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My Son Only Read One Book in Middle School

Franchesca Warren | Posted 04.18.2014 | Education
Franchesca Warren

Great reading can be done in middle school if we take the focus off standardized testing.

Writing and Reading: Powerful, Liberating and Potentially Dangerous Tools -- Why it Is Important to Educate Ourselves

Christopher Molaro | Posted 04.16.2014 | College
Christopher Molaro

We live in an era where information is becoming more and more available. That is a great thing -- most of the time. It can be very powerful and libera...

See Me is a Charming, Quirky and Magical Read

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 04.16.2014 | Books
Valerie Tejeda

Wendy Higgins' See Me is not your typical paranormal romance. In an industry full of vampires, witches, mermaids, and angels, it's refreshing to see a...

The Collective Power of a Nation of Readers

Kyle Zimmer | Posted 04.19.2014 | Impact
Kyle Zimmer

They are part of First Book, a nonprofit network of teachers, librarians, community leaders and program administrators serving kids in need -- a network that stretches across the country and around the world.

What a Map of a Mouse Brain Has to Do With Your Kids

Lydia Denworth | Posted 04.15.2014 | Parents
Lydia Denworth

There are limits to connectivity maps. As one scientist put it, so far they give information only on the level of interstate highways and major cities; smaller towns and roads are not yet on the map. Other scientists wonder which should come first -- the maps or the specific questions we hope to answer with them.

Notes from the Children

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 04.14.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

The "Kid Blog" on our Pajama Program website is full of sweet and tender notes and drawings from children who receive our pajamas and books. On a dail...

17 Children's Books We Still Adore As Grownups

Posted 04.10.2014 | Fifty

Whether it was your beloved bedtime storybook your parents read to you as a child or the inspiring novel you read in your high school literature class...

Good Writing Honors the Reader

Vicki Cobb | Posted 04.09.2014 | Education
Vicki Cobb

No matter how high the bar is set, simply stating the standards does not mean that students will perform at a higher level. The absurd weight now accorded to standardized testing is destroying public education and, I fear, a generation of learner.

Witches, Witches, Everywhere -- 'Hexed' Author Shares Why

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 04.09.2014 | Books
Valerie Tejeda

It's no secret that witches are everywhere these days -- from Deborah Harkness' A Discovery of Witches, to Brittany Geragotelis' Life's A Witch, to Melissa de la Cruz's Witches of East End, witches have sealed a spot on many of our bookshelves.

The Tragic Death of the Good Read

Mark Morford | Posted 04.09.2014 | Books
Mark Morford

Has this happened to you? Have you, whilst attempting to read an actual, dead-tree novel or lengthy magazine article, inadvertently swiped at the page with your finger, expecting a Delete tab to appear?

Today's Internet Forecast: Cloudy with a High Chance of Content Pollution

Sean Donahue | Posted 04.08.2014 | Media
Sean Donahue

To be relevant, it's no longer acceptable to be an ad-hoc publisher and expect the masses to flock to one's brand or cause. Just the opposite, relevance is largely defined by one's ongoing presence in the broader online conversation.

The Most Literate Generation: Wattpad & the Power of Social Reading

Ondi Timoner | Posted 04.15.2014 | Technology
Ondi Timoner

The next time you hear someone say "no one reads anymore," show them Wattpad. With more than 20 million users, Wattpad is the world's largest community for readers and writers, and to the consternation of traditional publishing -- entirely free.

10 Ways to Engage Children and Families in Reading With the Power of Technology

Sherri Wilson | Posted 04.01.2014 | Parents
Sherri Wilson

Technology provides access to a wealth of books and information, and engaged families help motivate children to read and learn.

'Dorothy Must Die' -- Oz as You've Never Seen It

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 04.01.2014 | Books
Valerie Tejeda

Danielle Paige's Dorothy Must Die is hands down one of my favorite young adult books that I've read this year. Imagine all the magic of Oz mixed with the kick-ass vibe of Kill Bill. It's cool, fun and wickedly entertaining.

No, Binge-Reading Isn't The New Binge-Watching

Claire Fallon | Posted 03.31.2014 | Books
Claire Fallon

The idea that spending several hours with a book needs a new term is an absurd concept. It's called reading. The activity of sitting down with a novel for the afternoon is not a trend; it's just how reading has almost always worked.

Where Is Shana?

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 03.28.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

So often I find myself wondering about children who were once regulars with us at Pajama Program. Last night while chatting with my husband about the...

Read This Blog Post in Less Than a Minute!

Wray Herbert | Posted 03.25.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

University of California, San Diego, psychologists doubted the very premise of such speed reading -- that eliminating eye movements is a worthy goal. Instead, they contend, this is the "fatal flaw" in speed-reading apps -- and the reason they will never be useful for reading any text that is not easy or short.

The Itsy-Bitsy Book Club 2014

Anna Leahy | Posted 03.24.2014 | Books
Anna Leahy

The book must be one neither of you have read. If you need a recommendation, browse your nearest physical bookstore, perhaps simultaneously, if you live far from each other, so that you can choose together.

Are you a SINK? The Manifesto for The-Single-Income-No-Kids Female

Christine Deakers | Posted 03.21.2014 | Women
Christine Deakers

What's the function of a woman who's married, yet childless? Better yet, what's the function of a woman who is single by volition, financially independent, and has no kids?

The Bittersweet Milestone I Didn't See Coming

Devon Corneal | Posted 03.20.2014 | Parents
Devon Corneal

Reading is one of those things that make sense to me as a mother, something that came easily and defines the contours of my days.

6 Powerful Ideas for Reading with Kids

Kurt Wootton | Posted 03.18.2014 | Parents
Kurt Wootton

Reading daily to our children is important for both the pleasure it brings in its own right and for the future benefits it promises for academic, professional, and even economic success. Here are few ideas for making reading an interactive journey.

Get Wicked With Author Sarah Harian's Debut

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 03.18.2014 | Books
Valerie Tejeda

If you're looking for a gobble-up-in-one-sitting-page-turner that will keep you clinging to the edge of your seat, check out The Wicked We Have Done ...

Jane Austen, 'Game Theorist?' Try 'Subversive Sitcom Scribe'

Evan Gottlieb | Posted 03.18.2014 | Books
Evan Gottlieb

The world of Jane Austen is growing steadily larger. While the focus of her fiction is notoriously narrow, geographically speaking, the world of her readers, viewers, and fans continues to expand with every new book, movie, TV series, and sequel based on the original.

The 'Brain App' That's Better Than Spritz

Annie Murphy Paul | Posted 03.13.2014 | Technology
Annie Murphy Paul

Spritz makers claim the app allows users to read at staggeringly high rates of speed: 600 or even 1,000 words per minute. However, when we read really fast -- especially in complex or difficult material -- our understanding of the text suffers.

Reading Captain Underpants

Lori Day | Posted 03.12.2014 | Parents
Lori Day

I'm all for helping kids find their passions in books. It's about what gets your child to not hear you when you announce that dinner is ready. It's not about title dropping.