August 2009 Archives

On Friday, PBS aired the final episode of Reading Rainbow, the landmark television show that invited a generation of children into the adventurous world of reading and books. While #savereadingrainbow climbed up Friday’s hashtag rankings on Twitter, my new students happily shared their favorite early childhood books— treasured titles like If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and Stellaluna, books which, incidentally, appeared on past episodes of the Emmy-winning show. Claiming that “research has shown that teaching children the mechanics of reading should be the network’s priority,” vice president for children’s programming at PBS, Linda Simensky, implies ...


Chatting with Mark Blevis from Just One More Book, discussing the need for reading time, read alouds, and funding for libraries and books.


My recent radio chat with Dr. Patricia Anderson from Parenting: A Field Guide aired today. Download the podcast and enjoy our discussion about books, children, and reading....


Educational tweeters and bloggers across the Internet are sharing this impassioned post from Sandra Stiles, a middle school English teacher. Dismayed by a new reading program implemented in her district, which limits the books students can read and marginalizes "pleasure reading" to an at-home activity, Sandra has taken a stand. "I decided to become a teacher to teach students. Not to teach them to hate reading. I will do as usual. Against the district I will modify my program and teach them about good books and put good books in their hands and if they keep those books then I ...


I enjoyed a wonderful summer. Traveling around the country promoting The Book Whisperer and teaching staff development, I appeared in eight cities, gave ten interviews, stopped in thirteen airports, rode in twenty-two airplanes, and read sixty books (lots of reading time on those planes!). Talking about books and reading with hundreds of teachers and zealous readers from Pennsylvania to Chicago to Portland, let me assure you that the book is not dead, enthusiastic reading role models exist in our schools and homes, and many children and adults love to read. I met some great characters, both inside and outside of ...


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