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You and What Army?

Is the Problem Reading, Books, or… The other day I mentioned the Horn Book special issue on boy and girl reading. Well I got around to reading Roger Sutton’s long interview with Jon Scieszca, and Jon said many things that I agree with, in fact have said in other times and places myself. One thread […]

Ups and Downs

What Does a Decline Mean? I see that that the latest SAT results show a nationwide decline in reading, math, and in the new writing. In late August the College Board anounced that 2007 results showed average reading scores down from 503 to 502 (on a scale of the familiar 800), math down from 518 to […]

Starting From…

Average or Heroic? Jeanine Atkins’s post got me to thinking. She makes the interesting point that, to her, and perhaps as a useful starting point for picture book nonfiction, she tends to begin with the life, the experience, the outlook of the average person (the reader in effect) and leads from there to the inspiring, fascinating […]