The Seed of Joy, and Reading for Kids Who Hate Reading

The Seed of Joy, and Reading for Kids Who Hate Reading By Kelly Winters, Author of Jacob and the Bee Man and Jacob's Trouble [Input by Priya Minhas]   Every child – every person – is born with a seed of their future joy and happiness inside them, and if you watch a child carefully – or if you…
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7 Fantasy Stories To Keep Reluctant Readers Engaged This Summer

For teens who struggle with reading, keeping up with reading practice over the summer vacation can feel like a chore. The following are some of our most popular fantasy and science fiction stories written specifically with the goal of being accessible and engaging for below grade level readers beyond elementary school. Share our picks with…
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Story Shares Pilot Studies

Story Shares Pilot Studies We are piloting the Story Shares platform in schools and programs across the country. The Story Shares pilot studies enable us to gather feedback on our literacy solution, which will inform future development and help us to continue evolving Story Shares in a way that meets the needs of readers, educators,…
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Story Shares and the Summer Slide

Story Shares and the Summer Slide By Priya Minhas As summer vacation rapidly approaches, there is no doubt that students and educators alike are looking forward to a few months of downtime to relax and recharge before September rolls around. However, one of the major concerns that arises from this downtime is the ‘summer slide,’…
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Book Descriptions: Quick Summaries for Some Popular Books

STORY BLURBS We are working to add brief descriptions to each book in the Story Share library. In the meantime, students and teachers can peruse short summaries of each story here.   Jacob and the Bee Man: Jacob is on a tough path in life. When he commits a petty crime and has to pay for…
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The Story Shares Authors: A Sampling

The Story Shares Authors: A Sampling The story-creators who participated in the Story Shares Content are an impressive group, with a range of backgrounds and connections to the Story Shares cause. Whether educators, writers, parents, or students, these talented people have helped to create the debut Story Shares collection. Read on to learn more about…
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Writing for Story Share

Writing for Story Share By Tiffany Jones When a friend told me about the Story Share Contest, I was thrilled and began working on stories right away. Seeing my stories become books was gratifying and the process of creating them on the website was so much fun. Prior to the contest I had written a…
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What I have Learned

What I have Learned By Priya Minhas I joined Story Shares in October 2014, having previously worked with young adults who struggled to read in both Spain and India. Being an avid reader myself from a young age, seeing young adults denied access to the joy of connecting with a story is something that has…
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Story Shares: A Literacy Solution

Story Shares: A Literacy Solution By Priya Minhas The effects of low literacy cost the United States more than $200 billion a year. They directly impact a number of other key socioeconomic issues such as healthcare and workforce productivity. Alarmingly, as many as 90 million teens and adults lack crucial literacy skills. For these individuals,…
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Use Picture Book Art to Write Your Best Story

    Use Picture Book Art to Write Your Best Story By: Denise Cassano On January 17, 2015 in Art Lessons for Kids, Children and Art, Critical Thinking and Art, Inferences, Uncategorized, Visual Writing Prompts, Writing Prompts for Children   Whether you are an artist or a writer, staring at a blank page is nerve wracking.…
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