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Books + Activities
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Books + Activities

Here’s an interesting concept. Author Nancy Churnin’s books come with a “related activity” that kids can do, to make a difference in the world. Take, for instance, her book The William Hoy Story (How a Deaf Baseball Player Changed the Game). Readers can do a great related activity: write the […]

Images + Text Blurbs = Reading
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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 […]

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