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50 Percent of Eligible Kids Not Ready for Kindergarten

That news appeared recently here in Louisville, Ky. However, that very percentage has been used this year to describe lack of school-preparedness in children across the United States. My first reaction was one that calls for some actual investigative journalism to answer the question of why Kindergarten classes, by and large, are not ready for half the students […]

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The Biggest Question is WHY?

Nancy was in her sister’s kitchen chatting with Kerri as she prepared a ham for cooking. Kerri put the ham in a large roasting pan and Nancy interjected, “Don’t forget to cut the ends off.” Kerri replied, “Oh right. When we were kids mom always cut the ends off.” They looked at each other and […]

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They Gotta Wanna Read

When a learner’s family and community commit to developing full literacy for everyone, there are at least two principles that guide efforts in that development: The community must ensure its literacy learners have ready access to abundant good books to read (“good” meaning relevant to each learner’s life). Those closest to literacy learners must ensure they are […]

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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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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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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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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. […]