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Federal Aid to the Schools -- Wasteful or Helpful?

Jack Jennings | Posted 06.21.2011 | Education
Jack Jennings

The proportion of students who are the focus of federal aid is growing. Thus, we should reconfirm our commitment to bringing about greater equity in education.

A Baker's Dozen of Essential Blogs More Than Worth Your Time

Holly Cara Price | Posted 06.17.2011 | Arts
Holly Cara Price

Steve Young has been a writer for the David Letterman Show since 1990. One year ago he happened to glance out a window in the upstairs hallway and noticed a piece of petrified gum on the window ledge.

Man Who Became Literate At 35 Shares His Story To Inspire Kids

Posted 06.15.2011 | Education

When John Zickefoose was in school, he had a secret: he didn't know how to read. Years later, when his young son busted him for not knowing words in t...

Are You Reading Like a Writer?

Writer's Relief Blog | Posted 06.15.2011 | Books

John O’Hara said it best: “Becoming the reader is the essence of becoming a writer.” It’s no secret that reading a lot can supplement your wri...

Amazon Will Release Cheaper Kindle With On-Screen Ads

AP | By RACHEL METZ | Posted 06.11.2011 | Technology

SAN FRANCISCO -- Inc. is dropping the price on its Kindle e-reader, but the change comes with a trade-off: On-screen ads. The online retai...

Study: Third Grade Reading Level Indicates If Student Will Get Diploma

Posted 06.10.2011 | Education

A new study reveals that the level of reading skills children develop by third grade may indicate their likelihood of graduating high school. Release...

Early Childhood Education Is At Risk

Pam Allyn | Posted 06.09.2011 | Education
Pam Allyn

We are currently in the midst of a series of budget battles, and funding for vital early childhood education programs is at risk of being cut or eliminated entirely.

On Planes And Trains: What Have We Spied You Reading Lately?

Posted 06.08.2011 | Books

We've been watching you again, and we've been spotting you reading all sorts of books. From vampire fiction to Hemingway novels, you've been across...

Byron Pitts On Overcoming Illiteracy, The Power Of Parents

Earl Martin Phalen | Posted 06.06.2011 | Education
Earl Martin Phalen

As a child, Byron Pitts was functionally illiterate and spoke with a stutter. Today, he is an Emmy-winning Chief National Correspondent for CBS News and Contributing Correspondent to 60 Minutes.

Facing Budget Woes, a City in California Ponders a Library Without Librarians -- or Books

Alex Pasternack | Posted 06.04.2011 | Technology
Alex Pasternack

Facing the likelihood of state budget cuts that would eliminate $15 million for library and reading program Newport Beach is considering turning its first library into a community center without books.

Spotted Reading In Public: What Have We Seen You Reading Recently? (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

From a book about Charles Manson's murder trial to Steve Martin's autobiography, we saw you reading quite the wide array of books in the past few week...

Delicious Reading

Dr. Susan Albers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Dr. Susan Albers

Members of the Alabama Foodie Book Club bring a dish inspired by the book to share. What could be better than critiquing a book while sampling tasty food?

You are What You Read

Earl Martin Phalen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Earl Martin Phalen

Books are the cornerstone of education -- and so much more. The first stories children read are the ones that help mold them into the adults they will become.

My Hero From Another Age

Lucy Coats | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Lucy Coats

I don't remember when I first knew about my heroine, Hildegarde of Bingen, but it seems as if she's been lurking on the edges of my life forever.

The Lowly Pencil

Meg Waite Clayton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Meg Waite Clayton

There is nothing like the freedom of a pencil as I'm taking the muck that is a first draft and trying to make something of it. Not quite right the first time? Erase and try again!

Can Boys Succeed in Later Life If They Can't Read As Well As Girls?

Jack Jennings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Jack Jennings

A major shift in the academic achievement of males -- and their prospects for a good life -- is occurring right before our eyes.

Apps for Parents: New Children's Tales by VivaBook Are Worth Exploring

Greg Archer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Greg Archer

I quickly found myself chucking my "hatred" for things like iPad books. I'm a sucker for "heart." There's a lot of "heart" here. There's also a lot of fun.

Is It Time to Throw Out Your Books?

Lev Raphael | Posted 04.03.2015 | Books
Lev Raphael

Soon after Amazon announced it was selling 143 ebooks for every 100 hardcovers, a writer friend with a new iPad told me she had gotten rid of five shelves of books.

Books I've Loved and Lost

Allison K Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Allison K Hill

Will printed books cease to exist? I honestly don't know the answer. But I know that I miss the books I've lost along the way, the physical books with their notes, underlinings and associations.

Moving Forward or Chasing Our Own Tail?

Sean Slade | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Sean Slade

Shouldn't we be more geared toward discovering what we want our education system to do in the broadest sense than myopically focused on where we rank?

Words Changing Worlds

Pam Allyn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Pam Allyn

Worldwide at least 774 million people remain illiterate, unable to enjoy the right and pleasure of reading. Two-thirds of them are women.

Uma Thurman Joins Ralph Lauren, Under the Guise of Literacy, to Sell Rich Kids Clothes (VIDEO)

Rocco Staino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Rocco Staino

We have Uma Thurman narrating a story that is billed as literature whose primary purpose is to sell $39.50 Blake Pig Pony Oxfords or $395 cowboy boots.

How A 73-Year-Old Author Became A Hero Of Young Readers

AP | HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

NEW YORK — It began as a competition between sixth-grader Jailen Swinney and a friend: Who could read a book faster? But after finishing Walter...

The Faithful Shopper: Buy Books in New York

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Faith Hope Consolo

A number of notable independent bookshops in New York are bucking the trend, providing a place to browse and find the unexpected tome or meet an author.

E.D. Hirsch, Linda Katz, and Mike Smith Weigh in on Reading Development

John Merrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Merrow

Focusing on vocabulary drill can lead educators to forget how kids in affluent homes actually acquire their wonderful lexicon.