Hasbro makes great, sturdy toys. From an adult’s perspective, they tend to be an excellent buy–good value, won’t break. But for two other crucial factors, namely fun and literacy, we wanted to get the opinion of someone who is likely to play with the toy. So we asked high school […]
With the new movie just out, Star Wars fever has probably gripped your kid. Use that force — for good — and hook your kid on reading with Star Wars, Jedi Academy, written and illustrated by Jeffrey Brown. There are lots of truly awful Star Wars fan-fictiony books out there. […]
Kids often learn the most when they don’t even realize they’re learning. Online games are great for that. But the game has to be (a) fun, (b) easy to play, and (c) smart. Plangman ticks all those boxes. Kids will not only enjoy Plangman, but they’ll be thinking ahead, reading a […]
Valentines are great for getting kids interacting with words–even simple ones like “Be my valentine.” Illustrator Jan Dolby has created these lovely valentines featuring the characters from our Gabby picture book series. Just click on the image to download and then print them on your colour printer. Enjoy–and Happy Valentine’s […]
By Nicole Plyler Fisk If you want to get a kid reading, get him writing. A great way to do that? Create a story with your child. Even better? Self-publish it. It sounds hard, but if you’re at all book-y, it can be a simple and fun process. Here’s how: […]
Elmo’s suitcase full of letters will help get your kids reading.
Illustrator Jim Kay has given the Harry Potter series yet another boost, with his gorgeous illustrations. What do you think of the new Harry? This CBC article includes a flip-through sample of some of the pages.
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. […]
This is a wonderful game that hits all the right notes: reading, strategic thinking and fun. Kids won’t even realize they’re learning–plus, it’s not lame (if you’ve ever played an online game that’s “good for you,” you’ll see how important that is, and how rare). You use your computer’s arrow […]
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 […]