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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 […]

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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 […]

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She HATES Reading.

  Hates reading. To an avid reader like me that assertion sounds like she hates living, or hates vacations, or hates spending time with close friends. How is it that a Freshman in college, after 13 years of reputedly solid public schooling hates reading? It’s worth thinking about. If I were going to bring somebody […]

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Books are to Share.

I’m a book lover. I read all the time. Nobody loves book reading more than I do. So writing this little piece about how useless books can be is already hard. You’re probably wondering how a book can be useless. Each one is bound to be a “treasure” to somebody. But that value is fleeting […]

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Becoming an Avid Reader

The path to becoming an Avid Reader is not linear. Teaching kids to read without teaching them the love of books and the value of reading is a wasted endeavor. It results in possibly capable, but utterly disengaged readers. Engagement and lifetime learning are the point of literacy, not merely achievement. Click the diagram for a closer look. Why […]