October Book of the Month

Piggybacking our successful September Book of the Month, the staff at the book bank have put ourselves in a Stink-y mood!

Our choice for October is another novel by Megan Macdonald about Judy Moody’s brother, “Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid.” In his first solo adventure, Stink experiences the frustrations of life as a 3 feet 8 inch tall boy …and being a younger brother to the bossy, Judy Moody!

Read the October Book of the Month and laugh along with us!


Participate in the discussion and tell us your thoughts on our October 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


After School Reading Buddies

Are you in high school and an avid reader?

Looking for volunteer hours?

Do you enjoy reading with children in a one-on-one situation?

The Children’s Book Bank is seeking energetic and personable high school students to become our new After School Reading Buddies candidates! The Children’s Book Bank is a registered charity in Regent Park that provides free books to children in the Toronto area. Want to find out more? Visit http://www.childrensbookbank.com and take a sneak peek at what we do; you can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube!

This volunteer program will run after school between 4:00pm-6:00pm. We will select 4 students; each student will volunteer once a week between October-December 2014. Applicants must be sure that they can dedicate one afternoon per week, regardless of school or extra curricular activities.

Under the leadership of our Director of Inventory and Outreach, Reagan Walton, candidates will be responsible for:

  • Helping customers make good book choices
  • Establishing relationships with children in after school groups
  • Reading to and encouraging reluctant readers
  • Tidying and organizing the store shelves
  • Working behind the counter and keeping track of book counts
  • Assisting with incoming book donations
  • General cleaning responsibilities (including sanitizing, dusting, sweeping)
  • Special tasks assigned by Reagan Walton

If this sounds like something that interests you, please email a completed Reading Buddies Application Form to The Children’s Book Bank’s Director of Inventory and Outreach, Reagan Walton: reagan.walton@childrensbookbank.com. Applications must be received by October 1st, 2014.

Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to help kids find free books!


We sold out of our

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.