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How Wordless Books Can Help Your Kid Learn to Read

Common Sense Media | Posted 05.22.2015 | 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.

9 Things You Should Know About the Women's Mosque of America -- and Muslim Women in General

M. Hasna Maznavi | Posted 05.20.2015 | Religion
M. Hasna Maznavi

Instead of being seen as a celebration of Muslim women, the Women's Mosque of America was erroneously being framed as a "liberation" from Muslim men.

The End of Reading in America and Other Related Matters

Frank Breslin | Posted 05.17.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

Reading Shakespeare, the Greeks, and the classics; reading for life-wisdom, nourishment, guidance and growth; reading to save one's soul and to make sense of oneself and the enigma of life -- this kind of reading rarely exists anymore.

5 Things to Do This Summer When You Have Absolutely Nothing to Do

Timothy Tukes | Posted 05.14.2015 | College
Timothy Tukes

These five suggestions of things to do this summer when ostensibly all hope is lost will hopefully help you lead a fabulous summer, which will in return have your envious peers asking, "What did you do?" And you'll gracefully answer: Nothing.

I'm Using These 3 Simple Steps to Actually Stick With Good Habits

James Clear | Posted 05.14.2015 | Healthy Living
James Clear

I have been trying a new strategy for building habits, and it is working incredibly well. This strategy is remarkably easy, and it is governed by three simple rules.

Reading and Vision

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 05.14.2015 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Vision is seen as a health problem, not the school's problem. Schools do not have resources for eyeglasses, so even though they are accountable for children's reading, and even though school leaders and teachers know full well that a lot of their kids just need glasses, they feel helpless in solving this simple problem.

Encouraging the Discouraged Reader

Rob Furman | Posted 05.12.2015 | Education
Rob Furman

Why do we have so many children that choose not to read? As I pondered that question, I was watching a children's TV channel and decided to do some informal research. I decided to pay particular attention to the commercials being presented to our children.

Religion, Catechism, and Parables

Catherine Nagle | Posted 05.11.2015 | Religion
Catherine Nagle

Catechism classes were part of the Catholic education I received. But regardless of how much we know about religion, isn't it the same truth that we all come to sooner or later?

A Mother's Love

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Every day we hear stories about extraordinary women who stand up for children who are alone and neglected, women who have families of their own and take steps to adopt a child, take in a troubled teen, open their arms and homes to abandoned, sometimes sick babies.

At the Water's Edge: A Writer's Conversation With Sara Gruen

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 05.06.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Sara Gruen author of the new release, AT THE WATER'S EDGE, shared some insight into her writing process and what lead her to set her latest novel at the edge of Scotland's Loch Ness during World War II.

Mother's Day Reads: Eight Great Mother Characters in Literature

Allison Pataki | Posted 05.06.2015 | Books
Allison Pataki

In honor of those real-life female figures in your own lives, why don't you consider picking up a book featuring a rich and inspiring mother figure?

This 11 Year Old Child Will Never Again Say, "I Can't Read."

Arlene Nisson Lassin | Posted 05.01.2015 | Good News
Arlene Nisson Lassin

It is Teacher Appreciation Week from May 4 through May 8. I was a reading specialist a long time ago, but wrote about this miraculous experience shortly after it happened.

The Book Group

Marcia Liss | Posted 04.28.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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Reading To Young Kids May Change Brain Activation

Reuters | Posted 04.28.2015 | Parents

By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - Reading to small children may help prepare their brains for reading-readiness, a new study sugges...

Social Media: 5 Ways to Disconnect

Tayler Wiley | Posted 04.27.2015 | College
Tayler Wiley

If we are focused on which filter makes a photo look best instead of seeing the world in real time, we are missing the point of what it is to experience and appreciate. We must remember that the future isn't a destination we are trying to get to, but a direction we are traveling with each step.

5 Books to Get You Out of Your Literary Comfort Zone

Alexis Jane Torre | Posted 04.26.2015 | College
Alexis Jane Torre

While many of you likely don't have the time to read right now with finals and papers and all that fun stuff, you should remember this list for the summer time. Here is a list of books I've read and enjoyed that'll help you step outside your literary comfort zone!

What Erma Bombeck Taught Me About My Mother's Alzheimer's

Vincent O'Keefe | Posted 04.24.2015 | Fifty
Vincent O'Keefe

Bombeck's classic teaches that even late in life, the cherries are still there; we just have to dig deeper in the bowl. Indeed, such fruits are necessary for survival. A special way to reach them is by reading and sharing a loved one's favorite book.

The 8 Most Stunning Bookstores In the World

Architectural Digest | Posted 04.24.2015 | Travel
Architectural Digest

Tour the most extraordinary bookshops across the globe, from a hidden gem on Santorini to a repurposed church in The Netherlands.

The 5 Books Every Changemaker Should Read

Alex Budak | Posted 04.23.2015 | Books
Alex Budak

There's no way you can find the time to sit down and read, right? Think again -- it can be one of the best investments you make in yourself both as a leader and for your organization.

Stop and Be a Child Again

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 04.22.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Children are always in the moment. Watching them reminds us what it felt like when we were kids. We played too, we had fun, we were spontaneously in the moment... and we laughed. You remember that, right?

9 Ways 'Wasting Time' Can Boost Your Career

Bernard Marr | Posted 04.18.2015 | Business
Bernard Marr

Reading blogs, watching videos on YouTube, or reading a book unrelated to your work are all things that really career-focused people sometimes see as wasting time. But actually, these activities can help us discover new things, make new connections, come up with innovative solutions, and challenge our current thinking.

How to Read Like a (21st Century) Poet

Josh Lefkowitz | Posted 04.17.2015 | Books
Josh Lefkowitz

What works for one person may not work for another; you alone know what kind of reading experiences will excite and/or move you. But I do think you have to read, to become a (better) poet; and I do think the internet can provide some remarkable avenues to do said reading.