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The Big Read

There’s no shortage of data outlining the benefits of reading for children. In the NEA’s own 2007 report, To Read or Not to Read , research suggested that reading proficiency was associated with higher test scores, and later, with higher-paying jobs, greater career growth, and higher...
In the late 1990s, Kate DiCamillo was working in the children’s section of a book warehouse, earning $4.80 an hour. The job gave her insight into the children’s publishing process: perhaps 5,000 copies of a book would sell, and the rest would be liquidated to free up warehouse shelves...
School is back in session. For you Big Readers out there, the end of summer means the return of our Big Read-focused blog posts. Hooray! Ok. Now for some Housekeeping . (Anyone? That's a sly Big Read reference and this author's favorite Big Read novel). For anyone who missed the...
It's that time of year again (summer!) where we replace our Big Read-focused posts with Blue Star Museum Fridays. Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the NEA, the Department of Defense, Blue Star Families, and more than 2,000 museums across the country, which offers free museum admission...
It's that time of year when thousands of newly minted graduates collect their diplomas and throw off their caps and gowns in preparation for What Comes Next. The future looms shiny and bright, and things like work, rent, and bills still seem like proud emblems of adulthood rather than the...
Wandering the gallery space of The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter , on view through September 7th at the New York Public Library, feels like stepping back into a comforting, colorful, and perhaps forgotten world. There is Alice, with her flowing hair and look of curious surprise. There...
One of Ray Bradbury’s most famous quotes is “You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” If that’s true, it stands to reason that getting people to read would, on the other hand, restore a culture and help it flourish. That...
Next year’s Big Read grantees—whom we’ll announce next Tuesday—had the option to focus their programming around two new books: The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears and When the Emperor Was Divine. While we wait to see which grantees chose what, we started to think about...
Emily Dickinson was, it's been noted, progressive for her time, her time being the late 1800s. In the poem featured below, we see how she skillfully, and slyly, reveals how she's not your typical, church-going woman. After you read the poem, you'll find an excerpt by former president of...
“Dear March — Come in — How glad I am — I hoped for you before — ” Although Emily Dickinson found poetic inspiration in every season, spring for her held special appeal. “Spring to her was the great subject,” said Dr. Judith Farr, a Dickinson scholar...

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