More than half of students struggle with reading, report says

E-School News – Laura Devaney “Nearly half of minority students and students from low-income families enter the fifth grade without basic reading skills, according to a new report urging Congress to focus on students’ literacy development beginning in...

Science Proves Reading To Kids Really Does Change Their Brains

The Huffington Post – Catherine Pearson “Pediatricians often recommend parents routinely read aloud to their young children. Now, for the first time, researchers have hard evidence that doing so activates the parts of preschoolers’ brains that help...

What’s the future for libraries?

E-School News – Nancy Flores ““It’s about to get loud,” a Twin Oaks Branch librarian warned patrons on a recent afternoon just before the start of Minecraft Club, where more than a dozen kids gathered to play the popular video game at the South Austin...

Why an Iowa barber gives free haircuts

The Christian Science Monitor – Denise Hassanzade Ajiri “As the new school year is getting closer, a barber in Iowa has come up with a creative way to encourage reading among children. Courtney Holmes gave free haircuts to children who read books to him on...

Parents: How to Best Optimize Your Child’s Last Days of Summer

The Huffington Post – Doro Bush Koch “During the months of July and August, retail stores fill their shelves with back-to-school items as they prepare for a new school year. Yet, while the long days of summer are still here, it’s never too late to...