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Helping Your Child Improve Reading Skills

Alan E. Guttmacher | Posted 08.25.2015 | Parents
Alan E. Guttmacher

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.

This Is One Of The Best Things You Can Do For Your Health Today

The Quiet Revolution | Claire Diaz-Ortiz | Posted 08.25.2015 | Healthy Living

This week, I’ve been learning about play. It all started when I read a book called, well, Play. Or rather, Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the ...

5 Ways Educators Can Take Back Their Professional Narrative

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 08.25.2015 | Education
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

Regardless of political ideology, educators must reclaim their profession. I know you don't seek attention. You just want to teach, but it's time for a PR offensive of your own. It's time for the experts to drive the narrative, and below are five ways to do that.

It's Hard To Be What You Can't See

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.22.2015 | Education
Marian Wright Edelman

Children of color need to be able to see themselves in the books they read. Just as importantly, all children need to be exposed to a wide range of books that reflect the true diversity of our nation and world as they really are.

How to Prevent Summer Regression in Academics

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 08.17.2015 | Education
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

Teachers warn parents to keep up some reading, math, and science during the summer, so kids are fresh to learn in September. August is the month to be thinking about that. But how do you do this without kids feeling their summer's being interrupted by boring school stuff?

Why You Should Pick Up A Novel If You're Feeling Lost

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 08.17.2015 | Healthy Living

We all read for a variety of reasons: for school assignments, for pleasure, to remain "in the know," to escape from reality. But reading li...

10 Quick Reads

Kirkus | Posted 08.13.2015 | Books

This sharp, sensitive debut story collection introduces us to a parade of people (and one dog) grasping their ways through complex relationships with family, friends, lovers, strangers and, of course, themselves.

Parents: How to Best Optimize Your Child's Last Days of Summer

Doro Bush Koch | Posted 08.13.2015 | Parents
Doro Bush Koch

While the summer may be winding down, and many of us are anticipating the rush of the school year, parents still have some time to help their children read for fun everyday.

8 Dynamite Books For The Dog Days Of Summer

O, The Oprah Magazine | Ashley Sepanski | Posted 08.19.2015 | OWN

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You're Never Too Young to Vote

Paul Czajak | Posted 08.06.2015 | Education
Paul Czajak

Involvement is the key at any age, as it raises children's sense of pride and fills them with the feeling that they can make a difference. I was talking about voting with my wife when my son, who was seven years old at the time, overheard and asked me about voting.

Oprah Shares Her Tried-And-True Recipe For Relaxation

O, The Oprah Magazine | Ashley Sepanski | Posted 08.19.2015 | OWN

I think I've got it down, this relaxing thing. Not quite a master yet, but getting there. Not long ago, I spent an afternoon reading David ...

Happy Endings: The Unrealistic Expectation

Emma Shenton | Posted 08.03.2015 | Books
Emma Shenton

Life, in all reality, is a balancing act -- a balancing act of depravity and morality, of your needs and the needs of others, of humor and solemnity, of individuality and commonality, of privacy and disclosure, and the list stretches on for an eternity.

July's Best Bets

Kirkus | Posted 07.30.2015 | Books

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Dr. Kalam: Animated Stories from His Legendary Life

Brij Kothari | Posted 07.29.2015 | Education
Brij Kothari

India is in mourning. Dr. Abdul Kalam, former President of India, passed away on July 27, 2015. Among his many stellar accomplishments is his unmatched ability to inspire and ignite minds, especially of children and youth in India. He was popularly known as the people's President.

Old Soul Nuggets of Knowledge From Florence Shovel Shinn

Lulu Salavegsen | Posted 07.29.2015 | Books
Lulu Salavegsen

Recently on a trip to Arizona I found myself in a new-age store full of incense and cool stones and crystals, lots of books on Jesus, and spirituality right next to tarot decks and ruins made out of wood or crystals.

James Earl Hardy's B-Boy Blues at 20

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 07.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Julie R. Enszer

Yes, James Earl Hardy's book B-Boy Blues helped lots of people imagine a different kind of world, a world that twenty years later we are closer to creating.

HuffPost Honor Roll: Barbershop Outreach Gets Black Boys Reading

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 07.27.2015 | Media

As journalists, we dutifully report on what's going wrong, from scandals and corruption to natural disasters and social problems. But far too often th...

Five Essential Doctorow Reads (Plus Three Surprises)

The New York Public Library | Posted 07.22.2015 | New York
The New York Public Library

As a lifelong New Yorker, Doctorow chronicled the city with the piercing eye of an observer tempered by the affection of a hometown boy.

John Amen Talks Poetry vs. Prose

Loren Kleinman | Posted 07.22.2015 | Books
Loren Kleinman

John Amen is the author of five collections of poetry: Christening the Dancer, More of Me Disappears, At the Threshold of Alchemy, The New Arcana (with Daniel Y. Harris), and, most recently, strange theater.

5 Ways to Help You Read More Books | Posted 07.22.2015 | Entertainment

As technology advances, it's making it easier and easier to keep up with some of our favorite hobbies, such as reading. Even though books have become more accessible -- after all, you don't have to carry a paperback book around anymore -- Americans are not making time for reading.

How Can I Make Sure My Kids Don't Lose Knowledge and Skills Over the Summer?

Common Sense Media | Posted 07.21.2015 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Summer slide -- when kids forget what they learned from the school year -- is pretty common. Here are a few ways to keep kids skills up over the summer.

Am I Losing My Devotion to Reading?

Joseph A. Domino | Posted 07.21.2015 | Books
Joseph A. Domino

I can turn away from writing. The beauty of it is not fame, fortune, or even recognition. Its value is best realized within, the journeys and joys of self-discovery. What writers can learn about themselves. I've done my share and it But if the passion for reading wanes, that's a big gaping hole and I want to conclude the fault lies within which I must endeavor to discover.

Holding On to That Shared Life

Elizabeth A. Havey | Posted 07.21.2015 | Books
Elizabeth A. Havey

My mother encouraged all of us to read, to always have a book that you couldn't wait to get back to. This again is that shared life, something that I passed on to my three children and they are passing on to theirs.

Why Reading to Learn Is Seldom Taught

Vicki Cobb | Posted 07.21.2015 | Education
Vicki Cobb

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 LiliLite Shelf Is a Triple Threat for Bedside Readers

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.16.2015 | Books
Van Winkle's

The LiliLite, which hit its fundraising goal on Kickstarter, is a triple threat for book-lovers. It stows tomes, sheds light and even bookmarks your page. Made of steamed plywood, the z-shaped shelf mounts to the wall above your bed