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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 […]

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Celebrate July 4th, Cultivate Independence

I learned recently that Ben Franklin didn’t think the 4th of July was a good choice of a date for celebrating our country’s independence. He thought the Declaration of Independence was a wonderful thing to assert of course, but he reflected that a better date for a holiday might coincide with the events that actually […]

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Do What You Can

I’ve asserted before that the literacy in a community is not solely the province of schools and children. Schools and teachers do play an important part in the development of literacy, of course, but much is missed in school curricula that have evolved to become focused solely on teaching kids to do literacy to some […]

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How to “Appreciate” a Teacher

Did you know 3.7+ million U.S. citizens are teachers, working with kids of all ages to prepare them for successful and rewarding lives in this ever changing and largely unpredictable world? Who comes to your mind when you hear the word “teacher?” A nun in full habit with a ready smile? A blue-haired woman in […]

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Early Literacy Must NOT Start With Preschool Enrollment

We have to stop kidding ourselves and call out the elephant in the room. Early literacy does NOT equate to early preschool education. News story after editorial after article after ivory-tower speech nearly all continue to equate early childhood education with preschool. Preschool of course IS early, but take a small step back from the current […]

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Linguistically Speaking…

Today our publisher, Holly Hartman, and I were talking about how sad it is that so few Americans speak a second language. We speculated that the positive impact of everyone speaking an additional language would have an enormous impact on our learning lives and, in particular, on our economy. We took turns praising those we knew […]

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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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What’s the Difference?

Unite for Literacy has a free online library of 120+ picture books written and designed specifically for new readers to enjoy with their families and friends. The books are (currently) displayed in English, and may be heard, on-demand, read by native English speakers. In addition, readers may select to hear these books read by native speakers in […]

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Dang!

Monday was International Literacy Day and I missed it! Now what?! This day of recognition and celebration of the importance of literacy is organized and promoted each year by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and this year the specific focus was upon narrowing the “gap” between the status of literacy for boys […]