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Are we THERE Yet?

Thanksgiving is one of the busiest times to travel in the entire year. As proof, Denver’s airport expects 1 million travelers to pass through its concourses between now and early next week! Christmas is right up there, too. Travel can be largely a “hurry up and wait” enterprise no matter how you do it. For […]

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Every Book Matters

I’ve shared here before about the recent research conducted about the amazing impact of having books in the home. That longitudinal study, conducted in 27 countries over a 20-year period concluded that the single best index for predicting school achievement is the number of books in a child’s home. That beats parental education or income, the […]

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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 […]

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Helping New Readers Select and Enjoy Good Books

Avid Readers are leaders. They virtually always succeed in school and in life. But how do we get young children started on the path to becoming truly AVID readers? ACCESS The key is providing new readers with ready access to abundant, potentially enjoyable books and then offering encouragement and guidance. Fortunately, the power of books […]

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It’s a 3 Part Process: Reading. Talking. Relaxing.

In its simplest form, that’s what a delightful, instructive and rewarding adult- reading-with-kid event looks and feels like. Read together every day. This may be hard for adults to get comfortable with. However, with just a little practice, parents (and anybody else) can get good at it in no time. Children don’t care how good […]

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Free Books for the World’s Families are Just Around the Corner

Last Friday I invited the world (well, everybody that read that blog) into a new conversation about Reading. More specifically, I reminded readers of some very important issues and research that don’t seem to be part of the current conversations in literacy circles. The current buzz is only focused on standards and teacher assessment and […]