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Meg and Greg: A Duck in a Sock
By (author): Elspeth Rae By (author): Rowena Rae Illustrated by: Elisa Gutiérrez
9781459824904 Paperback, Trade English Juvenile: Age (years) from 6 - 8, Grade (CAN) from 1 - 3, Grade (US) from 1 - 3, Reading age from 6 - 8 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Readers / Beginner North America Apr 14, 2020 Print Run: 6000
$14.95 CAD
Active 5.88 x 8.25 x 0.45 in | 240 gr 168 pages 168 B&W illustrations FSC certified – mixed sources C016245 Orca Book Publishers
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection 2020, Commended
A Duck in a Sock is the first book in a series designed for shared reading between a child learning to read and an experienced reader. The stories have special features to help a child with dyslexia or another language-based learning difficulty find reading success.

Meg and Greg are hanging out for the summer doing what ten-year-olds do—helping an injured duckling, finding a lost pet fish, saving ranch animals from a wildfire and catching a wandering sloth! Jump inside to join Meg and Greg on their adventures.

Key Selling Points

  • This book includes features to accommodate struggling or dyslexic readers, such as comic-book-style illustrations, a dyslexia-friendly typeface with ample spacing and shaded paper to reduce contrast between text and paper—all of which make this series more accessible.
  • Targeted at struggling readers ages six to nine, A Duck in a Sock has a wide appeal to ELL readers, reluctant readers and at-level readers alike with its engaging and age-appropriate plots and low reading level that doesn’t demoralize or stigmatize struggling readers.
  • Co-author Elspeth Rae is a teacher certified in using the Orton-Gillingham Approach to teach children with dyslexia and other language-based learning difficulties. She is currently a literacy specialist teaching reading, spelling and writing to children ages five to thirteen.
  • Co-author Elspeth Rae was diagnosed with dyslexia when she was eight years old.
  • This is the first book in a series that introduces one new phonogram (a letter or combination of letters that represent a sound) in each story. These books are cumulative, so each story builds on the previous one, and each book will build on the previous book. The first book covers the ck, sh, ch and th phonograms.

Elspeth Rae has a BEd from Simon Fraser University and is a certified Orton-Gillingham teacher for children with dyslexia and other language-learning difficulties. Elspeth was diagnosed with dyslexia at age eight and received Orton-Gillingham instruction during her school years. As a certified teacher, she works as a literacy specialist in the public school system, where she teaches reading, spelling and writing to children ages five to thirteen. She lives in Vancouver.

Rowena Rae worked as a biologist in Canada and New Zealand before becoming a freelance writer and editor and a children’s author. She writes both fiction and nonfiction from her home in Victoria, British Columbia.

Elisa Gutiérrez is an award-winning designer, author and illustrator. Her book Picturescape was short-listed for the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize, was honored by the Alcuin Society and was the subject of a scholarly paper by the renowned Dr. Lawrence Sipe. Elisa has designed over 100 books and specializes in book design for children. Born and raised in Mexico City, Elisa lives in Vancouver.

Marketing and Promotional Plans
  • Print and online advertising campaigns
  • Author appearances at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
  • Extensive ARC distribution, including NetGalley
  • Blog and social media promotion
  • Infographic poster for retail, classroom and library distribution
  • Dedicated website with how-to guides:

“Brings new energy to the task of learning to read.” - Kirkus Reviews

“The stories offer both flashes of humor and plenty of action to drive the instructional intent.” - Booklist

“There are many books focusing on leveled reading, but Meg and Greg: A Duck in a Sock is a series with a difference...The sharing of the reading between an experienced reader and the child allows for the inclusion of more complex text on the buddy reader's page and a lower reading level with a phonogram focus on the kid's page. This allows for a richer reading experience and a guided learning experience for the child. Highly Recommended.” - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“This primer should appeal to phonics stalwarts and phonics learners...Art, drawn in a heavy ink line, helps readers focus on labeled objects and voice-balloon content.” - Publishers Weekly

“A unique approach to high-interest texts for reluctant burgeoning readers, this book offers phonics fun wrapped in serious research-based success.” - School Library Journal

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Meg and Greg: Frank and the Skunk Elspeth Rae 9781459824935 $14.95 CAD Sep 22, 2020


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