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Read To Learn / Books for Free February 19, 2015 – Posted in: Content, Reading / Literacy

Fact: Reading at grade level by the third grade is the leading indicator of school success and high school graduation Fact: Almost half of third graders in South Florida  fail to achieve this critical benchmark. The Read to Learn initiative is hoping to change that.     The Children’s Trust and The Center for Literature and Theatre at Miami Dade College have teamed up for Read to Learn / Books for Free a program focused on…

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Goodnight Moon kicks off Jimmy Kimmel’s Book Club February 10, 2015 – Posted in: Content, Reading / Literacy, Video

Jimmy Kimmel likes to read and has always wanted to join a book club. Unfortunately most books are just too long for his busy schedule so Kimmel picks the perfect genre to fulfill his book club dream, children’s books.   Previously on Book Patrol: The Furry Side of Margaret Wise Brown     Goodnight June by Sarah Jio Goodnight Moon is an American classic, holding a special place on the bookshelves of infants and toddlers all…

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A book-of-the-month club for the infants and toddlers of Washington D.C. January 27, 2015 – Posted in: Content, public libraries, Reading / Literacy

By the time kids reach the third grade in the public schools of Washington D.C. less than half are reading at grade level! I repeat, less then half. We know the equation pretty well and we know that the long term consequences lean severe. Low literacy = higher chance of unemployment and incarceration. Ward 6 DC Councilmember Charles Allen has introduced legislation that would send a book a month to all 41,000 children under 5 that live in the…

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Seattle: The Book Buying Capital of America December 15, 2014 – Posted in: Bookselling / Collecting, Content, Reading / Literacy

The results are in and Seattle takes the cake when it comes to buying books. For her New York Time Opinion Piece, What People Buy and Where,  Elizabeth Currid-Halkett utilized the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Expenditure Survey to track differences among cities in household spending in various categories from 2007 to 2012. In the book category Seattle ran away from the field by spending a whopping 68% more than the national average on books!  Full…

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