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  • emNarrative of the Life of Frederick Douglassem
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    Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

    Angela Davis presented a critical edition of Frederick Douglass' memoir, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass - An American Slave Written by Himself. Ms. Davis explored the abolitionist’s intellectual life…

  • First Lady Reads to Young Patients
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    First Lady Reads to Young Patients

    First lady Melania Trump visited the pediatrics unit at New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City to spend time with some of the young patients, their families, and…

  • Advocates and Medical Experts Testify about Dyslexia
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    Dyslexia Research

    Actor Ameer Baraka, medical researchers, and the mother of a dyslexic high school student were among the witnesses at a hearing on dyslexia research. Witnesses talked about their…

  • Weekly Presidential Address
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    Weekly Presidential Address

    President Obama talked about expanding access to education, and to spreading the joy of reading to more children and young adults. That day he announced a challenge to mayors, libraries,…

  • Jynne Martin on National Readathon Day
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    Jynne Martin on National Readathon Day

    Jynne Martin spoke by telephone about the first National Readathon Day. It was an effort by Penguin Random House and the National Book Foundation to encourage people to foster the culture…

  • Washington Journal Education in Urban School Districts
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    Urban School Performance

    Peggy Carr and Stephen Sawchuck talked about a U.S. Department of Education assessment of math and reading skills among fourth and eighth graders at 21 urban school districts. This program was part of…

  • Young Palmetto Books
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    Young Palmetto Books

    Kim Shealy Jeffcoat talked about South Carolina Center for Children’s Books and Literacy, a unit of the University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science. Topics included the center’s…

  • James Patterson on Reading
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    James Patterson on Reading

    Author James Patterson talked about the value of families reading together. He also responded to questions from the audience. This event took place at the 2012 Miami Book Fair International…

  • Youth Literacy Programs
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    Youth Literacy Programs

    Walter Dean Meyers and John Cole talked about youth literacy. The panel was entitled, “Reading is Not an Option.” The International Summit of the Book was hosted by the Library of Congress…

  • Future of Reading
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    Future of Reading

    Panelists talked about the future of reading and child literacy. Among the topics they addressed were the use of digital books, the impact of new technologies on the publishing industry,…

  • Student Literacy and Retention Practices
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    Student Literacy and Retention Practices

    Education experts talked about the retention of and remedial instruction for students who have not mastered basic reading skills by the end of third grade. They discussed the practices of…

  • The State of AfricanAmerican Literacy
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    The State of African-American Literacy

    Michael Lomax, the president of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), talked about the state of African-American literacy and the quality of education for all Americans. He also outlined his agenda and…

  • Read Across America Day
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    Read Across America Day

    First lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan read Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss to a group of children. Then NEA President Dennis Van Roekel led them all in a reading oath.…

  • emTheodor Seuss Geiselem
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    Theodor Seuss Geisel

    Donald Pease recounts the life of Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss. The author details Geisel’s childhood in Springfield, Massachusetts, as the son of a German-immigrant family, to his development of the Dr.…

  • Mason Award Presentation to Greg Mortenson
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    Mason Award Presentation to Greg Mortenson

    Greg Mortenson was the recipient of the Fall for the Book’s 2010 Mason Award, which recognizes authors who have made extraordinary contributions to bringing literature to a wide reading public. He is the author of Three Cups of Tea: One…

  • Reading in the Digital Age
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    Reading in the Digital Age

    A panel discussion was held on the changes made to access to information by a market-driven digital technology. They discussed the thesis that wider visual representation would lead younger readers into…

  • Brooke Jackman Foundation
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    Brooke Jackman Foundation

    Erin Jackman talked about her family’s foundation honoring her sister Brooke who was killed in the north tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. The Brooke Jackman Foundation…

  • Books for International Goodwill
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    Books for International Goodwill

    Books for International Goodwill has donated over four million books since being founded in 1994. The Rotary International organization uses an all-volunteer workforce to collect, sort, and…

  • The Recession and Adult Basic Education
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    The Recession and Adult Basic Education

    David Harvey talked about the toll that the recession is taking on adults who lack a high school degree, and who lack adequate reading and writing skills to compete for jobs. He also…

  • emJulie Andrews Collection of Poems Songs and Lullabiesem
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    Julie Andrews' Collection of Poems, Songs, and Lullabies

    Julie Andrews and her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, talked about their co-edited book, Julie Andrews' Collection of Poems, Songs, and Lullabies (Little, Brown Young Readers; October 1, 2009),…

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