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For Everyone, for free, forever and…

Unite for Literacy is a Social Enterprise. We are a for-profit business committed to maximizing our social and economic impact on literacy.  My role within Unite for Literacy is Business Development.  As I share our story, search for sponsors and grow our business, I’m frequently asked the same question, which is frequently followed by the […]

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Free Books for the World’s Families are Just Around the Corner

Last Friday I invited the world (well, everybody that read that blog) into a new conversation about Reading. More specifically, I reminded readers of some very important issues and research that don’t seem to be part of the current conversations in literacy circles. The current buzz is only focused on standards and teacher assessment and […]

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No. Really.

We’re Starting a NEW Conversation about Reading If you have been following my blog lately, you have heard me assert that it is time to “Change the Conversation” around basic literacy. ·                     In late January, referring to babies, toddlers and preschoolers, I suggested that the value in reading a book with kids doesn’t only have […]

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It’s Family Scholarly Culture! …wait…What?

  In a recent research report [i], written by sociologists, the phrase, Family Scholarly Culture, was used to describe the quality of life inside homes where books regularly serve as levers for inserting new ideas and experiences into the ongoing  family conversation. This research was conducted in 27 countries (of every economic level and every […]

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They are Among Us. We Must Find them Before it’s too Late.

Oh, they look like they are doing what the teacher assigned, or they leave the impression that they have gone blissfully to bed, or they sit quietly in the back seat, apparently playing a not particularly exciting video game. They go by many names. Amid the din and bustle of the school bus, the driver […]

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Shelf Life

Books have a complex and magical “Shelf” life.  They sit there on a shelf, compact, dormant,  unblinking(!) Waiting, even. But the instant they are pulled down and opened, they wonderfully spring to life in our hands. For first-time readers of a book, what emerges is all new and exciting, full of surprises and unexpected connections to things […]

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What Counts as Reading with Kids?

Enough with reading, let’s do some math here. Surely you’ve noticed the trend across blogs and websites to have numbers in their title these days. So, let’s run some of those numbers… My current favorite reading campaigns (You didn’t really think I’d write about anything but reading-focused math did you?) are 1000 Books Before Kindergarten […]