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John Merrow: Vocabulary is King

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Today’s guest blog post is from John Merrow, education correspondent for PBS NewsHour and president of Learning Matters. Merrow is also the author of The Influence of Teachers. Recently, while editing a piece for PBS NewsHour about ‘the vocabulary gap’

Posted in Education, Guest Blog Posts, Literacy

Wait wait…don’t tell me: Win Carl Kassell’s voice on your answering machine!

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One of our amazing supporters, has started an eBay Giving Works auction to benefit First Book! This past year, she won the opportunity to have Carl Kassell, Judge and Scorekeeper of Wait Wait! Don’t Tell Me, a radio news quiz

Posted in Literacy, Philanthropy

Odds and Bookends: July 17

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100 Best Beach Books Ever: Final Voting Help NPR narrow down it’s list of listerner-nomiated Best Beach Books Ever. The list of the top 100 titles will be announced on July 29. How much do you know about literary spies?

Posted in Books & Reading, Literacy Links and Articles

John “PC” Hodgman Comes to DC!

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So, chances are that many of you might easily recognize the face, but not necessarily know the name. John Hodgman — book author, McSweeney’s scribe, NPR commentator, Daily Show Resident Expert, and What Book Got You Hooked? contributor – also

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