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It’s Family Scholarly Culture! …wait…What?

  In a recent research report [i], written by sociologists, the phrase, Family Scholarly Culture, was used to describe the quality of life inside homes where books regularly serve as levers for inserting new ideas and experiences into the ongoing  family conversation. This research was conducted in 27 countries (of every economic level and every […]

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The Long and the Short of Reading

Recently, I’ve made some (what I would hope to be perceived as) gentle (though utterly failed) attempts to coax my colleagues into a discussion about what I see as our confused priorities when it comes to reading education. Beginning with the premise that “What gets measured gets done,” I have shared my observations that our […]

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Why would you WANT to Fly?

The school library is the most important room in the school. No, Really. It is! For the sake of those who may doubt this assertion, permit me to begin with the more basic idea that avid reading is the keystone of a complete education… “Keystone” of course means that without it everything falls apart. In […]

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They are Among Us. We Must Find them Before it’s too Late.

Oh, they look like they are doing what the teacher assigned, or they leave the impression that they have gone blissfully to bed, or they sit quietly in the back seat, apparently playing a not particularly exciting video game. They go by many names. Amid the din and bustle of the school bus, the driver […]

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Shelf Life

Books have a complex and magical “Shelf” life.  They sit there on a shelf, compact, dormant,  unblinking(!) Waiting, even. But the instant they are pulled down and opened, they wonderfully spring to life in our hands. For first-time readers of a book, what emerges is all new and exciting, full of surprises and unexpected connections to things […]

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What Counts as Reading with Kids?

Enough with reading, let’s do some math here. Surely you’ve noticed the trend across blogs and websites to have numbers in their title these days. So, let’s run some of those numbers… My current favorite reading campaigns (You didn’t really think I’d write about anything but reading-focused math did you?) are 1000 Books Before Kindergarten […]

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The “Golden Rule” for Ensuring a Child’s Success

Parents and older siblings are the young child’s first teachers… but they are not school teachers. What they do for a child is much more important than what happens in school. There is a single critical role for family and friends to play in the joyful development of children, especially between birth and the beginning […]

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Are you a Wild Reader?

If you eat the same breakfast cereal every morning, do you also read everything on the back of the same box every morning, too? I do. I’ve noticed myself doing that and I wondered WHY? I mean, I already KNOW what’s on the back of that box. I’ve seen it for nearly a week now. Sometimes […]