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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.

July 9, 2021

Do you know any kids who are fascinated by bugs, birds, snakes, and other animals? I know I was—and still am! There’s so much to observe, explore, and learn.

June 30, 2021

In the southern West Virginia holler where I spent my childhood, I was often up with the sun in the summer to read on the porch swing and splashing in the creek every afternoon. Lately though, I’ve needed actual reminders to get out of doors every day.

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.

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

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"You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend." — Paul Sweeney