Nov 15

Frankfurt International Book Fair 2015 – A Real Treat

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. It’s enormous. I snapped a few photos of meetings with new and old friends during this year’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!

Jun 15

Hooray for Pollinators!


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 “Pollination Across the Nation” will allow you to tie learning in your classroom to current events.

You can download the song and lyrics to “Pollination Across the Nation” for free, this week only.

Apr 15

Congratulations to Our Lucky Draw Winner!

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.

Darryl Taylor at the World Congress of Modern Languages in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Apr 15

Celebrating the Life of Abe Lincoln

Land of LincolnDid you know that on April 15th the United States commemorates the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’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.

Apr 15

World Congress of Modern Languages

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


Mar 15

World Congress of Modern Languages

The World Congress of Modern Languages (WCML) conference is just two weeks away and we’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.

Feb 15

Try Our New iPad App!

Sing & Play Sight WordsWe’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!

Download on the App Store

Jan 15

Valentine’s Day Newsletter

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.

Nov 14

2014 Guadalajara International Book Fair

guad-book-fairSara Jordan Publishing will be at the Guadalajara International Book Fair later this week. This year’s attendance is expected to be close to 800,000. It really is an amazing experience. We’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!

Hasta luego!

Oct 14

The Frankfurt Book Fair – 2014

The Frankfurt Book Fair this year was fantastic, as always. What a busy time it was with over 140,000 trade visitors meeting and mingling with just as many exhibitors. It was a marathon just to walk through the book fair, which was housed in 8 different enormous buildings and accessible by “people movers” or shuttle buses which connect each of the buildings.

FLTRPPublishing professionals the world over, look forward to meeting every year in Frankfurt. I made sure to stop by the FLTRP stand to meet Jason Wang from the Children’s Planning Department. Our Phonics Series, which FLTRP has licensed to sell across mainland China, was on display.

YELCChatting about business, over coffee, is a great pastime too. Pictured here, is Alexander Lushkov of YELC in Russia. Alexander has been selling our titles in his store but is now gearing up to start digital sales from his website.

lovelockA Saturday afternoon walk around Frankfurt included a visit to one of my favorite places, the Eiserner Steg Bridge known as the “Love Lock Bridge”. This is a destination for sweethearts who come to lock a padlock on the bridge as a public showing of their affection.