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By Lynn Maslen Kertell, Bob Books Publications, for The Children’s Book Review
Published: March 8, 2010

Are you and your child ready to take your first steps into the exciting and magical world of reading? Learning to read is very much a process; as your child’s coach and teacher, he or she will need your encouragement and patience. Here are some thoughts as you and your child embark on your amazing adventure.

Signs of reading readiness

There is no specific age when your child will be ready to start reading. Because young children learn so much at a rapid rate, you may not be aware of how much they already know. Some children grasp reading concepts and are able to sound out simple words as early as age 3; others may not start until age 5 or 6.

Answers to the questions below can help determine where your child is in terms of reading readiness:

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: March 1, 2010

March is National Women’s History Month. The National Women’s History Project, an organization whose mission is to “recognize and celebrate the diverse and historic accomplishments of women by providing information and educational materials and programs,” has announced that the theme for 2010 is Writing Women Back into History.  This is what they had to say:

“The history of women often seems to be written with invisible ink. Even when recognized in their own times, women are often not included in the history books.”

With so few books highlighting the brilliant women from our history, I felt that it was important to kick-off this important month of recognition with 5 books that not only acknowledge women’s achievements but celebrate them and empower young girls (our women of the future).