Read-Aloud Parenting

By Pam Leo March is Read Across America month. Read Across America Day (March 2) is the biggest reading celebration in the country! Ironically and sadly, it is also the month that our beloved Raising Readers early literacy program ends. Maine’s children have been...

All Hands on Deck

By Pam Leo, literacy activist and author “There’s no such thing as other people’s children.” – Glennon Doyle, Untamed When someone uses the phrase, “all hands on deck”, there is usually a crisis and what they are saying is …. “everybody...

Grandparents Are The “Original” Book Fairies!

“Imagination is the source of all human achievement .” – Sir Ken Robinson  Grandparents are, and have long been, the “original” book fairies. At Book Fairy Pantry Project we receive donated books almost daily that are decades old, and so many of them have...

Welcoming Maine’s Babies

Happy news! Take a bow Maine parents! I am so proud to tell you that “Maine ranks in the top 5 U.S. states where parents read most often to their children!” And since parents cannot read to their children unless they have books in the home, we can and must thank...
When Books Are Fun

When Books Are Fun

“The most powerful early literacy skill young children can acquire is loving books.” – Pam Leo One of the brightest spots in my early-childhood-literacy activism is reading with a different first grader each week as a volunteer reading buddy at a local...