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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.

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How Recommending a Good Read Can Be a Prescription for Health

The need for connection with book ideas and the relief and thrill they can bring, is powerful these days, more than ever.

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Abandoned Books = Fraud Readers?

When I was a child in school—a thousand years ago—we were taken weekly to the library and encouraged to find books we could enjoy for that week. The following week, we’d return the previous week’s choices, swapping them for a new set of books. Simple. Early on, when a book report was called for, or […]

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The Year Summer Slide Started in March

The U.S. tradition of long summer school breaks hails from times when children lived on family farms and needed to be available during the growing season to help tend them. While beneficial for farming, long breaks from structured learning can take its toll on academic progress. The sometimes negative impact of up to 12 weeks away […]

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Why so Testy?!

Every so often news headlines alert us that the U.S. ranks “below average” in reading test scores, lagging behind other countries, like China, which consistently rank at or near the top. It’s probable that we’ll receive the same news again this spring after many schools dutifully administer standardized tests. Why? Because, as a whole, our education system continues […]

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Support Reading. It’s Right.

Last September the International Literacy Association (ILA is the largest professional literacy educator organization in the world) released the Children’s Rights to Read, a set of 10 rights associated with ensuring all children around the globe learn to read books and grow to be joyful readers throughout their lives. This is not the first time that a “bill of rights” […]