The "Kid Blog" on our Pajama Program website is full of sweet and tender notes and drawings from children who receive our pajamas and books. On a dail...
It has been said that women hold up half the sky. In fact, women and girls account for nearly half of our global population and yet, even in 2014, women's empowerment is of vital importance.
What if only one in 100 women where you lived knew how to read? That is the situation among Phnong-speaking people in the remote area of Mondulkiri, Cambodia. But an innovative program is making education spread like wildfire!
While the country's uncertain landscape presents new and evolving challenges, even a child (of war) can see the importance of our continued work to address poverty and fragility in Afghanistan. None of this will be easy to undertake but it is a job well worth finishing.
Technology provides access to a wealth of books and information, and engaged families help motivate children to read and learn.
So often I find myself wondering about children who were once regulars with us at Pajama Program. Last night while chatting with my husband about the...
Literacy is a fundamental human right, one that opens doors to other rights, to empowerment and to integration.
The world of Jane Austen is growing steadily larger. While the focus of her fiction is notoriously narrow, geographically speaking, the world of her readers, viewers, and fans continues to expand with every new book, movie, TV series, and sequel based on the original.
Big, emotional battles over policies like the Common Core can dominate the conversation. They flare up, for a time, then burn out, replaced by the next big, emotional policy battle. We say, don't think so much about the headlines. Do your homework.
Teachers are trained in a definition of autism that is incorrect. A definition that includes and assumes intellectual disability, which is connected to an inability to make oneself understood, low IQ, problematic behaviors and social impairment.
Over my 12 year journey growing Pajama Program and getting to know the children we serve, many of my friends and volunteers have asked, "How do you...
The barrier that too many adults have to discovering the new worlds waiting in books is that they cannot read with any degree of ease or comfort.
Children who grow up as readers become engaged citizens of the global world, and every child deserves that right to read.
The basic human right to literacy is less available to thousands of children in Los Angeles, who are growing up without the benefit of a middle school library. Currently, 76 of the 92 middle school libraries in LAUSD are either closed or without professional staff.
Somebody asked me for advice the other day. I told her if I had one word for her, or anyone, about leading a fulfilling life, I would say "Give."
Reading has always presented challenges, and those of us who love it have always both feared and worked for its survival. Perhaps it is that very fear that keeps us working, and in turn keeps reading -- and writing, for that matter -- so dynamic, satisfying, and vital.