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Posted by Community Manager on January 30 2013 at 4:26 PM
Many of you are involved in implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) or other rigorous standards.  We just launched a new website “Common Sense for the Common Core” and you’ll find some great resources including:Books Kids Love to Read – The CCSS document provides examples, but we went way beyond in consultation with librarians, teachers and others and came up with a robust list of literacy and informational texts.Free Resources – This section includes videos, sample lessons,…
Posted by Community Manager on January 15 2013 at 11:56 AM
We just released our fourth Kids & Family Reading Report on how kids are reading in the digital age and here’s what I learned: The good news is that boys are reading more for fun and ebooks are a factor in the uptick.  One in four boys who has read an ebook says he is now reading more books for fun.  Reluctant readers also indicated increased interest in reading.  The bad news is that girls report reading less.  I don’t want to see the gap ultimately closed by all kids…
Posted by Community Manager on October 11 2012 at 3:25 PM
I recently attended NBC’s Education Nation.  I found the panel discussion on “True Grit” most compelling.  The panel focused on behaviors that have a positive impact on learning.  I was already reading Paul Tough’s “How Children Succeed”, and recommend that you do too.                       What social-emotional behaviors do you observe in your most successful READ 180 students?  
Posted by Community Manager on August 30 2012 at 6:24 PM
As your kids head back to school, I wanted to share part of a column that I wrote for the New York Post.     August 21, 2012 ★I Want to Be… From kindergarten to college, kids are often asked what they want to be. Goal setting is a critical step to getting on track for success. Anew school year is a great time for kids to evaluate where they have been, where they are, and where they want to go. And it is important that they set both short-term and long-term goals. Short-term goals,…
Posted by Community Manager on August 16 2012 at 1:56 PM
As the Common Core State Standards call for students to read more nonfiction text, I’ve been reflecting on my own reading.  The standards put emphasis on informational text in part because of an assumption that this is the type of text students will encounter a lot when they’re out of school. I read a ton of nonfiction that is work-related but I don’t read much nonfiction for pleasure.  That said, one of my all-time favorite books is Longitude: The True Story of the Lone Genius Who…
Posted by Community Manager on June 13 2012 at 11:47 AM
src="New York hosted writers, librarians, booksellers, and publishers from all over the world this week and I just enjoyed time at the Scholastic exhibit with Captain Underpants and Clifford.  It really did make me feel like part of a “Reading Nation” as all the participants have unabashed enthusiasm for books on just about everything, for everybody, in traditional print and digital formals.  Here’s what I took away:1. Authors are really cool and committed people.  I was so…
Posted by Community Manager on May 25 2012 at 12:01 PM
I recently blogged about the 21% of us who are part of “Book” nation in my post Are You One of the 21%. I just saw a cool info-graphic that illustrated preferences when comparing the book and e-book experiences.  Traditional books were favored overwhelmingly for reading with a child and for sharing a book with others.  e-Books were preferred for travel and commuting, having lots of books to choose from and being able to get a book quickly.  For reading in bed, it was pretty…
Posted by Community Manager on May 16 2012 at 4:28 PM
  Having recently celebrated Children’s Book Week, it seems fitting to celebrate Maurice Sendak’s life and contributions to literature.  When I read his obituary in the NY Times, I thought about the many experiences I’ve had with books he’s written and/or illustrated.  A book that I treasure is a limited edition copy of What Can You Do with a Shoe?  The author was Beatrice Schenk de Regniers and it is a zany, story with Sendak’s simple looking drawings of a boy and girl with…
Posted by Community Manager on April 30 2012 at 4:50 PM
The Scholastic Summer Challenge is in its 6th year of encouraging students to read and to avoid the dreaded summer slide.  A ride on a slide is fun in a park but not when it means that students experience a loss of reading gains when they take a break from books over the long vacation.  Go to http://www.scholastic.com/summer/ and find out how kids and schools can compete for reading records.  You will also find well-thought out booklists and tips for parents so that they can…
Posted by Community Manager on April 26 2012 at 5:36 AM
A recent study by the Pew Research Center (Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2012/The-rise-of-e-reading.aspx) reported that 21% of us have read an e-Book.  Are you part of that trend? I find that my preference is both.  Since I travel a lot, I can’t stand to be without a book on the power down times of take-off and landing.  And certain books seems better suited to either traditional print or digital.  When…