How to create classrooms full of eager readers

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 25, 2015 // 1 Comment

A recent post by Jennifer Serravallo, educator and author of such works as The Reading Strategies Book, shares some insights and tips into how to foster independent reading in classrooms, and unleash children’s own curiosity and eagerness to read more widely. As Serravallo says, this can [...]

How to save interesting digital stories? Print them out

By Chris Meadows
August 31, 2015 // 3 Comments

How do you keep track of interesting stuff you read? Oliver Burkeman has developed a system for doing that, and he discusses it in his latest column in The Guardian. After spending some time talking about how hard it is to pull all that different stuff together in the digital age, he then gets into [...]

Maybe Booktracks can enhance reading after all

By Chris Meadows
August 29, 2015 // 1 Comment

I’ve poked fun at the idea of Booktrack before. Creating a music-and-sound-effects soundtrack to play along while reading an e-book just seemed so silly and unnecessary. But a blog post on The Creative Penn has me possibly rethinking that a little now. Joanna Penn points out that she often sees [...]

Reading aloud to children changes their brain

By Chris Meadows
August 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

Researchers have found evidence that reading to children changes their brain, the Huffington Post reports. Pediatricians have found evidence via MRI scans that reading to children activates parts of their brains that deal with narrative comprehension and visual imagery. Children’s brains show [...]

Sesame Street to premiere on HBO in new funding deal

By Chris Meadows
August 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sesame Street is going from a public thoroughfare to a toll road, so to speak. The show has entered a 5-year deal with HBO to provide funding in return for a 9-month period of exclusivity on new episodes. The episodes will air free on PBS after that period ends. This begins with the new season’s [...]

Of literacy and dating compatibility

By Chris Meadows
August 10, 2015 // 2 Comments

On Book Riot, Morgan Jenkins writes an amusing little anecdote about her adventures dating someone who “didn’t read.” She tried to talk him into it, but he ended up breaking up with her. The end. Really, it’s kind of amusing reading her tale of shock and horror. How could anyone “not [...]

Teaching STEM with stories

By Chris Meadows
June 7, 2015 // 1 Comment

STEM subjects (the academic disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) are important, but can be difficult to teach. There are a lot of complicated concepts to get across to students who are just starting to learn. However, one computer science teacher has found an effective [...]

A summer bookcation might be just what the doctor ordered

By Dan Bloom
May 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

The world is full now of portmanteau words, those blended terms that have the power to surprise and ensorcell us. Think: brunch, climapocalypse, bleisure. Even the word “portmanteau” is a portmanteau in its French iteration. There’s also a nice blended word I like this time of [...]

On Reading a Book You Don’t Like

By Joanna Cabot
May 13, 2015 // 2 Comments

Today’s Morning Links had a post from Book Riot on the ‘benefits’ of reading a book you don’t like. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it at first; I have written on this topic before, and the short version is that for me, life is too short to read bad books, so I [...]

Do You Study, or Do You Read?

By Joanna Cabot
March 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

An essay at Book Riot hit my RSS feed today on an always-controversial subject: how to read. I say it’s controversial because every time an essay like this comes up, two things happen: the academics comment and say ‘hear, hear’ and the regular people comment and say ‘OMG, [...]

What Will People Read 20 Years From Now?

By Joanna Cabot
March 20, 2015 // 1 Comment

Our friends at GoodeReader posted an interesting little poll today. They surveyed over 400 people and asked them to predict how people will read in 20 years. Print? Tablet? e-Ink? Unsurprisingly, the poll predicted that eBook technology would continue to remain popular. But what their poll did not [...]

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