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Celebrate Diversity in Books

Today is Multicultural Children’s Book Day! We at Unite for Literacy pride ourselves in presenting a library of books that celebrate the diversity found among families that call the United States home. This day of recognition for multicultural children’s books is a nice opportunity to publicly embrace a larger effort to ensure that all children […]

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Happy National Lifelong Learning Week!

Actually, it’s National Book WEEK…er MONTH…Wait,…What? Well, actually, this week it’s both of those! Today is the third week of National Book MONTH. That makes it National Book WEEK. We recognize Books like this because they add value to to lives of every child and adult. It’s as simple as that and well worth a […]

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over and Over and OVER again!

Many research studies exist about the fabulous benefits of repeatedly reading a well-chosen book to children. Good teachers know and use this tactic to promote fluent reading, enrich vocabulary, engender deep comprehension,  and encourage richer conversation. However, this practice that research supports and teachers sometimes drives many well-intentioned parents crazy. When a child asks for […]

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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 […]