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Primary Junior Literacy Teacher Resources

A guide to resources that support the teaching and learning of Language, Grades 1 to 6.

Education Librarian

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Brenda Reed
613-533-6000 x 77644

Resources for Grade 1 to 6 Teachers


The Queen's Education Library supports your teaching of Language with:

  • the best children's literature to introduce and teach topics in the Language curriculum
  • book lists to help you integrate children's literature into your teaching
  • decodable readers and phonics kits
  • levelled reader series with teacher guides
  • lesson plans written for the Ontario curriculum
  • kits and online video selected for their connection to topics in the curriculum
  • print and online access to the best professional books and journals for PJ literacy teachers

Email me if you have recommendations to add to this teacher guide.

Connecting Children's Books to Our World

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From the Canadian Children's Book Centre, always our go-to for the best Canadian children's books, a Tackling Racism Reading List.

From Publisher's Weekly:  A Children's and YA Anti-Racist Reading List

Children's Literature Comprehensive Database
An index to children's & YA books by subject. The database does not include full text but it is useful for creating a booklist on any K-12 topic. You can search by topic, age, grade, and limit by many other categories, including country of publication.

Professional Journals

From the International Literacy Association (US)

From the National Council of Teachers of English (US)

Language & Literacy (Canadian; open access)

From the National Association for the Teaching of English (UK) 

Primary Matters (sample articles with lesson plan ideas for K to 3 teachers)

Ontario Curriculum

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Available ONLINE and also IN PRINT on Floor 1, Ministry of Education Collection, LB 1576 .O58 L36 2023 (at the bindery, Sep.27, 2023)

2023 Forest of Reading Winners!

Congratulations to all the winners for the 2023 Forest of Reading lists! Make it your reading goal to read every book on every list!

NEW! Canadian Authors on Video

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