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Slow Reading and Recovering Local Cultures of the Book

C. Christopher Smith | Posted 10.10.2012 | Books
C. Christopher Smith

The time is undoubtedly ripe for the emergence of Slow Reading practices, and I am convinced that as we discipline our minds and adapt to Slow Reading, these changes will ripple throughout every corner of our being.

Three Cheers for Boredom

Judy Bolton-Fasman | Posted 10.10.2012 | Parents
Judy Bolton-Fasman

Allowing our kids to confront and overcome boredom is an important life lesson. Maybe we should start by having our kids regularly disconnect

Why I Don't Trust Book Reviews Online

Nina Badzin | Posted 10.09.2012 | Books
Nina Badzin

If every book is a "must-read," and "amazing," then how can people looking for suggestions take all this hyperbolic Tweeting and Facebooking seriously?

That Magic Something

Rachael Berkey | Posted 10.08.2012 | Books
Rachael Berkey

There are times that I read a story and think to myself: "Wow, what wouldn't I give to be able to write like that?"

At 2, He Couldn't Speak, But He Could Read and Haggle

Dafna Maor | Posted 10.06.2012 | Parents
Dafna Maor

Tal has come a long way since he was 2. He's learned a lot, but so have I.

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 5)

James Stack | Posted 03.21.2013 | Healthy Living
James Stack

As the night dragged on, Dan kept refilling Daddy's glass. I wanted to get away, to go to the camper and into the bed, to my safe place. There was no telling what Daddy might do if he drank too much. And here Dan was, plying him and Bunnie Ann with alcohol.

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 4)

James Stack | Posted 10.04.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

When Daddy found out there was no liquor in the camper, he wasn't angry at first. Instead, he acted confused. He turned to Gee and the twins with squinty eyes and furrowed brow and asked, "Did ya'll see any of the whisky bottles I packed?"

It's Our Responsibility

William E. White | Posted 09.30.2012 | Education
William E. White

Who's responsible for instilling in our young people an appreciation for history and citizenship? Many of us -- teachers, educators, and members of the public alike -- are very concerned about the demise of social studies.

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 3)

James Stack | Posted 09.28.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

When I was eight, and Momma and I were home alone, she grabbed me out of the house and dragged me to where the woman who worked in Daddy's office as the receptionist lived. Momma told me to stay in the car and not to get out no matter who I saw or what happened.

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 2)

James Stack | Posted 09.27.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

Whenever anyone asked, "Who is the best EENT doctor in Spartanburg?" they were told, "Dr. Stack." When they asked, "Who is the second best EENT doctor in Spartanburg?" they were told, "Dr. Stack drunk." That was my daddy.

Restart the Economy by Stopping Illiteracy

Rep. Hansen Clarke | Posted 09.26.2012 | Detroit
Rep. Hansen Clarke

The silver bullet for rebuilding our business climate, reducing crime, and restoring employment is as simple as ABC. It's time for bipartisan action to end the crisis of illiteracy.

Radical Pedagogy

Rachel Adams | Posted 09.24.2012 | Education
Rachel Adams

Last week my son Henry met his literacy tutor for the first time. This probably doesn't sound earth shattering, but what's different about our situation is that my son has Down syndrome.

Read

Josh Weinstein | Posted 09.23.2012 | Books
Josh Weinstein

In high school, I didn't take AP English solely because of the amount of reading involved. Reading wasn't always my enemy, though.

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 1)

James Stack | Posted 09.22.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

'World's Fair' is the raw and witty true story of a dysfunctional Southern family's harrowing motor-home roadtrip from South Carolina to the Montreal World's Fair in 1967 (aka "The Summer of Love"). Told from the point of view of the author -- who was 15 at the time -- this intimate coming-of-age story shines a bright light on the issues of alcoholism, adolescent sexual confusion, family violence and the universal need to love those who hurt us, despite their frailties.

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Prologue, Part 2)

James Stack | Posted 09.22.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

'World's Fair' is the raw and witty true story of a dysfunctional Southern family's harrowing motor-home roadtrip from South Carolina to the Montreal World's Fair in 1967 (aka "The Summer of Love"). Told from the point of view of the author -- who was 15 at the time -- this intimate coming-of-age story shines a bright light on the issues of alcoholism, adolescent sexual confusion, family violence and the universal need to love those who hurt us, despite their frailties.

I Read a Comic About Cat Poop and Laughed

Rachael Berkey | Posted 09.17.2012 | Books
Rachael Berkey

Gene Ambaum collaborates with writer Sophie Goldstein on two family-friendly, pet-friendly graphic books about messy pets. And yes, the book is about exactly what you think it's about: cat poop.

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.

Foster Grandparent Program (VIDEO)

Bus 52 | Posted 09.16.2012 | Good News
Bus 52

A program that grew from a pilot project in the late 1960s, The Foster Grandparent Program places seniors into schools, juvenal detention centers and transitional housing facilities to help at-risk youth.

Want to Know How Cassandra Clare's Widely Anticipated Clockwork Princess Begins?

William Henderson | Posted 09.16.2012 | Books
William Henderson

Two hours and about 30,000 tweets later, the full cover was revealed, #ClockworkPrincess was a worldwide Twitter trending topic, and fans of the series were already critiquing what the cover does -- and doesn't -- show.

SLIDESHOW: 14 Fearless Characters In YA Novels

Elizabeth Kuster | Posted 09.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Kuster

Yes, I loved junior sleuth "Encyclopedia" (aka Leroy) Brown. He was so smart, so curious, and seemed to be so free of self-doubt. But to me, his sidekick, Sally Kimball, was much more badass. Of course, no one used the word "badass" to describe a girl back then. So let's use the word "fearless."

Why I'm Boycotting 'Fifty Shades of Grey' and Other Bestsellers

Hilary Sheinbaum | Posted 09.15.2012 | Books
Hilary Sheinbaum

The truth is, reading a bad book is like getting food poisoning. You could try again, but is it really worth the disappointment?

Want To Know 'How To Be A Woman'? Read This Book

Slate XX | Posted 07.16.2012 | Women

Not long ago, a group of prominent British journalists, all female, went out for an evening to get drunk on gin. Very drunk on gin. One of them walked...

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Prologue, Part 1)

James Stack | Posted 09.22.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

'World's Fair' is the raw and witty true story of a dysfunctional Southern family's harrowing motor-home roadtrip from South Carolina to the Montreal World's Fair in 1967 (aka "The Summer of Love"). Told from the point of view of the author -- who was 15 at the time -- this intimate coming-of-age story shines a bright light on the issues of alcoholism, adolescent sexual confusion, family violence and the universal need to love those who hurt us, despite their frailties.

Turning the Page on How We Read

Steve Leveen | Posted 09.11.2012 | Books
Steve Leveen

For years I've asked people what they're reading; these days, I'm also asking how they're reading. I've been hearing some intriguing things.

Fifty Shades Of Grey Sparks Interest In Reading

Lara Grant | Posted 09.09.2012 | College
Lara Grant

I was hesitant to read Fifty Shades of Grey. Not only would it be mildly embarrassing to purchase, I had to deal with the fact that my mother had read it.