The Blue Spruce™ Award is a provincial primary reading program which brings recently published Canadian children's picture books to Ontario children ages 4 to 7 in kindergarten through to grade two. For many children, this is their first introduction to the world of books; it is a very exciting time for everyone.
The students will peruse/read 10 nominated Canadian picture books and then vote for their favourite book. They need to have at least perused/read 5 of 10 to be eligible to vote. They also can have these books read to them to be eligible to vote. Based on student voting across the province, the best picture book is then selected and the author/illustrator is honoured with the Blue Spruce™ Award.
The goals of the Blue Spruce™ Award program are:
- to promote reading for enjoyment and information among primary students
- to make students aware of quality Canadian picture books including Canadian authors and illustrators
- to develop the student's skill in evaluating a picture book based on story, text and pictures
- to provide opportunities for students to discuss the picture books in an authentic manner
This is the result of our reading and what the lad appreciated (or not).
He liked Thinkamajink the very best -- liked this one enough that it inspired stories
followed by in order of liking
proud as a peacock
jack the bear
sorta liked: willow whispers
HATED violet. this was a quite adamant "I HATE that book mommy"