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Pam Allyn is a world-renowned literacy expert, innovating home, school and community solutions on her mission to make every child a learner. She is the Executive Director and Founder of LitWorld, a groundbreaking global literacy movement serving children across the United States and in more than 60 countries, and LitLife, a cutting-edge consulting group working with schools to enrich teaching methods and curriculum in reading and writing. Pam received the 2013 Scholastic Literacy Champion Award for her work with children living in the most vulnerable communities both in the United States and around the world, and the National Parenting Magazine Award, for her contributions to the public conversation around learning in the home. Pam is the author of many books, including Your Child's Writing Life (winner of the Mom's Choice Award), What to Read When, and Pam Allyn's Best Books for Boys. Her most recent series, Core Ready, published in 2013, is a 14-book series focusing on the Common Core Learning Standards.

More information on Pam’s work is available at pamallyn.com, litworld.org, and litlifeinfo.com.

Entries by Pam Allyn

Where Are the Stories of Girls?

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 11:12 AM

This week the world celebrated Malala Day, a day to celebrate the courage of one young girl and to renew our every day promise to make sure girls' stories of hope and triumph can overcome despair and tragedy.

You already know the stories of Martin Luther King, Jr. and John...

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Nurturing and Cultivating Fearless Summer Readers

(2) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 11:30 AM

Send your child to Hogwarts this summer. Fill her pockets with Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans and give her the freedom to explore moving staircases and enchanted alleyways. Or send him on a hunt for secrets with Harriet the Spy to let his curiosity about the world around him soar...

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Stories Are Not for Sale

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 4:17 PM

My life's work stands on this tenet: humankind's greatest innovation is the power of story. We are the product of our stories, and our greatest tool, our most powerful force for change, is the strength to tell them. I founded LitWorld, a global non-profit organization, to make sure children everywhere...

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For These Are All Our Girls

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 2:33 PM

The kidnapping of the Nigerian schoolgirls is a crisis of our humanity. What will become of us if half of humanity is not fully safe, empowered and free? We will all perish. Let us begin to repair the world today.

The story of the missing girls of Nigeria is a...

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Why Poetry Matters

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 4:48 PM

Poetry is how we say to the world, and to each other, "I am here." Some of my most beloved poets -- Walt Whitman, Langston Hughes, Billy Collins and Naomi Shihab Nye -- talk about poetry as a way to document the world and our common experiences, to say what...

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Read Aloud. Change the World.

(6) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 3:35 PM

Many years ago, my mother read to me from the book Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey. I remember as if it were yesterday, hearing her voice at my side on a cold wintry night sharing those words: "Kerplink, kerplank, kerplunk..." as little Sal's blueberries thunked into her pail. My...

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Let's Make 2014 the Year of the Child

(1) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 2:50 PM

This has been a very tough year for children. Recession, wars and natural disasters have impacted children in staggering numbers. More than 16 million children are living in poverty here in the U.S. and over 400 million children live in extreme poverty around the world. To...

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The Promise of the Yellow School Bus

(3) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 10:25 AM

The experience at Newtown casts a long shadow across our nation. Though the months pass, we will never forget the faces of the children and their teachers, shot dead amid the fragrance of crayons, glue and juice.

One of the many things I have always loved about our democratic nation...

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Where the Wild Things Are Turns 50: The Child's Journey, the Memory of JFK and What Sendak Taught Us

(1) Comments | Posted December 2, 2013 | 9:51 AM

Maurice Sendak's great book Where the Wild Things Are has just turned 50 years old.

Sendak captured the inner and complex world of childhood, riveted by sorrows and pleasures: the dark fearsome corners and the underlying sense of both wanting to roam and explore and wanting to be home, where...

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5 Ways to Help Kids Live Lives of Gratitude

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 1:43 PM

As we approach Thanksgiving, and images of roasted turkeys and heaping bowls of sweet potatoes fill our minds, we have an opportunity to create and launch a teachable time with our children around the meaning of gratitude.

At the Thanksgiving table, ask everyone to take a quiet moment of reflection...

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Why I've 'Gone Back' to Print Books

(54) Comments | Posted October 21, 2013 | 3:29 PM

When the tablet revolution descended upon us, I was an early adopter for sure. I bought the first iteration of the iPad; I also got a Kindle. A voracious reader, I was now a voracious tech consumer. It was my firm opinion that just as Ben Franklin and his buddies...

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Stand Up for Girls Today: We Are Each Other's Strength

(1) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 10:15 AM

Today is the International Day of the Girl. I want you to stand up at noon for every girl's right to tell her story. It sounds like a simple thing -- to stand up at noon. The action itself may be simple, but the statement and the intention behind the...

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Stand Up for Girls

(6) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 12:25 PM

There is a photo I carry with me everywhere I go.

It is a photo of a little girl. She is nine years old. She is wearing a post-it on her lapel, held in place with a pen. While I was conducting a teacher training in her school in...

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A Back to School Call to Action: Let's Have Malala Day Every Day

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 3:23 PM

This summer, we hosted a team of interns at the LitWorld headquarters in New York City. They come from colleges and universities around the country, and they spend the summer doing grassroots education rights work on the ground while at the same time connecting with our hubs for innovation around...

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A Tale of 4 Anti-Heroes: Alex, Lance, Eliot and Anthony

(2) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 9:51 AM

It is a hard time to be a kid. Two places where kids can dream, in their hearts and heads and the fullness of their childhoods, are in the worlds of sports and politics. They can picture themselves running the bases for the ultimate slide, throwing the ball to make...

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Voices and Choices: The Secrets to Summer Reading and Writing Success

(7) Comments | Posted July 26, 2013 | 4:00 PM

Let us emphasize the importance of children's voices and children's choices in both reading and writing experiences throughout the summer months.

Summer is an ideal time to empower children to master control of their reading lives. By supplementing the reading lists that are sent home with time for the child...

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Remembering Alice Paul

(3) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 4:41 PM

Let's not vote for Eliot Spitzer or Anthony Weiner, for the sake of our daughters and every young woman growing up in New York City and around the world.

What Weiner did was despicable, gross and degrading of women. And yet his actions have been excused by many, or trumped...

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Let's Put the 'Summer' Feeling Back into 'Summer Learning' for Kids

(10) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 5:57 PM

Truly joyous learning should and can happen 12 months a year. Yet, we still operate on the idea that there are only two options for children in the summer months. Children are either out of school, which worked in the agrarian times when many children were needed on farms, but...

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Six Messages for a Child

(2) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 11:25 AM

As an educator and advocate for children, I get many queries after tragedy, especially about how we can help our children cope with what they have heard and seen. I hope these simple messages help.

1. Most of the time, people are trying to do the right thing.

"When I...

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The Rain Is Gone, Here Comes the Sun

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2013 | 12:36 PM

Hurricane Sandy caused many layers of destruction across New York, some too brutally seen under the harsh spotlight of loss, others more hidden, their own kinds of sadnesses becoming more visible as the weeks went on.

One of these sadnesses was the total destruction of the Bellevue Hospital's Children's...

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