Access goes beyond being a core value for libraries. It’s the reason they exist. The idea that any student can check out a book at no cost and be trusted to return it for the next reader says something wonderful and important about our values.
Learning to read is a foundational milestone in a child’s life. Each year new research continues to show its compelling importance. Reading increases your vocabulary and writing skills, deepens your understanding and insight, expands your imagination, raises your happiness, improves your health, and even boosts your memory.
Readers of all ages know the appeal of scary stories, with plots that twist and turn, spine-tingling terrors and surprise endings. But parents, teachers, and librarians alike wonder if such fare is appropriate for children. Age-appropriate scary reads can actually be good for kids. Find out why.
The young girls and women I read about in books as a child were always white. While none of the characters looked like me or spoke any of the languages I did, I loved traveling to their worlds in my mind.
Context/sentence clues can help readers figure out the meaning of a word or words they don’t know in a story. Try this activity with students to make predictions before they read a book.
Picture books play a major role in a child’s development. They blend words with art, harmoniously working together to tell a story. In talking about why picture books are important author Charles Ghigna (Father Goose) said, “It is the joyous power of picture books that turns young listeners into readers and readers into writers.”
Hear from Heather Wittenberg, Psy.D. about Social Emotional Learning and her thoughts on Capstone's Hello Genius series!
Educator and scholar Rudine Sims Bishop coined the term “mirrors and windows” to explain the potential books truly have. As we talk about diversity and inclusion in children’s books, I think it’s important to remind ourselves why these terms are so critical today.
Is listening to audio a useful piece of literacy education? Does it help students become better readers? Or is it simply a more passive way to consume content, a shortcut that eliminates the work and thus the intellectual exercise and reward of reading? Unsurprisingly, there is a wealth of available research that looks into this very question. It turns out that listening to stories builds literacy skills in most of the same ways reading them does.