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July 30, 2014

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Newsela Free Summer Reading Challenge

For those many kids who choose not to read books, for those kids who are news junkies, for those kids who choose to focus on nonfiction, for those kids who read everything anyway, and for those kids who are motivated by regular, tangible rewards, Newsela’s Free Summer Reading Challenge may be just the thing to [...]

Reading Rainbow Reaches for $5 Million Mark on Kickstarter

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Levar Burton, known for hosting the popular PBS children’s show “Reading Rainbow” has earned over $3.5 million dollars on Kickstarter to expand his “Reading Rainbow” app for a cost. His goal is to reach $5 million, and his fundraising success hasn’t come without criticism.

Booktrack for amplifying story

Booktrack for amplifying story

Booktrack is a new, free platform designed to encourage readers to immerse themselves in their readings by accompanying digital texts with movie-style soundtracks. Booktrack Classroom offers a library of public domain books to which soundtracks have already been added.  Students may opt to create their own soundtracks content they’ve authored themselves. And teachers may create [...]

Unite for Literacy offers free early literacy ebooks

Unite for Literacy offers free early literacy ebooks

Attention primary and elementary librarians and teachers and parents! Exciting news from Colorado:  The Colorado Library Consortuim (CLiC), Douglas County Libraries and Unite for Literacy, a Colorado-based publisher funded by sponsorships, have partnered to provide access to more than 120 free ebooks for young children. The project site shares that these early literacy titles: are all [...]

Expanding the universe of the book

Last week, I attended Laura Fleming’s session on Storytelling in the Digital Age at the West Essex WeTech Conference.  Laura’s talk updated her 2010 Edutopia post, A Primer on Interactive Books. For Laura, it is all about the story and how we experience it.  She contends: Many children expect a different reading experience now.  And [...]

Summer SYNC Line-up announced

SYNC is back.  So make sure your favorite kiddos have their ear-buds ready for reading this summer.  Please also share this news with your favorite teachers. Beginning on May 15, the SYNC program, associated with the Audiobook Community, will offer teens weekly selections of free digital audiobooks pairings.  Each audiobook pair consists of a current [...]

Reading a Novel Changes the Brain, Study Shows

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Reading a novel appears to produce quantifiable changes in brain activity, according to an Emory University study published this month in the journal Brain Connectivity.

Why Reading Sucks: Talking honestly with kids might make them more passionate readers

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“I try to help my students be passionate readers,” writes teacher Pernille Ripp. “I try to be a role model for this in the classroom—but to do this I have recently realized that I must also discuss why, for many students, reading sucks.”

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

How to Create a “Culture of Reading” | AASL 2013

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How do you get tweens and teens to be interested (and stay interested) in reading?

The Science of Interest: Cognitive Research To Engage Students and Foster Real Learning

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“Librarians are ideally positioned to become cultivators of students’ interests,” according to Annie Murphy Paul. A journalist and author, Murphy Paul sheds light on the latest cognitive research on this critical component to reading and learning in SLJ’s November 2013 cover story.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Newsela: making news accessible for more learners

Newsela: making news accessible for more learners

Face it.  The news is not written for most of our kids, especially those who are struggling readers or new English learners. I showed Newsela to my ELL and several of my ELA teachers early this semester and we have some devoted fans. Launched in June, and the winner of a Gates Foundation Literacy Courseware Challenge, Newsela publishes articles [...]

In Praise of Print Books | SLJ Summit 2013

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The very limitations of the book are its strengths, according to journalist and author Annie Murphy Paul, speaking at School Library Journal’s 2013 Leadership Summit in Austin, TX.

UK Study Links Kids’ Pleasure Reading to Strong School Performance

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The University of London’s Institute of Education (IOE) has released a study showing that children who read for pleasure are likely to do significantly better at school than their peers. The study, which is one of the first to examine the effect of reading for pleasure on children’s cognitive development over time, finds that children who read for pleasure made more progress in learning math, vocabulary, and spelling between the ages of 10 and 16 than those who rarely read.

Promoting new titles with Pinterest (Check out Alida’s boards)

Here’s one Pinterest rabbit hole well worth falling through. I discovered Alida Hanson’s wonderfully comprehensive and attractive Pinterest boards promoting the new books and media at Weston High School (MA) Library, via a recent AASLForum discussion. When I asked Alida if she’d allow me to share her process for organizing those boards, she generously agreed. [...]

Informational Text: Recommended Books, Suggested Strategies

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It’s all too easy to dismiss colorful, fun books of this sort, with their brief chunks of text and apparently oversized photos, as merely motivational in nature.

YALSA Teen Book Finder App, updated

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YALSA’s Teen Book Finder is one of my favorite apps.  I recommend it to my high school students and I/we often take it to the shelves on our iPhones, iPods or iPads for inspiration connected to YALSA’s recommended titles.   Good news.  This week, YALSA launched an updated version of the free app that now includes titles [...]

Give ’Em Chalk: Hands-On Learning Is Fun and Builds Literacy Skills | Editorial

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The most exciting time for a kindergarten teacher is when a kid looks up and says, ‘Hey, I can read!’” Fostering early literacy is the focus of our very first theme issue. We’re also debuting a new look, with some significant improvements to the all-important reviews section.

Fanfiction: What Educators Really Need to Know

Fanfiction: What Educators Really Need to Know

Do young fanfiction authors seek the kind of feedback that educators would find “useful” in K-12 settings, and are fanfiction communities really the nurturing environments of peer-critique that some make them out to be?

BiblioNasium: social reading for kids

BiblioNasium: social reading for kids

My high school readers (and most other serious readers I know) are obsessed with Good Reads. And if they’re not, they are connected on either LibraryThing or Shelfari. Socially connected readers seek and trust the recommendations and lists of their networks; reviews purchasing and borrowing opportunities, as well as the attractive shelf metaphors, fun quotes, [...]

Randie’s Pinterest Reading List/Board

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Back in May I shared Elissa Malespina’s media-rich, interactive Choices Summer Reading list.  She created it for her South Orange (NJ) Middle School readers using Apple’s iBooks Authors. She hosts the list on the Bookry platform and it feels very much like those cool magazine apps we flip through on our tablets. Randie Groden just shared an alternate [...]