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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 […]

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Bug in a Vacuum by Mélanie Watt

The author of the hugely popular Scaredy Squirrel has written and illustrated a beautiful new book that kids will love—and better yet, parents will enjoy reading over and over again to their children. One of the things about reading kids picture books is that it can get tiring. And boring. […]

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Great summer kids’ book series

In the summer, kids often read less. Get them interested in a great book series, though, and they’ll be hooked because the characters and setting will be familiar to them. They’ll look forward to seeing what their favourite characters are getting up to next! Here are some wonderful Canadian kidlit summer […]

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Super Hair-O and the Barber of Doom

If you read this blog regularly, you’ll know that I love superhero books. They’re a great substitute for comics, which kids love but which can be a bit too mature for some really young kids. Here’s a wonderful book. It’s about a kid whose superpowers are in jeopardy when his parents make […]