Would you give your 5-year-old child an iPad?

It’s an interesting question, with strong arguments on both sides. Would a gadget-free child be more creative, more imaginative, less distracted and socially more interactive? Or since technology is a reality of life, is it better for children to get used to it sooner rather than later? Read the full article from the Globe and Mail, and let us know what you think in the comments.






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Vicki Delany on Adult Literacy and Rapid Reads

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Vicki Delany (Canadian crime and mystery writer, and latest author in the Rapid Reads series) has contributed a stellar post about adult literacy and the Rapid Reads series to the Poisoned Pen Press blog. Here’s an excerpt: “Literacy (or lack thereof) is a serious problem in your country and mine. For many reasons there are adults out in the world who can’t read properly. Whether because they had undiagnosed learning disabilities at school, because English isn’t their first language, because they didn’t have teachers and parents who encouraged reading, they reached adulthood lacking what might […]






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Top Picks for Children and Teens

Looking for a great Canadian read for children or teens? Look no further. The Victoria Times Colonist recently published a Top-10 list of titles ranging from board books to teen fiction, all chosen by Tracy Kendrick, co-ordinator of children’s and teen services at the Greater Victoria Library. Three Orca titles made the list! Alligator, Bear, Crab: A Baby’s ABC, by Lesley Wynne Pechter (Board Book) Kendrick said, “A colorful and playful book that introduces the shapes and sounds of the alphabet amid a colorful collection of critters.” Purchase board book Purchase ebook  Slick, by Sara Cassidy (Orca Currents) […]






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Standing up for the Great Bear Rainforest

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Are you concerned about the Enbridge proposal to build a crude oil pipeline from Alberta to the north coast of BC? Are you worried about the threat the pipeline poses to our rivers and salmon and that it would bring tankers to the Great Bear Rainforest? Now is the time to speak up and make your voice heard! Community hearings as part of the federal review of the Enbridge pipeline proposal will likely take place in January-March 2012. Caitlyn Vernon (author of Nowhere Else on Earth: Standing Tall for the Great Bear Rainforest, Fall 2011) as part […]






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