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Dragon stories for kids: My Father’s Dragon

“My Father’s Dragon” by Ruth Stiles Gannet is one our favorite dragon stories for kids. Melissa Gaynor  from Sweet on Books explains why: What You Need to Know: • Although it was written more than 50 years ago, My Father’s dragon succeeds in keeping today’s readers intrigued and involved in the story. • It is an exciting read-aloud for younger readers…

What’s The Difference Between Children’s Books In China And The U.S.?

By Nurith Aizenman for NPR.org What are the hidden messages in the storybooks we read to our kids? That’s a question that may occur to parents as their children dive into the new books that arrived over the holidays. And it’s a question that inspired a team of researchers to set up a study. Specifically, they wondered how the lessons varied…

Ask Dr. Blank: What are the benefits of dual language programs?

Dual language programs have undergone a major transformation over the past few decades. They have their roots in the bilingual programs initiated in the 1960’s which were aimed at children from immigrant families who were not proficient in English. The goal was to provide instruction in their native languages while they were learning English. In other words, the programs did…

Investors Urge Apple to Do More to Protect Children From Smartphone Addiction

By Tim Hardwick for MacRumors.com Apple should do more to reduce growing smartphone addiction among children, said two major investors on Monday (via USA Today). In an open letter to the tech giant, New York-based Jana Partners LLC and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System wrote of their increasing concern about the effects of mobile devices and social media on youngsters, urging Apple to…

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