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A LitWorld & LitLife Literary Halloween! We transformed into our favorite book characters for a wild rumpus at the LitWorld office.

Here are the characters and titles (these are must reads!) L-R:
Frances of "Bread and Jam for Frances" by Russell Hoban
Mooch of "The Gift of Nothing" by Patrick McDonnell
Huckleberry Finn of "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain
The Purple Crayon of "Harold and the Purple Crayon" by Crockett Johnson
Max of "Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak
Exclamation Mark of "Exclamation Mark" by Amy Krause Rosenthal
Madeline Twins (classic + modern) of the "Madeline" series by Ludwig Bemelmans
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October 11th is the International #DayOfTheGirl. Here's our Founder, Pam Allyn, on how LitWorld programs give girls life-saving access to safe literacy learning. 
"There are simple, flexible and cost-effective ways to prevent girls from disappearing from school, from working at home, or being married at a young age. The loss of the stories and ideas that these girls would generate is a devastating loss for the whole world. I believe literacy is the most portable, mobile tool for women's equity we have."
It is about cultivating a love of reading, writing and learning. It is about finding new layers of meaning in our lives through the stories we read, and the stories we tell about our experiences....
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"This is the first generation that could grow up without the influence of handwriting, an experiment in progress. But there are ways to keep handwriting close while still being open to the world of digital literacy. This generation deserves what handwriting has to offer."

Our Founder, Pam Allyn, has an op-ed in the Miami Herald on the unique power of writing by hand: http://hrld.us/1CPh9Qp
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As September gets closer and closer that special feeling of returning to school never fails to wash over us. Here are our tips to make sure back-to-school is a season of joy for every child. (Special thanks to our Girls LitClubs in Pakistan for exemplifying excitement around learning and storytelling!)

http://www.litworld.org/blog/2014/8/19/5-ways-to-build-back-to-school-school-excitement
As September gets closer and closer that special feeling of returning to school never fails to wash over us. This time of year brings back such fond and visceral memories. The smell of fresh autumn air, the energized, electric feeling that buzzed through campus and the feeling of unlimited possibilities awaiting us in the year ahead. Here are 5 ways to get your children excited to go back to school. 1. Share your own favorite back to...
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LitCamp is officially in session - for more than 1,200 kids! Over 14 LitCamps are running this summer in New York and Detroit in partnership with Broadway Housing Communities, The After-School Corporation (TASC) and Detroit Public Schools. One LitCamper told us she woke up so early she had to wait for hours for camp to begin. She was that excited! Stay tuned to our blog for news of Camp. http://litworld.org/blog
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Our Harlem LitClub girls are official high school graduates!!! This summer our meetings with the girls will focus on preparing them mentally and emotionally for the college experience. What do you need to bring your best self to college? We're sharing resources and activities from our LitClub group mentorship sessions on the Admittedly blog. Share with your friends and the college bound teens in your life! http://bit.ly/1wsTmBE
What would you need to bring your best self to college?
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Google Hangouts brings our team together every day and on Halloween! Here's our team member Megan creating a digital Cam Jansen costume. Thanks +Google!
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What kind of world is it when we cannot hear the stories of girls? #StandUp4Girls with LitWorld on October 11th, the #dayofthegirl
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A beautiful new piece by Pam Allyn for +Scholastic Instructor magazine shares five ways that we can help children enter a “world of possible” and use the power of words and stories to transform their lives.

http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/5-ways-reach-every-reader
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"I want to make sure the world has stories of girls fighting the bad guys, beating back the forces of darkness, becoming superheroes, fighting triumphantly for access to the world, the fresh air, the freedom and the gifts an education and transformational literacy bring to them."
Here's our Founder Pam Allyn's latest for HuffPost Impact: http://huff.to/1sorM9g
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....
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We are proud to announce the launch of a new #summerreading  program with our partners Detroit Public Schools. The Everything Literacy! initiative includes a LitCamp, access to online learning and a first-ever family and community LitFest for 36 public schools. The Detroit Public Library is enrolling all children as library-card holders and the wonderful Scholastic is contributing books for families to add to home libraries. 

We truly value our relationship with Detroit Public schools and look forward to creating positive literacy outcomes for the wonderful children of this great city!

http://bit.ly/1skmVG4
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"Reading is like breathing in, and writing is like breathing out." This is how LitWorld's Founder Pam Allyn beautifully captures the interconnected nature of reading and writing. In our latest summer reading post for Scholastic Parents we are sharing five ways to use reading to inspire your child's writing life this summer.
http://www.litworld.org/blog/2014/6/27/how-to-use-reading-to-inspire-writing
"Reading is like breathing in, and writing is like breathing out." This is how LitWorld's Founder Pam Allyn beautifully captures the interconnected nature of reading and writing. Reading brings new ideas, perspectives and worldviews. Writing is how we send our own voice, hopes, wonderings and opinions into the world. Captivating books act as mentors for a child's own writing and provide valuable guidance on how to tell stories and craft...
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