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What’s the Difference?

Unite for Literacy has a free online library of 120+ picture books written and designed specifically for new readers to enjoy with their families and friends. The books are (currently) displayed in English, and may be heard, on-demand, read by native English speakers. In addition, readers may select to hear these books read by native speakers in […]

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Dang!

Monday was International Literacy Day and I missed it! Now what?! This day of recognition and celebration of the importance of literacy is organized and promoted each year by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and this year the specific focus was upon narrowing the “gap” between the status of literacy for boys […]

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Full literacy is About Community

Fully literate communities will never happen just from literacy being part of school curriculum. Teachers and schools, serving the needs of linguistically and culturally diverse families, have not yet and in the foreseeable future still won’t be able to establish fully literate communities all by themselves. These dedicated professionals connecting with children for up to 180 days […]

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Helping New Readers Select and Enjoy Good Books

Avid Readers are leaders. They virtually always succeed in school and in life. But how do we get young children started on the path to becoming truly AVID readers? ACCESS The key is providing new readers with ready access to abundant, potentially enjoyable books and then offering encouragement and guidance. Fortunately, the power of books […]

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Young Turks Take Over a US Library … and It’s Perfect!

For the last few months I have had the distinct pleasure and honor to work with a team of English Literature major University students and their talented and inspirational professor. We were working together (they worked way more than I did) on making sure that the youngest children in their communities had an abundance of […]

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It’s a 3 Part Process: Reading. Talking. Relaxing.

In its simplest form, that’s what a delightful, instructive and rewarding adult- reading-with-kid event looks and feels like. Read together every day. This may be hard for adults to get comfortable with. However, with just a little practice, parents (and anybody else) can get good at it in no time. Children don’t care how good […]