Preparing for a book fair is always exciting. This time, not only did it include setting up appointments with Latin American buyers in advance, but just the week before the fair, we hurried to finish up our latest title of Spanish songs for preschoolers “Preescolar canta”.
Earlier this year we also launched “Kindergarten Express” which addressed the new, full day kindergarten programs now in schools, with some new, fun, curriculum-based songs.
It’s hard to explain how big these book fairs really are without posting a few photos. Every year it seems that the Guadalajara Fair grows in stature. It’s really quite enormous now and the largest book fair in Latin America.
Every year, I always look forward to the upcoming book fairs with trepidation and anticipation. It’s no wonder. In Frankfurt, for example, there are more than 269,000 attendees. Itâ€™s enormous. I snapped a few photos of meetings with new and old friends during this yearâ€™s fair.
Liz Ipenza Negri and Serafin Ipenza Echevarria are with Editorial Trinidad in Peru. They were very gracious listening to me chat to them in Spanish over lunch. I must have done alright. I found them waiting for me at our stand upon my return from the restaurant!
Meihua Sun is our rights agent in Taiwan. We seem to meet up at various fairs throughout the year.
Shao Lei represented FLTRP of China this year. FLTRP has licensed or Phonics Series and I have produced over a hundred custom songs for them as well.
And I could never have managed the book fair without my assistant Milena Tesfay. Milena is a business student in Frankfurt. We met on the first day of the fair, and by the last day, she had proven herself indispensable.
Attending the Frankfurt Book Fair is a real treat that everyone in the business should try to experience!
Congratulations to Ontario on becoming the first jurisdiction in North America to propose a significant reduction in the sale and use of neonicotinoid-treated seeds. These pesticides can hinder the ability of bees, and other pollinators, to navigate, feed, and reproduce. What you may not realize is that native bees are even more important for pollination than honey bees. For example, honey bees aren’t big enough to pollinate tomatoes, but bumblebees are, and they’re far more susceptible to the effects of neonicotinoids. Four of the bumblebee species in North America declined by 96% in the last 20 years.
The plight of bees has been in the news a lot recently, and our song â€śPollination Across the Nationâ€ť will allow you to tie learning in your classroom to current events.
You can download the song and lyrics to â€śPollination Across the Nationâ€ť for free, this week only.
Congratulations to Michelle Lundy, French teacher with the TDSB. Michelle recently visited our display during the World Congress of Foreign Languages. She is the winner of our lucky draw and has won 5 free downloads of her choice!
Darryl Taylor at the World Congress of Modern Languages in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
Did you know that on April 15th the United States commemorates the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincolnâ€™s assassination? Have fun learning more about the 16th President of the United States with this free download of our song The Spirit of Lincoln.
We had a wonderful time exhibiting at the World Congress of Modern Languages in Niagara Falls at the end of March. It was great to meet so many teachers and vendors who are so passionate about modern language education. We especially enjoyed spending time with StĂ©phane and Vaho from Linguascope. Even though we are in often in contact with them via email, it is rare that we have a chance to spend time together in person. If you’re not familiar with Linguascope, please do take a moment to explore this awesome program. A free preview is available here: http://www.linguascope.com/preview
The World Congress of Modern Languages (WCML) conference is just two weeks away and weâ€™ll be there! Please visit our exhibit.
This promises to be an exciting conference with over 1000 participants with the Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers joining the OMLTA (Ontario Modern Language Teachers’ Association) and FIPLV (International Modern Language Teachers’ Federation) to make this a truly international conference.
Weâ€™re excited to announce the release of our new app for the iPad, Sing & Play Sight Words. This FREE app includes all the songs from Singing Sight Words, vol. 1. Other volumes are available to purchase from within the app. Each song includes digital worksheets and interactive activities to make learning Sight Words easy and fun. Try it today!
The newsletter is now available. You can get your free Valentine’s Song mp3 and a coupon code for 15% discount here!
Note: the Special 15% discount expires Feb. 1st.
Sara Jordan Publishing will be at the Guadalajara International Book Fair later this week. This yearâ€™s attendance is expected to be close to 800,000. It really is an amazing experience. Weâ€™ll be in the Rights Center presenting our Phonics, Sight Words, Bilingual Songs and Math series.
If you plan on attending, please feel free to contact me. We can meet for an espresso!