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Only 60 percent? Surely, not!

I recently reviewed the latest Scholastic Kids and Family Reading Report (2014) and was struck by the many interesting statistics shared through this well-designed survey about book reading by children and families. For example, 60 percent of the more than 2500 parents surveyed said they received the advice from someone that reading books to children from birth […]

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Who REALLY Needs Diverse Books, Anyway?

I came across an article in the Pacific Standard magazine recently that got me thinking about what diversity in children’s books really means. It was authored by Noah Berlatsky, a somewhat controversial writer and cartoon editor. In it he says, “Diverse kids’ literature gives children of color a chance to see themselves as heroes, which is vital. […]

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The Big Alarm Clock for Little Ones

Have you seen the new cute little alarm clocks for babies, toddlers and preschoolers? No. No you haven’t. I hope you never will. If not interrupted by a full diaper or falling out of bed, small children will wake up when they are finished with their sleeping. They know when they are ready. Upon waking children immediately […]

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Break the silence…for a child’s sake

I work from home. I spend my days accompanied mostly by snores from two large dogs and a periodic walk-by purr from a very small cat. It’s peaceful and quiet here. Today I’m thinking it’s too quiet. The exercisers who go by my window are typically alone, as are the young parents pushing strollers. Walkers and […]

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Piecing Together Forever Learning

“Remember that time in 8th-grade science class when Mr. Oetting blew into the pig’s lungs?” “Oh, man! I haven’t thought about that in years. Yes! That was so cool!” Has this ever happened to you? Have you suddenly remembered something that one would think would be unforgettable? Something that once seemed really important or interesting? […]

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Starters or Stoppers? That is the Question.

At its best, literacy starts conversations that can bring people closer together in understanding and connectedness. Literacy falls short of that promise when what passes for sharing books actually interrupts or stops such conversation. Ideally, literacy, like conversation, is a means for offering others information, feelings and experiences. Authors carefully craft what they wish to […]

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Early Literacy: What’s Your Role?

I recently had the pleasure of meeting with the folks at Read Charlotte in North Carolina. This is a city-/county-wide effort to connect public, private and civic sectors of that region in addressing the troubling challenge that 60 percent of their children exit 3rd grade without the reading abilities associated with joyful success in school. […]

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Eye to Eye with Young Parents

Today I’ve been reading a National Academy of Sciences book about Birth through 8 year old education*. Given that the focus of the Unite for Literacy library is on supporting families of those children in helping them developing a love of books and reading, I grab everything I encounter about the active little learning machines […]