Happy Earth Day!

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On April 22nd, countries all around the world celebrate Earth Day as a time to promote greener living and stand up for our environment. Here’s some information from the official Earth Day Network website: “Today is finally Earth Day! Today, over one billion people in 192 countries—from Zimbabwe to Albania to Indonesia—take action to protect the planet. They organize demonstrations, contact their elected officials, plant trees, clean up their communities, demand renewable energy targets, and much more. This year’s theme is Green Cities.” – See more at: http://www.earthday.org/blog/2014/04/22/its-earth-day#sthash.1CgdHGUs.dpuf Or visit the official Earth Day Canada […]

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Upcoming Free Webinar! – Literacy Solutions for Struggling Readers


Are you an educator looking for creative solutions to reach your reluctant readers? This upcoming free webinar may be for you! In order to reach struggling readers, teachers and librarians need to be responsive and adaptive. Additionally, the Common Core asks that students are comfortable with a wide range of text formats. In this free, hour-long webinar, representatives from Orca Book Publishers and Saddleback Educational Publishing will offer Common Core-linked suggestions for sharing high-interest fiction with struggling readers, as well as solutions that can work in multiple formats, from print and audio to multi-user ebooks […]

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Pink Shirt Day 2014 – Anti-Bullying Awareness

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Pink Shirt Day is a hugely important annual event to raise awareness about bullying in schools, workplaces, homes and on the Internet. Each year, supporters proudly wear pink to symbolize a united effort to stand up to bullies and end instances of bullying everywhere. In case you haven’t heard the origins of Pink Shirt Day, here’s how it began with two teenage boys from a high school in Nova Scotia: “David Shepherd, Travis Price and their teenage friends organized a high-school protest to wear pink in sympathy with a Grade 9 boy who was being […]

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Orca on the road!

OLA Super Conference 2014

Orca has just recently returned from two great conferences, the ALA midwinter conference in Philadelphia, PA and the OLA Super Conference in Toronto, Ontario. There was lots of excitement about our hi/lo series for struggling readers–Orca Soundings, Orca Currents, Orca Sports and Rapid Reads–but there was also a general enthusiasm for all of our titles. In particular, the librarians visiting our booth were excited to hear about a couple of our new series for classrooms and libraries. Orca Limelights Designed for students who are passionate about the performing arts, Orca Limelights are short novels for ages […]

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The adventures continue…


With over 100,000 copies sold in its first year, Seven (the series) has seen incredible success. We’re delighted to announce that The Seven Sequels are slotted for publication in October 2014. New secrets will be brought to light… When a visit to their grandfather’s cottage leads to the astonishing discovery of a hidden cache of passports and foreign currency, the grandsons from the bestselling Seven (the series) begin to suspect that their beloved grandfather was a spy, or even worse, a double agent. Determined to unearth the true story of their grandfather’s mysterious past, the […]

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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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