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Protecting Kids’ Ears With ETY•Kids Safe Listening Earphones

Posted on June 4, 2014

Children read from tablets and other mobile devices; that’s today’s reality. When parents and kids visit bookstores, retailers can now present ETY•Kids Safe Listening Earphones, one of the smartest, and most important mobile device accessories available.

ETY•Kids earphones protect young ears from excessive volume, and are a critical product for a generation listening to portable entertainment and communication devices almost... continue reading →

State Of Virginia Unveils Innovative Virtual Spanish Courses

Posted on May 20, 2014

Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright unveiled the prototype for a series of innovative online Spanish courses today before educators and students at Highland High School in Monterey.

The new virtual courses – Beginning Spanish, Intermediate Spanish and Advanced Spanish – will be available this fall through the Virginia Department of Education’s Virtual Virginia online learning program. The courses are based on the... continue reading →

Microsoft helps public schools make digital transition

Posted on May 17, 2014

Microsoft Corp. and its hardware partners on Monday unveiled a range of devices at various price points to help U.S. public school districts make the digital transition. The devices included in today’s pricing announcement are lightweight enough to conduct research and take assessments, while at the same time robust enough to create rich media, develop code and build complex applications. With devices starting under $300, the effort is... continue reading →

ALSC selects popular books for young readers

Posted on May 14, 2014

Featuring contributions by active librarians from around the country, “Popular Picks for Young Readers,” published by ALA Editions for the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), offers a goldmine of quality books for children. Edited by Diane Foote, this guide spotlights more than 500 titles published within the last four years. Ranging from books for newborns through readers to age 14, the selected books encompass a wide... continue reading →

Q&A With Author / Illustrator Chris Marsh

Posted on March 4, 2014

British Author/Illustrator Chris Marsh is launching his first picture book. Here's an interview that gives us some insight on his inspirations

1. Tell us about yourself.
I currently live in London, England and have done so for the last 7 years which is very different from where I grew up in the heart of the English countryside. Growing up in a rural village surrounded by farms, fields and forests gave me the opportunities to go on an... continue reading →

Take Your Child to the Library Day: Bookboard donates $30K

Posted on January 27, 2014

In celebration of the third annual Take Your Child to the Library Day, Bookboard is partnering with over 400 libraries throughout the United States and Canada to encourage families to visit their local libraries. All participating libraries are hosting special events that include story times, musical performances, scavenger hunts, art activities and giveaways to celebrate reading and create more awareness about literacy and what local... continue reading →

More than 1,000,000 ebooks in 2013 at six foward-thinking libraries

Posted on January 6, 2014

OverDrive, the leading eBook, audiobook, music and video distributor for schools and libraries, announced today that six standalone partner libraries have surpassed 1 million digital checkouts from their OverDrive collection in 2013. The libraries all experienced significant year-over-year growth in borrowed digital titles.

The following libraries made the 2013 Million Digital Checkouts Club:

· King County Library System (WA): 1.6... continue reading →

Children’s Book Sales Drive Up Scholastic Income 19%

Posted on December 30, 2013

Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL), the global children’s publishing, education and media company, today reported results for the fiscal 2014 second quarter ended November 30, 2013.

Revenue in the second quarter was $623.2 million, compared to $613.5 million a year ago. The Company reported second quarter earnings per diluted share from continuing operations of $1.80, versus $1.91 in the prior year period. Results for the second... continue reading →

Middle Grade Book Takes on Bullying, Science, Diversity and Time Travel-Now Free for Teachers

Posted on November 12, 2013

What is it like to be a ten-year-old black American genius and scientific whiz kid? Or to be bullied? Those questions and more are answered in the first story of an exciting, free-wheeling new Middle Grade series, The Adventures of Emery Jones, Boy Science Wonder: Bending Time, by Elisheba Johnson and her father, Charles Johnson, winner of the National Book Award for his bestselling novel, "Middle Passage."

And now this book is... continue reading →

The 15% -  Americans who don’t use the Intenet

Posted on October 21, 2013

15% of American adults ages 18 and older do not use the internet or email as of May 2013.

Asked why they do not use the internet:

  • 34% of non-internet users think the internet is just not relevant to them, saying they are not interested, do not want to use it, or have no need for it.
  • 32% of non-internet users cite reasons tied to their sense that the internet is not very easy to use. These non-users say it is difficult or... continue reading →

Teachers recommend LeapPad Ultra and LeapReader for students

Posted on October 15, 2013

LeapFrog Enterprises released the results of a recent teacher insights study. In this unique study, teachers were given the opportunity to interact with LeapFrog's award-winning LeapPad™ Ultra, and its incredible library of fun and educational games and interactive apps, and LeapReader™, the complete learn to read and write system. Nearly all of the teachers in the study stated they would recommend LeapPad Ultra and LeapReader to their... continue reading →

Digital Screens Can Help Child Readers

Posted on October 8, 2013

Eye-Tracking Technology Shows e-Book As A Child Sees It

MeeGenius, a leading reading application for children, explored where children focus their attention during story time through a first of its kind Eye-Tracking study. The study found children focus closer on storybook text when it is read to them through the MeeGenius application as compared to an... continue reading →

Hattie Big Sky - review

Posted on September 29, 2013

Hattie Big Sky (Hattie, #1)Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What was life like for teenagers a hundred years ago? Those working on farms in Montana had little time for socializing, sports and studying like teens today. The heroine in this book, Hattie, is a teenager who's working and living by herself to "earn" the farm she inherited from an unknown uncle. She's confronted with all kinds of challenges—from building an impossibly long... continue reading →

International Literacy Day Uses Meatballs to Generate Buzz Among Kids

Posted on September 7, 2013

Who likes meatballs? Who likes reading? Who likes reading about meatballs? International Literacy Day is Monday, September 9, 2013. The day’s message is that strong literacy skills pave the pathway to success—not only in the classroom but also the workplace.

This year, the International Reading Association, is partnering with Sony Pictures and the release of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2. The theme of the day is “Invent Your... continue reading →

Top Children’s E-books of 2012

Posted on September 5, 2013

Want to know the bestselling children's ebooks of 2012? Lots of fantasy and dystopia, According to Publsiher's Weekly. Here's the list with the numbers of e-books sold in parentheses.

1. The Hunger Games. Suzanne Collins. Scholastic Press (4,595,739)

2. Catching Fire. Suzanne Collins. Scholastic Press (4,218,680)

3. Mockingjay. Suzanne Collins. Scholastic Press (3,941,753)

4. The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus #3). Rick... continue reading →