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Afternoon Delights

Right after school, with homework quickly handled, kids want to go outside and play with their friends, or goof around with video games and such. But what if it is raining, or cold and windy, or their friends are all busy, or they’ve used up their allotted video game time for the week already? What […]

Small Business Drives a Culture of Reading…or Not

Who are the “players” in a community who help create and maintain a palpable culture of reading? A healthy community’s reading culture is like any other aspect of its culture. It is an ever-present expectation that expresses a community’s values. A culture of reading expresses a set of consistently positive values around books and authors […]

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SEE what we MEAN?

One of the joys of using new technology is discovering we can do things that we never before considered could be done. Well, our genius techies here at Unite for Literacy have just figured out how to make it possible to share our picture books with Deaf and Hard of Hearing children. I am certainly […]

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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 […]

Family Reading

Full literacy is About Community

Fully literate communities will never happen just from literacy being part of school curriculum. Teachers and schools, serving the needs of linguistically and culturally diverse families, have not yet and in the foreseeable future still won’t be able to establish fully literate communities all by themselves. These dedicated professionals connecting with children for up to 180 days […]

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Helping New Readers Select and Enjoy Good Books

Avid Readers are leaders. They virtually always succeed in school and in life. But how do we get young children started on the path to becoming truly AVID readers? ACCESS The key is providing new readers with ready access to abundant, potentially enjoyable books and then offering encouragement and guidance. Fortunately, the power of books […]