tall wizard came and told him. Join Harry on an epic adventure making friends as fast as enemys. This book’s strength is explaining what is happening. My personal response is when Harry got in trouble I felt like how he did. I would recommend this books to a friend who likes fantasy or magic.”



Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Review by: Jennifer, 10 years old

“There is a boy named Harry and he found out he was a wizard by his 2 wizard parents. I love how Harry is amazing wizard and he’s like an inspiration to me like he’ll never give up. There’s no bad things about the book for me. I would recommend this book to anyone who love magic and like some potions. People who like being sneaky would like this book.”

Book of the Month – June

June’s Book of the Month is the first book in the exciting 13-volume Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket, “The Bad Beginning.” Read this menacing tale about the three Baudelaire orphans, who are sent to live with the evil Count Olaf. Similar to our choices in February and March, we hope that readers will continue through the entire series, learning lots of new vocabulary words along the way. Delve into this bleak and wickedly funny tale with us if you dare!


Series of Unfortunate Events-Bad Beginning

Book of the Month – May

May at The Children’s Book Bank is going to be all about celebrating classics. May’s Book of the Month “Mama’s Going to Buy you a Mockingbird” by Jean Little was selected by Vikki VanSickle, Penguin Canada’s Marketing and Publicity Manager for Young Readers.  Here’s why Vikki chose the beautiful novel for May’s Book of the Month:

What is a classic? Some people shy away from books we call classic because the word bringing to mind stuffy old characters doing stuffy old things, but to me the word classic means timeless. A classic is a story that people all over the world can read at any point and still be touched by the characters and their challenges. In MAMA’S GOING TO BUY YOU A MOCKINGBIRD the main character Jeremy is having a bad summer. You don’t have to be a boy, from the same country, or have a sick parent to know what it’s like to have a bad day, week, or even year. Emotions, like classic books, are timeless, ageless, and genderless. No matter what religion you practise or where you come from, you know what it’s like to feel sad, happy, angry, or lonely. Jeremy’s story has sad moments, but it also has happy ones. Life is never one or the other, but both, and everything in between. I hope you enjoy this Puffin  Canadian Classic and you share it with a friend. That’s how classics are born, when a reader like you shares a book with someone else.”

A very special thanks to Penguin Canada for donating copies of “Mama’s Going to Buy you a Mockingbird” in addition to a mixed selection of classics for our Book of the Month May Classics Celebration! Read with us and try a classic!


Review of ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ by Prantika, Age 9

I read the book Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. Harry Potter is a boy that is living with his aunt and uncle. What he doesn’t know is that his mom and dad were a witch and wizard. So that means Harry is a wizard! This is a great book. I loved it all but my favourite part is the secret passageways. I like how J.K. Rowling put a lot of juicy details. I would recommend this book to a friend if they are looking for a magical, adventurous story.

-Reviewed by Prantika, Age 9