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School Success for Children with Special Needs

By Amy James John Wiley & Sons Inc How can you determine if you child has a learning disability? Sixteen pages of checklists by age in this book will help. What resources exist if you do suspect he or she has difficulties that need to be addressed? The author has many answers, and it’s encouraging [...]

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The Reading Zone

By Nancie Atwell Scholastic Imagine a kindergarten-through-eighth-grade school that exists solely to demonstrate how to get kids to read. Imagine that both teachers and parents can peek into this school, if only through the pages of a book. Yes, such a school actually exists – The Center of Teaching and Learning in Edgecomb, Maine. It’s [...]

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Unlock Your Education Potential

By Dr. Brian R. Haig and Jeffrey D. Haig THF Publishing Schools like to call themselves the path to success, but without an “insiders’ map” and helping hand, who can really navigate their dark, twisty corridors efficiently? Here’s a book aimed at high schoolers or newly minted college students who crave a secret mentor to [...]

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Reading & Writing & Teens: A Parent’s Guide to Adolescent Literacy

By Cathy Fleischer NCTE Here’s a book that actually delivers what it promises in its title. Kudos for the fact it’s easy to read and has a wealth of sidebars and suggested resources. And major points for connecting the importance of reading and writing. “Literate people are those who can both read and write.” 

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A Family Of Readers

By Roger Sutton and Martha V. Parravano Candlewick Press When it comes to children’s books, we adults too often completely forget what drew us into reading in the first place. Sutton’s book reminds us: “Don’t think of books for young people as tools; try instead to treat them as invitations into the reading life.”

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Childhood Under Siege

By Joel Bakan Penguin Group Canada Do you find it difficult to separate your child from television, the internet, electronic games or social media? Do you try your best to pass your values onto your children, but feel ever more helpless against the powerful influence of advertising and media? Do you have a child diagnosed [...]

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I Won’t Read and You Can’t Make Me

By Marilyn Reynolds Heinemann The author – a successful young adult novelist as well as a teacher – is well qualified to write on this topic. But since the book is written for teachers, something like a third of its great advice isn’t applicable to parents. For instance, you’ll need to skip the pages on reading [...]

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