Celebrating good news on literacy

Celebrating good news on literacy

News worth celebrating: In 1800, almost nine of 10 people in the world were illiterate. Today, 90% of people can read. “Within a decade and a half, all girls and boys can complete primary and secondary education for free.” (a U.N. Sustainable Development...
Authorfest 2016

Authorfest 2016

  I’m looking forward to speaking to 325 teacher candidates on Monday, Nov. 21 at Authorfest 2016 (a University of British Columbia Education Library and Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable event). I’m privileged to share the stage with...
Books for at-risk youth (middle grade & young adults)

Books for at-risk youth (middle grade & young adults)

What should at-risk youth read? Edgy books, relatively short books, nonfiction books and “high interest, low vocabulary” books, also known as hi-low, reluctant-reader or quick-read books. Why? Here’s a paragraph I came across on a website for teacher-librarians: “As...
Get boys reading

Get boys reading

A key reason boys struggle more than girls in school and life: Adults fail to help them get comfortable with reading at a young age.   Boys read less than girls do. Parents read to boys for shorter periods of time than they read to girls. Teen girls read almost...