The Reading Instruction Debate Update

There is a debate raging in the halls of reading academia; a “reading war,” so to speak. This fight is about the best way to teach students reading, and is between proponents of the phonics approach and those who champion the approach termed “whole language.”...
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Books and Children: Suggestions

Books were once the only true form of entertainment. They were cherished for the adventures they allowed children to imagine, the worlds they created. But those worlds can now be offered in easy glory through the television screen, found instantly through a virtual search. Literature...
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Book Censorship in the United States

Book censorship is the limitation or complete suppression of the making, distribution and reading/viewing of books. Around the world this issue is alive and well, albeit it takes different forms, and exists in widely diverse degrees, according to where one resides. In the United States,...
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Books: Prose and Verse

All literature is formed of stories – the novel ideas and shorter tales, the fantasy and truth. Prose is the only technique to capture language, you are certain; and it is this certainty that leads you strolling past shelves, noting every title that’s offered to...
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Magic: When a Child Connects with a Book

When children connect with a book, something magical happens. They may read that book with fierce concentration, finish it with a sigh, and immediately run to the computer to see if the author has written more books in the series. If the author has, there...
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Books: Defining the Epic

It is a collection of impossible pages, weighted to imagery and importance. You hold them, careful, as if afraid they will somehow be too much for you to understand. They intimidate, those pages. They overwhelm with their refusal to end. The word count captured within...
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Help Your Child Take Books for Granted

When a baby is born, the parents are often inundated with gifts—a plethora of gifts. It can seem at times that our homes are bursting to the seams with all this baby gear, and our days are bursting to the seams with all the baby...
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Antiquarian Book Collecting: A Thing of the Past

When you hear the term “Antiquarian Book Collector,” do you immediately picture an old man in a dusty bookshop, placing yet another book high on a shelf? Is it the book collector, rather than the books, that you consider “antique?” “Antiquarian” is an unusual word,...
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Books: The Tragedy

It was an unfortunate mistake: you chose a story based purely on its appearance (the cliche about judgments and covers was not enough to dissuade you). It seemed such a harmless thing and, for the first few words, it was. But then the chapters shifted...
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