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Sound the Alarm!

Consider this statement: “An alarming number of children in the U.S. never become accomplished musicians.” Well, okay. I’m thinking that shouldn’t be a surprise. Becoming an accomplished musician takes years of coaching, tons of practice and unflagging dedication to refining one’s technique. Okay, so instead, what if I asked you to consider, “An alarming number of children never […]

Family Reading

Raising Life-long Readers is Up to Us!

17 Great Read-Alouds for Preschoolers!   23 Never-Fail Read-Aloud Choices! Reading Aloud—the Launch-pad for Great Conversation! Parents and teachers see these kinds of headlines all the time. They are a constant reminder of the importance of reading with our kids and of the truly fabulous and fairly steady stream of wonderful book choices available from […]

Holiday in my Pocket 2

A Holiday in your Pocket!

Just a quick note of recognition for today, September 8, 2015, being International Literacy Day! Schools everywhere are stopping today to recognize and recommit to the value that literacy brings into children’s lives every day. I’ve mentioned here before that since I always have a book with me (yes ALWAYS, printed or digital) I am NEVER, […]


It’s Almost Book Lovers Day!

Reading and books are about sharing personal stories and knowledge. In that spirit, being a book lover, I searched online for a few terms that have particular importance to me, personally and professionally: books, libraries and reading. If you are a person who loves books and reading then you will find the following search results […]


Literacy Transforms

Transformation is big. Transformation is not just learning something new. It’s not just adjusting. It’s changing a way of being…in life. Like how caterpillars transform into beautiful butterflies. Most transformations are triggered by an event—some are huge, others not so much. Some transformation catalysts are even seemingly benign, like literacy. This concept of transformation is […]


NAG Kids to Help Them Catch the Summer Reading Bug

Kids tend not to read in the summertime. In school they are required to read, but when that structure falls away as the last dismissal bell tolls in the springtime, reading is so over for so many! Few of us care about whether kids continue to be good at sidewalk chalk art or riding skateboards […]