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Video-kid ideas needed

As you may know, when I’m not blogging or mothering I’m a freelance journalist. I’m currently writing a magazine article about how to get kids who love video games, to love reading as well. One of the ways to do this is to use technology, that has a literacy component, […]

For the Love of Reading
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For the Love of Reading

I’m covering the Reading for the Love of it conference today. I’ve never been before, and I’m really excited about it. It’s a two-day “language arts” conference in Toronto aimed at educators. I consider myself one of those–after all, if this blog isn’t about educating, what is it about? (“Fun!” […]

Family Literacy Day – Jan. 27
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Family Literacy Day – Jan. 27

Today is Family Literacy Day. This is the day! It’s the day you and your kid: 1) Read together. 2) Talk about your favourite book. 3) Listen to a book on tape. 4) Write each other a letter, which you drop in the mail for each other. Surprise! 5) Vote […]

Profile: Boy, 8, active, likes video games
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Profile: Boy, 8, active, likes video games

Parents are always asking each other for book suggestions.It’s a good idea, because what one child likes will often appeal to other kids of the same age and interests. I’ve decided to profile some very different kids and ask them to share their top five books. When kids are forced […]

GKR on Rogers Cable TV
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GKR on Rogers Cable TV

Getting Kids Reading‘s first television interview! I was invited to do a brief segment on Rogers Daytime (Peel Region), yesterday, with hosts Travis Dhanraj and Deja Gordon. It was very exciting – and nerve wracking, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to spread the word about Getting Kids Reading. […]

Toys for the CHUM Christmas Wish
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Toys for the CHUM Christmas Wish

I had some unopened toys that companies had sent me to review. Some of them weren’t literacy-based, so I hadn’t opened them. And others didn’t need to be opened in order to review them. Anyway, I had quite a stash, so I brought them over to the CHUM Christmas Wish. […]

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GKR strategies at work

Last month, I talked to a mom whose son wasn’t reading. She was really distraught about it, and was searching for ways to get him interested in picking up a book. I gave her some suggestions:*Since her son is active, go for a walk and the read signs and ads […]

More than you probably want to know
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More than you probably want to know

Full disclosure – it’s just the way I roll. My friend Julie sent me an article about new US legislation forcing bloggers to disclose when they’ve received products or money from companies they’re blogging about. We don’t have that rule in Canada (yet), but transparency in journalism is always a […]