Science-based instruction is important but careful observation of kids to see what they need to succeed is paramount.
Signs that are all around us can provide important literacy lessons for children.
How do some kids score as proficient on yearly tests while the large majority don’t?
Learning the WHY of print is essential for children to become effective, lifelong readers and writers.
There are dozens of ways to say “yes” or “no,” but they aren’t just different looking, actually they are all subtly different in meaning.
Images of Americans lined up to vote are all over the news and Internet. Being a literacy kind of guy, I’ve been searching those images to see if folks are reading during all of those hours of waiting. Few look to be doing so. Every 20th person or so. Most people are masked and just […]
Authors’ voices are heard and emotions are felt when we read with expression.
Toys are the tools children use to learn about their world. Books can diversity playtime by introducing other cultures to a child’s frame of reference.
I’ve just finished reading one of 10 essays from the 2012 book When I Was a Child I Read Books, by Marilynne Robinson. It was a no brainer for a literacy teacher, teacher educator and a contributor to a children’s library like myself to be drawn to a book with this title. However, I received this […]
These days there are so many ways for us to dismiss a religious, political, racial or economic individual or group as not fitting, in one way or another, and thus not seen as any kind of asset to our lives. All my life, I’ve heard that children can be so cruel and petty to each other. […]