Lost for words? How reading can teach children empathy

The Guardian – Miranda McKearney and Sarah Mears “There’s no better feeling than seeing a child losing themselves in the world of a favourite fictional character. The benefits of reading go far beyond literacy: an emerging body of research highlights the...

Should 3rd Grade Be the Pivot Point for Early Reading?

Education Week – Sarah D. Sparks “It’s become a truism in education policy that reading is the gatekeeper to later academic success. In hopes of ensuring that success, a rising number of states bar promotion for students who do not read proficiently...

Study: Letting Children Choose Books Boosts Summer Reading

Education News – Grace Smith “New research suggests that children who are allowed to choose the books they would like to read over the summer break not only improve their reading skills, but also prevent “summer slide” – the loss of a few months of...

Self-image matters: Helping kids see themselves as readers

The Washington Post – Valerie Strauss “Earlier this week I noted that attitudes toward reading drop as students get older; reading attitudes are actually at their highest when children first learn to read. Worse, positive attitudes aren’t enough. I have a...

Reading to young kids may change brain activation

Reuters – Kathryn Doyle “Reading to small children may help prepare their brains for reading-readiness, a new study suggests. In pre-kindergarten kids who were exposed to more reading at home, brain scans showed different patterns of brain activation than...