Every Week Should Be Bike-To-School Week

Bike-to-school day is in May each year with some schools extending the event to a bike-to-school week or month. But biking to school provides young people with so many benefits that it shouldn’t be a brief event near the end of the school year. It should be routine. Fewer and fewer students are riding their bikes to school. The figures vary according to region, but in all parts of North America cycling and walking to school has fallen anywhere from ten to thirty percent. In an era where childhood obesity and the need to reduce […]

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Summer Reading List: Middle Readers

We have great new titles for your middle readers, ages 8-11! An even better way to enjoy them? Lay out a blanket in the sun and have a smoothie by your elbow–nothing is better then literature and food! Kathleen Cherry’s Everyday Hero tells the story of Alice, a girl who doesn’t like noise, smells or strangers. She does like rules. Lots of rules. Nobody at her new school knows she has Asperger’s, so it doesn’t take long for her odd behavior to get her into trouble. When she meets Megan in detention, she doesn’t know […]

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Summer Reading List: Orca Echoes

Justine McKeen

Sometimes it’s hard to entice young readers, Orca Echoes is a series meant to introduce readers from ages 7-9 to the love of books! Does your child love the environment? Pamela McDowell’s Salamander Rescue explores the further adventures of Cricket and her friends! Catch up with Cricket’s first installment in Ospreys in Danger. Cricket McKay has lived in Waterton all her life, so she is surprised to discover an animal she hasn’t seen before: the long-toed salamander. She finds a band of them migrating from the pond to their hibernation grounds at Crandell Mountain. Crossing […]

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Is YouTube in the Classroom a Good Idea?

Opinion on the internet seems to be unanimous: schools should be using YouTube. A search for “blocking YouTube in schools” yields articles explaining why schools should stop blocking YouTube mixed in with advice for working around school blocks. But schools are still blocking YouTube in Canada and in the US. The main reason is safety. This is a valid concern, but it’s not that simple. There are many other considerations such as fair access, quality of education and the loss of reading skills acquisition time. Blocking YouTube to Protect Children The United States has the […]

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Summer Reading List: Picture Books

Lucy Tries Sports by Lisa Bowes and illustrated by James Hearne

It’s time to get your kids outside into the sun and away from the computer screen (and phone screen and television screen)–and what better way to do that then with a sports game, so… Lisa Bowes’s Lucy Tries Sports series is designed to encourage children to get active and participate in sports. Lucy’s first summer sport adventure is out now with Lucy Tries Soccer. Join Lucy and her friends at the soccer field for their first game of three-on-three! Thanks to Coach Nick, Lucy and the rest of Team Blue learn a few basic skills […]

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Summer Reading List: Board Books

Orca Book Publishers' Spring Reads

Now that the weather is hot and kids are out of school, it’s time to grab the sunscreen, hats and towels to hit the beach and relax–and we have some great titles for your little ones to enjoy while you’re there. First up, is Monique Gray Smith’s My Heart Fills with Happiness. This beautiful board book, with illustrations from celebrated artist Julie Flett, serves as a reminder for little ones and adults alike to reflect on and cherish the moments in life that bring us joy. The sun on your face. The smell of warm […]

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