Kids Read

Make Your Child a Words

One misconception that many new parents have is that they shouldn't be concerned about talking with their babies and young children until they start talking back. While this seems intuitive, brain and reading research emphatically recommends a far more active approach to talking.

Talking to babies and young children as much as you possibly can will not only enrich your bond with them, but it will also build their brains into elite language-learning machines. 

Creating "Semantic Maps" of Winter

The science of reading research highlights how "semantic maps" help us comprehend what we read. In its basic form, the more you know about a topic - the more connected bits of knowledge you have on your semantic map of, say, winter - the more you will be able to understand an article or book about that topic.

'Tis the Season... To Sing!

One of my fondest memories is sitting under the Christmas tree with my dad singing carols and other winter songs. My sisters and I would snuggle next to him and join in with all of our kid hearts. Our favorites were the cheerful refrains (and happy ending) of "Frosty the Snowman" and the contemplative beauty of "Lord of the Dance."

Here's the thing: my dad is a wonderful man, but singing is not one of his many gifts. Despite the wrong pitches and off notes, every year we looked forward to this special tradition with Dad.

Gift Books: "Practical Literacy" Meets Holiday Need

If you're looking for a way for your kids or students to get involved in holiday gift-giving - but don't want to break the bank - consider helping them conceive and create "gift books" for the special people in their lives.

What Is Moral & What Is Story: "Strictly No Elephants"

Introducing moral issues in children's books has a long - and not always good - history. Often, the moral is too obvious and the story bland. Presenting an engaging story is ignored at the expense of getting across the moral precept.

Fortunately, the new picture book "Strictly No Elephants" - written by Lisa Mantchev and illustrated by Taeeun Yoo - manages to pack a powerful moral punch supporting fairness, friendship, and acceptance...without sacrificing appealing characters, an interesting situation, or a surprising story.