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The Book Whisperer. Beat that!

Donalyn Miller has made a name for herself. She wrote a book called The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child. (2009. Jossey-Bass. San Francisco). Her undisputed claim to being The Book Whisperer is that she can turn any child coming into her sixth grade classroom in Texas into an avid reader no […]

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Unite for Literacy is a “Social” Enterprise

Here at Unite for Literacy we are constantly being asked the following question, ‘Hey, you folks have created a library of free books for people all over the world who are learning to read. So, you’re a non-profit, right?” Well, actually, no. In fact, we are what is called a “social enterprise.” A social enterprise is an organization that […]

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There’s Nothing Quite Like it!

November is Picture Book Month! These familiar kinds of declarations are about often subtle, but uniquely important things in a culture, like religious holidays, family celebrations and community traditions. Each one declares that for this community, it’s unique… there’s nothing quite like it. It should be no surprise that here at Unite for Literacy we […]

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Today is National Non-Fiction Day in England!

With that in mind, we are seeking to reach out to all those in England (and elsewhere) who find this celebration an excellent excuse (as if they needed one) to settle down with a good fact-rich book on something they really are curious about.[/caption] I’m sure that you’ve noticed that virtually all of our books […]

Violet is at it again!!

Happy Halloween from your friends at Unite for Literacy!

Violet is our unofficial mascot here at Unite for Literacy. Her popularity as the featured “character” of many of our math oriented picture books for young children is nearly legendary. Typically she is involved with basic arithmetic and categorizations, and if those books include food (and they always do), Violet always seems to get confused […]

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Checking Out Checking Out

  Think of all the places you can Check Out. Hotels, Hospitals, Grocery stores, and of course Libraries. Think of all the ways you can Check something Out. “Check out that hairdo over there!” “Sorry, could you repeat that, I must have checked out for a sec.” “Everything checks out, it’s good to go.” “Did […]

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She HATES Reading.

  Hates reading. To an avid reader like me that assertion sounds like she hates living, or hates vacations, or hates spending time with close friends. How is it that a Freshman in college, after 13 years of reputedly solid public schooling hates reading? It’s worth thinking about. If I were going to bring somebody […]

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It’s Screen Time!

It’s common for a new term to take awhile to be refined until it actually means what we need it to mean. For example, we don’t hear about young children’s “screen time” in positive contexts these days. That is because Screen Time is a very broad brush that includes TV as baby sitter, violent video […]

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Yesterday was World Literacy Day!

Literacy is always and only about sharing. Sometimes that sharing is between author and reader, between co-authors or among readers, sometimes even between self and future self. So, just to be clear here, there really isn’t “world literacy” without pencils and paper and books in ALL people’s hands. Prior to that happy day, World Literacy […]

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Books are to Share.

I’m a book lover. I read all the time. Nobody loves book reading more than I do. So writing this little piece about how useless books can be is already hard. You’re probably wondering how a book can be useless. Each one is bound to be a “treasure” to somebody. But that value is fleeting […]