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Smithsonian TTribune for differentiating and engaging reading (& global conversation!)

Smithsonian TTribune for differentiating and engaging reading (& global conversation!)

Looking for high quality news for all of your readers? The Smithsonian’s TTribune now offers K-12 teachers and librarians a carefully selected array of news content to meet the needs of all readers, including those who speak (or are learning) Spanish. The free content, includes text, images, audio and video–all available on any of these rich […]

Sunday Reflections: Growing Children as Readers

Sunday Reflections: Growing Children as Readers

Every piece of recent research points to the fact that, above all else, freedom of choice is the key to engaging children with reading and turning them into lifelong learners. And not just choice of reading material, although that is of primary importance, but choice of what to read, when to read, how to read, […]

Sunday Reflections: Pet peeves and more

Sunday Reflections: Pet peeves and more

I run a YA book club through my local public library. It’s an incredibly diverse group. About half of our members are Muslim. We have homeschooled and unschooled kids. The age range runs from 14 to members in their first few years of college (members who’ve stuck around). I have an absolute blast with them. […]

ReadWriteThink rocks: with free apps

ReadWriteThink rocks: with free apps

If it’s been a while since you’ve returned to ReadWriteThink, I urge you to consider a visit today. The quality portal, rich with free resources and sponsored by the International Reading Association (IRA), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the Verizon Foundation has grown even more interactive. So what’s new?  There’s an array […]

Scholastic’s New Report Examines Kids’ Attitudes on Reading

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The “Kids & Family Reading Report, 5th Edition” survey from Scholastic launched on January 8 with findings, including what kids are reading for fun, the makings of a frequent reader, and what kids want to read.

ABDO’s new ebook solution: instant access

ABDO’s new ebook solution: instant access

Give this a try.  Scan any (or all) of the four QR codes on these two images. What you’ll discover is that the codes lead to ABDO books that become instantly readable on your mobile device.  No password needed.  No wait.  No checkout.  No barrier between reader and book. For librarians, ebooks have long represented […]

Reaching a Range of Users, from the Youngest to the Oldest | Reference Online

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This month, we highlight databases for both the oldest and the youngest patrons. While Sparticl brings together the best science material on the Web, World Book’s Early World of Learning focuses on users making their first forays into reading.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

No sports at Newsela, but . . .

No sports at Newsela, but . . .

I first wrote about Newsela nearly a year ago (Newsela: Making News Accessible for Learners).  Across the curriculum, my teachers and students loved it. This morning, founder and CEO Matthew Gross, shared the announcement of the expansion of the news platform that engages readers in news at their own level, with launch of the Newsela Sports […]

The (Very Long) List

The (Very Long) List

We’ve got a list. We’ve checked it twice. (I want to make a naughty or nice joke, but really, naughty books just don’t make it on Printz contender speculation lists.) We’ve considered buzz, that strange ephemeral thing that happens on Goodreads and Twitter, we’ve looked at stars (shoutouts, ever and always, to Jen and her […]

Chicago Public School Librarian K.C. Boyd: The Heartbeat of Her School

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At the once-second-to-last ranked school in Illinois, Chicago’s Wendell Phillips Academy High School, librarian K.C. Boyd has helped turn around the reading culture in the school. The school’s reading test scores have improved with 18.2 percent of students meeting or exceeding state standards, at the present, compared to 6.5 percent in 2012.

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.