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Spring Reading Challenge!

As the second week of spring break unfolds, parents and students alike may find themselves searching for engaging activities to fill the leisurely days ahead. Canadian Rockies Public Schools (CRPS) invites parents and students to embark on an exciting literary adventure with a Spring Reading Challenge!

For younger kids, check out "The Paper Bag Princess" by Robert Munsch. It's all about a brave princess and her big adventure. Or join Franklin in "Franklin in the Dark" by Paulette Bourgeois, where he learns about friendship and exploring new places. And who could forget "The Hockey Sweater" by Roch Carrier, a story that'll take you back to old Canadian winters?  To build your child’s understanding of Indigenous Peoples have them read David Robertson’s "When We Were Alone," which sensitively explores the residential school experience through the eyes of a young girl spending time with her grandmother, offering a poignant glimpse into the perseverance and strength of survivors.

Moving up to middle school, check out "Fatty Legs: A True Story," which recounts the poignant journey of Olemaun, a young Inuit girl, as she bravely navigates the challenges of attending a residential school in Canada's far north, shedding light on her resilience and determination amidst adversity. In "The Giver," by Lois Lowry, you’ll meet Jonas, a young boy from a seemingly utopian, futuristic world, who is singled out to receive special training about the true joys and pain of life, making you think about society and being yourself. And if you're up for some mythology, "Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief" by Rick Riordan is full of gods and monsters. Or feel inspired by "Wonder" by R.J. Palacio, a story about kindness and facing tough times.

For high schoolers, explore some classics like "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee, a story about fairness and kindness. "The Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger gives you a peek into teenage life and all its ups and downs. "1984" by George Orwell warns about watching too closely, and "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald shows the glitzy side of life. And if you're into action-packed stories with a message, try "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins, all about power, bravery, and standing up for what's right.

But why stop there? Step out of your comfort zone and explore new genres or authors. Whether it's discovering the magic of graphic novels, unraveling the complexities of historical fiction, or delving into the allure of poetry, there's a book waiting to ignite one's imagination.

With the Spring Reading Challenge, CRPS aims to instil a lifelong passion for reading and learning, fostering intellectual curiosity and expanding horizons beyond the classroom walls. So grab a book, find a cozy spot, and let the pages transport you to new worlds and endless possibilities. Happy reading and we look forward to welcoming you back to school on April 15!