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What I Learned From My 9-Year-Old's Book Club

David Valdes Greenwood | Posted 02.27.2015 | Parents
David Valdes Greenwood

When my daughter Lily came home saying she wanted to start a book club, I was excited -- I'm a writer after all, so this was music to my ears -- but also a bit skeptical. Right away, I started to fret about the mechanics of it.

Celebrating Bring a Book to Bed Day On February 28th

Alba Brunetti | Posted 02.26.2015 | Impact
Alba Brunetti

On the last Saturday in February for the last seven years, I and my friends, family and strangers around the world have been bringing a book to bed. I probably don't have to explain why I chose cold and dreary February to create a holiday where you spend the day reading in bed, do I?

A Bit of Gloria with Patti Smith

Trisha de Borchgrave | Posted 02.24.2015 | Books
Trisha de Borchgrave

Patti Smith's memoir of her early life and relationship with Robert Mappleworth, Just Kids, is a touching journey of discovery, when an artistic impulse defined a state of being, and the risks taken to find it were the only tools with which to capture it.

Nobody Cancelled

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 02.19.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

The joy our volunteers know awaits them is motivation to keep their promise to be here. Despite the meteorologist's urging, "Severe weather warning, stay home if you can," they know that once they sit on the floor to read with the children, there's no memory of the arctic cold.

How Toy Company TOMY International Makes the World Smile - Part III

Ilana Rapp | Posted 02.13.2015 | Business
Ilana Rapp

In Part II, TOMY's CMO, Willie Wilkov, gave us some valuable insight into what it's like to market toys. In this piece, we learn about the actual structure of TOMY International.

The Toy Business Isn't a Game, says Willie Wilkov, TOMY's Chief Marketing Officer - Part II

Ilana Rapp | Posted 02.12.2015 | Business
Ilana Rapp

In Part I, we got to delve into the mind of TOMY's CMO, Willie Wilkov. In this piece, Willie gives us some valuable insight into what it's like to market toys.

Reading as Construction in Humans and Machines -- Part I: Humans

Bill DeSmedt | Posted 02.10.2015 | Technology
Bill DeSmedt

Do stories exist only in our heads? Put the question another way: Is it possible that the "overt story" -- the surface text physically presented to us, whether on parchment or computer screen -- is really only a string of cues intended to guide the reader in reconstructing the full narrative?

Confessions of a Literary Addiction

Rachel Verlik | Posted 02.09.2015 | Books
Rachel Verlik

I'm comfortable admitting I'm addicted to reading. I would spend my last dollar on a book, and I have no shame admitting that. I love all that I've learned through books, and the comfort it gives me.

5 Books That Will Help You Transform How You Do Business

Susan Steinbrecher | Posted 02.06.2015 | Business
Susan Steinbrecher

There's just something about the new ideas and inspiration that I inevitably find in a good book that help me get the New Year off to a good start. Also reading can be good for you.

All Children Are Not the Same: Common Core Standards Fail to Keep Child Development in Mind

Rae Pica | Posted 02.05.2015 | Education
Rae Pica

To learn more about the the recent report, "Reading Instruction in Kindergarten: Little to Gain and Much to Lose," from the Alliance for Childhood and Defending the Early Years Project, listen to this discussion with three exceptional early childhood professionals.

Reading Instruction and the Achievement Gap

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 02.19.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

In the last decade or so, schools have so focused on early reading that too many have ignored the need for students to know a great deal of content to understand what they are reading. Too many have undervalued the role instruction in science, history, and the arts play in reading instruction -- which is, I suspect, at least part of why so many eighth-graders don't read at a proficient level.

Touching a Diverse Audience: A Conversation With Author Sharon G. Flake

Amanda Gorman | Posted 01.30.2015 | Teen
Amanda Gorman

In the 6th grade I was inspired to overcome insecurities about my dark skin because of Sharon G. Flake's 1998 debut novel, The Skin I'm In. The story changed my life and is one of my favorites to this day.

A Reading Buddy

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 01.28.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

When you are a child, reading alone can be lonely. If you don't know the meaning of a word, there's no one to ask, and if you stumble on a pronunciation, no one will help you smooth it out. So we decided to design a pilot program called "Pajama Program Reading Buddy Plus.

New National Text-to-Parents Program Aims to Promote Children's Early Language Development

Ann O'Leary | Posted 01.28.2015 | Impact
Ann O'Leary

Studies have found that by age 4, children in lower income families have heard 30 million fewer words than their more affluent peers. This disparity in hearing words directly translates into a disparity in learning words

Gutenberg Would Be Proud

Tom Falco | Posted 01.28.2015 | Books
Tom Falco

There's something interesting happening and it's almost like we're going back in time. According to many sources, I've read that Kindle and iPad sales are down.

Accessible Fantasy

Hannah Sutker | Posted 01.23.2015 | Books
Hannah Sutker

There is nothing quite like being transported to a completely new world, of following the turbulent life of a plucky young protagonist who defeats fantastical evil against all odds and grows into their own. Answer this: in the current popularity of realistic fiction, where is everyone's favorite hero?

Increasing Global Connectedness Through Trade and Investment

Anne Goddard | Posted 01.23.2015 | Impact
Anne Goddard

Some of my fondest memories as a parent were of reading to my children. They would snuggle up next to me with book in hand, excited for me to take them deep into stories told in words and pictures.

6 Tips to Make Your Kids Love To Read

Anabelle Valenzuela-Alarcón | Posted 01.22.2015 | Parents
Anabelle Valenzuela-Alarcón

Reading brings many benefits for kids: it helps them expand, organize and get to know their environment and the world around them.

20 New Classics Every Child Should Own

Jordan B. Nielsen | Posted 01.22.2015 | Books
Jordan B. Nielsen

In the interest of widening the spotlight of our adulates, allow me to submit 20 new pictures books which in 20 years time may find themselves as dog-eared and long-loved as those on Time's list of venerable selections.

The Dying Magazine Blues

Roz Warren | Posted 01.21.2015 | Books
Roz Warren

I love magazines, which is why I am alarmed and dismayed by the fact that they're doomed. How do I know? I've read about it, of course. In magazines.

That E-Book Is Not a Cat! 10 Tips About Digital Books

Ellen Freudenheim | Posted 01.17.2015 | Books
Ellen Freudenheim

I took a three-day foray into the belly of the electronic publishing beast, attending the Digital Book World (DBW) Conference 2015. I emerged with a whole new vocabulary ("flowable") and some top line news for readers.

Too Good Teachers

Phu Nguyen | Posted 01.16.2015 | Education
Phu Nguyen

I am not ashamed to admit my lack of knowledge at the time and now because it doesn't mean I'm stupid. It means no one bothered to teach me a lot of basics because they assumed I already knew them.

Kids, Families and E-Reading: Growth and Trust

David Kleeman | Posted 01.15.2015 | Business
David Kleeman

Next to the long and storied history of the print book, the eBook is still in early infancy, and that is what makes it so fascinating to study. In the coming years, the content and context of eReading are certain to evolve greatly.

Breaking Down Barriers: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 01.09.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Nearly 50 others have now joined us in the practice of making a grant a day. As of Dec. 31, 2014, we have made 790 total grants in 55 countries.

A Writer's Guide to Surviving Trauma

Diriye Osman | Posted 01.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Diriye Osman

Whenever readers ask me how I started writing, I find myself stumped, because I know people want their anecdotes edited and perfectly formed. The real...