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Book Life

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.

June 23, 2021

I grew up in a home where books were everywhere. We were regulars at the library. Family trips always included finding the local used bookstore. No doubt having access to so many things to read helped make me a reader. But it was in 6th grade that I was truly hooked — by the girl who sat in front of me in reading class.

June 13, 2021

My dad is a birder. Which essentially means that everyone in my family is a birder. Growing up, I was sometimes a willing birder, especially when I was younger and would get to carry the binoculars.

June 1, 2021

For me, summertime always feels like a time for dreaming. I’m energized to poke around outside, find the unexpected, and watch things grow and bloom.

May 20, 2021

Like me, many kids I know have recently been spending a lot more time indoors in front of a screen. I’m hopeful that summer will bring everyone sunny days of reading, writing, hands-on learning, and real-world explorations that stretch imaginations.

January 3, 2021

Everything’s a mystery when you’re growing up. Things are happening out of your control and you want to know why!

December 16, 2020

All children need role models who look like they do. Having role models who share their abilities and challenges and have families that looks like theirs can help kids feel comfortable and confident as they develop their own identities. Diverse role models help children see one another as part of the same community.

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

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"Oh, magic hour, when a child first knows she can read printed words!" — A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, 1943