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E-book Reading Jumps; Print Book Reading Declines

E-book Reading Jumps; Print Book Reading Declines | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
23% of Americans ages 16 and older read an e-book in the past year, up from 16% the year before. The share who read a print book declined to 67%, from 72%.
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McDonald’s Happy Meals Will Come With Books Instead of Toys

McDonald’s Happy Meals Will Come With Books Instead of Toys | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
Kids are going to be ecstatic.
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The 15 Best Books of 2015

The 15 Best Books of 2015 | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
Rewarding reflections on time, love, loss, courage, creativity, and other transformations of the heart.
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Floating Library Proves Books Should Be Shared In Improbable Places

Floating Library Proves Books Should Be Shared In Improbable Places | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
Books ahoy! A floating library is setting sail in California.
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Top of the Class (nearly) (Tom Gates #9) - Reading Time

Top of the Class (nearly) (Tom Gates #9) - Reading Time | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
Liz Pichon, Top of the Class (nearly) (Tom Gates #9), Scholastic Australia,  1 Nov 2015, 228pp., $16.99 (pbk), ISBN 9781760155285 Having not read a Tom Gates book before (and this is the ninth in the series, I have been missing out) I was surprised to find at the beginning of the book that Tom has notRead More
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‘Sick of Reading About White Boys and Dogs,’ 11-Year-Old Launches #1000BlackGirlBooks

‘Sick of Reading About White Boys and Dogs,’ 11-Year-Old Launches #1000BlackGirlBooks | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
#1000BlackGirlBooks is a project headed by an 11-year-old in Philadelphia who wants to promote diversity in children's books.
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Never Too Old: The Joy – and Benefits – of Reading Aloud With Older Kids – Better Reading

Never Too Old: The Joy – and Benefits – of Reading Aloud With Older Kids – Better Reading | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
Better Reading is about books that won’t let you down. Books to surprise and delight you. Books you’ll want to keep reading in bed, in the kitchen, on holidays.
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Why Our World Needs a World Read Aloud Day

Why Our World Needs a World Read Aloud Day | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
By Torrey Maldonado, author, teacher and WRADvocate

When LitWorld told me about its February 24th World Read Aloud Day, I
jumped to help spotlight the power of reading. Why?  Reading showed me that
my world was bigger than my zip code. Reading was my magic carpet ride out
of poverty.

It was tough growing up where I did. When I was a boy, Life magazine called
my Brooklyn housing projects one of the “worst neighborhoods” in New York.
Living there while trying to navigate a community and family that were both
torn apart, I felt alone and the raw absence of togetherness.

Whenever someone admitted to sharing feelings or life experiences with me,
I clung to our common ground. Hearing how they worked through relatable
issues strengthened me.

When I was boy, my mother told me, “I read out loud to you when you were in
my belly”. I believe it because throughout my life she has taken me by the
hand so we could sit side-by-side to hear authors read. Getting lost in
distant places described in books lifted my sights from my block to the
universe.

As a boy, I loved to watch my mother’s eyes smile as read-alouds gave us
access to things we needed—things that all humans need.

Her pouring her love for reading into me bubbled up a desire in me to see
the worlds in books that were beyond my zip code. I wanted to rewrite my
story into one where I wouldn’t stay poor and living in a cycle of poverty.
The love of reading instilled by my mother helped inspire me to want to
teach and write. Today, I do both.

This year marks my fifteenth year as a teacher. The New York City
Chancellor of schools visited my classroom and honored me as a top
educator.  Secret Saturdays, my Middle Grade and Young Adult novel, is now
used in schools across the U.S.A. to excite a new generation of readers.

When I read aloud now, I always see smiling eyes like my mother's in my
listeners. I love pausing to ask, “Do you want me to stop reading?” They
adamantly chorus, “NO!” I then test the power of a read aloud and joke,
“You’re just being kind.” That’s where I’ve seen tweens to senior citizens
beg that I “read just one more page”. Why? Interestingly, most tend to be
like me. Maybe they had different upbringings. Maybe they didn’t need a
magic carpet ride out of poverty. But, when listeners demand that I keep
reading, their eyes say that they feel what I felt growing up: a hunger to
hold onto togetherness, a need for validation and a space to feel things,
and a desire to work through issues with others in ways that leaves us
strengthened.



