July 9, 2019
by Nora Nagy
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Looking together: word and image interplay in picture books

Picture books are rich resources for language development as well as visual literacy development, regardless of the age of your students. In a previous post we discussed some of the key elements of visual storytelling. Now we turn to the … Continue reading

June 20, 2019
by Nora Nagy
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Looking together: visual storytelling in The Thinking Train stories

How do the visual elements in our picture book series, The Thinking Train influence reading experience and meaning-making? Each story in the now 20-book series is fully illustrated; both the images and the words engage the readers, and the interplay … Continue reading

February 28, 2019
by Nora Nagy
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Deborah’s dreams: how stories can make a difference

The graphic novel Jane, the Fox & Me by Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenault shows us that books and reading can work as protective shields, safe zones and islands of self-discovery. Of course, reading has more dimensions than those. Books can … Continue reading

February 26, 2019
by Nora Nagy
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Beat the bullies through books: a review of Jane, the Fox & Me

“I told her, You’ll see, the story ends well.” Did you have any books in your childhood and teenage years which surrounded you with a protective haze? The ones which made you feel safe and ‘normal’ and where the world … Continue reading

November 21, 2018
by Nora Nagy
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Meet the illustrator: Simone Manfrini

How do you illustrate a famous classic? What are the first steps you take in this exciting process? We talked to Simone Manfrini, the illustrator of our new classic reader, The Age of Innocence written by Edith Wharton. This novel … Continue reading