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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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With powerful stories and the reach of the New York Times, the new NYT VR effort will both validate the technology and bring it to scale.

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Raising a child to become a dedicated reader is one of the goals of all engaged parents. As we all know, this is a difficult task that takes years of hard work to accomplish. Read Notebooks has put together a list of the 7 most important steps you can take as a parent to teach your child literacy

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It is always a special moment when a child takes an interest in a culture that is not their own, so we have put together a list of some of our favorite storybooks from around the world for you and your children to enjoy.

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In the age of ever-present tech, knowing how and when to rely upon educational websites, mobile learning apps, computer games, social networks, and the other resources is crucial. 

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American author and poet Mark Van Doren once said, "the art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery." During this year's Teacher Appreciation Week (May 4 to May 8), we hope to honor Van Doren's words. A great teacher is someone who inspires a love for learning. When teachers respects natural cognitive and social development, there is room for children to approach problems head on, allowing for positive growth and development. The learning process isn't a simple one—nor should it be. Students learn through trial-and-error and self discovery, not when they are handed the exact answers to every problem. As Southeastern Louisiana University Professor Rhett Allain says, "confusion is the sweat of learning." In other words, the teachers who are able to provoke thoughtful questions and instigate students to reflect on their own learning process are the ones who truly make a difference in education. Children develop a love for learning when they are given the opportunity to discuss new ideas and explore other perspectives.
 
Since this Tuesday is Teacher Appreciation Day, we hope you take the time to reflect on your own education experience. Who are the teachers that most impacted your life? Is there a particular subject you became more interested in because of an inspiring teacher? How did that teacher influence the lives of students and families in your community? If there is a teacher who made a positive difference in your life, we'd love to hear about it. Email us at hello@readnotebooks.com or comment on our social media with more information and we may highlight your story in our next blog post!

In honor of Earth Day—and in recognition of our mission to produce only 100% recycled notebooks—we chose a few of our favorite tree-themed children's books to share with you.

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What you might not know about one of the world's most popular authors.

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See how reading regularly impacts a child's performance in other subjects.

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