Tag Archives: reading

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Announcing a Tap, Click, Read Toolkit to Promote Early Literacy in a World of Screens

by Lisa Guernsey
October 3, 2016

Over the past several years, New America and the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop have become known for our book Tap, Click, Read and for our joint research and analysis on how digital technologies could be used to improve, instead of impede, early literacy.  Now our two organizations … 







The Best Children’s Books from Our Childhood

by Katy Svehaug
May 5, 2016

It’s hard to forget the books that played an important role in your childhood. Whether they made you laugh, sparked your imagination, or gave names to the feelings you didn’t yet know how to express, returning to a beloved story can often feel like coming home again. For me, that … 







Texting Parents to Get Kids Ready 4K!

by Shayna Cook
August 4, 2015

During my teaching career, I taught pre-K in high-poverty areas in the District of Columbia, but I also taught for a year in a high-income, suburban area in Maryland. There was a stark difference in students’ vocabulary and background knowledge. Most of my students from a low-income background didn’t have … 







Mapping the Landscape of Readialand: Michael Levine at The Governance Lab

by The GovLab
July 21, 2015

Televisions, touchscreens, and smartphones are now almost ubiquitous in homes. Many young children are watching, listening to, or interacting with two to three hours of screen media per day. In the latest installment of the Ideas Lunch series at the Governance Lab, a Brooklyn-based action research lab focused on the … 







Preparing for New Experiences

by Jason Boog
April 30, 2015

Family Time with Apps is a free interactive guide for parents and caregivers that highlights some ways that families can use technology together. The book features comic strips that parents and children can enjoy together, as well as tips on selecting apps that can help turn screen time into family … 







I Was Read To: I Was One of the Lucky Ones

by Teri Rousseau
March 10, 2015

We recently released Family Time with Apps: A Guide to Using Apps with Your Kids, a free interactive guide for parents and caregivers. The book features comic strips that parents and children can enjoy together, as well as tips on selecting apps that can help turn screen time into family … 







Mind the (Diversity) Gap in Kids’ Digital Media

by Sandhya Nankani
January 27, 2015

Despite the fact that 37 percent of the U.S. population consists of people of color, only 10% of children’s books published over the past 18 years contain multicultural content. Today’s celebration of Multicultural Children’s Book Day (MCCBD) is a direct response to this diversity gap that exists in the world of children’s … 







Four Surprises in Scholastic’s National Survey of Children’s Reading

by Lisa Guernsey
January 13, 2015

Last week Scholastic released the Kids and Family Reading Report,  its annual survey of children’s reading, and some of the results run counter to conventional wisdom about how much children love electronic books and desire independence. The responses provide hints of nostalgia for cuddling up on the couch turning pages … 







What’s in Store Today: A Snapshot of Kids’ Language and Literacy Apps (Part 1)

by Sarah Vaala, Ph.D., Anna Ly
August 15, 2014

Apps for social communication, learning, and play are a prominent part of nearly every family’s life today. Are they having a similar impact on how families and educators help their children learn to read? And if so, what kinds of apps are they using? As part of Seeding Reading: Investing … 







Kids Need Truly Interactive Experiences

by Jason Boog
July 15, 2014

“Interactive” is one of the most overused words in the 21st Century, a label attached to thousands of digital devices, apps and TV shows for kids. Interactive tablet apps will read a book to your kid and interactive cartoon characters will invite your kid to dance during a TV show. …