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How literacy works in the real world
Paula J. Schwanenflugel, Ph.D., and Nancy Flanagan Knapp, Ph.D.
Can you heal and grow through reading? It's an ancient idea with recent support from research.
When they read with their children, fathers interact differently than mothers—and everybody benefits!
Will audiobooks, podcasts, and text-to-speech software make reading obsolete?
How can someone with a curious mind and a singular mission can make a unique and personal difference for children’s literacy in her own community?
A story of old age and reading, and the gifts that remain...
Time "on-screen" does not have to be time away from reading; find out four ways to use technology to promote, instead of replacing, real reading!
Think learning the alphabet is simple? Think again. There's a lot packed into those 26 letters.
Even if peace is finally declared in the “Reading Wars,” there are still some important questions we need to answer about learning to read.
A recent review summarizes findings that both sides of the “reading wars” can agree on. This common knowledge can tell us a lot about helping children read.
Although the effect of volunteer reading programs on children’s reading skills are relatively modest, they generally have some positive impact and are probably worth trying.
The evidence from national and international surveys and tests is clear: On average, boys read less, and less well, than girls. But why? And what can we do about it?
Reading books together is one of the best ways to start young children on the path to lifelong literacy, but what about e-books? Are they just as good? The answer: It depends...
Working with kindergarteners reminds us how important vocabulary is for reading comprehension. Kids come to school with widely different vocabularies, but adults can help!
Some children learn to read before they are formally taught. Then they arrive at school.
Speed reading courses and apps promise to help us learn to read faster and better, but do they really work?
Billions spent to raise U.S. reading scores have had little, if any, effect. Is the money misspent? Maybe, but there is another major factor holding us back.
Every year, after-school programs keep children safe, improve physical fitness, and support growth in literacy.
How different is it for children learning to read in a language that is not English? It may depend on the characteristics of the writing system that the language is written in.
AR levels? Lexiles? DRA2? “Leveled” reading programs are everywhere, but they are often misunderstood and misused, based on three very common myths about reading levels.
When good readers read aloud, it sounds like music.
"For every challenge..., there are scores of websites pretending to be something they are not." Stanford study finds students unprepared for this new world of disinformation.
An increasing number of states are offering a Seal of Biliteracy to high school students who can read and write well in two languages. We think this is a good idea.
Reading incentive programs, where students get points or prizes, and sometimes even grades, for reading “fun” books, are a ubiquitous feature of many literacy programs.
Think about what you’ve read recently. Do you generally read to learn about something or to be entertained?
Summer reading is important for kids, but is just getting them books enough? Find out why it might not be, and how to make summer reading work better for your children this summer.
With so much money spent on high-stakes testing in schools, what can possibly go wrong? A lot, it turns out.
Here are two more simple ways you can give the gift of reading to children in your family, your classroom, or your community.
Four simple ways you can give the gift of reading to children—in your classroom, your community, or your own family!
Every decade, fewer adults in the U.S. are reading for pleasure. Does it matter?
Paula J. Schwanenflugel, Ph.D., and Nancy Flanagan Knapp, Ph.D., are co-authors of The Psychology of Reading.