Kathie’s Blog


2021 Summer Programs

Last Updated 2021/07/07

We’re excited to offer a wide range of online activities for kids this summer. You can register for one of our drawing lessons or crafts. Please email us at hml@headingleylibrary.ca for more information.


Summer Storytime

Last Updated 2021/07/07

Every Wednesday at 10:30AM throughout the summer, I’ll be running a storytime on Instagram Live. We’ll read a couple of books brand new to our collection with songs or stretches in between. I would love it if you’d join me. Our Instagram account is @headingleylibrarykids, and you’ll be notified as soon as I go live


Summertime Sleepers: Animals That Estivate by Melissa Stewart (illustrated by Sarah S. Brannen)

Last Updated 2021/07/07

I had never heard the word “estivate” until I learned about this book by one of my favorite nonfiction authors Melissa Stewart (illustrated by Sarah S. Brannen). Estivation is like hiberation, except it happens in the summer for animals who are looking for a cool escape from the hot temperatures. Some animals will estivate in


Elvis, Me, and the Lemonade Stand by Leslie Gentile

Last Updated 2021/07/07

I can tell you right now that this will likely be my favourite book of the summer, and it will make my list of top favourites for 2021. It’s 1978, and Truly and her mom live in a trailer park on an Indigenous reserve on Vancouver Island. Andy El, the Salish trailer park owner, convinces


Biology for Kids by Liz Lee Heinecke

Last Updated 2021/07/07

Here’s a book that’s excellent for kids interested in doing experiments. Each of the 25 labs starts with a short biography about a scientist in the field of biology, followed by an experiment related to their field. Study fingerprints, grow mold, draw flowers, learn how mosquitoes transmit disease, and so much more. This would be


Be A Tree! by Maria Gianferrari (illustrated by Felicita Sala)

Last Updated 2021/07/07

This beautiful book looks at the similarities between trees and human, and also how trees can inspire us to care for each other in better ways. Trees share, support, communicate, and sustain, both protecting and sharing with those around them. The illustrations are colourful and engaging, and the message is an important one for young


Rescue at Lake Wild by Terry Lynn Johnson

Last Updated 2021/07/07

I love Terry Lynn Johnson’s books, and I’ll read anything that she writes. This story is a lower MG read about three friends who find some orphaned beaver kits, and are determined to not only protect them, but figure out who is killing the beavers in their areas. There are several things about this book


New Graphic Novels!

Last Updated 2021/06/25

Did you know we’ve added or ordered over 60 new graphic novels in the past few months? Since they are so popular and have holds on them, they rarely end up in book bundles, but so many of you are asking for them. Here is a complete list of the titles that are now in


I’ve Got A Tail by Julie Murphy (illustrated by Hannah Tolson)

Last Updated 2021/06/22

Learn more about how different animals use their tails in this new nonfiction picture book. See which tails shimmer, spin, sting, and grip, and more! This book is great for young readers with easy-to-understand language and very cool facts.


Swashby And The Sea by Beth Ferry (illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal)

Last Updated 2021/06/22

This picture book came out last year, but it’s such a delightful story that’s perfect for summertime reading. Captain Swashby likes his quiet, peaceful life, and his new neighbors are disrupting his solitude. But the sea has always been his best friend, and now it knows exactly what he needs and how to help him