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Bilinguals are Like Glue

Currently, there are about 350 languages spoken in homes in the United States of America. Immigrant families in the U.S. speak as many as 200 languages from around the world. Another 150 languages are spoken by Native American families. Many families are “bilingual,” “emergent bilingual” or even “multi-lingual.” Such labels are honored distinctions of accomplishment as the world population continues […]

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Success Includes Choosing to Learn

Learning from sun up till sundown. That’s what small children do. Everyday they busily seek out and learn from everything they can reach to see, hear, feel, smell or taste. They engage with people and objects to explore what impact they can have upon them. It’s an effort to understand and exert some kind of control over things in […]

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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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Influence Pedaling–It’s a Time Thing

Recently, a headline snatched my attention and stirred my ire. It read, “The Right Way to Bribe Your Kids to Read.” I was livid, immediately ticking off to myself all of the reasons why bribery and the buying of influence was always a bad thing! I dove into the article, pen in hand, ready to dash off a withering critique […]

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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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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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Language, Literacy and Love

Given the hate-filled event of this past week, it seems the perfect time to remind ourselves of the natural love in what we do here at Unite for Literacy. Providing books—the artifacts of an author’s existence—releasing them to the world, reaching out to others, even across space and through time, nurtures unity in a community. […]