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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 […]


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 […]


We are WAY Too Late!

In a recent week’s National Center for Literacy Education Smartbrief I found, “Sharing Our Practices: Family / School Partnerships Web Event.” You may read this review of a panel discussion about involving families by clicking here. My first reaction was that nobody who understands children and learning would argue against family / school partnerships. They are an essential […]

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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]