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.
Libraries and other cultural institutions offer a wide variety of learning materials–not just books.
As a child in Iowa, there were no racial minorities in my neighborhood and the values and family practices discussed in the school books were utterly White American. That didn’t mean that I was the middle of anything.
The need for connection with book ideas and the relief and thrill they can bring, is powerful these days, more than ever.
It’s never too early to begin reading to and talking with a child. Language and communication skills are acquired from birth. Read on.
Self-selected reading offers children an opportunity to discover their passions.
Stories delight and entertain. Factual books can add enhance stories’ topics. There’s a place for both fiction and nonfiction books on every bookshelf.
Factual information helps people feel empowered and safe. A new COVID-19 collection of books written in English and Spanish, and narrated in many languages helps high-risk, underserved children and families navigate this stressful pandemic.
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 […]
Are your kids home for spring break or an extended break due to COVID-19? Are you working from home or perhaps not working, but quarantining at home? If you’re finding yourself with a lot of time in close quarters with your kids, you’re not alone. Experts recommend that to keep everybody from getting antsy and feeling […]