Silent reading might be the norm, but reading aloud has cognitive benefits. So, what's the best form of literature for celebrating World Read Aloud day? Short stories. Here's a couple from Edgar Allan Poe. We chose Poe because he's the one who said "There is a distinct limit, as regards length, to all works of literary art -- the limit of a single sitting. Learn about the benefits of reading aloud. And put what you've learned into practice with a couple of Poe's short stories.
The story of Black History Month begins with Carter G. Woodson in 1915 in Chicago. For our 2024 celebration we're shining a spotlight on Phillis Wheatley (the first African-American to publish a book of poetry) and William Wells Brown (who wrote the first novel by an African-American). Find out more about the origins of Black History Month, these history-making individuals, and their ground-breaking works.
What actually happens when young people read “disturbing” books? Literary scholars Gay Ivey and Peter Johnston have studied this at length. And it's not the baloney banners spout to scare you. Discover the very real benefits.