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The 1 Place We Should All Be Volunteering

Michael Lombardo | Posted 05.29.2012 | Impact
Michael Lombardo

At an age when they should be reading to learn, most economically-disadvantaged fourth graders are still learning to read.

"Charlotte's Web" and the Power of Words

Leah Singer | Posted 05.27.2012 | Books
Leah Singer

As E.B. White so beautifully says, Charlotte is indeed a true friend and a good writer. The beauty lies with that little spider who changed (and saved) lives through the power of her writing. I only hope I can live up to Charlotte and do the same with my words.

Read e-Books Without a Kindle or Nook

Lisa Parkin | Posted 05.26.2012 | Books
Lisa Parkin

If you love finding great deals on books but don't have a Kindle or a Nook, then you're in luck. There are a few ways you can access thousands of $.99...

Joyce Carol Oates: Where I Like To Read

Joyce Carol Oates | Posted 05.23.2012 | Books
Joyce Carol Oates

I read in a perfectly normal, conventional place -- curled up on a sofa in our living room, beneath a light, with my little gray cat Cherie purring and sleeping beside me, if I'm lucky.

If He Seems Like He Stepped out of a Romance Novel, He's Too Good to Be True

Linda Durnell | Posted 05.22.2012 | Fifty
Linda Durnell

Everything I believed about love, I learned from paperback romance novels.

Have You Hugged a Book Today?

Melinda Wentzel | Posted 05.12.2012 | Parents
Melinda Wentzel

All things considered, I deem my children's journey as emerging readers to have been nothing short of remarkable, and I can't help but feel indebted to those who've helped cultivate their enduring love of books -- during this National Reading Month of March, and always.

World Read Aloud Day - A Worldwide Celebration (Slideshow)

Rocco Staino | Posted 05.08.2012 | Books
Rocco Staino

"It's terrific to watch kids respond to print on paper. If we get one in ten of these kids to become avid readers then this event is worth it."

Readers Are Never Alone: A World Read Aloud Day Interview With Todd Parr

Pam Allyn | Posted 05.07.2012 | Impact
Pam Allyn

On World Read Aloud Day, I honor the many authors who write for children, for their tender care of the precious lives and understandings of children. Of their fears, hopes and dreams. Of using language to say, beloved child, you are never alone.

The O'Briens: Love, Canadian Style

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 05.05.2012 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

Aren't we all crippled, to some extent, by our pasts? The O'Briens by Peter Behrens is a compelling and haunting novel about love, both familial and romantic.

Chick Lit Grows Up

Pauline Millard | Posted 05.04.2012 | Books
Pauline Millard

In the past year, a different breed of chick lit has appeared with smarter writing and characters. It's notable not just for the content, but also for what it says about women, and what they are willing to read in their leisure time.

Colors: A Message of Hope for 'World Read Aloud Day' From Our Friends in Jerusalem

Pam Allyn | Posted 05.01.2012 | Good News
Pam Allyn

Literacy has all kinds of benefits that we might not associate immediately with reading and writing. The stories we read and write and share have the power to transcend physical borders as well as boundaries of race and religion.

Celebrate Read Across America Day

Sara Ferguson | Posted 04.30.2012 | Education
Sara Ferguson

Take the time to share a book with a child. Time spent reading with children not only increases their academic achievement, but also improves their self esteem.

A Writer's Journey Through Oz

Deborah Swiss | Posted 04.29.2012 | Books
Deborah Swiss

Aussies proudly read more books per capita than anywhere in the world. Despite this impressive statistic, Australia is aiming to fill its literacy gaps and extend the rewards of reading to every citizen.

Pimping Your Book, Indie or Traditional

Holly Robinson | Posted 04.29.2012 | Books
Holly Robinson

There are some differences in how traditional and indie books are publicized, but those differences are shrinking by the nanosecond.

Beyond Books: Thoughts on Children's Literacy Going High Tech

Earl Martin Phalen | Posted 04.24.2012 | Education
Earl Martin Phalen

For the first time in our organization's history, we find ourselves faced with a new kind of children's book, one that is displayed on the screen of a tablet.

What Is Literacy?

Pam Allyn | Posted 04.21.2012 | Good News
Pam Allyn

As we get closer to the celebration of World Read Aloud Day on March 7, I want to take a moment to share why I think this is such an important day.

Top 10 Young Adult Fantasy Books You Should Read

Lisa Parkin | Posted 04.16.2012 | Books
Lisa Parkin

With The Hunger Games movie coming out in March, the frenzy for young adult fiction has reached an all-time high. For those of you who still haven't read young adult books, here are a few suggestions.

If a Parent Who Reads to Her Child is "Good," is One Who Doesn't "Bad?"

Gregory Michie | Posted 04.11.2012 | Education
Gregory Michie

If you're a parent struggling to make ends meet, you're probably going to choose to spend $1.99 for a gallon at Aldi rather than $6.99 for organic at Whole Foods. Does that mean you don't care as much about the health of your child?

Books, Books, Books!

Dr. Rebecca Palacios | Posted 04.09.2012 | Parents
Dr. Rebecca Palacios

When we provide children the gift of books and language, we are providing them with imaginative experiences that are important in building a nation of creative thinkers and innovators.

What Would the World Be Like If Everyone Could Read?

Pam Allyn | Posted 04.08.2012 | Impact
Pam Allyn

Over 793 million people around the world cannot read or write. We know that these numbers are shocking, but what do they really mean?

Will Write for Food

Jeff Klima | Posted 04.08.2012 | Books
Jeff Klima

Is it possible to sue someone on the basis of copyright infringement and theft of intellectual property if they have been dead for 131 years? I just g...

A Remedy to "Good Job!" and "Way to Go!"

David Kersh | Posted 04.01.2012 | Parents
David Kersh

I am torn about this, meaning I find myself saying "good job!" or "way to go!" like my fellow soccer parents, but I feel I am doing a "bad job!" as a parent by doing it.

The Year of Not Reading

Celeste Ng | Posted 03.26.2012 | Books
Celeste Ng

In 2011, I didn't read a single book. So what did I learn from The Year of Not Reading? First off, some humility.

What Is The Most Literate City In The U.S.?

USA Today | Posted 01.25.2012 | Books

For the second consecutive year, Washington, D.C. , is ranked as the most literate city in the country, according to an annual statistical survey to b...

Teaching With Tablets: For Young Readers, It's Interaction vs. Distraction

Kirk Cheyfitz | Posted 03.25.2012 | Education
Kirk Cheyfitz

Sticking to retreads makes no use of all the powerful technological innovations now at our command. But creating tablet cartoons has the potential to kill off reading altogether.