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The 7 Best Motivational Books of 2016

The 7 Best Motivational Books of 2016 | 102nd Place | Scoop.it
While 2016 was a difficult year politically, it was a great year for motivational books.
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7 Ways Parents Can Help Kids Sharpen Their Memory

7 Ways Parents Can Help Kids Sharpen Their Memory | 102nd Place | Scoop.it
Life is richer and school is easier with a strong memory. Here's how to help your child develop one.
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Encourage reading and talk about books - of course!
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The myth of the disappearing book

The myth of the disappearing book | 102nd Place | Scoop.it
E-book sales are falling, even though many said they would "kill" print books. Computers and television were also supposed to spell the book's demise. At one point, people even feared the phonograph.
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This reminds me of my years in banking when the check was always going to disappear. 
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The Amazon Rapids App Gets Kids Reading—But It Can’t Replace Books

The Amazon Rapids App Gets Kids Reading—But It Can’t Replace Books | 102nd Place | Scoop.it
Pediatricians and early childhood educators say it's great to experiment with new reading formats. But Amazon Rapids still can't replace a good old paperback.
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Too much screen time or making literacy fun? What do you think?
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How Videogames Like Minecraft Actually Help Kids Learn to Read

How Videogames Like Minecraft Actually Help Kids Learn to Read | 102nd Place | Scoop.it
Brecht Vandenbroucke Minecraft is the hot new videogame among teachers and parents.
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Good to know they aren't just wasting their time. 
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6 ways you can help support the right to literacy around the world

6 ways you can help support the right to literacy around the world | 102nd Place | Scoop.it
Literacy is a human right. To help foster independence and life-long learning around the world, start with these six steps.
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781 million people can't read or write - how sad.
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Temple Grandin to Publish Children’s Book About Invention and Innovation With Penguin Young Readers | Children's Book Council

Temple Grandin to Publish Children’s Book About Invention and Innovation With Penguin Young Readers | Children's Book Council | 102nd Place | Scoop.it
Temple Grandin to Publish Children's Book About Invention and Innovation With Penguin .. #childrensbooks #kidlit https://t.co/lOnOeQrksh
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She is a true inspiration to all of us. I'll definitely be getting this book for my grandkids.
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7 Phrases to Help Your Public Speaking

7 Phrases to Help Your Public Speaking | 102nd Place | Scoop.it
Keep your audience's attention and make them remember what you said by sneaking these phrases into your next presentation or speech.
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As authors we often find ourselves speaking to groups. These 7 phrases are helpful to keep in mind. 
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NAPLAN: Why today's kids are struggling to write

NAPLAN: Why today's kids are struggling to write | 102nd Place | Scoop.it
An occupational therapist says Australian children are finding it increasingly harder to hold a pencil due to overuse of keyboards and touch screens.
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One more change from technology that I'm sure no one saw coming. 
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Guardian children's fiction prize 2016, the longlist – in pictures

Guardian children's fiction prize 2016, the longlist – in pictures | 102nd Place | Scoop.it
We announce the eight wonderful authors and books that have been longlisted for our prize, this year judged by David Almond, SF Said and Kate Saunders
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Are we preparing our children for the workplaces of the future?

Are we preparing our children for the workplaces of the future? | 102nd Place | Scoop.it
Increasing automation means schools and universities are churning out students with qualifications for jobs that soon will not exist, instead of giving them the skills they need to tackle roles not yet created.
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While this article is about Australia, I believe the US faces the same challenges.
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The Psychology of Color in Marketing and Branding

The psychology of color will forever be a fascinating topic. Why, then, does writing on “color psychology” feel so shallow?
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Interesting discussion on color perception - might be helpful when designing your book covers.
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Why Women Are Writing the Best Crime Novels

Why Women Are Writing the Best Crime Novels | 102nd Place | Scoop.it
They don’t seem to believe in heroes as much as their male counterparts, which in some ways makes their storytelling a better fit for the times.
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Who was Louisa May Alcott and what is her famous book Little Women about?

