The Ben Learns series introduces early readers to entrepreneurial values such as being creative, self-reliant, a team player, etc. The collection helps develop self-confidence along with social and interdisciplinary skills. The series implements several strategies to help children decode words and understand meaning: silent letters and complex sounds are indicated, there is a glossary for vocabulary words, and illustrations help guide the narrative. The collection encourages active learning: readers must contribute to Ben’s project by giving him the key (the word) that will solve his problems or help his friends solve theirs. With endearing characters, evocative storylines, and careful attention to pedagogical tools, Ben Learns is a collection that has it all!
- A familiar character (also appearing in Julie’s Notebook and Little Entrepreneurs comics)
- An initiation to entrepreneurial values
- Pedagogical tools to help early readers (complex sounds and silent letters)
- Fun stories that feature real-life problems 24 titles in the series to this day
Julia Gagnon, author
Julia Gagnon has a Bachelor’s of Communications from Université Laval and a degree from École d’Entrepreneurship de Beauce. She is the Vice President of sales for the family business Attraction and the mother of two young boys. To help her older son overcome his learning difficulties, she founded a publishing house and launched the collection "Ben Learns". A few years later, she partnered with the Quebec publisher Marcel Didier, renowned for its expertise in pedagogical tools. With her series, she wants children to develop the reflex to look in their toolbox when they encounter a problem. She is convinced that with good reflexes and good values, children are capable of achieving great things.
Danielle Tremblay, illustrator
Rights Holder: Éditions MD
rights available: World
age range: 6 - 9
publication date: 09/01/2016
Original language of pub: French | Français
Materials Available: finished book