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Reading to Kids

Is a Comic Strip Worth a Thousand Words?

Maureen Anderson | Posted 07.07.2014 | Parents
Maureen Anderson

She thrilled us when she sent me some panels from a comic strip she'd drawn -- and got me to thinking all over again about what I would've missed had she never been around.

The Riches of Reading to Babies

Christine French Cully | Posted 06.26.2014 | Parents
Christine French Cully

"The Reading Mother" is an old poem, and I'm not sure when I first heard it. But my favorite line comes to mind whenever I see a mom reading to her child: "Richer than I you will never be -- I had a mother who read to me."

Catherine Pearson

Pediatricians Call For Parents To Read Aloud To Their Children Every Day

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 06.24.2014 | Parents

If your child's next visit to the pediatrician includes a clear emphasis on reading, don't be surprised. On Tuesday, the American Academy of Pedi...

The Crucial Activity More Dads Should Do With Their Kids

The Huffington Post | Emma Mustich | Posted 06.04.2014 | Parents

This Father's Day, some parents are putting the focus on an important gift dads can give to their kids, rather than the other way around. Jordan Ll...

6 Powerful Ideas for Reading with Kids

Kurt Wootton | Posted 05.18.2014 | 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.

Why I'll Read 20 Books Before Bedtime

Rachael Clarke | Posted 03.15.2014 | Parents
Rachael Clarke

It's hard to say no when you see her eyes light up, watch her become transfixed with the stories, the artistry on the pages. When you hear new words spill out of her daily, see her comprehend and make connections. When she literally dances at the suggestion of reading.

Introducing Your Kids to Great Literature

John McCormick | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
John McCormick

Talk to your kids about the stories you loved at their age and why. Describe the wonder you felt when you first read a favorite book and the worlds it opened for you.

The Importance Of Storytelling For Your Children

The Huffington Post | Zuania Ramos | Posted 08.26.2013 | Latino Voices

Making children go to bed early can be a challenge for many parents, who know that a productive day at school begins with a good night’s sleep. One ...

The Littlest Critic -- What My Toddler Taught Me About Writing

Eleni Gage | Posted 07.24.2013 | Parents
Eleni Gage

Writing the first draft of my second novel as a new mom living in Nicaragua and Miami Beach, I have no workshop to instill fear, excitement and motivation in me. But I do have one vociferous little mentor: my toddler, Amalía.

Discovering the Gift of a Learning Disability

Gary Karton | Posted 07.01.2013 | Parents
Gary Karton

When I had kids, I promised myself that I would do everything in my power to encourage them to love reading. I knew firsthand that lectures wouldn't work. They didn't work on me. Instead, for the first time in my life, I embraced reading.

Episode #130 - An Author Visit to Sandy Hook

Katie Davis | Posted 04.21.2013 | Parents
Katie Davis

Marc Tyler Nobleman had the idea for an author "talent show" for Sandy Hook almost immediately. Here is the wonderful, loving and positive result of that idea.

Nanny Emma's Picks: The Best Books for Kids, Part I (ages 1-6)

Emma Jenner | Posted 04.13.2013 | Parents
Emma Jenner

It's hard to tell which recently published books will stand the test of time, but in my decades of experience as a nanny, I've learned what to look for: Books that are designed to be read with children, not to them. Here are some of my recent favorites.

Great Expectations

Melinda Wentzel | Posted 03.10.2013 | Parents
Melinda Wentzel

In the dark of predawn I lay in bed, tucked snugly beneath my downy comforter, sleet pinging against the window panes in soft yet fitful waves. Against all odds associated with parenthood, no one under the age of 8 burst into the room to announce that the sky was falling.

An Obsessed Toddler Is the Perfect Pre-Reader

Katie Davis | Posted 03.05.2013 | Parents
Katie Davis

Whether it's construction, trains or Princess Barbie, the drill is the same. Our kids live it and breathe it. When your child wants nothing but more trains, trains, trains, don't try to distract him. Give him trains! Go to the library and lead him to all those delectable books about trains.

Cheri Daniels and the Scholastic Summer Challenge

Earl Martin Phalen | Posted 09.17.2012 | Impact
Earl Martin Phalen

I recently had the chance to chat with first lady Daniels about her favorite books, her thoughts on the importance of reading rituals, and how she's helping to ensure that the children of Indiana grow up as successful readers.

Meet Alfonse

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 06.24.2012 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

I will always remember one of my first reading groups in Yonkers, N.Y. One afternoon four little girls walked in and took a seat with me at our reading table. I said, "Oh, it's us girls today!" Then little Alfonse walked in and I said, "And one boy!"

Parents Say Classic Fairy Tales Are Too Scary To Read To Kids (STUDY)

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray | Posted 02.21.2012 | Parents

It's no secret that classic fairy tales aren't the bright and happy stories Disney would have you believe. (The way the Brothers Grimm tell Cinderella...

My Children Can't Read

Rhiana Maidenberg | Posted 02.05.2012 | Parents
Rhiana Maidenberg

My four-year-old daughter is illiterate. She can only sight read her own name, has not memorized short board books, and can barely write five letters of the alphabet. I am more than fine with all of this. In fact, I am proud.

I Read My 5-Year-Old Banned Books & You Should, Too

Lisa Catherine Harper | Posted 11.29.2011 | Parents
Lisa Catherine Harper

It shouldn't matter what kids want to read. They should just read. If they want to spend half an hour doing MadLibs, or reading a sports magazine, or a comic book, or novel, or a fix-it book, or a book of jokes they should. It's all reading.

7 Best Ways To Volunteer In L.A.

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Want to kick off 2010 with a few good deeds? If you're in the Los Angeles area, ABC-7 has you covered. From giving back a little puppy love to raisi...