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Penny Dreadfuls Got Children Reading

Apropos of the Hallowe’en celebrations that occurred this past weekend, check out this article: How Gruesome Penny Dreadfuls Got Victorian Children Reading.       Penny who? In the 18th century there was a form of adventuresome, frightening, sometimes even gory books, popular among the undereducated working classes in England, that were called “Penny Dreadfuls.” These simple books, […]

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Child Development Should Include Relaxing with Books

Nurturing relaxed daily reading may very well be the finest contribution that a family can make in supporting a child’s development.

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Knowing How to Find Answers to Questions Provides Unlimited Knowledge of the World

Children who are not taught to access the joys and power of libraries and their books, the internet and other information sources are at a disadvantage when it comes to learning about life and the world.

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Books Celebrating their Readers

The representations in books of things familiar to the new reader paves the way for them to develop lifelong affection for books and reading.

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A Powerful Gift to Give

Book giving should be a much more elaborate interaction between giver and the receiver than just delivering a thoughtfully selected, prettily wrapped present.

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Reading Nonfiction Can Launch Kids into the Future

Children who read nonfiction will gain a deeper understanding of the world and be better prepared to write factual information in their future careers.

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How to Help Kids Be Successful AND Fulfilled

There are simple ways adults can help kids grow up to lead fulfilling lives, like allowing them to explore their interests through reading and conversation.

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Go with the Flow

Go with a child’s flow of wanting new books to read. They’ll offer clues as to what opens their floodgates of excitement and interest. Watch, listen and meet them where they’re at.

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Book and Toy Sets can Boost a Child’s Desire to Read and to Learn

Text and toy sets can help little ones begin to sense how books and things they love are connected to their families’ cultures.

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Grow Readers to Grow Communities

Literacy is always about sharing. It can serve as the accumulating glue that holds communities together and builds lasting paths to lifelong personal growth and enduring relationships in life.

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Diverse Books Offer Kids a World of Possibilities

A wide variety of books can keep the humdrum and mundane of everyday life from elbowing out the truly glorious and fertile growth possibilities that are so much larger than what is offered to children at home or in the standard curricula of K-12 education.