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World War I Poets: An Interview With Alfred Corn

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 07.25.2014 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

Therefore, I've decided to focus on the great poets of World War I through an interview with Alfred Corn, a poet equally well-recognized in both America and in the U.K.

The Importance of Teaching Content

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 07.22.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Quite some years ago I visited a school in Baltimore City that had raised its third-grade reading scores dramatically. I wanted to see what they were doing to be so successful -- and I was curious about why its fifth-grade scores had not improved even as its third-grade ones had.

On the Importance of Mirrors for Students (and Teachers)

Gregory Michie | Posted 07.22.2014 | Education
Gregory Michie

To say that a teacher's race is of no importance -- especially in schools where most of the kids are black or Latino -- is to pretend that education in the U.S. exists in a post-racial dreamworld.

What You Should Really Do If You Want Your Kids to Read This Summer

Katie Hurley | Posted 07.22.2014 | Parents
Katie Hurley

The truth is that you can't force your kids to read. Or you can, if you want to raise kids who hate reading and avoid it at all costs. But you can inspire a love of reading.

A Teacher's Unlikely Crush (on an eReader)

Kyle Redford | Posted 07.22.2014 | Education
Kyle Redford

You know when you fall in love, that feeling that you want to tell everyone you know about it? That's me right now. I'm in love with an eReader.

Books That Benefit From Amazon's Latest Disruptive Innovation

Andrew Guthrie Ferguson | Posted 07.21.2014 | Books
Andrew Guthrie Ferguson

As a published author and book lover, I am decidedly ambivalent about Amazon's new Kindle Unlimited project. Advertised as the Netflix of books, it ...

11 Hot-Tempered Books For Hot Summer Days

Oyster Books | Posted 07.21.2014 | Books
Oyster Books

These summer reads are more spiked than sweet. Indulge in the seedier side of the season with our favorite hot-tempered page turners from Stephen King, Hunter S. Thompson, Neil Gaiman, and more

Grownups: You Can Read YA, and Why Not Read It With Your Kids?

Lori Day | Posted 07.17.2014 | Books
Lori Day

Just as there are good and bad adult novels, there are good and bad YA novels. To snidely pan the entire YA genre as being an embarrassment for any adult to enjoy is both small-minded and myopic.

Bits on the Beach

Naomi S. Baron | Posted 07.18.2014 | Books
Naomi S. Baron

Hours of my day as a professor and writer are spent reading onscreen. But when I know I'll want to reflect on what I have read, to read it again, and to have it stare back at me when I'm working in my study, I read in print.

Summer Is Also for Learning

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 07.16.2014 | Education
Naphtali Hoff

Because of the "shut down" nature of the school calendar, it is easy for us to quickly engage in similar mental cessation at this time. In fact, many of our colleagues seek to completely shift out of teacher mode during the summer. In my humble view, this is a mistake.

7 Reasons It's OK To Love Your eReader

Kendra Alvey | Posted 07.16.2014 | Books
Kendra Alvey

Don't let anyone tell you you're not a book lover because you have an eReader. Obviously you're a book lover, you own a device specifically for reading books!

Where Are the Stories of Girls?

Pam Allyn | Posted 07.16.2014 | Impact
Pam Allyn

This call to action rings as true today as it did over 70 years ago. The power lies with us, the people. Listening to stories, honoring them, and valuing the power of a young girl's voice cannot wait.

Read, Read, Read!

Jim Steyer | Posted 07.14.2014 | Education
Jim Steyer

As kids and parents enjoy their well-deserved break from school work, we can all take a more active role in ensuring their minds don't simply melt away into a morass of video games, texting and social media.

What Would You Do If You Only Had Hours To Live?

Dianne Harman | Posted 07.14.2014 | Fifty
Dianne Harman

My husband and I were in Seattle recently visiting our son and daughter-in-law. My son was debating whether or not to take a position he had been offered at a large increase in salary. We were discussing it and he made the statement, 'But I don't know how many lunches I have left.'

Happy Birthday, Harold Bloom, Giant of the Canon!

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 07.11.2014 | Books
Robert David Jaffee

For decades, Harold Bloom, the most eminent literary critic of our time, has taught a seminar at Yale, titled "Shakespeare & Originality." The class ...

Author Katherine Howe Talks About Her Latest 'Conversion'

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 07.10.2014 | Books
Valerie Tejeda

New York Times bestselling author Katherine Howe really shows her ability to craft a suspenseful and compelling young adult novel with her latest book Conversion.

Seeing Our Way to Foster Care Solutions

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 07.09.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Day by day they are working to shed light on the issues and problems they see, and they are paving the way for families to heal and re-start their lives. Let's not be blinded by the maze of blame.

How I Got Here

Amy Pang | Posted 07.07.2014 | Women
Amy Pang

I've been a closet writer for years. My love of the written word began with Dr. Seuss, but I have been so insecure about my writing abilities that I didn't pursue any form of writing as a career path. And now, here I am... I've gotten rid of this fear, and it feels good.

Legacy: Read, Read, Read

Rachael Freed | Posted 07.07.2014 | Books
Rachael Freed

What better way to share values, to let ourselves be known to the next generation, than by sharing our love of reading?

Watch Out Cupid! Transhumanism is Going to Change Love

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 07.02.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

The next time you're in a coffee shop, don't overlook that 70-year-old sitting in the corner reading Dickens, Hemmingway, or maybe even a copy of The Transhumanist Wager. That senior citizen with their years of wisdom and experience might soon be fair game for a love interest.

Author Maggie Stiefvater Talks About Her Brand-New Book Sinner

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 07.02.2014 | Books
Valerie Tejeda

On any given day you can find Maggie Stiefvater doing something different from the day before. 'I think a big part of being me is nothing is ever typical," she says. "You can me find working on a hobby, writing, driving my car some place fast or surrounded by my goats... Everyday is different.'

7 Beach Reads by International Authors (PHOTOS)

Departures Magazine | Posted 07.01.2014 | Books
Departures Magazine

New releases out of Japan, Hungary, China and more are anything but predictable, adding an international flair to a summer reading list.

How to Organize Your Books

Marty Kaplan | Posted 07.01.2014 | Books
Marty Kaplan

They may not have souls, but they're not inanimate objects, either. Ideas are alive in them, and they can contain characters more real than some people I know. Writers spend years struggling to create them, to get them published, noticed, bought and read; how can they not embody some of an author's spirit?

Why More Diversity in Children's Literature Is Absolutely Necessary

Katherine Rose | Posted 06.30.2014 | Books
Katherine Rose

Every child deserves the mirror experience in literature. But that is not possible unless our libraries, schools, and homes contain diverse books that allow all readers to see their lived experiences and cultural traditions worthy of being in print.

Why Grammar Is Important

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 06.30.2014 | Education
William B. Bradshaw

In high school or college, students of Asian heritage have the reputation of making the highest grades in the class, and the average American student ...