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September 23, 2014

'Banned Books Week' Spotlights Censorship Efforts

The 32-year-old event encourages the reading of books that have been challenged or banned from bookstores and libraries.

September 17, 2014

Phone Calls With Whales: The Power of Fiction in Children's Lives

Author Mac Barnett shows the importance of bringing some absurdity into the world, especially where children are concerned.

September 17, 2014

Survey: Death of High Schoolers' Reading Habits Greatly Exaggerated

A recent poll shows that high school students are reading just as much as the rest of the population, and sometimes more.

September 08, 2014

Fiction Teaches Students Empathy, Research Shows

Children can learn empathy through reading fiction and identifying with characters in a story, a new study concludes.

September 05, 2014

Student Letters Spotlight Books' Impacts on Their Lives

BookMarks attends the Letters About Literature awards at the National Book Festival.

August 27, 2014

N.Y.C. Chancellor Pushes for Schools to Reinstate Independent-Reading Time

Reading instruction is making its way back into the public eye under New York City's new school chancellor.

July 30, 2014

Some States Awarded Ag Education Grants

The grants will be used to teach students about career opportunities in agriculture.

July 28, 2014

Bel Kaufman, Teacher Who Skewered Public School Bureaucracy, Dies at 103

Kaufman's 1965 novel Up the Down Staircase depicted teaching in New York City public schools without any glamour or rose-colored glasses, earning her rave reviews from teachers in the school system.

July 24, 2014

Extending School Day for Reading: Good for Students or Recipe for Burnout?

An extra hour of reading instruction is coming to 300 of Florida's lowest-performing schools in the fall, but some local parents are criticizing the plans.

July 10, 2014

A Return to 'Balanced Literacy'?

The new schools chancellor in New York City is advocating teachers use the once-mandated citywide but since questioned (discredited, by some accounts) approach to reading instruction known as "balanced literacy."

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