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Jackie Robinson's Daughter Writes Memoir

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Jackie Robinson's Daughter Writes Memoir

January 31, the 100th anniversary of the legendary Jackie Robinson’s birth, Scholastic Press has announced the September 3 release of Sharon Robinson’s Child of the Dream: A Memoir of 1963. In the book, whose cover is revealed here, Jackie Robinson’s daughter, author of numerous children’s books honoring her father’s accomplishments and legacy, tells of finding her place in the fight for racial equality and justice. Featuring never-before-seen photos, the memoir focuses on the author and her family’s activism and advocacy during an especially turbulent and pivotal period in American history. The year 1963 was momentous for Sharon Robinson as well as...

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5 Simple Ways to Read More With Your Child

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5 Simple Ways to Read More With Your Child

Have you already made your New Year’s resolutions for 2019? If you haven’t settled on one, think about making reading a part of your new year routine. READ A BOOK—HERE, THERE, AND EVERYWHERE! Reading aloud doesn’t have to be limited to your home or only at naptime or bedtime. If you’re a parent of a young child, you know every reading experience does not look the same. Though it may seem like a waste of time, your child still benefits from hearing you read aloud to them even when it seems they’re not paying attention or are distracted by their...

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BOOKISH PARENTING: EXPECTATIONS VERSUS REALITY

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BOOKISH PARENTING: EXPECTATIONS VERSUS REALITY

Reading to your children is wonderful, and it is something parents are told they should be doing from the day they were born. Reading to your children even when they are babies can lead to better vocabularies and literacy skills. I recently read Reading Magic by Mem Fox, a great book that goes into more detail about the benefits of reading aloud and how we can make the most of these read-aloud experiences. Being the compulsive rule-follower that I am, I’ve tried to do everything I’m ‘supposed’ to do as a parent, and especially when it comes to reading. But...

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How Books Solace, Empower, and Transform Us

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How Books Solace, Empower, and Transform Us

Some books are toolkits you take up to fix things, from the most practical to the most mysterious, from your house to your heart, or to make things, from cakes to ships. Some books are wings… Some books are medicine, bitter but clarifying. Galileo considered reading our sole means of having superhuman powers. For Kafka, a book was “the axe for the frozen sea inside us”; for Anaïs Nin, the alarm to awaken us from the slumber of almost-living; for Gwendolyn Brooks, “meat and medicine and flame and flight and flower.”Since the invention of the printing press, books have fed...

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Willie Nelson will receive literary honor!

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Willie Nelson will receive literary honor!

Step aside, Bob Dylan: Willie Nelson is also a literary star. Dylan was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature, an honor that drew criticism from writers of prose and poetry who were upset to see the prize go to a musician. Now Nelson, the country music legend, will become the first songwriter to be inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters, one of the most prestigious literary organizations in the Lone Star State. The Dallas Morning News reports that Nelson will be riding high, joining 18 other inductees, including novelist Bret Anthony Johnston, playwright Kirk Lynn, and screenwriter Richard Linklater, in...

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