The use of storytelling for our well-being is deeply rooted in human history, from fairy tales that teach moral lessons, to religious texts that wrestle with valleys of despair and mountains of hope, to poetry that purges the writer’s soul. Recently, doctors and psychologists have begun looking at the health effects of reading and writing with... Read more »
Children’s Book Week has been an annual celebration to boost reading at an early age. Children’s Book Week, which began Monday and runs through Sunday, May 10, is the oldest reading initiative in the United States, one that deserves recognition and support.
This mixed-method study was commissioned by the National Reading Campaign to determine the Aboriginal Access to Reading Materials in Canada, with a primary focus on Aboriginal communities. The thematic Literature Review identified key issues and research within the context of Aboriginal Access to Reading Materials in Canada. The focus of this review concerned library services,... Read more »
In a unique study, scientists who peeked into the brains of people caught up in a good book emerged with maps of what a healthy brain does as it reads. The research reported last week has implications for studying reading disorders or recovery from a stroke. The team from Carnegie Mellon University was pleasantly surprised... Read more »
The Royal Society of Canada released its report on Canada’s “libraries, archives, and public memory.” Prepared by a panel of 11 Canadian and international experts, the report collects online submissions and interviews from across the country, in hopes of better understanding how Canadians are currently being served by their libraries and archives, and the ongoing impact of... Read more »
Authors Richard K. Olson, Janice M. Keenan, Brian Byrne and Stefan Samuelsson review modern behavior-genetic studies of twins to examine the genetic components of reading proficiency. This natural experiment is unique in its ability to distinguish the influence of individual differences in reading and related skills that arise from genes, from shared environments that make... Read more »
Since 2010, the Council of Ontario Ontario Directors of Education and the Ontario Ministry of Education have run a summer literacy and numeracy learning program. In conjunction with the program, Scott Davies and Janice Aurini have conducted a significant research study to examine the factors that minimize summer learning loss and close the achievement gap.... Read more »