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Spurred by social media, innovation, and dedicated entrepreneurship, businesses have never had a better opportunity to orient themselves towards providing a positive social impact on the world around them. 

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With only a few weeks left before summer ends, there’s still time to sit back on the beach or by the pool with a great book. To give you some ideas, we pulled together a couple summer reading recommendations from a diverse group of business leaders.

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Three educational games you can play this month with younger children to advance early childhood literacy, reading and writing skills, and imagination.

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Celebrate National Coloring Book Day, August 2nd, with 5 fun activities for kids and adults. Adult coloring. Kid's parties. Family fun. DIY projects. And more.

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See how Dolly Parton, Tom Cruise, Taylor Swift, and Hellen Mirren are promoting reading for all children.

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1. Papier MâchéDid you know papier mâché is French for "chewed paper"? If you have some time on your hands, make your own paper pulp with this DIY project.
2. Origami - Keep your craft project clean and simple with this Japanese tradition of folding paper—A few sheets of paper and a good attitude are the only supplies you need!
3. Tissue Paper Trees - This project is great for creative types and features one of the coolest mothers of all—earth!
4. Make a New Journal from an Old Book - This project takes a bit more time, but the end result will not disappoint! A great gift for any mom who loves to write.
5. Paper Airplanes - Our personal favorite, paper airplanes are quick and easy to make.
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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