Looking for a great gift for a kid? Just want to give them something to do when they’re bored–that’s not TV? Well, read on, my friend because here are the best of the best literacy-based games that I’ve reviewed in the past and that are still available and still awesome… […]
…then try The Blackthorn Key, by Kevin Sands Have you seen Merlin, on Netflix? That’s a pretty good comparison for what this book is like in tone, character and even plot, in some ways. One of the blurbs on the book says the main character is “like Dan Brown and Percy […]
Yes, I’m saying that I can make a case for a link between (certain) wallpaper, and getting kids to read. Bear with me, here. Do you remember seeing a book cover or an illustration when you were a child–an image that has stayed with you? Of course you do. It might be […]
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.