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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 […]

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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 […]