Yes, this book is a simple feel-good story, but it opened up the world of being an entrepreneur for me when I was just eight years old. I have never seriously considered doing anything else since!
As part of a World Economic Forum blog series on Social Entrepreneurs, the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship spoke to Kyle Zimmer, President and CEO of First Book, which provides millions of new books to children in low-income situations.
Even on a "Busy Day" for "Busy People," reading is a wonderful way to expand children's worlds and to bond children and caregivers, and one that can start at birth. It also is a crucial way to help children gain the language and literacy skills needed for a good start in school.
Back in February, I said that this year may well prove to be a high water mark for picture books. However, there was no guarantee that the year would continue its torrid pace. Apparently, when it rains, it pours because much to my delight, the wave of great books has continued to roll in.
As part of our Smart Parents series (and our culminating book, Smart Parents: Parenting for Powerful Learning), we have been discovering new tools, tips and even BOOKS for little ones that teach new skills, ways of learning and looking at the world.
The rhyming picture book shows a sick boy watching his friends play football in the street through his bedroom window. The story progresses through how the parents try to give the boy hope and courage by connecting him with his love for football.
Recently, divorce struck a little too close to home, and I flipped right out. A family I love faces divorce. Children I feel connected to are reacting to the news. And I am a child again. Night fills me with dread. My sleep is disturbed.
The National Summer Learning Association states: "To succeed in school and life children and young adults need ongoing opportunities to learn and practice essential skills. This is especially true during the summer months. All young people experience learning loss when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer."
By Paul Sisolak, Contributor "I will do it right now. I will do it!" I said. "I will make up the mind that is up in my head." Yes, Dr. Seuss is ...
I met Anne Armstrong through an online business course we both took, and her My Gnome on the Roam project really spoke to me. At the time, I was looking for ways to better balance my new career path with my kids' growing needs to connect and have my attention, so that I wouldn't feel that exhausting "guilty" feeling of missing out and not doing "enough."
I've spent a good amount of my time on Earth fretting. A defense developed in childhood, worry was my talisman, my rabbit's foot. I believed it kept me safe. Delving into my spiritual yearning has brought me to a place of openness and questioning.
A retired public elementary school principal recently told me that the rule in education used to be that grades 1-3 were about learning to read. After that, it was reading to learn. But that's not happening today with the current emphasis on ELA skills through the Common Core State Standards.
The clichéd rivalry between the East and West Coasts of the United States confounds those of us who grew up in distant lands. When it comes to ballet, in particular, many American balletomanes appear oblivious to the bustle outside the precincts of New York City.
I have a young friend, Andrea, who inspires the heck out of me. One day she told me how happy she was with the direction her life had been going. She said, "Things are going so good, I don't want to let go of the glow." Don't let go of the glow.
As summer is only halfway over, many exhausted parents have reluctantly given over partial babysitting duties to the ghost behind the screen. There is no need to feel guilty, if you choose the right materials. Here are some great summer reading picks that can sharpen your child's mind before school is back in session.
Ready to ignite a lifelong love affair with books? Here are 5 questions that can help you to light the first spark.