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Blogs About Reading

Join the conversation! We’re writing about the best practices in reading instruction, how to support literacy at home, building background knowledge, and choosing and using children’s books.

Timothy Shanahan

Shanahan on Literacy

Literacy expert Timothy Shanahan shares best practices for teaching reading and writing. Dr. Shanahan is an internationally recognized professor of urban education and reading researcher who has extensive experience with children in inner-city schools and children with special needs. All posts are reprinted with permission from Shanahan on Literacy.

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From the start, include the principals and provide them with the tools they need to help improve reading achievement. Let’s make it more possible…

Margaret Goldberg

Right to Read

Margaret Goldberg is the co-founder of the Right to Read Project, a group of teachers, researchers, and activists committed to the pursuit of equity through literacy. Margaret serves as a literacy coach in a large urban district in California and was formerly a classroom teacher and curriculum developer. All posts are reprinted with permission.

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Literacy coach Margaret Goldberg shares her thoughts on setting attainable and measurable resolutions for the new school year. 

Rachael Walker

Book Life

Join children’s literacy consultant Rachael Walker and many of the authors, parents, and educators she’s met and worked with to talk about how books have changed their lives, how to bring books to life for young readers, and how to enrich kids’ lives with good books. 

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Meteorologist Ron Gird shares tips and resources to take kids on a weather preparedness adventure! You’ll find helpful facts about…

Gene Yang

Reading Without Walls

Gene Luen Yang began drawing comic books in the fifth grade. In 2006, his graphic novel, American Born Chinese — a memoir about growing up as an Asian American — became the first graphic novel to win the American Library Association’s Printz Award. He is the author of the Secret Coders series and has written for the hit comics Avatar: The Last Airbender and Superman. In 2016, Yang was named the 5th National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and selected as a MacArthur Fellow (opens in a new window)

Maria Salvadore

Page by Page

Reading Rockets’ children’s literature expert, Maria Salvadore, brings you into her world as she explores the best ways to use kids’ books both inside — and outside — of the classroom.

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Who would have thought that there were so many ways to read a book? The Sunflower, the Sleepwalker, the Classic, the Drifter, the Night Owl, and…

Dr. Joanne Meier

Sound It Out

Along with her background as a professor, researcher, writer, and teacher, Joanne Meier is a mom. Join Joanne as she shares her experiences raising her own young readers, and guides parents and teachers on the best practices in reading.