Kindergarten KinderHarvest Coast to Coast

We now have two kindergarten teachers, Ron in San Francisco and Katie in Boston, organizing KinderHarvest efforts with or for their students, giving us coast to coast activity and representing the awesome power of single individuals who take it upon themselves to make a difference. The amazing thing as that each teacher jumped into action [...]

Dream things that never were and say why not

I was recently asked if the Magazine Publishers Family Literacy Project was a person, who would it be? I choose Robert Kennedy whose inspiration is a driving force for generations to come. It is a humanitarian choice about what he symbolizes as a person, not a partisan or politician, as so eloquently voiced by his [...]

Podcasts, Flickr, and MySpace, oh my! Web 2.0 turns the table – delivering magazines to children and families hungry to read and succeed

With words worth a thousand pictures, we've hit on a powerful means to connect our literacy champions to the vast web of need and possibilities in every community across the U.S. by setting up their own Magazine Literacy Bee blog space on our MagazineLiteracy.org web site. Magazine Literacy Bees are volunteers and groups of volunteers [...]

A noreaster's silver lining

I took a few roads less traveled today thanks to a massive nor'easter that dumped record amounts of rainfall. For two hours I struggled to drive what is usually about 25 minutes to get from one side of town to the other - just twelve miles. Bridges were out at every turn as I made [...]

The Three R's of Literacy – Read, Recycle, & Reuse

Near Earth Day, 2006, MagazineLiteracy.org launched KinderHarvest, an effort that combines the three R's of education - reading, writing, and arithmetic - with the three R's of recycling - reduce, reuse, and recycle - to form the three R's of literacy: Read, Recycle, & Reuse. Read - We love to read magazines! Magazines are informative, [...]

Why Johnny (Still) Can't Read

According to Edutopia, even as books take a back seat to technology, reading is more important than ever in an increasingly complicated, information-rich world. Basic literacy no longer suffices. In higher education and the workplace, young people must handle an array of complex texts -- narratives, repair manuals, scholarly journals, maps, graphics, and more -- [...]

Census Bureau Report Reveals Need to Increase Awareness on the Value of Reading to Infants and Toddlers

According to LiteracyNews.com, new figures on how often family members read to their children ages 1 to 5 underscore the importance of expanding early childhood literacy awareness among families and caregivers in lower income communities, said Carol H. Rasco, president and CEO of Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation's oldest and largest nonprofit children and [...]