Read All About Lit

Read All About Lit

Read All About Lit is the Decoda Literacy Library blog.

Look here for the latest news on what’s new in the library, useful links from around the web, and fun facts and contests.

Posts featuring books or resources are intended to highlight items we have recently acquired or accessed, and which we would like to share with our readership. They do not represent an endorsement.

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The Westcoast Reader – June 2019

The June issue of The Westcoast Reader is available now! It contains articles about the newest royal baby, summer events in BC, the black hole image, and more, including a good-bye and thank you to Carolyn Moi who has been The Westcoast Reader’s assistant editor for the last two years. You can find the Teacher’s… Read more

Parachute Safe Kids Week

June 3rd to 9th is Parachute Safe Kids Week. This year’s theme is preventing harm from children’s falls in the home and at play. Falling is a normal part of children’s development, as they walk, climb, run, jump, play and explore their environment. While most child falls do not result in serious injury, each year… Read more

Choices Reading Lists

Looking for reading suggestions for children and teens? Each year, thousands of children, young adults, and educators around the United States select their favorite recently published books for the Choices reading lists. The lists are published online each May. These lists can be used to help readers of all ages find books they will enjoy…. Read more

Misleading Health Headlines

In health news, there can be a disconnect between news headlines and the scientific research they cover. Here’s a new TED Ed video on how to read past the headlines. Click here for the full lesson.

Four Ways to Show & Share Videos Without Distractions

Do you use YouTube videos in your teaching? Would you like to share the videos without the “related” content? Richard Byrne from Free Technology for Teachers demonstrates Four Ways to Show & Share Videos Without Distractions.

Structured Literacy – What is it?

Structured Literacy is the term the International Dyslexia Association uses for explicit, systematic instruction in the structure of the English language. Based on the Orton-Gillingham method, it is beneficial to all students, including those with dyslexia. The following infographic summarizes this approach. To learn more, read: Structured Literacy™: An Introductory Guide (2019) Structured Literacy and… Read more

Three Videos about Parentese

Talking to babies is important for their language development. Here’s a Mini Parenting Master Class on baby talk. Parentese is one style of talking to babies. It involves adults speaking in a higher voice at a slower speed. The language is simpler with short sentences and repetition. Studies have confirmed that speaking to babies in… Read more

Grammar Tips: Pronoun Agreement

Personal pronouns must agree with their antecedents (the words they are referring to). They must match by person, number and gender. Here’s guidance on the basics from TERMIUM Plus, Canada’s terminology and linguistic data bank: Pronoun agreement: person Pronoun agreement: number Pronoun agreement: gender There’s also advice for when things get more complicated: Pronoun agreement:… Read more

Teaching and Assessing Spelling

A new Literacy Leadership Brief from the International Literacy Association examines Teaching and Assessing Spelling. It underlines the importance of spelling for reading and writing, and describes the many different kinds of knowledge needed for spelling in English. It also looks at diagnostic analysis of spelling errors to provide a picture of students’ strengths and… Read more

Brain-Building Serve and Return

This new how-to video from the Harvard Center on the Developing Child illustrates five steps that parents and other caregivers can use to help build a child’s brain. 5 Steps for Brain-Building Serve and Return is an accompanying parent information sheet. To learn more about the importance of responsive relationships, read Serve and Return.

Fish Idioms

Idioms are tricky in language learning. Even if you know the meaning of each word in an idiom, you won’t necessarily comprehend what the idiom means. For example, these fish idioms are commonly used, but a literal translation of the words doesn’t convey the meaning. Idioms are tricky when you’re translating a language as well… Read more

Families and Climate Action

Today is International Day of Families and the theme is “Families and Climate Action”. What can families do about climate change? For suggestions, read: 13 ways to save the Earth from Climate Change – a poster from National Geographic Kids It’s Important to Talk to Your Kids about the Climate Crisis from The Climate Reality… Read more

Exploring STEM through Play

Looking for STEM activities for young children? There’s help available in the Decoda Library. Here’s a sample of what you can borrow: To borrow these titles or get more suggestions (there’s lots more available!), email This library service is available to all adults in BC.

Quirky Collective Nouns

A collective noun refers to a group of people, animals, or things.  Some of them are familiar such as family, class, and collection. But, some are less commonly used and sometimes unexpected. If a collective noun is the subject of a sentence, do you use a singular or a plural verb? Generally, a singular… Read more

Commonly Misspelled Words

Homophones are words that sound alike but have different spellings and different meanings. They can be tricky. Here’s a list of 17 to watch out for.