Five reasons why you should read aloud to your kids and pick their favorite book
Literacy expert explains the benefits of reading aloud.
Getting young people reading
An elementary school librarian shares some suggestions for parents of reluctant readers.
Cat helps boy overcome dyslexia
Abby and Ben love the misfit animals in their grandfather's barn.
Will e-books kill reading?
Study shows e-books may be detrimental to reading skills.
One for the boys
Friendship, growing up, danger, peer pressure, Shakespeare, humour, remorse… and the meaning of life.
Improving a child’s ability (& desire) to learn
Build skills and excite interests that will stay with a child for life.
Video Review: Best New Books for 4 to 8 Year Olds
Check out this stunning mix of new books for young children.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Reading this book is like enjoying a cool, refreshing beverage on a hot day.
The Wonder of Charlie Anne
Sometimes being a good friend means taking risks.
Twilight Alternatives #3: When You Reach Me
This intriguing story for teens by first-time author Rebecca Stead is a refreshing surprise.
E-Readers and Kids
I'd never considered that technology could be my ally...
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
It’s something for a book series to turn thousands of reluctant-reader middle primary kids into book enthusiasts who are starting to write their own life stories.
It’s a Book
Here's the perfect 'first book' for kids of the digital age.
The Mother-Daughter Book Club
This is actually the title of a book, but why not start your own?
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