Making Reading Fun


An article appeared in The Atlantic recently covering a very important topic–how can we teach kids to enjoy reading, so that it becomes a pleasure and not a chore? “Reading is indeed crucial to success in school and in careers.  But we worry that discussions of reading, especially public policy discussions, focus almost exclusively on its utilitarian value. What’s missing is the pleasure readers derive from the reading they do. ” The article then offered findings from a study that took children who were avid readers outside of school as its subjects, and examined what […]

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We see stars…


Plenty of books in the Orca constellation this season have been seeing starred reviews! Audacious by Gabrielle Prendergast received these words from Quill & Quire: “…Prendergast asks concrete questions about faith, art, and politics that are sometimes avoided in YA…In Ella, Prendergast has created a voice that is definitely audacious–but also utterly real and memorable.” Cut the Lights, a new Orca Limelights novel by Karen Krossing was written up in Booklist magazine: “Orca has long dedicated itself to publishing contemporary fiction for reluctant readers, and this entry into the Limelights line is one of their […]

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