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  • 32 Reading Websites
    32 Reading Websites
    These cover elementary school through high school (sites like Open Library and Gutenberg Press where students can get free copies of books they need for class):Read StoriesAesop Fables—no adsAesop’s FablesAudio storiesChildhood Stories...
  • The perfect recipe
    The perfect recipe
    Are you still looking for that perfect and yet elusive holiday gift for that special person on your list. Certainly there are those who would look for the gift they knew was out there. Many of us will know the gift when we see it; reading,...
  • Book stack
    The online storyteller for you and your children
    Many adults enjoy memories of having had parents or family members who read to them. According to Andrew Pudewa of the Institute of Excellence in Writing, there is nothing to equal the benefits of being read aloud to, but in today's fast-paced...
  • The Amazon Kindle app enables people to read many publications.
    Four Great Christmas-Themed eBooks
    Christmas is only a few weeks away and, as adults deck the halls, millions of children anticipate the arrival of Santa Claus. As the season gets into full swing many children enjoy reading holiday-themed books and I recently came across an...
  • Lightwire Theater, A treat for young and old
    Lightwire Theater, A treat for young and old
    While it is billed as a show for the young ones, or children if your prefer, Lightwire Theater is a treat to watch for both the young and the old. My wife and I, well past the years when we had little ones, recently took in a showing of Lightwire...
  • Ariana L., an 11-year-old member of Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest, speaks at a reading celebration event on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 in Framingham, Mass. about winning the “Make Good Reads Happen” contest.
    Winning by reading: Framingham youngster wins national reading contest
    The Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest Pearl Street Clubhouse honored Ariana Lourie, winner of the “Make Good Reads Happen” contest in a ceremony at Framingham's Danforth Gym on Nov. 18. Ariana, who is a sixth grader at Christa...
  • Reading, PA, The saga of the ugly Christmas tree continues
    Reading, PA, The saga of the ugly Christmas tree continues
    Once in Reading, PA there was a Christmas tree erected at the corner of Fifth and Penn Streets. The Christmas tree was supposed to stand as this years offering to the Christmas season. There was only one problem, the 50 foot tree plucked from one...
  • Scribblitt is a website that helps children create their own books.
    Scribblitt.com and The Molina Foundation: Creating Books for a Cause
    Statistics have proven that reading helps to develop writing skills and writing helps develop and stimulate cognitive growth, organizational abilities, and persuasiveness. In other words, writing powers the brain and this is particularly important...
  • Panda
    'The pandas and their chopsticks and other animal stories' book review
    "The Pandas and their Chopsticks and Other Animal Stories" by Demi is a truly beautiful book, both in illustration and in story. I loved how rich and bold the illustrations were, they drew me in right from the beginning. I was more and...
  • Bridge and Lily Pond
    Local Authors Hour at Helen Hall Library on November 13
    On Wednesday, November 13, Helen Hall Library will host Local Authors Hour from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.Harvey Cappel, author of ‘True Story, I Swear It – Maybe’ will speak from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m.Cappel is a part-time, semi...
  • Sign up for the BOOK IT! alumni program
    Sign up for the BOOK IT! alumni program
    The Pizza Hut BOOK IT! program, "motivates children to read more by rewarding them for their reading accomplishments.It can be used to enhance programs that teach children how to read, support comprehension and intervention programs, and...
  • Brain hooked up to electrodes
    What happens in the brain when reading a good book, like say, Harry Potter?
    What happens when you read a good book? More specifically, what happens to your brain when you are immersed in a good read? These questions are being discussed in the world of psychology, reports Fast Co Design in an article posted on Nov. 7....
  • Russell Westbrook launches Russell's Reading Room
    NBA star Russell Westbrook launches Russell's Reading Room
    On Oct. 27, 2014, NBA star Russell Westbrook helped promote literacy for children in his home team city of Oklahoma City through a partnership with Scholastic.The event celebrated the launch of his Russell Westbrook Why Not? Foundation's new ...
  • Halloween Book
    Halloween Reading 2014
    Welcome to my fourth annual round-up of Halloween reading (even though I’ve been doing this column since 2009, I apparently didn’t get this idea until 2011). This isn’t hard-core horror – I can’t sleep if I read...
  • Parenting lessons learned from the Virginia Children's Book Festival
    Parenting lessons learned from the Virginia Children's Book Festival
    Whether your child is a toddler or teen, an avid reader or a reluctant reader, the key to raising a child who loves reading is choosing the right reading material. Each child is different and what works for one may not work for another.The...