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5 Books for Understanding Reading Difficulties

Edutopia – Jessica Hamman

“What a gift the early days of summer break are, when the buzz of the school year begins to recede and vacation days spread out before you with endless potential. At the start of the summer, beach novels or other light reading seems in order. But if you’re anything like me, halfway through the summer you find yourself trading the light reads for books about education once again. When you hit this inevitable moment, what should be on your list?” (more)

Three of the best ways to read books to kids, backed by science

Quartz – Annabelle Timsit

“From timeless classics like Goodnight Moon to contemporary favorites like Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, one of the best things that parents can do for their kids is cuddle up together with a book. It’s not just the one-on-one time that matters—story time helps develop children’s reading skills and vocabulary development, which in turn predict later academic performance.” (more)

How Minecraft is helping kids fall in love with books

The Guardian – Alison Flood and Sian Cain

“Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1881 classic Treasure Island tells of Jim Hawkins’s adventures on board the Hispaniola, as he and his crew – along with double-crossing pirate Long John Silver – set out to find Captain Flint’s missing treasure on Skeleton Island. Now, more than a century later, children can try and find it themselves, with the bays and mountains of Stevenson’s fictional island given a blocky remodelling in Minecraft, as part of a new project aimed at bringing reluctant readers to literary classics.” (more)

Raising Kids Who Want To Read — Even During The Summer

WAMU – Cory Turner

“You sneak them into backpacks and let them commingle with the video games (hoping some of the latter’s appeal will rub off). You lay them around the kids’ beds like stepping stones through the Slough of Despond and, for good measure, Vitamix them to an imperceptible pulp for the occasional smoothie. Books are everywhere in your house, and yet … they’re not being consumed. Because it’s summer, and kids have so many other things they’d rather do.” (more)

A story about Harry Kane and Russian history is inspiring schoolkids to read

The Guardian – Richard Foster

“Amid the avalanche of words written for football fans during the World Cup, perhaps the most unusual and original will be those created by children’s author Tom Palmer. Unlike the reporters and pundits who are documenting events in Russia, Palmer has a very particular mission. Throughout the tournament he is posting daily entries of a story called Defenders: Russia, a tale that mixes fact and fiction and is aimed at a group of young people who are classed as “reluctant readers”.” (more)

Reading Illustrated Story Books ‘Just Right’

Language Magazine – Staff Writer

“A new study, “Goldilocks Effect? Illustrated Story Format Seems ‘Just Right’ and Animation ‘Too Hot’ for Integration of Functional Brain Networks in Preschool-Age Children,” suggests a “Goldilocks effect,” where audio may be “too cold” at this age, requiring more cognitive strain to process the story, animation “too hot,” fast-moving media rendering imagination and network integration less necessary, and illustration “just right,” limited visual scaffolding assisting the child while still encouraging active imagery and reflection. The study is the first to use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to explore the influence of story format (audio, illustrated, animated) on the engagement of brain networks supporting language, visual imagery, and learning in preschool-age children.” (more)