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Haven't read the whole report yet, but the Key Findings are eye opening!

Top in the list: "A seminal research study of 262 college students found heavy media multitaskers have a harder time filtering out irrelevant information."

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Parents & Teachers ... what have been the reasons you see the most? Is there a specific strategy that has worked for you?

12 Common Reasons Students Don’t Read & What You Can Do About It - http://buff.ly/1TuZsNC
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“I did not enjoy learning [but] I can now read words and I have even written a letter to my mother.” http://buff.ly/215nO3I

The first person "Sam" wrote to was his mom. She is such a powerful influence when it comes to literacy.

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Call for more volunteers to teach Tongariro Prison prisoners how to read and write.
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"Sometimes all it takes is a good book to call your very own…to set you on a path of lifelong reading, learning and adventure!"

The Power of a Good Story - Raising Readers http://buff.ly/1peVApr

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It was waiting for me on my desk when I came into work on an ordinary morning this winter: a poem about and picture of a little boy and his Raising Readers’ book. I stopped to read it before starting in on the endless emails and piles of projects that make up a day in …
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Still looking for books to share with your kids for Earth Day? Janssen Bradshaw has a nice selection at Everyday Reading: Green Books for Eco-Minded Kids & Parents http://buff.ly/1YjfCuH

#Earthday #raisingreaders #GreenBooks
These books are a good way to introduce your future environmentalist to issues like protecting endangered species, recycling, and more.
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Who knew that reading is a better stress reducer than music or cup of tea? Fun, educational #Infographic from Nicholas Rossis
Designer Raphael Lysander has produced this beautiful Infographic on the health benefits of reading, first published on his excellent blog. The image features statistics on how reading can help wit…
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"Attitudes last ...And the ones about a very misunderstood and often hard-to-explain condition have placed all autistic people in a hidden world, sometimes never to be heard from." 

With nearly 1 in 80 people diagnosed as being on "the Spectrum" Autism is a condition we need to understand. This Mashable article (and video) well worth your time. 

http://on.mash.to/1ZWVyzS
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What would you think if you saw this headline: Where are the books about kids like us? Would you think We Need Diverse Books? I did. Then I read the article, a feature on the KidsPost page commemorating Beverly Cleary’s 100th birthday. That question was…
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The headline is a grabber, but before you say "I'm not surprised" and move on, take the 2 minutes to read Nicholas Rossis' arcticle.

Rossis writes about book publishing and promotion, and there is often an additional "translation" we can use for understanding readers, whether it is parents reading with children, teens, or young adults.

* The data is from eBook readers - though it probably translates to print as well.
* Overall, completion rates didn't vary much.
* The gender of the author made no difference.

.You Only Have 20 to 50 Pages to Capture A Male Reader’s Attention
In a fascinating study shared by The Reading Room, men were found to be quicker to judge a book they’re reading than women are. The study was performed by Jellybooks, who used a bit of JavaScript i…
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“The unfortunate reality is that many children do not have access to books, especially at home; this is something most of us take for granted," said Carol Rasco, president and CEO, Reading Is Fundamental. "The eight books students receive at the end of the school year to own and take home really motivate them to read over the summer.” http://buff.ly/1NzOJgl

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Catching up on my blog reading this weekend ... Monica Edinger's post at Educating Alice speaks from a writer's / educator's perspective but gives me a lot to think about as a reader and reviewer, as well. How consciously - or unconsciously - do I seek out or leave out information relative to a character's race / culture?

"I feel I have to always walk a tight line, both wanting to honor my students, their background and heritage, yet also being respectful of their varying personalities."

Whether or Not to Indicate Race
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Guest post at Sunlit Pages Erin and her kids share what reading means to them - and how the family created a reading culture.
Raising Readers: How to Raise a Family of Readers http://buff.ly/1qsAUfd

#literacy #homeschooling
Today I'm pleased to introduce you to my blogging friend, Erin, who hails from the land down under. I believe we first "met" through the Read-Aloud Revival facebook page (when it still existed). Erin is a homeschooling mom of...
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Bringing reading home for families.
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!