Teach My Kid to Read members and librarian Faye Lieberman, holding a stuffed bear

Hey Teacher! Let the Kids Read What They Want

What does a librarian say when parents of struggling readers say their children won’t read anything? What’s it like to hear parents tell their children they can only read books at certain levels? Why do all the young adult books seem to include themes that are so difficult for our tweens and teens to grapple with? Struggling readers in this age range are often facing

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Save a Life: Teach a Kid to Read

Have you ever watched young children in a library or bookstore? They run around in excitement and pull dozens of books off the shelves. I’ve seen it many times and I’ve pulled a few books off shelves myself. Children are born with an innate capacity for joy, a natural curiosity, and a desire to learn. Young children love Story Time or having a parent or

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The Dr. Seuss Syndrome: The Joy and Pain of Books

I wish I knew back then what I know now about books and evidence-based approaches to reading instruction and intervention. Teach My Kid to Read has been calling on libraries throughout New York State to spread awareness of dyslexia so that librarians and parents can help more kids with dyslexia and without, learn to read. Our strategy for the pilot year is to set up

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Does OG Stand for Orton-Gillingham or The Original Riot Girls?

Not everyone knows that OG stands for Orton-Gillingham. Not everyone knows that OG stands for the original riot girls. I only learned the latter this weekend when I read an article about Feminism and Punk in The New York Times. We take it that everyone knows that OG stands for Orton-Gillingham, but perhaps there are a few people out there who think of feminism and

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Connecting the Dots: Who Can Help Our Kids Learn to Read? Parents!

As a parent of a child with dyslexia, I came to this world of reading wars, phonics, balanced literacy, leveled readers, and other instructional methods that we argue about, as an innocent. I merely wanted to know why our daughter was struggling so much, and why nobody could help her learn to read. When she didn’t progress at school, I thought that I could teach

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Why Educational Publishers are Part of the Solution to the Reading Challenge

“The greatest enemy of progress is the illusion of knowledge.” John Young, Astronaut Several years ago, I was working as a contractor in the educational publishing industry. The scope of one of our contracts was to build curricula for a few disciplines so the publisher could assess whether to pursue publishing in those particular academic areas and, if so, determine their strategy. We listed the

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