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Eight Favorite Books Starring Interesting, Exciting, Daring and Adventurous Girls!

Lori Day | Posted 06.29.2014 | Books
Lori Day

After reading so many children's and YA books to curate for recommendations to mother-daughter book clubs, here are eight of my favorites, and there's no better way to raise interesting, exciting, daring and adventurous daughters!

Making Sure Internet Explorer Doesn't Replace Actual Exploring

Jamie Krug | Posted 06.28.2014 | Parents
Jamie Krug

While my phone may not have been pointed at my children quite as much, it was quite often still in my hand.

The 5 Rs Of Boosting Your Toddler's Vocabulary

Anjali Joshi | Posted 06.24.2014 | Parents
Anjali Joshi

Kids who have a head start stay ahead of the game throughout their academic careers. Parents can contribute to bridging the word gap by actively engaging their infants and toddlers in literacy-boosting interactions.

The Jinn Trend: Author Heather Demetrios Weighs In

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 06.23.2014 | Books
Valerie Tejeda

Heather was kind enough to offer her expert opinion on the trend and why we should expect to see more magic lamps in the future.

Some Graduates Have a Plan -- For You Others...

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 06.23.2014 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

As the school year comes to a close, the inevitable question arises for graduating students: What am I going to do?

Reading To Kill a Mockingbird With My Daughter

Mary Beth Holcomb | Posted 06.22.2014 | Parents
Mary Beth Holcomb

Her voice carried the panic of a swimmer recognizing the undertow too late. She thrashed against the words, terrified of drowning in them.

Want To Be A Better Writer? Read More.

Mike Hanski | Posted 06.22.2014 | Books
Mike Hanski

Can you imagine a musician who does not listen to music himself? The same question can be asked about writing.

My Son Only Read One Book in Middle School

Franchesca Warren | Posted 06.17.2014 | Education
Franchesca Warren

Great reading can be done in middle school if we take the focus off standardized testing.

Writing and Reading: Powerful, Liberating and Potentially Dangerous Tools -- Why it Is Important to Educate Ourselves

Christopher Molaro | Posted 06.16.2014 | College
Christopher Molaro

We live in an era where information is becoming more and more available. That is a great thing -- most of the time. It can be very powerful and libera...

See Me is a Charming, Quirky and Magical Read

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 06.15.2014 | Books
Valerie Tejeda

Wendy Higgins' See Me is not your typical paranormal romance. In an industry full of vampires, witches, mermaids, and angels, it's refreshing to see a...

The Collective Power of a Nation of Readers

Kyle Zimmer | Posted 06.16.2014 | Impact
Kyle Zimmer

They are part of First Book, a nonprofit network of teachers, librarians, community leaders and program administrators serving kids in need -- a network that stretches across the country and around the world.

What a Map of a Mouse Brain Has to Do With Your Kids

Lydia Denworth | Posted 06.15.2014 | Parents
Lydia Denworth

There are limits to connectivity maps. As one scientist put it, so far they give information only on the level of interstate highways and major cities; smaller towns and roads are not yet on the map. Other scientists wonder which should come first -- the maps or the specific questions we hope to answer with them.

Notes from the Children

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 06.14.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

The "Kid Blog" on our Pajama Program website is full of sweet and tender notes and drawings from children who receive our pajamas and books. On a dail...

17 Children's Books We Still Adore As Grownups

Posted 04.28.2014 | Fifty

Whether it was your beloved bedtime storybook your parents read to you as a child or the inspiring novel you read in your high school literature class...

Good Writing Honors the Reader

Vicki Cobb | Posted 06.09.2014 | Education
Vicki Cobb

No matter how high the bar is set, simply stating the standards does not mean that students will perform at a higher level. The absurd weight now accorded to standardized testing is destroying public education and, I fear, a generation of learner.

Witches, Witches, Everywhere -- 'Hexed' Author Shares Why

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 06.09.2014 | Books
Valerie Tejeda

It's no secret that witches are everywhere these days -- from Deborah Harkness' A Discovery of Witches, to Brittany Geragotelis' Life's A Witch, to Melissa de la Cruz's Witches of East End, witches have sealed a spot on many of our bookshelves.

The Tragic Death of the Good Read

Mark Morford | Posted 06.09.2014 | Books
Mark Morford

Has this happened to you? Have you, whilst attempting to read an actual, dead-tree novel or lengthy magazine article, inadvertently swiped at the page with your finger, expecting a Delete tab to appear?

Today's Internet Forecast: Cloudy with a High Chance of Content Pollution

Sean Donahue | Posted 06.08.2014 | Media
Sean Donahue

To be relevant, it's no longer acceptable to be an ad-hoc publisher and expect the masses to flock to one's brand or cause. Just the opposite, relevance is largely defined by one's ongoing presence in the broader online conversation.

The Most Literate Generation: Wattpad & the Power of Social Reading

Ondi Timoner | Posted 06.02.2014 | Technology
Ondi Timoner

The next time you hear someone say "no one reads anymore," show them Wattpad. With more than 20 million users, Wattpad is the world's largest community for readers and writers, and to the consternation of traditional publishing -- entirely free.

10 Ways to Engage Children and Families in Reading With the Power of Technology

Sherri Wilson | Posted 06.01.2014 | Parents
Sherri Wilson

Technology provides access to a wealth of books and information, and engaged families help motivate children to read and learn.

'Dorothy Must Die' -- Oz as You've Never Seen It

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 06.01.2014 | Books
Valerie Tejeda

Danielle Paige's Dorothy Must Die is hands down one of my favorite young adult books that I've read this year. Imagine all the magic of Oz mixed with the kick-ass vibe of Kill Bill. It's cool, fun and wickedly entertaining.

No, Binge-Reading Isn't The New Binge-Watching

Claire Fallon | Posted 05.31.2014 | Books
Claire Fallon

The idea that spending several hours with a book needs a new term is an absurd concept. It's called reading. The activity of sitting down with a novel for the afternoon is not a trend; it's just how reading has almost always worked.

Where Is Shana?

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 05.28.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

So often I find myself wondering about children who were once regulars with us at Pajama Program. Last night while chatting with my husband about the...

Read This Blog Post in Less Than a Minute!

Wray Herbert | Posted 05.25.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

University of California, San Diego, psychologists doubted the very premise of such speed reading -- that eliminating eye movements is a worthy goal. Instead, they contend, this is the "fatal flaw" in speed-reading apps -- and the reason they will never be useful for reading any text that is not easy or short.

The Itsy-Bitsy Book Club 2014

Anna Leahy | Posted 05.24.2014 | Books
Anna Leahy

The book must be one neither of you have read. If you need a recommendation, browse your nearest physical bookstore, perhaps simultaneously, if you live far from each other, so that you can choose together.