• Welcome
  • About the Books
  • Selecting & Assigning Books
  • Support
  • Monitoring Progress

Welcome

Welcome to Spark Reading

Watch "Welcome to Spark Reading" Video

Spark Reading has separate sites for Teachers and Students,

so each user lands on a site that is designed around their needs

Teacher View

When teachers log in, they are taken to the teacher site. There are 2 main sections:

  • The LIBRARY section is where teachers access books to use in your teaching, search for and assign books to students, and access the Teaching Notes.
  • The STUDENTS section is where you manage your class list and review analytics
     

Teacher View

 

Student View

When students log in, they are taken to the student site. There are two main sections:

  • The MY BOOKBOX section is where students first land. This is where they have selected or their teacher has selected for them plus the books they have chosen themselves.
  • The LIBRARY section is where students access the entire Spark Reading library to select books they want to add to their bookbox.

Student View

About the Books

Only the best books made the cut

All 700+ titles in Spark Reading have been extensively reviewed and vetted by teachers and students and have a proven track record of engagement.

Thoughtfully Curated

The books in Spark Reading were chosen from the thousands of little books published by Pearson Canada and our partners. We selected only the books that were most appropriate and relevant for Canadian students.

Books were selected from many popular, classroom-tested series

Sails MainSails
Celebrate Canada
Turtle Island Voices
Mathology
Time for Kids
Well Aware
Steam Readers
Annick Press

Proudly Canadian

Our goal is for children to see themselves in their digital library and have opportunities to develop their understanding and appreciation of diversity.

Diversity Pie Chart

Cultural Content

117 titles

Stories, information, and/or perspectives from specific cultures.

22%

of titles in Spark Reading have been written by Canadian authors.

13%

of titles in Spark Reading have been written by Indigenous authors.

Cross-Curricular

Many books connect to Canadian Social Studies, Science, Health, and the Arts curricula. Each book has been tagged allowing teachers and students to easily find books to support learning in other disciplines.

Health and Well-Being

82 books

Mathematics
 

48 books

Social Studies
 

Over 100 books

The Arts
 

41 books

Science
 

Over 100 books

Selecting & Assigning Books

Finding “just right” books is a snap.

Meaningful filters allow you to search books by level, text form, topic, curriculum connection , or key word and assign books to individuals students, groups of students, or the whole class.

Spark Tablet

The Reading Level filter consists of three sub-filters: Section (range of levels), Guided Reading (A-Z), and DRA (1-60)

Teachers can filter by all levels. Students can only filter by Section.

The Topic of Interest/Inquiry filter enables you to filter books by 18 popular topics

These filters are available on both Teacher and Student sites

The Subject Area filter lets you to filter books by five different subject areas (Science, Social Studies, Math, Health and Wellbeing, the Arts)

These filters are available on both Teacher and Student sites

The Genre/Text Type filter enables you to filter books by their genre (e.g., Fiction and Non-Fiction) and/or specific text types (e.g., Biography, Procedure, Graphic Text)

These filters are available on both Teacher and Student sites

The Comprehension Strategies filter enables you to search for books that contain interactive activities related to a specific comprehension strategy

These filters are only available on the Teacher Site

How to Find Books

Watch "How to Find Books" Video

Support

Student Supports

Built-in supports help all students read with success  

Spark Reading has great books, and it has been designed with supports that help students successfully read and become better readers.

Little Girl browsing on laptop

 
Teacher Support

Strategies and tools for busy teachers
 

Whether working with the whole class, small groups, or individuals, teachers will find inspiration and time-saving tools to maximize the impact of their teaching.

Male teacher and male elementary grade student viewing tablet

Monitoring Progress

Keep track of what students are reading and strategies they are learning.

The comprehensive analytic tools in Spark Reading help you monitor and respond to student learning.

Teachers have an instant view of how often students are logging in and reading. Teachers can also drill down to more specific information on each student including the results of any interactive the student has completed.

Spark website - Students section, classroom view

The more detailed information includes the results of any interactive activities  in the books the student has completed. You can also get deeper information on each book the child has on their Bookbox.

Spark website - Students section, Assessed Strategies view

 
 

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What books are included in Spark Reading?

Only the best books made the cut

All 700+ titles in Spark Reading have been reviewed & vetted by teachers and students

They all have a proven track record of engagement

Books come from popular series such as:

You won’t see any star-spangled banners!

Spark Reading is the only digital library with extensive Canadian and Indigenous content.
 
22%
Canadian Authors
 
13%
Indigenous Authors
 
 

Celebrate the diversity of Canada

Children will see themselves in their library and have many opportunities to develop their understanding and appreciation of diversity.
 

How does Spark Reading support Literacy Learning?

In Spark Reading, every student has a bookshelf loaded with books that are “just right” for them.

In addition to teachers assigning books, students can follow their curiosity and select their own books. The result is a customized bookshelf that becomes their go-to place for reading material.

Interactive activities engage students in learning and applying comprehension strategies.

Each book has 2-3 interactive activities embedded to help students understand what they read and become more strategic readers.

Support when they need it.

Spark reading supports success with personalization tools like “real-voice” audio recordings and sentence highlighting.
 

How does Spark Reading support and inform my teaching?

Designed for Canadian schools.

The Spark Reading library was curated for Canadian schools with strong connections to our curriculum topics and pedagogies. Whatever your need, you’re sure to find appropriate material in Spark.

Finding “just right” books is a snap.

Meaningful filters allow you to search for books by level, topic, curriculum connection, text form, or key word.

Spark Reading keeps track of what students are reading and the strategies they are learning.

The comprehensive analytic tools in Spark Reading help you monitor and respond to student learning.

Information and inspiration with just a click.

One-page Teaching Notes for each title summarize book information and suggest extension activities.
 

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