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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
Kirkus

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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

NextAdvisor.com | Posted 07.22.2015 | Entertainment
NextAdvisor.com

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 was...fun. 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

Where Will the Children Go Next?

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 07.15.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

. No child should be tossing and turning in bed in too-tight old and dirty jeans. No child should cry herself to sleep feeling alone in the dark. No child deserves to be afraid at night because tomorrow she is being transferred to another "new place."

Everything I Ever Learnt, I Learnt From Reading

Hannah Lamarque | Posted 07.14.2015 | Arts
Hannah Lamarque

If there's one thing I know for sure, it's what makes a good book. Sure, I haven't written any of my own any time lately but I sure have read a lot.

12 Ways to Stay Productive at the Airport

Lauren Jessen | Posted 07.14.2015 | Travel
Lauren Jessen

Don't let extra time you have at the airport or on the plane go to waste. Whether you want to sleep to regain energy, make new friends and contacts, catch up with your sister on the phone, or complete your work tasks, there are various things you can do to stay productive.

Pearson Takes Big Hit in Continuing War Over Common Core

Alan Singer | Posted 07.14.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Last week Pearson lost its 40 to 50 million dollar contract to provide 3rd through 8th grade Common Core aligned high-stakes tests in New York State.

10 New Books Everyone Should Read This Summer

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 07.12.2015 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

So many books, so few hours at the beach! Get your summer reading on with these 10 great novels that will take you near and far, from the present to the past. Don't forget the sunscreen!

10 Fabulous Books To Read With Your Kids This Summer

Lori Day | Posted 07.13.2015 | Parents
Lori Day

Sharing books with my child helped me understand her world, and opened up crucial lines of communication when she was in elementary school that remained open throughout her tween and teen years, and to this very day.

Why America Demonizes its Teachers -- Part 4: The Role of the Home in Student Learning

Frank Breslin | Posted 07.10.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

Teaching is about taking children from wherever one finds them, moving them forward, and, hopefully, returning them whole to themselves. Teaching is about listening, mentoring, and, perhaps, even healing. Teaching is not about preparing children for relentless test-taking, which has nothing to do with what children need in their formative years.

6 Books That Teach Kids Manners

Common Sense Media | Posted 07.09.2015 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Kids naturally develop social skills in the preschool years, so it's a perfect time to teach and reinforce social lessons. The books below serve as modern-day primers on courtesy, graciousness, and respect that will help kids make and keep friends -- skills that will serve them well their whole lives.

Raising Kids Who Love Reading, Devour Books Voraciously, and Practically Beg for a Trip to the Library

Dr. Suzanne Gelb | Posted 07.08.2015 | Parents
Dr. Suzanne Gelb

Ready to ignite a lifelong love affair with books? Here are 5 questions that can help you to light the first spark.

The Science Behind Why You Can't Read in the Car

Thrillist | Posted 07.08.2015 | Travel
Thrillist

Why do some of us fall violently ill just by glancing at a book in a moving car, while others can read through an entire road trip without any problem at all? Here's the scientific lowdown on what makes carsickness tick, as well as what you can do to prevent (or at least minimize) its wickedly brutal effects.

Why Diversity in Children's Literature Really Matters

Jacob Hood | Posted 07.06.2015 | Books
Jacob Hood

Where were the black kids going on thrilling adventures, solving crimes and saving the day that I could identify with? Why couldn't the black kids also just be kids?