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over and Over and OVER again!

Many research studies exist about the fabulous benefits of repeatedly reading a well-chosen book to children. Good teachers know and use this tactic to promote fluent reading, enrich vocabulary, engender deep comprehension,  and encourage richer conversation. However, this practice that research supports and teachers sometimes drives many well-intentioned parents crazy. When a child asks for […]

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Are we THERE Yet?

Thanksgiving is one of the busiest times to travel in the entire year. As proof, Denver’s airport expects 1 million travelers to pass through its concourses between now and early next week! Christmas is right up there, too. Travel can be largely a “hurry up and wait” enterprise no matter how you do it. For […]

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Every Book Matters

I’ve shared here before about the recent research conducted about the amazing impact of having books in the home. That longitudinal study, conducted in 27 countries over a 20-year period concluded that the single best index for predicting school achievement is the number of books in a child’s home. That beats parental education or income, the […]

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Home-grown Diversity

November is officially National American Indian Heritage Month. It also is Alaska Native Heritage Month.* The contribution that native cultures have made to mainstream America may be invisible to the average American, but these are our fellow citizens and their diversity adds strength to this most diverse of countries. Indigenous North Americans invite everyone, including us descendants […]

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Old-fashioned Good Reads

What’s the difference between a child reading a digital picture book on a screen and reading the same book, printed? Small children often find digital books fascinating; they also become excited with the opportunity to enjoy a printed book. They’re both books, right? So, what’s the diff? Important to note here, is that what are […]

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This Kindergartner Hits 1,000!

With the 2014 World Series in full swing, a dear friend of mine from Louisville, Kentucky, thought it appropriate to send me a clipping from that city’s newspaper; it celebrates a young lady named Zen Kweli. She’s a kindergartener who has achieved what most children (and many adults) never do. She’s read 1,000 unique books…and […]

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Afternoon Delights

Right after school, with homework quickly handled, kids want to go outside and play with their friends, or goof around with video games and such. But what if it is raining, or cold and windy, or their friends are all busy, or they’ve used up their allotted video game time for the week already? What […]

Small Business Drives a Culture of Reading…or Not

Who are the “players” in a community who help create and maintain a palpable culture of reading? A healthy community’s reading culture is like any other aspect of its culture. It is an ever-present expectation that expresses a community’s values. A culture of reading expresses a set of consistently positive values around books and authors […]

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SEE what we MEAN?

One of the joys of using new technology is discovering we can do things that we never before considered could be done. Well, our genius techies here at Unite for Literacy have just figured out how to make it possible to share our picture books with Deaf and Hard of Hearing children. I am certainly […]