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The Formative Assessment Question that EVERYONE Should Ask

There are two kinds of assessments that are pertinent to teachers of reading and their professional decision making about children and learning. We hear about “Summative” assessments through news outlets. These yearly tests of achievement also end up on the transcripts of our students / children. They are used to gather evidence of a child’s progress […]

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When Reading a book Isn’t Reading the Words…

  At Unite for Literacy, we provide free narrated picture books online to children around the world. Aimed at children birth through about age eight (and their cuddling parents), our books are free, via mobile networks and the Internet. Wondrously Infinite Global Library The narrations of our books include 15 different languages, to date. Parents […]

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This Wonderful Mother Hates to Read, and Raised Three Fabulously and Enthusiastically Literate Children.

Let’s call her Emma. Emma is a school counselor that blurted in a conversation with two literacy teacher / professors (I was one of them) that she hated to read. We were standing in the middle of a lovely elementary school library of all places! Dang, girl! When she said that, in full voice, my […]

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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 […]