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The Year I Traded in Church for Cooking: How Nigella Lawson Changed My Life

Susan Blue | Posted 06.30.2015 | Divorce
Susan Blue

I don't necessarily recommend giving up on your marriage and your religion in the same year, but I recommend that you learn to make spaghetti carbonara if you do.

In Case You Don't Know What Great Teaching Looks Like

Vicki Cobb | Posted 06.30.2015 | Education
Vicki Cobb

I recently attended the 21st Century Children's Nonfiction Conference where the conversation encompassed all things nonfiction from writing it to publishing it to teaching it. What interested me most was what I knew least. How can gifted teachers use nonfiction in the classroom?

James Altucher's Top 5 Books to Read This Summer

James Altucher | Posted 06.26.2015 | Books
James Altucher

Reading has saved my life more than once. It's taught me to rob banks, it's taught me to love better. It's taught me how to be good and competent at things and it's taught be how innovative the world is.

Summer: A Time for Fun and Learning!

Jennifer Brozost and Vimmi Shroff, | Posted 06.24.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Brozost and Vimmi Shroff,

Lazy days of summer should be filled with LOTS of relaxation, exploring and conversations as well as some reading, writing, math and projects. Always keeping in mind to value freedom and less structure for your children.

Growing Seeds for a Multicultural, Multiracial Teaching Force for Our Rainbow Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

As U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan put it, "I am increasingly worried that our teachers, our administrators don't reflect the great diversity of our nation's students, and that is a real problem."

Children Find Ways to Connect With Older Loved Ones Through Storytelling

Jamison Gosselin | Posted 06.19.2015 | Parents
Jamison Gosselin

When kids connect with people from different generations, amazing things happen. Ageism among children declines. Seniors are happier and more fulfilled. Individuals in both age groups build long-lasting friendships.

Taylor Swift, Tori Amos, and Me: Women Make Their Most Powerful Art When They Ditch the Boys and Find Themselves

Patricia Leavy, PhD | Posted 06.19.2015 | Women
Patricia Leavy, PhD

The strength in these feminist empowerment projects is clear to fans who use them to navigate their own lives, but I want to highlight the message for other artists: use creativity to carve your identity and empower others.

W. G. Sebald's "The Emigrants"; Stories of Their Time With Relevance Today

Trisha de Borchgrave | Posted 06.18.2015 | Books
Trisha de Borchgrave

There are voices who encapsulate in their writing the angst of being alive in Europe's war-torn 20th century.

The Good Old Days in English Class?

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.18.2015 | College
Lev Raphael

I respect the fact that my course isn't the center of my students' lives; I understand this isn't the 70s or any other decade. It's now, and college has changed drastically.

Bedside Clutter: Confessions of a Bookworm

Mandy Jackson-Beverly | Posted 06.15.2015 | Fifty
Mandy Jackson-Beverly

On my bedside table sits a clock, a lamp, pens, a notebook, my Kindle, Chap Stick, lavender oil, earplugs and a mountain of books. I doubt I'm alone with my plethora of reading material -- the earplugs, okay, maybe.

Making Evidence Primary for Secondary Readers

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 06.11.2015 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Striving Readers was a serious, well-meaning attempt to solve a very important problem faced by far too many secondary students: difficulties with reading. But next time anyone thinks of doing something on that scale, I hope they will provide preference points in the application process for applicants who propose to use approaches with solid evidence of effectiveness.

The Power of Words: A Letter From the Psych Ward

Anna Lovind | Posted 06.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Anna Lovind

The power of the written word was not new to me. Without books I'm not sure I would have survived those first 18 years of my life. Literature was my medicine, my escape, and my rest, all through growing up. But never did it matter more than during those days with Anna Karenina.

Kindness Every Day

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 06.09.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Every day all of us have opportunities to be kind, to offer a small gesture of comfort or a word of hope or encouragement to those we know well, and those we are meeting for the first time.

