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Hameray Herald: September 2013 Issue

Posted by Jacqueline Jones on Sep 27, 2013 8:30:00 AM

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WELCOME BACK! We have a lot of exciting new things planned for the upcoming school year to help your students achieve their literacy goals. If you haven't already received it, allow us to send you our new fall catalog by clicking here. You can also check out the weekly posts on our education blog featuring literacy articles and classroom activities authored by a range of top educators.

Spanish Animal World Mrs Wishy Washy Shared Reading 

Coming Soon. The popular Zoozoo Animal World Series is being adapted for Spanish. The series features 20 animals from 4 different habitats.

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Top Blog. Kindergarten teacher Elizabeth Hall talks about using Mrs. Wishy-Washy to teach shared reading. Includes a FREE downloadable worksheet.

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The Common Core State Standards require students to be exposed to more complex text at earlier grades than previous standards required. One way to scaffold students to these more challenging reading levels is to make use of read-alouds and shared reading sessions.

Beginning in kindergarten, students are expected to "actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding" (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.10: K). Often in the form of read-alouds, these group reading activities may be some students' first contact with reading; sadly, not every family reads at home. As an introduction to literacy, read-alouds give children... 


Thanks for reading this month's issue of the Hameray Herald! Remember, you can see samples from each series on our flip books page by clicking here. Also, if you have questions about our products or interest in becoming a guest blogger, please contact us here. We would love to hear from you! 

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Topics: Common Core, New Publication, Hameray Herald, Big Books

Series Editor Joy Cowley Discusses The Kaleidoscope Collection

Posted by Jacqueline Jones on Feb 3, 2013 10:15:00 AM



Joy Cowley is the beloved creator & author of the Mrs. Wishy-Washy stories as well as thousands of other children's books. Amongst the various roles she plays, Joy is also the Series Editor of the Kaleidoscope Collection – a series of 150 K-2 leveled readers written by leading educators including Reading Recovery Teachers, Teacher Leaders, Literacy Coaches, and Reading Specialists. Hameray Publishing is set to release the final fifty titles (Set C) of this collection today (2/3/13), and we have asked Joy to reflect on how she has helped to shape this unique series.








Reflections From Joy Cowley:

The 150 titles in this series were selected from more than 1,000 stories and then edited to appropriate levels. What I looked for in a story was: 

  1. Child-centred plot: A real story that connected directly with the young child's experience.

  2. Decodable language: At these levels it is useful to have words that sound the way they are spelled.

  3. Prediction and a degree of challenge: The reader will be comfortable with the familiar and will respond to the new.

  4. Repetition of service words that are not obvious in the illustration.

  5. Energy, humour, charm; These hold the child's attention.

  6. Real story shape with a satisfying ending.

The stories selected were strong in many of these points. Where a good idea was lacking in some way, it was my pleasure as editor to reconstruct so that the idea was readily accessible and entertaining for the reader. I call this process "Polishing the Diamond," It was also my pleasure to provide notes for the illustrators, who, like the authors, are helping children to learn to read.

Years of engineering have gone into the Kaleidoscope Collection; but, I sincerely hope that children simply see these books as fun.

Joy Cowley

Click here to learn more about the Kaleidoscope Collection or to request a 2013 Hameray Catalog (click below):

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Topics: Joy Cowley, K-2 Literacy, Leveled Readers, New Publication, Kaleidoscope Collection

Mrs. Wishy-Washy Creator - Joy Cowley - Welcomes You to Hameray

Posted by Jacqueline Jones on Feb 1, 2013 11:12:00 AM


Joy Cowley, the award-winning author and creator of Mrs. Wishy-Washy, brings us an entirely new, original series of stories about the adventures of Mrs. Wishy-Washy and her friends! Together, The Joy Cowley Collection and Joy Cowley Early Birds represent 90 new titles written for beginning reading leveld. The titles bring out Joy's masterful storytelling style using poetry, rhyme and alliteration.

Both series, The Joy Cowley Collection and Joy Cowley Early Birds, are perfectly suited for shared reading, guided reading and independent reading activities across multi-level classrooms. As fans of Mrs. Wishy-Washy and her friends, Hameray Publishing is excited to be the exclusive distributor of these new stories for yet another generation of students to enjoy!


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 Other sample titles from The Joy Cowley Collection and Joy Cowley Early Birds:



The Joy Cowley Collection - Green Set
(click to see all titles in the set)



The Joy Cowley Collection - Red Set
(click to see all titles in the set) 



The Joy Cowley Collection - Orange Set
(click to see all titles in the set) 


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The Joy Cowley Collection - Blue Set
(click to see all titles in the set) 


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Joy Cowley Early Birds - Set 1
(click to see all titles in the set) 

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Topics: Joy Cowley Collection, Mrs. Wishy-Washy, Joy Cowley, Joy Cowley Early Birds, Leveled Readers, New Publication

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