Recipes for Reading

Summer Reading – Some Are Not

By Pam Leo “We embrace the belief that every child, no matter their income level, zip code or the education level of their parents, has the right to learn to read.” - The Dyslexia Project This summer Maine’s children need some “reading magic”! Let’s help the children...

Growing Book Babies 

By Pam Leo I once met a sparkly bright one-and-a-half-year-old girl whose grandmother, my new neighbor, told me that her granddaughter takes a board book to bed with her every night instead of a stuffie. As I got to know her, I became enchanted with that wee “reader”...

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, UntamedWhen someone uses the phrase, “all hands on deck”, there is usually a crisis and what they are saying is …. “everybody needs to pitch in and do the task...

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 inscriptions...

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

“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 elementary...