The April issue of The Westcoast Reader is out. Look for the special supplement “B.C. Votes 2017” in the middle.

The April newspaper has articles about food, hockey, a new RCMP commanding officer, income taxes and cougar attacks.

Download the Teacher's Notes for the April WCR
This issue of The Westcoast Reader newspaper is a special double issue. The four-page insert will help readers understand how elections work in BC. You may download and print the supplement, B.C. Votes 2017. It is formatted for 11 X 17 paper.
Download B.C. Votes 2017 on 11 X 17 paper
Download the Teacher's Notes for B.C. Votes 2017

Watch this short animated video: What to expect when you vote 

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Happy Hanukkah from the Westcoast Reader team!


Children watching a Hanukkah menorah
Photo credit: Elana Amsterdam (elana’s pantry – Flickr)

Level 3

Hanukkah is the Jewish holiday also known as the Festival of Lights. Hanukkah lasts for eight days and eight nights. A well-known symbol of Hanukkah is the menorah, a nine-branch candle holder.

For teachers:  Click here to find a teacher’s guide with stories, images, lesson plans and activities.

How to play dreidel

Shalom Sesame: The Missing Menorah

Happy Hanukkah!

Story adapted from, posted by Ana-MariaG, December 6, 2015

Fun activities to help children learn

Level 2

Literacy begins at home

Are you a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, older brother or sister? Here are fun activities to do with young children. These activities can help them become successful learners.


You can find more activities to do with young children in the Learning Together Every Day series of booklets.

Get started with these six activities:

Click here to download the directions

You can find the free booklets on line at The booklets are easy to read English. Photos show parents and children doing the activities together.

Try these fun art projects with your kids from the Huffington Post.

Story reprinted from The Westcoast Reader newspaper,  September / October 2016