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“A lack of access to books may help explain why...children from economically disadvantaged communities score 60 percent lower on kindergarten-readiness tests.”

The example is DC, but it is not the only place.
In many high-poverty urban neighborhoods, it’s nearly impossible for a poor child to find something to read in the summer.
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Looking for a book to get your reader engaged? Maybe a new family read aloud?

This week on her blog, middle school teacher Pernille Ripp shared some of the favorite books that her 7th graders loved.

These are the books her students loved - so the odds are pretty good that your kids will love them, too.

Favorite Book Club Books for Middle School
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From adding an extra dimension in nonfiction to giving "voice" to narratives for struggling readers ...

When an #Ebook is the Best Book by Addie Matteson in School Library Journal.

#Literacy #lit4families
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Did you know that your library might have a "sale rack"? I'll be checking it out on my next trip!

That's just one of the many easy-to-do tips Amy Mascott (Teach Mama) has on ways to build your child's home library.

Like Amy, we agree that being a regular at the library is a must ... but it's important for kids to have books to call their own, too!
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Our annual book sale is September 23-24 this year, and children's books are 50 cents each. Great selection for all ages.
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Thinking beyond the book: "Reading aloud is only one way to make reading more exciting and fun."

Great article on the United Way's EveryDay Learners Blog - Don't slide into #summer learning loss this year.
EveryDay Learners wrote this article two weeks ago in the Daily Herald. Brad Wilcox and Tim Morrison share great ways to keep your children reading this summer. Most of the time, the words 'summer' and 'slide' conjure up images of fun vacation activities. But when you're talking about literacy, ...
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It' not just a pitch to say "read more" ... but there is some fascinating science that might just be your inspiration to click it off!

How Giving Up TV for a Month Changed my Brain and My Life.
Watching a couple hours of TV a day can have major effects on your brain. So what would happen if you quit cold turkey?
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"Think Like a Detective" is an article mostly for educators, but it is enlightening in its discussion of Common Core Standards and the need for more emphasis on creating opportunities for critical thinking for our students.

"When students are trained to close read they must "stick to the text" and rely on the text alone to answer questions. They are instructed to refrain from using personal experience or outside information when reflecting on the meaning of the reading or responding to the questions. This unhealthy discipline of students' thoughts and feelings is the antithesis of cultivating critical thinking skills.”
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“Books have the potential to create lasting impressions"

Books Matter: The best Kid Lit on Bias, Diversity, and Social Justice via the Anti-Defamation League blog
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Thanks @MrsDBooks for the lead!
Find books that help children explore the true diversity of our world, challenge bias and bullying and combat injustice. Books Matter, a new online bibliography, identifies titles recommended by the Anti-Defamation League, world leaders in anti-bias education. http://www.adl.org/education-outreach/books-matter/
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"The excitement is palpable in many of these school libraries, with new books flying off the shelves as soon as they arrive."

Laura Bush: $13 Million in School Library Grants and Counting #literacy| kidlit #feedly
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A lovely, inspiring reminder of how lucky we are to have schools and educational facilities filling our communities.

Kenyan girls get on their bikes in pursuit of an education by Robert Kibet, in the Guardian
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In this OpEd on the Book Marketing Buzz blog, Brian Feinblum offers some thoughtful questions about balancing history and the need for a broader literature base for readers.

BookMarketingBuzzBlog: Our Literary History Is Not Black & White
Imagine Major League Baseball pre-1947, when only white men played the national pastime. Think of national politics, pre-1920, when women did not have the right to vote. Think of every institution -- financial, social, polit...
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Click. Read. Save. Use over and over again! Nine Resources for Building Cultural #Literacy | Mix It Up via School Library Journal.

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#diversity #literacy #WNDB #CulturalLiteracy
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Introduction
Reading unlocks the keys to all other learning, and learning to read begins at home. The Reading Tub is a nonprofit for Children's Literacy.

The Reading Tub website offers families information and ideas for all things literacy. We are
  • Parents, grandparents, educators, librarians. People who are passionate about a child's success.
  • Volunteers - 100% Volunteer, to be exact. That means all donations go to helping at-risk readers, not overhead!
  • Passionate about helping you guide your children in reading. Whether it is trying to find a book your child will like or ideas for literacy activities. We're here to help.
  • Dedicated to literacy and getting materials to at-risk readers. In our first 10 years, we have donated nearly $100,000 in books and services to readers in need.
  • A 501(c)(3) public charity.
All credit for The Reading Tub (est 2003) goes to my daughter, who was then 18 months and is now about 12 going on 18!