Talk to your sons about Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke and “Blurred Lines” too

‘Blurred Lines’ is four weeks from being the most popular song ever. However, critics including Tricia Romano of The Daily Beast argue that the song trivializes sexual consent. She charges that many female fans were uncomfortable with both the song and the video. Her article quoted feminists who interpreted the song’s message as being promotion…

Group strives to wipe out Kenyan poverty

BOISE — Caring Hearts and Hands of Hope is a Boise-based organization that wants to eradicate poverty in Kenya by helping orphans, children of widows and those from abject poverty with high school tuition costs, the Idaho Press Tribune reports. Today in Kenya, 56 percent of the people earn less than a dollar a day….

Michelle Witte: “Big Isn’t Always Better”

The following is an excerpt from a blog entry by Michelle is an author, editor, and literary agent Michelle Witte, “Publishing is in flux,” Michelle writes.  “Anyone who pays attention to the industry knows that. But that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. With change comes opportunity, and some of the smaller independent publishers out there…

Blended learning – the convergence of teaching strategies and technology

The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation announced a $5 million grant to establish a pair of Doceõ Centers for Innovation + Learning at two Idaho universities, one public and one private.  The Doceõ Centers at the University of Idaho and Northwest Nazarene University will focus on blended learning – the convergence of teaching strategies and…

Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book By Rod Campbell is a Great First Book

In this delightful tale about a youngster looking for the perfect pet, readers can lift the flaps to see the animals the zoo has sent. New art and a gold-ink cover for this 25th anniversary edition give this classic a fresh new look. Readkiddoread said: You’ll have a basket of fun with this interactive lift-the-flap…

The Common Core: Teaching K-5 Students to Meet the Reading Standards

This essential resource, The Common Core: Teaching K-5 Students to Meet the Reading Standards,  explains the key points of the CCSS reading standards, then aligns each Standard with appropriate research-based strategies, and shows you how to use those strategies to teach your students. Classroom applications and student examples will make this your go to CCSS resource….

Four classic Richard Scarry titles re-released along with a newly discovered, previously unpublished picture book

Random House Children’s Books has acquired U.S. Rights to Richard Scarry’s THE BEST LOWLY WORM BOOK EVER, a newly discovered, previously unpublished picture book. Richard Scarry is one of the world’s best-loved children’s authors ever! Generations of children all over the world have grown up spending hours poring over Richard Scarry’s oversize books filled with…