Torrey Maldonado was voted a "Top 10 Latino Author" and best Middle Grade
and Young Adult novelist for African Americans and Latinos. He was recently
honored as a top teacher by NYC’s schools Chancellor.  His work builds boys
into multidimensional males and youth into global, caring citizens.  Before
teaching, he trained schools to implement Conflict Resolution programs
through the U.S.'s largest victim-services agency.  His acclaimed novel,
Secret Saturdays, made states’ reading lists and is assigned alongside
classics and in anti-bullying initiatives.
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Pooches help kids have a doggone good time at the library

Pooches help kids have a doggone good time at the library | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
BILLINGS – Here’s a formula for fun: a frosty January day, a warm library, a bunch of kids and six friendly, tail-wagging dogs.
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Countdown to school - Getting kids in the best position to launch - Reading Time

Countdown to school - Getting kids in the best position to launch - Reading Time | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
Author and  Clinical and Forensic psychologist Shona Innes, has written an article for us. Here she explains the origins of her series of children’s books, the Big Hug series, and then goes on to offer advice to assist children transition to school in a positive and healthy way. I’m a clinical psychologist and Big HugRead More
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Why this is a golden age for children's literature

Why this is a golden age for children's literature | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
The first book I read to myself was Dr Seuss's The Cat in the Hat – something I still recommend to learners – and the Cat's wild anarchic humour has always struck me as the perfect analogy for what happens to a child who discovers books. We think it's about being good – remember how the kids in the story are made to "sit-sit-sit-sit/ And we did not like it/ Not one little bit"? Reading involves sitting, and getting a child to stay still is one of its most unattractive aspects. But once you master this, everything changes. People who love reading are often called bookworms – but that's the wrong way around. It's not you that worms into a book, it's books that worm into you.
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Why I’m Putting Ebooks on the Shelf for 2016

Why I’m Putting Ebooks on the Shelf for 2016 | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
I used to be a voracious reader, but I've been reading less and I think ebooks are partially to blame. Here are 8 reasons I’m going back to physical books.
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Bestselling Children’s Author Jackie French Talks Books with Better Reading Kids – Better Reading

Bestselling Children’s Author Jackie French Talks Books with Better Reading Kids – Better Reading | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
Better Reading is about books that won’t let you down. Books to surprise and delight you. Books you’ll want to keep reading in bed, in the kitchen, on holidays.
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Tram turns into a mobile library in Romania’s Iasi

Tram turns into a mobile library in Romania’s Iasi | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
A small mobile library has been arranged in a public transport tram in Iasi, eastern Romania.
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Sorry, technophiles: 92% of students prefer books to e-readers

Sorry, technophiles: 92% of students prefer books to e-readers | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
In a new study reveals that when given a choice between physical or electronic reading, an overwhelming majority of students prefer to read physical books.
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What Amazon and Booktopia's face-off means for readers

What Amazon and Booktopia's face-off means for readers | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
Amazon's latest Australian venture might disappoint book readers.
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Cockatoo, Too - Reading Time

Cockatoo, Too - Reading Time | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
Bethanie Deeney Murguia,  Cockatoo, Too, The Five Mile Press, Dec 2015, 40pp., $16.95 (hbk), ISBN 9781760401047 Young children will be tied over with this gorgeously amusing, visually and orally pleasing tongue-twister about a flock of dancing birds. Author / illustrator Bethanie Deeney Murguia has cleverly brought together a cocophony of rhythm with the use ofRead More
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Must-Have Picture Books for Great Read-Aloud Performances with Your Kids

Must-Have Picture Books for Great Read-Aloud Performances with Your Kids | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
As a parent, the key to a good read-aloud performance is finding the right picture books for you.
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Child literacy ‘disaster’ looms

Child literacy ‘disaster’ looms | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
LITERACY levels of Australian children are worsening in a slow motion disaster, with new analysis revealing one in five children who started school this year already dont have the skills to learn properly.
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One in five Australian children starting school 'developmentally vulnerable' | smh.com.au

One in five Australian children starting school 'developmentally vulnerable' | smh.com.au | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
Research commissioned by the Australian government has found that one in five school kids is starting school are unprepared in at least one area such as ...
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Author Jackie French on her Australia Day honour: '50,000 deserve it more'

Author Jackie French on her Australia Day honour: '50,000 deserve it more' | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
The author and children’s literacy advocate says education has reached a tipping point: ‘There are the most fabulous programs about to be rolled out’
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Researchers develop a revolutionary Braille tablet for the blind

Researchers develop a revolutionary Braille tablet for the blind | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
Researchers at the University of Michigan recently unveiled a new Braille-enabled prototype tablet that makes it possible for those with vision problems to read text on a full display .
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Remembering David Bowie through his 100 favorite books

Remembering David Bowie through his 100 favorite books | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
Although David Bowie was best known for his music, he also made countless contributions to the worlds of art, fashion and film.
But the singer, who died Sunday, was also devoted to literature. In 2013, Bowie left the world something other than his groundbreaking albums to remember him by — a list...
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Study: Reading novels makes us better thinkers

Study: Reading novels makes us better thinkers | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
New research says reading literary fiction helps people embrace ambiguous ideas and avoid snap judgments
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