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Easy to Read Novels from Ireland

Did you know that the Decoda Library has short novels by Irish authors? There’s still time to borrow one to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this coming Saturday. You can see the full list by searching “open door” in the library catalogue. Email to request a title. And, because green is the colour for St…. Read more

Spring Break Reading

Spring Break is a great opportunity to indulge in a little extra reading for fun, whether it’s reading aloud, silently reading together, or reading solo. With the focus on reading for enjoyment, being able to choose what to read is important. But, with so many books available, how do you choose? Here are some recommended… Read more

Biographies of Famous Women

International Women’s Day is a good time to remember some of the wonderful biographies from Grass Roots Press, outlining the accomplishments of individual women. Here’s a collage of some of them: These illustrated, easy to read biographies (and more) are available from the Decoda Literacy Library. Email to ask about borrowing them.

International Women’s Day 2018

Today is International Women’s Day! This year’s theme is “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives“. Every year the focus is on women’s rights, equality and justice. This year attention is also being drawn to the rights and activism of rural women, who make up over a quarter of the world population… Read more

Fraud Prevention Month

March is Fraud Prevention Month. The focus is on helping Canadians learn to recognize, reject and report fraud. Competition Bureau Canada has created a series of videos featuring some of the most common types of scams. Here’s an example: See the rest of the anti-fraud videos here. Are you aware of some common scams? Take… Read more

Song Maker

Last week Google launched Song Maker, a browser-based tool for creating simple tunes. There are options for creating melodies and rhythms. Here’s a quick introduction: Song Maker is part of a set of tools called Chrome Music Lab, designed to make learning music fun and accessible with hands-on experiments.  

Agriculture in the Classroom

March is Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month! Where does food come from? How can farming protect the environment? Who makes sure our food is safe? What about food waste? Answers to these questions and more along with teaching resources are available from the All About Food website sponsored by Agriculture in the Classroom Canada. For BC… Read more

Comic Books

In this last Decoda post during Freedom to Read Week, we’re going to take a look at one kind of reading material that hasn’t always been appreciated – comic books. To learn more about how comic books can help develop literacy, click: Comic Books as Models for Literacy Instruction from the International Literacy Association Good… Read more

The Westcoast Reader – March 2018 issue

The March issue of The Westcoast Reader newspaper is available now. This issue has articles about healthy snacks, good neighbours, Canada’s new stamps and more. You can find the Teachers’ Notes for this issue online. For subscription information, or to find out if your group qualifies to receive the newspaper for free, click here.

Reading Levels

Reading level is one of the first factors that tutors and other practitioners consider when choosing reading materials to use with their students. Two articles on reading levels in School Library Journal make for interesting reading during Freedom to Read Week: Thinking Outside the Bin: Why labeling books by reading level disempowers young readers Fountas… Read more