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Pride, Books, and More with TFA’s Tim’m West

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With Pride Month already in full-swing, we recently had the chance to speak with Tim’m West, Senior Managing Director of Teach For America’s LGBTQ Community Initiative. We wanted to share his insights on advocating for and supporting LGBTQ youth, both

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Posted in Books & Reading, Diversity, Expert Voices, Stories for All, Stories For All Project, Thought Leaders, Tips and Resources

Encouraging Reluctant Readers

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For a young kid, reading can seem intimidating. They have reading homework, reading tests, reading quizzes and there are always bigger, harder words out there to learn. Not only that, much of what they’re expected to read might not reflect

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7 Facts About English Language Learners … & How They’re Awesome!

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27% of U.S. children under age 6 come from homes where at least one parent speaks a language other than English.1 Relative to other U.S. children, dual language learners/English language learners are far more likely to live in poverty and in

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Posted in Books & Reading, Diversity, Expert Voices, Family Engagement, Stories for All, Stories For All Project

The Magic of Día: A Conversation with Author Lupe Ruiz-Flores

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The celebration of Día, or El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), can happen every day, but traditionally culminates each year on April 30th. This nationally recognized initiative emphasizes the importance of literacy for children

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Posted in Authors & Illustrators, Books & Reading, Celebrate Hispanic Heritage, Diversity, Expert Voices, Literacy, Stories for All, Stories For All Project, Thought Leaders, Tips and Resources

Encouraging Literacy & Leadership with Games

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We recently had the opportunity to speak with Lisa Holton, president of Classroom, Inc. – a nonprofit that develops literacy and leadership skills for middle school students in high-poverty communities. The organization provides support for educators and works to put

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Posted in Expert Voices, First Book Partners, For educators, Guest Blog Posts, How to Use First Book Resouces, Make The Most of First Book, Marketplace, Opportunities for You, Thought Leaders

Tools of the Mind: Teaching Children Self-Regulation through Play

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Today’s guest blog post is by Dr. Deborah Leong, Executive Director of Tools of the Mind, and coauthor with Dr. Elena Bodrova of “Tools of the Mind: The Vygotskian Approach to Early Childhood Education”, and Barbara Wilder-Smith, Director of Content

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Welcoming Week: Q&A with Author Anne Sibley O’Brien

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Welcoming Week is a special time of year. Communities across the country will come together to celebrate and raise awareness of immigrants, refugees and new Americans of all kinds. Whether it’s an event at your local art gallery or showing

Posted in Authors & Illustrators, Books & Reading, Diversity, Expert Voices, Stories for All

Author Kate DiCamillo Finds Summer Fun at The Local Library

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This summer, kids can access great books, go on adventures to faraway places and even win prizes – all at their local library. Kate DiCamillo, author of Because of Winn-Dixie, The Tale of Despereaux and the recently released Raymie Nightingale,

Posted in Authors & Illustrators, Expert Voices

Why We Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day

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A teacher’s job is never done. Their days are spent solving math problems, analyzing the passages of books,  teaching the great lessons of history and serving as their students’ trusted experts. But when the final bell rings, their day isn’t

Posted in Education and Literacy, Expert Voices

Imagine A School Without A Library

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Today’s guest blog post is by bestselling children’s author Megan McDonald, 2016 Spokesperson for the American Association of School Librarians National School Library Month. Imagine a school without a library. A few years back, I was honored to be a

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