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One Excellent Outcome from the Common Core

Vicki Cobb | Posted 10.22.2014 | Education
Vicki Cobb

The protests over the Common Core Standards have been more about the destructive effects of testing to assess how we're meeting the Standards than about the actual Standards themselves.

Talk, Read and Sing to Kids to Close the Word Gap

Jim Steyer | Posted 10.21.2014 | Education
Jim Steyer

With a boost from Hillary Clinton last weekend in San Diego, the American Academy of Pediatricians launched the next phase of its campaign to help close the "word gap" between children in high- and low-income families.

A Saturday, A Sister And The Library

Alexandra Rosas | Posted 10.20.2014 | Women
Alexandra Rosas

My older sister would take me to the library. She never came out and said we were going; it would just happen.

From Lizzy Bennet to Fanny Price: My Jane Austen Journey

Mackenzie Broderick | Posted 10.18.2014 | Books
Mackenzie Broderick

At age 12, my obliviousness was a survival instinct. As my peers experimented with make-up and clothes, I wore a sports bra to school, my hair frizzing into the stratosphere. Most days were spent doing what I loved best -- reading.

Nonfiction Reading Is Getting a Bum Rap and That's Bad For Kids

Patte Barth | Posted 10.17.2014 | Education
Patte Barth

States' participation in the Common Core is a legitimate issue for public debate for a host of reasons. However, concern that the standards call for too much nonfiction reading should not be among them.

4 YA Book Trends to Look for in 2015

Lisa Parkin | Posted 10.17.2014 | Books
Lisa Parkin

You'll be happy to know that young adult fiction has some new topics and trends coming atcha in 2015! As a YA book blogger, it's my job (minus the getting paid part) to tell you that the next big book themes of the year will be.

A Richer Inner Life

Christine Deakers | Posted 10.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Christine Deakers

There are periods where you become unaware of what brings you the most joy, or what makes you feel most filled up because there are the trivial and no...

Study Shows How Screen Time Can Improve Your Toddler's Reading Comprehension

Brad Spirrison | Posted 10.16.2014 | Education
Brad Spirrison

As an educational app reviewer with a four-year-old who was born a month before the debut of the iPad, I can verify that Learn with Homer is among the best apps available that teaches foundational reading.

5 Books To Read This Semester

Alexis Jane Torre | Posted 10.16.2014 | College
Alexis Jane Torre

Read a book that's not assigned, even though it can be a struggle to just read what was assigned, to take a mental break, find inspiration, or even remember feelings that you may have forgotten. So, curl up, grab a cup of coffee, and get ready to get lost in a good book.

6 YA Witch Books to Read This Halloween

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 10.14.2014 | Books
Valerie Tejeda

Whether you're a fan of the "casters" found in Beautiful Creatures, or a witch in a modern fairy tale like Spellbound, this list has something for everyone and is sure to satisfy all your spooky needs this fall.

The HOUR of Inspiration

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 10.14.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

There are few instances in life when you see true inspiration in action, when it's standing in front of you, revealed right before your eyes. More t...

Finding Faith

Allison Hill | Posted 10.15.2014 | Books
Allison Hill

I've been trying to write about faith for weeks, well, years really. It's been on my mind lately because this summer my father had a stroke. And nothing brings this former Baptist back to Jesus faster than praying that my father will be okay.

'The Ninth Circle' Author Brendan Deneen Talks About His Circus-Themed Horror Novel

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 10.09.2014 | Books
Valerie Tejeda

Lion tamers, a bearded lady, sword swallowers and more: Brendan Deneen's The Ninth Circle has it all and stands apart as one of the most fascinating and unique books to hit shelves in a long time.

'A Bridge From Misery to Hope'

Anita Casalina | Posted 10.10.2014 | Impact
Anita Casalina

Take a minute the next time you're stuck behind that school bus to be thankful that you can read and participate in our society fully. Make time to read to children. Consider volunteering for the adult literacy program in your area. And read something fun, just because you can.

Indie Magazine Bundle Service Offers Convenience and Discovery

Leora Novick | Posted 10.06.2014 | Books
Leora Novick

Food Book Fair, a Williamsburg, Brooklyn-based yearly festival has curated themed bundles of indie food magazines. Now, instead of hunting down a bookstore or vendor that stocks your favorite magazines, you can get your old classics in one easy delivery.

Why Reread?

Scott Cheshire | Posted 10.06.2014 | Books
Scott Cheshire

I've recently been rereading some novels especially meaningful to me, some for a second time, some for a third, trying to figure out why they resonate. For a writer, it's important work.

22 Unmistakable Signs A Book Is Taking Over Your Life

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 10.02.2014 | Books

Most of the time, your book obsession is under control. Sure, you spend too much money at bookstores, expect your dates to be as dreamy as Mr. Darcy o...

Growing Out of Packaged Ideals: John Oliver Got Me Thinking

Lauren Daley | Posted 10.01.2014 | Books
Lauren Daley

We humans grow so much intellectually, or are supposed to, that concepts or thoughts that seemed so profound at 15 or 23 often seem trite and banal at 30 or 55. But then, we're always growing, aren't we?

How Do You Model Reading for Children in the Digital Age?

Quora | Posted 10.01.2014 | Parents

The goal is to have books and stories that kids of every age love to read and want to have near their bodies, so they can pick up the book and say or gesture 'read?!' and a parent or caregiver will comply with joy.

Our Brains on Chick-Lit

Patricia Leavy, PhD | Posted 09.29.2014 | Women
Patricia Leavy, PhD

For many women, there's nothing that makes for a better beach or airport read than a fun chick-lit novel. They are vacation must-haves. But are they bad for us? That's what one study claims.

Does Speed Reading Really Work, and If So, How Do You Do It?

Quora | Posted 09.26.2014 | Books

Most people read word by word, and often say the words to themselves using the voices in their heads. Why do we do this? I fully blame kindergarten reading programs, which force children to read out loud both in class and at home.

I Will Always Buy Banned Books For My Kids

Devon Corneal | Posted 09.25.2014 | Parents
Devon Corneal

Until this week, I thought I was an average mom. I cook dinners, make lunches and oversee homework. I live in the suburbs. I drive a sensible car. Today, however, I discovered that I am a hard-core dissident bent on undermining the fabric of our society.

Kids Read When They Are Ready, Not On a Timetable

Laurie Levy | Posted 09.23.2014 | Education
Laurie Levy

When my son was 30 months old, I discovered he could read. I even double-checked what seemed to be impossible to a first-time parent by taking a novel book out of the library and asking him to read it. Sure enough, he could do it.

Life lessons from Charlotte's Web

Kristie Rivers, MD, FAAP | Posted 09.22.2014 | Parents
Kristie Rivers, MD, FAAP

My young children are fortunate enough to have never experienced the harsh realities of life and death. The closest they have come is an imaginary spider dying.

The Power of Books to Change the World

Kyle Zimmer | Posted 09.22.2014 | Impact
Kyle Zimmer

If we needed another call to action regarding the transformative power of education - on individual lives and the world we live in - here it is. In ...