literacy

July 27, 2018
What Our 9-Year-Old Is Reading This Summer

All three of our girls are avid readers and they often begin and end their days with stacks of books around them on the bed or on the sofa. Our 9-year-old is a particularly fast reader and her current reading interests revolve around history, science, and mysteries. She is also quite an inventor so any […]

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January 12, 2015
Top 14 Books of 2014

The main reason I started a goodreads account is because I can never remember what I am reading. Even if I have a book on my bedside table, the title and author often slip right off my tongue when anyone asks. It could be a case of book amnesia - but it's more likely that […]

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December 16, 2014
My Night in Pakistan

I spent one night in Pakistan when I was 15. Stuck somewhere between childhood and womanhood, I was far too young to grasp where exactly I was or how that trip would change me forever. Pakistan International Airlines had taken me from an airport in Dhaka, Bangladesh (where I had spent the previous ~45 days) and plopped me down […]

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May 1, 2014
What would you buy if you had $50 to spend on books?

Jessica recently posed the question, "What would you buy if you had $50 to spend on books?" Only books. Heavenly! When I buy books, I tend to buy ones that I have already read. The way I see it, libraries are for researching titles and bookstores are for purchasing copies of outstanding works. I find […]

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April 4, 2014
Dear O, 5 years old

"When I grow up, I'm going to be a writer like you," you say, peering seriously over your breakfast cereal. I believe you. At just turned five, you have a gift. To say you are a wordsmith would be an understatement. Your little snippets of prose are far beyond your years. You'll grasp your two […]

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March 21, 2014
Tucson Festival of Books 2014

This past weekend, we attended the Tucson Festival of Books at the University of Arizona. As the fourth largest book festival in the United States, the event draws over 120,000 people and raised over $900,000 for literacy organizations in the first four years. With over 200 exhibitors and 300 presentations by local and national authors, […]

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