Raising a Reader with Comics and Graphic Novels

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Raising a reader: how comics and graphic novels can help your kids love to read!   Great article by Cory Doctorow highlighting a new educational resource about comics’ role in literacy. Titled “Raising a Reader” and written by Dr. Meryl Jaffee, this resource is aimed at parents and educators and is available in PDF form for free download.






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In Pursuit of the Perfect Storm: Part 2

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In Pursuit of the Perfect Storm (Part 2): Planning and Promoting a Book Launch and Signing Guest Post by Karen Spafford-Fitz In part 1 of “In Pursuit of the Perfect Storm,” Karen Spafford-Fitz described the planning and promotion that contributed to the success of her launches for Vanish. In part 2, Karen reflects on which steps were most effective. In my previous post, I mentioned that several steps seemed highly effective while others did not appear to have a particular impact. But I am glad I undertook all of them. Each represents part of my […]






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In Pursuit of the Perfect Storm

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In Pursuit of the Perfect Storm (Part 1): Planning and Promoting a Book Launch and Signing Guest Post by Karen Spafford-Fitz I was thrilled when Orca released Vanish, my second middle-grade novel, in March 2013. As with my first book, I planned to hold a book launch and signing in Edmonton, where I have lived for 20 years. Upon realizing that many friends and family members living in eastern Ontario also wanted to help celebrate the release of my new book, we decided to launch Vanish in my hometown of Kingston as well. In both […]






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