In a year like no other, EPL is continually working to provide educators with useful and timely resources and services that support literacy and student learning. Don't see what you need? Email your dedicated branch contact and we'll see what we can do.


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Cast Your VoteCast Your Vote for YRCA

Vote for your favourite 2021 YRCA books by April 15, 2022.

How EPL Helps Teachers

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School Visits

Due to the pandemic, EPL is offering virtual school visits only at this time. Educators can choose from several options, including a library tour, an information literacy presentation, Young Reader's Choice Awards book talks or a presentation at a teachers' staff meeting.


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.

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School Library Card Program

Your students can get their EPL cards sent directly to your class. 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

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Young Reader’s Choice Awards

The Young Reader's Choice Awards (YRCA) is a year-long reading program for children in Grades 4-12. Sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Library Association (PNLA), it is the only award where children choose the nominated books and the winners.

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French Material and Resources

EPL has a number of dedicated resources for French teachers and their students including French eBooks in Cantook Station and Overdrive, book listsclasses and events and the annual Bataille des bouquins reading program for children in Grades 4-6.


EPL's Dedicated Newsletter for Teachers

Subscribe to the quarterly Teachers' Toolbox and get access to the latest booklists and online resources, hear about new EPL programs and services for schools and get ideas about how teachers and the Library can collaborate. Preview the latest issue here.

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Whether learning at school or at home, we have what students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 need to succeed this year.

Supporting Readers

As a teacher, you know reading is an essential skill that impacts a child's future success in school and life. EPL can help! We have a number of FREE programs and resources to:

  • Improve students' reading skills
  • Increase reading motivation and reading for pleasure
  • Support families reading together at home


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NoveList K-8

NoveList K-8 Plus is a read-alike resource for students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 with recommendations for both fiction and non-fiction.

Reading Programs for Students and their Families

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Start Your Own Family Book Club at Home

Starting your own Family Book Club is a fantastic way to keep the practice of reading aloud as your children age. We'll teach you how.

Book Bites helps satisfy a child's hunger for new books! Every month, EPL staff preview newer books for Grades 1-3 and Grades 4-6. Titles are available in physical and digital formats for FREE at EPL. To enhance the reading experience, books are paired with fun literacy activities to complete at home or in the classroom. Each Book Bite includes:

  • book talk in video format
  • instructions and documents for the related activities
  • list of similar titles for each book

For teachers, Book Bites spark read aloud ideas and activities for the classroom, or simply help with recommending awesome age-appropriate titles to families.

Hi-Lo Books

What are hi-lo books?

High interest, low vocabulary (hi-lo) 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 ELL students and reluctant or struggling readers on reading. Learn more about Hi-Low books., opens a new window

How do I find Hi-Lo books on

  1. Type “High Interest-low Vocabulary Books” into the search box and change the search term to subject.
  2. Use this awesome curated list of specifically designated Hi-Lo titles for teens, including books, graphic novels, ebooks and audiobooks.
  3. Search for books in the Orca Hi-Lo series (for kids age 8+); type the series title into the search box and change the search term to series.

What are the different Orca book series?

Orca Currents

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

Reading levels from Grades 2.0 to 5.0. Interest level age 10-14.

Orca Limelights
Orca Sports
Orca Soundings
Rapid Reads

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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).

Online Resources

EPL has tons of digital content but here are the online resources we recommend most to help students with their learning.

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