Reading Through the Night for NYC Libraries

Christian Zabriskie | Posted 06.05.2015 | New York
Christian Zabriskie

The 24 Hour Read-In is a perfect metaphor for libraries in New York City. There is always someone using our materials and services, day or night, 365 days a year.

Allegory Is My Nemesis

Lisa K. Friedman | Posted 06.04.2015 | Fifty
Lisa K. Friedman

I'm a pretty experienced reader, and I feel fairly confident that I can absorb, with some regularity, an author's message, slant, intent and, most important, emotion. But when I read something that suggests a hidden meaning, I start to feel the sweat of nervousness accumulating on my neck.

Are e-Books a Good Idea for Latino Authors?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 06.04.2015 | Books
Daniel Cubias

It was not my intention to create a trilogy on Huffington Post about the Latino publishing scene, but that is what has happened. My previous two artic...

Sneak In Summer Learning

Jamie Davis Smith | Posted 06.04.2015 | Parents
Jamie Davis Smith

Most parents know that kids should not abandon all learning during the summer lest they lose the reading, writing, and math skills they worked so hard to gain during the school year. While there is no need to turn summer into a version of summer homeschooling, summer is a good time to allow kids to learn in a less structured, more fun way.

The Best June Books for Kids of All Ages

Common Sense Media | Posted 06.03.2015 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Grab a book for the road, tuck one in your kid's backpack for camp or pop a beach read in with the sunscreen. Wherever you go, bring one of these great summer reads for kids. Check out our picks for June.

The Power of Prayer and Meditation

Catherine Nagle | Posted 06.03.2015 | Religion
Catherine Nagle

Considering what I'd been through, I would rather die than go back to the way I'd lived before; it had been sheer hell for me. But perhaps I'd had to experience hell to know peace.

It's All About the Books, About the Books, About the Books

Helen Young | Posted 05.31.2015 | Education
Helen Young

Like a lot of teachers Amanda Lodermeier frequently dips into her own pocket to buy materials for the fifth grade class she teaches at the Andersen U...

Technologically Challenged

Myra Demeter | Posted 06.01.2015 | Fifty
Myra Demeter

I transitioned from paper and pencil to computers at the dawn of the computer age 30 years ago when I wrote my Ph.D. thesis on a Commodore 64. I now do all my writing on the computer, read books on my iPad, keep notes and use many apps on my iPhone.

How Wordless Books Can Help Your Kid Learn to Read

Common Sense Media | Posted 05.28.2015 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Anyone who's "read" a picture book can tell you that you don't need words to tell a story. Prereading toddlers and preschoolers can follow a story told in pictures, a parent or child can narrate the action and the empowering experience can help kids develop a love of books.

YA Author Sabaa Tahir Talks About Success, BookCon and the Magic of Fantasy

Laura M. Bell | Posted 05.22.2015 | Books
Laura M. Bell

Young Adult fans, rejoice: BookCon, the consumer-facing event of BEA (Book Expo America), have announced that this year the event will see an 'unparalleled YA presence': "The surge in YA's popularity has fuelled a love of literature amongst young readers and accounts for some of the most enthusiastic and dedicated fans in the industry," said Brien McDonald, Show Manager of BookCon.

In Defense of 'Depressing' Books

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 05.21.2015 | Books
The University of Central Florida Forum

As a creative writing instructor who assigns a lot of reading, I have at least a few introductory students each semester who complain about the material. It's not that it's too difficult or too dense. It's that it's too depressing. Reading the hard stuff can make you ache, but it can also feed you.

Happy 50th Birthday, Head Start!

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 05.21.2015 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Of all the Great Society programs, Head Start is perhaps the most popular. It provides center-based services to millions of very cute 3- and 4-year-olds, mostly children from disadvantaged families. If members of the public, educators, and policy makers know a single conclusion from educational research, it is that early-childhood programs have long-term positive impacts.