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Read Notebooks takes a look at the link between Star Wars and literacy on the eve of the worldwide premiere of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

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We have been highlighting one outstanding children's book a week for six weeks now, and though every single book featured has been wonderful and unique in their own way this weeks book might be the closest to our heart. This week our book is aimed at young readers 10 years or older that can get through longer, novel length read. 

 

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The path of a social entrepreneur is a difficult one, full of doubt, worry, and never-ending obstacles. It is also, however, an intellectually and emotionally rewarding path, requiring constant learning, researching, skill acquisition, hard self examination, and a strong enough belief in your cause to drive you onwards. Read Notebooks takes a look at the forces that will ensure the future of American entrepreneurship.

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Want to do something good for those less fortunate while taking care of your holiday gift shopping this winter? Here are 10 fantastic companies that operate on a "One For One" model. That is, for each product you buy the companies on this list provide an equivalent benefit to an individual or community in need.  

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This week we are highlighting a classic children’s book that has proven itself to be one of the real treasures of the genre, a book that has been delighting and teaching for over 70 years. The Little House, by Virginia Lee Burton, was first published in 1942, to great acclaim including the prestigious Caldecott Medal in 1943, but has not lost any of its relevance or utility in the years since.

 

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Children’s books are often a young person’s first introduction to challenging topics like race, poverty, compassion, acceptance, and more. This makes it absolutely critical to choose the right books that will help shape your child’s outlook on life and the way they interact with those around them. Jacqueline Dembar Green’s Speak Up, Tommy! is one such carefully constructed, and artfully told teaching tale.

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Every year, one of the highlights of Thanksgiving in New York City is heading to the Upper West Side and watching the massive balloons that Macy’s features in their annual parade being inflated. Getting up close with these larger than life representations of characters from some of our favorite childhood literary tales is a treat. Here are some of our favorite characters that have taken over the city streets in past parades.

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Few things are more important for a parent looking to instill a love of reading and to teach literacy skills to their child than choosing the right books. To help with this decision, Read Notebooks is presenting a series of blog posts highlighting one incredible book each week. This week, we have chosen The Crossover by Kwame Alexander.

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This week Fast Company came to New York City for the Fast Company Innovation Festival, and brought with them a bevy of international luminaries to share their insights and lessons. Fast Company has compiled and shared several productivity rules and tips from business leaders across industries. Read some of the excerpts below.

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Veterans Day is an important civic holiday, and the holiday’s message of respect, thanks, and the value of serving our nation are important ones to learn at a young age. These three books can help you make sure your child understands the great importance of this national holiday.

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