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Images + Text Blurbs = Reading
Great books Reluctant readers

Images + Text Blurbs = Reading

Interesting images paired with small, explanatory bits of text. That’s a winning combination for many reluctant readers. It’s the secret behind books like the Guinness Book of Records, Ripley’s Believe it or Not, Klutz books–and so on. Innovation Nation takes a look at 50 great Canadian inventions. The book was created […]

"Acclaimed architect influenced by his Indigenous heritage & European Expressionism. Douglas Cardinal." - Twitter feed of Evan Munday, @idontlikemunday
On the Internet

#365 Canadians on Twitter @idontlikemunday

Canadian illustrator (and author) Evan Munday has a great project going on Twitter, and it might get your kid interested in reading about interesting Canadians. Every day in 2017 (Canada’s 150th anniversary), he’s posting an illustration of a “famous Canadian you don’t know.” Each one features a short (well, Twitter-length […]

You need this game, PDQ!
Games

You need this game, PDQ!

The aptly named Pretty Darn Quick word Game, PDQ, is easy to learn and will help to get your kid reading. It’s really just a bunch of letter cards, but the true genius of the game lies in the fun, fast and flexible rules. How to play You deal out […]

Humorous books, like Marcie Colleen's Super Happy Party Bears (published by Scholastic) are among the publisher's "top trends for 2017."
Great books

Kidlit trends for 2017

Want to know what the new year holds for children’s literature? Keeping in mind this is just one publisher–albeit a big one–here are Scholastic’s trends for (presumably American but probably Canadian as well–don’t know about other countries) children’s literature. That was a very complicated sentence. Sorry. Here are the trends: […]

Instruction books great for literacy
Crafts Great books

Instruction books great for literacy

Most of us are motivated by rewards. It’s the theory behind gamification–video games are so addictive because every small step brings some kind of reward, like a coin or a level-up. In literacy, that theory applies to instruction-type manuals, like recipes. As a child reads, he’s working toward a goal–the meal he’s creating. Books […]