Read! Build! Play! With Lego and Doors in the Air

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The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has teamed up with LEGO® DUPLO® to expand the Read! Build! Play initiative by creating the LEGO® DUPLO® Read! Build! Play! 2013 Summer Reading List.  This reading list features recommended titles that inspire play for children age 5 and under and is free to download. To accompany the Read! Build! Play! 2013 Summer Reading List, LEGO® DUPLO® has created a free downloadable parent activity guide.  This guide includes inspirational building instructions matched with each book for children and their caregivers. Doors in the Air (Orca Book Publishers, […]






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Best Books for Kids & Teens 2013

Best Books for Kids and Teens

Looking for the best books for your kids and teens? Of course you are! Fortunately, the Canadian Children’s Book Centre  (a national not-for-profit organization founded in 1976) publishes just such a list. And we’re thrilled to share that sixteen Orca titles made the list for Spring 2013. “All of the titles in Best Books for Kids & Teens have been handpicked by expert committees of educators, booksellers, and school and public librarians from across Canada. The reviewed materials include picture books, junior/intermediate fiction, graphic novels, and powerful teen fiction, in addition to a wide array […]






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Reaching Those Resistant Readers

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Searching for books that will hook your reluctant readers? School Library Journal recently published a list of fun, fast-paced fiction that fits the bill. These books “feature clear narratives that quickly draw readers into the action and are supported by snappy dialogue that helps move the stories along.” They feature “appealing protagonists, attractive covers, and layouts that feature generous print size and plenty of white space, and bingo, you have something to hand to the hard-to-please.” [Read full article] Featured on this list is Dawn Patrol, by Jeff Ross. Dawn Patrol is part of the […]






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Reeling in Reluctant Readers webinar

Reeling in Reluctant Readers

Teachers and librarians are always looking for new ways to connect with children and teens categorized as “reluctant readers.” On September 25, 2012, you can participate in a free hour-long webinar that addresses that need. Joining Orca’s publisher, Andrew Wooldridge, will be a reading specialist and literacy coach, along with a representative from Saddleback Educational Publishing. The webinar will cover strategies and resources effective in reaching struggling readers ages 10 and up, as well as present books that combine high-interest topics with accessible writing. You’ll also hear about new releases and best-selling series from Saddleback Educational […]






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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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