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Rachael Walker

In this special series, children's literacy consultant Rachael Walker and many of the authors, parents, and educators she’s met and worked with talk about how books have changed their lives, how to bring books to life for young readers, and how to enrich kids’ lives with good books. You can also visit Rachael at her blog, Belle of the Book.

August 16, 2022

Earlier this year, Barakah Beats by Maleeha Siddiqui made it to the top of my “to be read” stack.

August 11, 2022

We want readers to make connections between books and their own lives and the world around them. Connecting real experiences for kids with literary ones is something that I’ve found also helps readers value books and knowledge. And it is so much fun to extend the pages of a story into a real-world activity!

July 26, 2022

When I heard award-winning poet and author Margarita Engle say in an interview that one of the things that she loves about poetry is that she can write it outdoors, it really struc

July 11, 2022

So many of the teachers I’ve talked with recently have shared that this past school year has been their hardest year ever. But educators continued to pull out all the stops to keep everyone going.

June 14, 2022

At our house, we’ve always tried to keep summer reading social and low-key. With long, warm sunny days, there’s a little more time for TV, video games, bike rides, swimming and reading what you like.

May 30, 2022

This year our county’s parks and recreation division had multiple fails for summer camp registration and I could feel the frustration of parents around our community, especially for those who rely on camps to provide kids with a safe place to learn and have fun during the long summer days. 


Reading intervention specialist working one-on-one with an elementary student struggling readers

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"Let children read whatever they want and then talk about it with them. If parents and kids can talk together, we won't have as much censorship because we won't have as much fear." —

Judy Blume