Who was Louisa May Alcott and what is her famous book Little Women about? | 102nd Place | Scoop.it
Women growing up in 19th Century Massachusetts were not expected to be particularly influential, or to fight for human rights, but Louisa May Alcott, one of the best-known female authors of the time, was rarely one to conform to type.
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Happy Birthday Louisa May Alcott!
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10 books that have changed the world for the better

10 books that have changed the world for the better | 102nd Place | Scoop.it
There are books that we read for pleasure, and then there are books that can touch us profoundly, open our eyes to injustices and even act as a catalyst for social change.
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I love lists like this that expose me to books I would not know about otherwise. Just wish there were fewer ads on the website. 
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PW’s Best Children’s Books of 2016 Announced | Children's Book Council

PW’s Best Children’s Books of 2016 Announced | Children's Book Council | 102nd Place | Scoop.it
The @PublishersWkly editorial team looked over 2,000 titles to determine the best #kidlit #books of 2016! https://t.co/Em5jfk8NGM
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Always excited to see what made the list.
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OMG, There's Now A Roald Dahl–Inspired Clothing Collection For Kids

OMG, There's Now A Roald Dahl–Inspired Clothing Collection For Kids | 102nd Place | Scoop.it
Your childhood dreams just cam
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I am not an affiliate of this company but what a great Xmas present - your favorite childhood book and clothes to match.
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Inside the Groan-Inducing World of Pun Competitions

Inside the Groan-Inducing World of Pun Competitions | 102nd Place | Scoop.it
Our writer dove into the linguistic thunderdome of wordplay battles. The English language will never be the same.
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Who doesn't love a good pun?
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Pop-up books do NOT help children learn new words, claims expert

Pop-up books do NOT help children learn new words, claims expert | 102nd Place | Scoop.it
The research, by Dr Jeanne Shinskey from the University of London, tasked young children with identifying a starfruit for the first time after learning about it in a book (stock image).
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I would not have thought this. Wonder if the test size was large enough.
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What You Read May Shape What You Write

What You Read May Shape What You Write | 102nd Place | Scoop.it
Disappearing down the reddit rabbit hole? Why you might want to read some Dickens or Colson Whitehead, instead.
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Not all reading is created equal as this study points out. If you want to write well, read well.
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Teaching with Graphic Novels | Edudemic | Learning Technology News

Teaching with Graphic Novels | Edudemic | Learning Technology News | 102nd Place | Scoop.it
Modern graphic novels have emerged as effective teaching tools that help improve literacy, explain complex concepts, and get students excited about reading. | Learning Technology News
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45 Life Lessons Written by a "90-Year-Old" Woman

45 Life Lessons Written by a "90-Year-Old" Woman | 102nd Place | Scoop.it
People often tell Regina Brett how great she looks for her age. Turns out, she is actually in her 50s — not 90. She wrote down these life lessons the night before her 45th birthday after being diagnosed with breast cancer.
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50 or 90 - these life lessons are powerful.
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Human Or Machine: Can You Tell Who Wrote These Poems?

Human Or Machine: Can You Tell Who Wrote These Poems? | 102nd Place | Scoop.it
Can a computer write a sonnet that's indistinguishable from what a person can produce? A contest at Dartmouth attempted to find out. With our online quiz, you too can give it a try.
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Sure hope everyone can tell the difference.
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BBC children's book list too focused on daunting classics, BookTrust warns

BBC children's book list too focused on daunting classics, BookTrust warns | 102nd Place | Scoop.it
The BBC’
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I agree - more current books need to be on this list. Perhaps the study should include children's picks.
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You May Soon Binge Books Just Like You Binge Netflix

You May Soon Binge Books Just Like You Binge Netflix | 102nd Place | Scoop.it
Books can't match the comparatively rollicking pace of television; to remedy that, one publisher is taking a hint from Victorian novels.
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I've always been a binge reader - waiting til multiple books in the series were available before starting. How about you?
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