literacy 

Kids Who Read to Dogs are Better Students

Dog, Simon, prefers television to books. Credit: Jessica Samakow
What sort of books do you suppose dogs like?
Puppies might go for "Go, Dog. Go!" or the Clifford series, while older dogs might prefer "Old Yeller." (Spoiler alert:...
Researchers say storytime should occasionally go to to the dogs.

Mom a Poor Reader? That Could Hurt Her Kid's Success, Study Shows

Reading to your kids is a great way to give them a head start on reading and math skills. Credit: Getty Images
As the debate over public education rages on, a new study points to another factor that could help shape early education programs:...
Moms with poor literacy can affect their children's success in life.

Amazing Kid: Teen Helps Break the Chains of Poverty Through Literacy

Riley Carney likes to go to the movies when she isn't writing novels or raising nearly $100,000 for her nonprofit organization. Credit: Wendy Carney
Riley Carney is just 16 years old, but she realized early on the link between literacy and...

Poor Reading Skills Trap Children in Poverty, Study Shows

Lyndon Johnson said education is the only valid passport out of poverty. The challenge is getting that passport. The Annie E. Casey Foundation released a report Tuesday that claims 85 percent of low-income children attending low-income...

Study: Better Teachers Help Children Read Faster

Good teachers have a big impact on a student's success. Credit: Getty Images
SEATTLE (AP) - Genetics play the biggest role in determining how fast a child learns to read, but a good teacher can make a measurable difference as well, according...

Winnie the Pooh - The Sequel

In 1928, author A. A. Milne penned the second and final installation of his popular tale of a boy and his beloved bear. His follow up to the original book, Winnie the Pooh, was called The House at Pooh Corner and ended with a cliffhanger, of sorts....

Alphabets - thinking outside the blocks

If you're tired of the same old alphabets for your little ones (and Sweet Juniper's doesn't do it for you), have a look at this collection of twenty-three different alphabets. There is the well-known butterfly wing alphabet, of course, but also some...

Books are good for body as well as brain

It's important for kids to read in order to become well-rounded, knowledgeable adults and positive members of society. It turns out there's another benefit to reading -- it can lead to weight loss. Scientists at Duke Children's Hospital in North...

Preschool or prep school?

Do you and your partner argue about educating your kid? We do. My husband taught elementary school for nine years, and he saw a lot of kids who couldn't count to 10 or spell their own names in first grade. I know that shaped his views, but we still...

Classroom Connection: Summer reading for boys

As an elementary teacher, I get lots of the same kinds of questions from parents every year, and all of them fall into ghe general category of "How can I help my child to do his or her best in school." With Smart Start I'll be adressing a frequently...

Study: kids reading less

Today, my seven year old and I spent the afternoon in the bookstore. While I was heartened to see many little kids enjoying books, I couldn't help but notice that there weren't many older kids browsing the aisles. After reading about this study, I...

It's Children's Book Week

Frederic G. Melcher, former editor of Publishers Weekly, once said, "A great nation is a reading nation." Recognizing that the love of reading starts in childhood, Melcher and others came together back in 1919 to celebrate the very first Children's...

Tips for family reading

There is no component of a child's education more important than the child's own parents. How education and literacy is viewed and encouraged (or not encouraged) at home makes a huge difference in a child's success in school. Children with involved,...

Summer reading for kids

We are almost all packed and ready to go for our trip to New York. The only thing I haven't checked off my list yet is a new book for Ellie. Her bookcase is crammed already, but having a brand new, never-been-read story to lose herself in while we...

Online storytime

Although Ellie is 7-years-old and can read on her own, she still likes to be read to. Every night before bed, my husband or I will snuggle up in bed with her and read a story, just like we've been doing since she was tiny. I enjoy spending this quiet...

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