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“Regardless of what they love - for most everything in life today, to succeed first you need to become a good reader.”

Pam Allyn - Executive Director & founder of LitLife and LitWorld and a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.

Notable Articles

Reading and Its Rewards

By Maile Meloy - Source: New York Times

WHEN I was 10, growing up in Montana, I wanted a 10-speed bicycle, and my father made me a deal. I could have a new bike if I read 10 classic novels and wrote reports on them. I was a malleable kid with no negotiating power, so we went to the library and made a list.

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How About Better Parents?

By Thomas L. Friedman - Source: New York Times

In recent years, we’ve been treated to reams of op-ed articles about how we need better teachers in our public schools and, if only the teachers’ unions would go away, our kids would score like Singapore’s on the big international tests. There’s no question that a great teacher can make a huge difference in a student’s achievement, and we need to recruit, train and reward more such teachers. But here’s what some new studies are also showing: We need better parents. Parents more focused on their children’s education can also make a huge difference in a student’s achievement.

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Boys Don’t’ Read, Except When They Do

By Charles London - Source: HuffingtonPost.com

When I was young, I hated reading. Every summer through elementary and middle school ended with tears and tantrums over summer reading I hadn't done and refused to do. Sure, there were a few books I endured because I had to, and one or two that I sort of liked, but no one would have accused me of being a Reader. I'd rather have watched T.V. or played video games.

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Let's Get Your Boy To Love Reading (... and we've got just 3 days!)

Blog post by Read Aloud Dad

Time is running out. The clock is ticking. So you want your boy to enjoy reading and to engage his intellect with great books, (but don't know how)? Well, Read Aloud Dad has good news for you.

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HOW TO: Talk to Children About Online Safety

by Sarah Kessler - Source: Mashable.com

The Internet didn’t arrive for most of today’s parents until after they had passed adolescence. Online behavior was something they were able to approach with the disposition of an adult (even if some chose not to). Their children, however, were born into a very different situation. It’s not uncommon to see an iPad next to the crib, and 7.5 million children younger than 13 have Facebook profiles.

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Social Media Parenting: Raising the Digital Generation

by Matt Silverman - Source: Mashable.com

Who are your kids friending on Facebook? What are they really texting to their classmates? How much online time is too much?

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Book Lists

Caldecott Medal Award Winners

The Caldecott Medal has been bestowed upon over seventy books, distinguishing them as the best American picture books published in that year.  The medal is awarded by the Association for Library Service and is the most prestigious awards next to the Newberry Medal.

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Newbery Medal Books

The Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the American Library Association for the most distinguished American children's book published the previous year.

It is named for the eighteenth-century English bookseller John Newbery. The purpose of the Newbery Medal is stated as follows: "To encourage original creative work in the field of books for children.” 2011 Winner: Moon over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool To see past winners:

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20 Best Book Series for Young Adults

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For the younger set: Top 100 Best Children’s Picture Books

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2011 Notable Children's Books

Each year a committee of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) identifies the best of the best in children's books. According to the Notables Criteria, "notable" is defined as: Worthy of note or notice, important, distinguished, outstanding. As applied to children's books, notable should be thought to include books of especially commendable quality, books that exhibit venturesome creativity, and books of fiction, information, poetry and pictures for all age levels (birth through age 14) that reflect and encourage children's interests in exemplary ways.

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Best of Children’s Classics

The New York Review Children's Collection began in 2003 in an attempt to reward readers who have long wished for the return of their favorite titles and to introduce those books to a new generation of readers. The line publishes 40, picture books for preschoolers through to chapter books and novels for older children. Praised for their elegant design and sturdy bindings, these books set a new standard for the definition of a "classic."

It is a luxury set at over $400 but it might be worth it! Check it out at:

http://www.amazon.com/New-York-Review-Childrens-Collection/dp/1590173562

Oprah’s Book Club – Great Book for Kids of All Ages

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Fun Stuff for Kids

Shakespeare for Kids: Activities for Children and Families.

While working puzzles, answering quizzes, and learning new words, the user is learning about Shakespeare, his plays, and Elizabethan England.

A Europe of Tales (Requires FLASH 5.0)

This is a web site of European myths and legends for children. The site is available in eight different languages, including English and French.

Ask Kids

Ask Kids is a search engine designed exclusively for young people ages 6 to 12. It's a free, safe, fun way for kids and their parents to quickly and easily research school topics like science, math, geography, language arts, and history in a search environment that's safer and more age-appropriate than traditional, adult search engines.

Free Rice

A kids’ vocabulary website that for every right answer donates 10 grains of rice through the World Food Program to end hunger.

Word Games

Reading Resources and Organizations

What to read When

A book By Pam Allyn - Literacy Advocate & Education Expert

Pam Allyn is the Executive Director and founder of LitLife and LitWorld, two well-known literacy development organizations as well as the Founding Director of Books for Boys.

One of the keys to raising a lifetime reader is matching the right book to the right moment in a child's young life. With more than 8,000 children's titles being published each year, that "matching" can be overwhelmingly difficult—unless they have this wonderful compendium from Pam Allyn. More than a book, it's a "brass compass" to great children's literature.

- Jim Trelease, author of The Read-Aloud Handbook

Blog Posts by Pam Allyn

Lexile® - The Framework for Reading

Recognized globally as the most widely used measure of reading ability and text complexity, a Lexile® measure simplifies choices for educators, parents and children by helping them select books and other materials that are targeted to a reader's unique ability level and reading goals.

CBC - Children’s Book Council

The Children’s Book Council is the national nonprofit trade association for children’s trade book publishers.

Story Snoops

Created by moms, StorySnoops offers children's book reviews from a parent's perspective. Our search features identify tween and teen fiction for every type of reader

Looking for Book Donations?

First Book is a wonderful organization whose mission is to to give children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books.

RIF – Reading is Fundamental

Largest children’s literacy nonprofit in the United States dedicated to preparing and motivating children to read by delivering free books and literacy resources to those children and families who need them most. They inspire children to be lifelong readers through the power of choice.

Big Universe

Read leveled and non-leveled fiction and non-fiction books online

Reading Rockets

Reading Rockets is a national multimedia literacy initiative offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help.

WorldCat – World’s Largest Library Catalog

Find what you want in a library near you with WorldCat, a global catalog of library collections. Search for popular books, music CDs and videos—all of the physical items you're used to getting from libraries. Search the collections of libraries in your community and thousands more around the world.