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When should kids be able to read?

A new campaign aims at getting kids to read by the end of third grade. The problem is that schools don't give them that much time anymore.

By Valerie Strauss  | February 10, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  National Standards, Reading  | Tags:  STEM, STEM education, anne e. casey foundation, casey foundation, common core standards, kids and reading, national standards, obama and school reform, obama's education goals, president obama and school reform, reading, reading by fourth grade, reading by third grade, why boys fail  
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That's one heavy book: 10,119 pages, 2 feet thick

There’s a new book in the University of Iowa Libraries but don’t expect anybody to read it all the way through in a single sitting. It’s a 10,119 page, 2-foot-thick book of poetry.

By Valerie Strauss  | February 2, 2011; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Literature, Reading  | Tags:  biggest book, dave morice, guinness book of world records, iowa writers' workshop, literature, longest book, poetry book, university of iowa  
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D.C. named most literate U.S. city

a new study that looks at six different factors concludes that Washington D.C. is the most literate city in the country.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 10, 2011; 1:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Reading  | Tags:  d.c. literate, d.c. most literate cities, literacy, literacy and d.c., literate cities, most literate cities  
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Finalists for young adult literature award

Here are the five books selected by the Young Adult Library Services Association as finalists for the 2011 William C. Morris Award, which honors a book written for young adults by a previously unpublished author.

By Valerie Strauss  | December 10, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Literature, Reading  | Tags:  YAL, adolescent lit, adolescent literature, american library association, books for teens, literature, reading, teen novels, young adult lit, young adult literature  
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Beyond the brain: Reading is a cultural activity

An educator writes: "Reading is a cultural activity. This statement may seem obvious, and yet in recent decades an increasing number of educators have considered reading from psychological and even neurological perspectives, as if reading were a process that happens in the agent’s mind and is ultimately regulated by brain mechanisms."

By Valerie Strauss  | November 17, 2010; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Reading  | Tags:  guest bloggers, reading, reading strategies, teaching reading  
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Must we have the digital vs. print battle?

Do we have to have a fight over digital vs. print in children's literature? Why can't we have both?

By Valerie Strauss  | November 6, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Literature, Reading  | Tags:  barnes and noble, children's literature, digital books, digital media, digital vs. print, future of books, getting kids to read, kid lit, kindle, raising a reader  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Top 10 teen books chosen -- by teens, Valerie Strauss , October 18, 2010
It’s Dictionary Day! Learn some weird words, Valerie Strauss , October 16, 2010
An unusual introduction to Native American YA lit, Valerie Strauss , September 10, 2010
How 'Twilight,' other dark fiction affect teen brains , Valerie Strauss , September 4, 2010
The decade’s best education books?, Valerie Strauss , September 3, 2010
Ed policies ignore science on how/when kids learn, Valerie Strauss , August 2, 2010
The story behind ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, Valerie Strauss , July 11, 2010
How and what to get kids to read this summer, Valerie Strauss , June 30, 2010
Summer books for reluctant teen readers , Valerie Strauss , June 20, 2010
What Americans used to read, Valerie Strauss , June 10, 2010
The most common mispellings, er, misspellings , Valerie Strauss , June 2, 2010
Vocabulary twist: Teaching words OUT of context, Valerie Strauss , May 27, 2010
D.C.'s NAEP scores: Don't get excited, Valerie Strauss , May 20, 2010
Literacy kudzu, Valerie Strauss , May 15, 2010
How Obama should set literacy goals, Valerie Strauss , May 6, 2010
New strategy to teach vocabulary -- Viadero, Valerie Strauss , April 25, 2010
How writing improves reading skills--study, Valerie Strauss , April 19, 2010
"Twilight" on 2009 Most Challenged Books list, Valerie Strauss , April 16, 2010
Willingham: What NAEP reading scores really show, Valerie Strauss , April 5, 2010
NAEP reading scores: Bad news was sadly predictable, Valerie Strauss , March 24, 2010
If Reading is Fundamental, why cut it?, Valerie Strauss , March 1, 2010
Fairfax County schools reject book challenges, Valerie Strauss , February 4, 2010
'The Diary of Anne Frank' and parental book complaints, Valerie Strauss , February 1, 2010
Newbery winner: How author was discovered, Valerie Strauss , January 27, 2010
2010 Newbery winner named , Valerie Strauss , January 18, 2010
Class helped 'Queen Bees' author, Valerie Strauss , January 13, 2010
Willingham: The zeitgeist of reading instruction, Valerie Strauss , January 11, 2010
'Word of decade': Google? 9/11?, Valerie Strauss , January 11, 2010
Take The Sheet's 2009 Education Quiz, Valerie Strauss , January 1, 2010
Book Whisperer: Are good readers born or made?, Valerie Strauss , December 15, 2009
Why it is so important to read aloud to your kids, Valerie Strauss , November 11, 2009
30 books to read BEFORE the college interview, Valerie Strauss , October 26, 2009
Should Shakespeare Be Required Reading?, Valerie Strauss , October 5, 2009
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