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Summer reading: Scholastic and The Washington Post answer parents' questions

Michael Barrett May 28th, 2014

Parents, summer vacation approaches.

The pressure to keep kids reading over the summer has officialy begun. Do need some helpful tips for summer reading? 


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Maya Angelou: Remembering a life of brilliance

Michael Barrett May 28th, 2014

There are no words to describe the recent news of Maya Angelou’s passing.

I never met her. We never had coffee together. Still, I feel a tremendous loss....

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Carnegie Science Center Goes “Reading Under the Stars”

Michael Barrett May 14th, 2014

Parents and kids are finding fun and unique ways to go “reading under the stars” this year in support of the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge....

10 tips to get kids reading this summer

Michael Barrett May 8th, 2014

The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge launched this Monday - and we already have over 600,000 kids signed-up across the nation!


Okay, so your kid...

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Books to read this Cinco de Mayo / Libros para leer este Cinco de Mayo

Michael Barrett May 5th, 2014

by Guest Bloggers Concetta Gleason and Mariel Lopez, Club Leo

Today we celebrate…what exactly? Cinco de Mayo is certainly a celebration,...

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The Smithsonian goes “Reading Under the Stars”

Michael Barrett April 28th, 2014

Remember reading The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler and how desperately you wanted to live in a museum?

Well, kids in Washington, D.C. had a...

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Earth Day: Read, Reuse and Recycle

Michael Barrett April 22nd, 2014

Happy Earth Day, everyone.

Today is a perfect opportunity for parents, teachers and other role models to show how kids can make every day Earth Day through green...

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National stress awareness day: Book de-stressors

Michael Barrett April 16th, 2014

Today is National Stress Awareness Day. What is your “go-to” for relieving the tension in your life? Our OOM team all agree that a good book is great way to remove...

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In Our Feeds: Storybook ball gown, novel recipes and grammar blunders

Michael Barrett April 11th, 2014

Each Friday, we share a handful of links we found interesting, provocative, funny — or just plain cool. We call it In Our Feeds. Have a good weekend!

Spring cleaning woes: Tackling your book collection

Michael Barrett March 18th, 2014

One of the biggest challenges we bibliophiles face is cleaning out our bookshelves during "spring cleaning." We take pride in our personal libraries; however, we need to...

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