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Look at All the BOOKS, Honey!

New readers can get overwhelmed when presented with an abundance of books from which to choose. Beyond a random grab or selecting books based upon cover designs, novices don’t know how to select books the way more experienced readers do and little ones can get lost in the dizzying number of choices. So, how do […]

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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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Bookish Chatter

My brother sent me an article about the value added by parent and sibling small talk to the language development of infants. Presumably to entice people to read the article, from England’s DailyMail.com, it sported the inflammatory headline: “Mindless chatter is FOUR TIMES better at improving a child’s communication skills than bedtime reading, claims study” […]

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2 Book Tuesday

Unite for Literacy is known for its free online library of narrated picture books for new readers (www.uniteforliteracy.com). This week, we initiated what we have termed Two Book Tuesday (#2BookTues). Every Tuesday for the foreseeable future, we will be adding two new books to the Unite for Literacy Library. Like all of our other books, […]

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Next Window, please…

Windows of opportunity, like house windows, only provide fresh air when they are open. A closed window of opportunity is like a wall in a house. Well, actually, procrastinators can see what might have been possible by studying a lost opportunity window, but once a window that offered choices is closed, there’s really not much […]

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over and Over and OVER again!

Many research studies exist about the fabulous benefits of repeatedly reading a well-chosen book to children. Good teachers know and use this tactic to promote fluent reading, enrich vocabulary, engender deep comprehension,  and encourage richer conversation. However, this practice that research supports and teachers sometimes drives many well-intentioned parents crazy. When a child asks for […]

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Are we THERE Yet?

Thanksgiving is one of the busiest times to travel in the entire year. As proof, Denver’s airport expects 1 million travelers to pass through its concourses between now and early next week! Christmas is right up there, too. Travel can be largely a “hurry up and wait” enterprise no matter how you do it. For […]

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Every Book Matters

I’ve shared here before about the recent research conducted about the amazing impact of having books in the home. That longitudinal study, conducted in 27 countries over a 20-year period concluded that the single best index for predicting school achievement is the number of books in a child’s home. That beats parental education or income, the […]

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Home-grown Diversity

November is officially National American Indian Heritage Month. It also is Alaska Native Heritage Month.* The contribution that native cultures have made to mainstream America may be invisible to the average American, but these are our fellow citizens and their diversity adds strength to this most diverse of countries. Indigenous North Americans invite everyone, including us descendants […]

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This Kindergartner Hits 1,000!

With the 2014 World Series in full swing, a dear friend of mine from Louisville, Kentucky, thought it appropriate to send me a clipping from that city’s newspaper; it celebrates a young lady named Zen Kweli. She’s a kindergartener who has achieved what most children (and many adults) never do. She’s read 1,000 unique books…and […]