January 11, 2016

With all of the excellent reading programs to choose from and the investment in expanded reading programs, supplemental reading time may be one of the most important components for improving reading comprehension. How can that be?  

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November 6, 2015

Have you ever heard someone make this seemingly innocuous statement? Is it true? How important is it to carefully select books for a child to read?

Over the years, I’ve heard more than one person give this simple advice to a concerned parent or to an overworked after-sc...

October 13, 2015

In sixth grade, I had a gifted Language Arts teacher, Carlos Spataro, who introduced me to a life-long fascination with scary stories as well as the craft of story telling. At the time, he was also working on his Master’s Degree in Theatre and serving as the Creative D...

September 25, 2015

Have you ever had the opportunity to watch and listen as a master storyteller like Donald DavisHeather Forest, or Margaret Read MacDonald performs one of their classic stories?

If you’ve had this good fortune, then you know what a treat awaits the audience a...

September 15, 2015

A number of years ago, I was sitting in the stands watching one of my sons play Little League Baseball when another father and I got into a lively discussion about reading. He was a very attentive dad, present at all of his son’s games, and you could tell that he cared...

August 27, 2015

Almost any educator who has experienced a good story shared by a master storyteller would agree that telling stories can have a profound impact on their students. There is a growing body of research that documents the benefits of using storytelling and the oral traditi...

August 15, 2015

Recently, Paul Mason's article "Ebooks are changing the way we read, and the way novelists write" in The Guardian raised a number of thought provoking questions for anyone interested in children’s books. Mason noted that ebooks are significantly changing the way a...

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