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
Back in February, in honour of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, The Children’s Book Bank hosted our own version of the games: The Reading Olympics! This program sought to encourage children to take and read books of varying formats and subjects; ones that they may not have been interested in taking off our shelves in past visits. Over the course of a month, children read books about magic, poetry books, graphic novels, and books with a number in the title (just to name a few categories). After reading these books, participants were required to orally report about what they read. Each book report warranted a stamp in the designated category and once a child had received 5 stamps in different categories they were awarded a bronze medal, 10 stamps secured them a silver medal and 15 stamps won them a gold medal!
Olympic Gold Medalist Koshin!
Olympic Gold Medalist Jierui!
Olympic Gold Medalist Azma!
The results are in and with over 70 participants and 12 medalists, The Children’s Book Bank’s Reading Olympics was a huge victory! The program’s measurable successes include an increase in visit frequency and more diverse inventory being checked out, for example: biographies, Canadian authors, folk tales, and books from another time or another place. Most importantly, this program showcased the Book Bank as a fun destination for literacy support in Regent Park. Having the participants recall what they had read and answer questions about the books challenged readers and ensured that books that were taken off our shelves were carefully read. The palpable spirit of competition at our storefront is something we hope to repeat with future games. See you in 2015 for the Pan Am Games!
I read a truly amazing and magical book called ‘Harry Potter and the Philospher’s Stone’ by J.K. Rowling. This book is about a boy named Harry who at first thinks he is a regular kid, but very unusual things happen to him. Then he enrolls at a special school named Hogwarts but has difficulty since he is always stared at because he could not be defeated by a dark wizard when he was younger. This book takes you on a wonderful fantasy world! I love this book because it takes you on a fantasy adventure, which is truly unforgettable. I would recommend this book to anybody who loves magic and fantasy books. Read it, and you’ll love it!
-Reviewed by Tashuua, Age 10
April’s Book of the Month is “Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone” by J.K. Rowling. Read (or re-read) with us this wonderful tale about a boy wizard. The Book Bank will be celebrating the “Magic of Books” throughout April with magic-themed displays and a Harry Potter novel study with a lucky grade 4 class. Read Harry Potter with us and use the #BookBankReads hashtag, or just let us know why books are magical to you!