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.

Sep 14

Travels to Beijing – 2014 Beijing International Book Fair

I was in for quite the surprise during my first day of exhibiting at the Beijing International Book Fair this year.

Carole Ji of FLTRP (Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press) stopped by to show me the brightly colored Phonics Series, which FLTRP was about to launch during the fair. The most amazing thing about this series was that it was really our series that FLTRP had licensed earlier in the year with the help of Wanda Chou of Big Apple Agency. Carole had told me about the very high quality of their work, but now I could see it for myself!


Not only did the series look beautiful, but each of the pages had been chemically treated so that if touched by one of their “talking pens” all of the actual words, phrases and songs could be heard aloud (coming out of a speaker built into the pen).

Later in the week, FLTRP held a special event to launch their new titles. Of course I was invited where I proudly posed with the series and with Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Zhang Siying.


It was at Siying’s invitation that I was able to visit the headquarters of FLTRP. I have many, many photos. All I can say is that it’s a beautiful building which, besides housing meeting rooms and offices for 1500 employees, also offers 2 complete floors of lodging for international visitors as well as private dining rooms for important meetings and several cafeterias to feed the 1,500 employees who eat in shifts.



Apparently, FLTRP also owns another even bigger building which is used as a training center for teachers in China. The second building boasts an indoor pool, lodging and meeting rooms for all of the teachers as well as hot springs which are located on the property.

During my visit to the FLTRP headquarters, I was shown all around their building, from the impressive lobby, to the many meeting rooms, the recording studio, and even a television studio which is sometimes used by the government to produce television shows.

Colleagues Lang Song and Tang Zhihong joined Siying, Carole and me for a six course luncheon which was cooked onsite and served by female servers wearing crisp white and red uniforms.


If you ever have the chance to do business with China, it makes visiting the country much more meaningful. Over the past two years, besides licensing our Phonics Series to FLTRP, we have also produced over 100 curriculum-based songs and chants to be used with various FLTRP series. I found it wonderful to meet and chat with the people I’ve been working with. Everything seems to come together and the world seems much smaller!