Five reasons why you should read aloud to your kids and pick their favorite book

Ryan Spencer | 05 November 2015
Literacy expert explains the benefits of reading aloud.

Getting young people reading

Jocelyne Freundorfer | 19 October 2015
An elementary school librarian shares some suggestions for parents of reluctant readers.

Cat helps boy overcome dyslexia

Jennifer Minicus | 23 February 2015
Abby and Ben love the misfit animals in their grandfather's barn.

Will e-books kill reading?

Jane Fagan | 07 March 2014
Study shows e-books may be detrimental to reading skills.

One for the boys

Clare Cannon | 24 May 2013
Friendship, growing up, danger, peer pressure, Shakespeare, humour, remorse… and the meaning of life.

Improving a child’s ability (& desire) to learn

Clare Cannon | 17 May 2013
Build skills and excite interests that will stay with a child for life.

Video Review: Best New Books for 4 to 8 Year Olds

Clare Cannon | 08 May 2012
Check out this stunning mix of new books for young children.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Clare Cannon | 25 July 2011
Reading this book is like enjoying a cool, refreshing beverage on a hot day.

The Wonder of Charlie Anne

Jennifer Minicus | 01 June 2011
Sometimes being a good friend means taking risks.

Twilight Alternatives #3: When You Reach Me

Clare Cannon | 05 March 2011
This intriguing story for teens by first-time author Rebecca Stead is a refreshing surprise.

E-Readers and Kids

Mariette Ulrich | 24 February 2011
I'd never considered that technology could be my ally...

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Clare Cannon | 31 October 2010
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

Clare Cannon | 17 October 2010
Here's the perfect 'first book' for kids of the digital age.

The Mother-Daughter Book Club

Clare Cannon | 28 September 2010
This is actually the title of a book, but why not start your own?

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