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Whether you are in a school, daycare, dayhome, homeschool or after-school group, EPL shares your passion for early literacy. That's why we provide resources and services to support literacy, lifelong learning, leisure reading and educational needs.

En français? Check out our French resources, including book lists, classes and events and the Bataille des bouquins reading program.

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Cast Your Vote: Deadline ExtendedCast Your Vote for YRCA

The voting deadline has been extended. Vote for your favourite YRCA 2020 books by May 31!

How EPL Can Help Educators

Your Dedicated Branch Contact

Your library branch contact is your one-stop-shop for all things EPL, from booking visits to connecting you with the right resources for your students, providing age-appropriate reading recommendations, organizing staff training and more.

Visit the Library

EPL offers free library tours for all levels, ranging from a general introduction to the library, to an in-depth exploration of a topic of your choice.

This program is available to schools, daycares, dayhomes, homeschools and after-school groups.

Bring the Library to You

Class Visits: EPL staff can visit your location to promote literacy and showcase the research resources found at EPL branches. All sessions are free.

Staff Meetings: Bring our expert library staff to your next team meeting and we’ll deliver personalized literacy training. All sessions are free.

These programs are available to schools, daycares and after-school groups. 


School Library Card Program

Your students can get their EPL cards sent directly to your class. Now that’s good service.

This project is in partnership with the Conseil Scolaire Centre-Nord, Edmonton Catholic Schools and Edmonton Public Schools. For further information about this project, please email SchoolCards@epl.ca.

Hi-Lo Books

Hi-Lo books offer age-appropriate, relevant subject matter for junior high and high school students at a lower reading level. Interesting and easy to read but not "for kids", they can hook reluctant readers, ELL students, and teens who struggle with literacy on reading. Read this article to learn more.

There are 3 ways to find Hi-Lo books on epl.ca:

  1. Type “High Interest-low Vocabulary Books” into the search box and change the search term to subject.
  2. Search for books in one of the five Orca Hi-Lo series by typing the series title into the search box and change the search term to series.
  3. Use this awesome curated list of specifically designated Hi-Lo titles for teens, including books, graphic novels, ebooks and audiobooks.

Orca is a Canadian publisher that has several Hi-Lo series for kids 8 and up. Visit the publisher’s website for more information.

Orca Currents

Orca Currents are short, high interest novels with contemporary themes written specifically for middle school students reading below grade level.

Reading levels from grade 2.0 to 5.0. Interest level ages 10–14.

Orca Limelights
Orca Sports
Orca Soundings
Rapid Reads

Hi-Lo Books

Hi-Lo Books for Teens

Perfect for teens who struggle with literacy, these titles are recommended for their Hi-Lo attributes (high interest, low readability).

Young Reader's Choice Awards

The Young Reader's Choice Awards (YRCA) is an international reading program for students in Grades 4-12. Students can nominate titles and choose winners. Click here to have your class cast their votes and for copies of book profiles and book talks.

En français?

Bataille des bouquins is our annual French reading program. Some of the YRCA 2020 nominated books have also been translated into French.

Are you submitting YRCA 2020 votes for a school or classroom?

Check Out the 2020 Nominees

Educators - YRCA

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