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​June 2016 

Read for Joy This Summer

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” — Joseph Addison

Dear Queen Victoria Annex families,

Wherever you go, whatever you do this summer, remember to bring a book with you and you’ll have twice as many adventures.  The school library may be closed, but the Vancouver Public Library is open and full of possibilities.  Check them out online or in person.  I’ve also included a link to some other lists of ‘recommended reads’.  Fiction, non-fiction, drama, suspense, humour, graphic, English, French, braille... take your pick, and take time to enjoy it.

Happy reading!

Anne Ritchie

Teacher-Librarian, Queen Victoria Annex


Some interesting facts:

   International studies show that students with a more positive attitude toward reading tend to be more successful in all subjects.  Students’ attitudes toward learning can be as important as their grasp of specific knowledge and skills. Enjoyment of reading doesn’t only affect a student’s literacy scores; it is also a predictor of their success in science and math.

   Parents’ main contribution to their children becoming successful readers is not by teaching technical skills.  Children can develop motivation, comprehension and strong oral language skills through conversation and reading for pleasure—in any language—either with their parents or by themselves.

   Children can regress over the summer months without consistent and continuous reading instruction. Between grades 1 and 6 the potential cumulative impact of summer reading loss can compound to 1.9 years worth of reading achievement lost in the summer months alone. (Allington&McGill-Franzen 2003)

   The number of books read during the summer is consistently related to achievement gains.


“When children read well, they have a solid foundation for learning in every subject and they are able to open the door to possibilities and adventures that go far beyond their own experiences.” (People for Education, 2011, Ontario)

Vancouver Public Library has suggested booklists for every taste.  Check them out:



This website has excellent suggestions of current Picture Books, Early Readers, and Intermediate Books.




Read, Read, READ!
Our school library is open after school on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Families are welcome to come and visit the library during this time. I am also able to help with quick questions right at 9:00 Monday through Friday. I am happy to help you choose books, such as good picks for helping students learn to read at library.jpg

home, or recommendations for novels to read together as a family. I can also help you find books to fit challenging circumstances, such as the loss of a pet.
 Feel free to ask me for help in accessing our VSB databases online – such as World Book. These are great resources that can be used at home and school to help students with research, and they are available for VSB families.

Does your child need help remembering to return his or her library book on time? One helpful tip is to set a reminder into your smartphone as an alert the night before books are due. Students in Divisions 1, 4, and 6 visit the library for book exchange on Tuesday afternoons, and Students in Divisions 2, 3 and 5 come on Thursdays.  Of course, anyone can visit the library afterschool when we are open to exchange books.

Your Teacher-Librarian (and book fanatic),books.jpg
Mrs. Ritchie


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