July 12, 2020

At a time of so much social upheaval, many people are naturally questioning the relevance of many cultural traditions. So let’s use this opportunity to discover how timeless stories from other cultures have enriched and influenced our society.

Every culture has passed s...

September 18, 2019

From time to time, parents and even some educators have asked me about reading scary stories with young children. In some cases, they were concerned about how kids might react to a truly horrifying character or a particularly creepy situation. Sometimes, they were worr...

April 23, 2019

What is it about the timeless story of Stone Soup that makes it so popular today? Since many versions of this popular European folktale have been told and retold in multiple languages for centuries, we decided to ask educators, librarians, teachers and even the creativ...

January 24, 2019

Did you know that World Read Aloud Day is February 1st?

Every year on World Read Aloud Day people from around the globe gather to read stories aloud and celebrate literacy as a fundamental human right. After visiting areas of extreme poverty in Nairobi, Kenya, Pam Allyn...

September 27, 2018

Fear is a powerful emotion that many scientists credit with helping our species survive. For example, most humans seem to have an instinctive, generalized fear

July 27, 2017

One of my fondest memories as a father was coming home from work and being greeted by my two young sons who could barely talk or, for that matter, walk across the room. After a quick hug, we would head to the nearest couch, and I would read at least one, if not two or...

May 2, 2017

Most educators and parents agree that summer reading is beneficial and can make the difference between a child reading at grade level or falling behind over the summer break. However, without defining an engaging and regular summer reading plan, children can easily los...

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