Ground Control Parenting – Carol Sutton Lewis

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Summer Reading 2015

Now is the time to focus on your sons’ summer reading plans. If you have an avid reader, make time to stop at the library or the book store and pick up some fun books for the summer. If your son would rather do almost anything other than read, then you will need to give […]

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The Brilliance of Barbershop Books

NYC educator Alvin Irby is the founder of Barbershop Books, a New York City–based project that puts child friendly reading nooks and a variety of fun and engaging books into neighborhood barbershops, so young Black boys are encouraged to read while they wait for a haircut. With Barbershop Books Irby seeks to connect Black men […]

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Why Boys are Falling Behind At School, and What We Can Do About It

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), an international economic organization of 34 countries, has recently released the results of its global study of gender equality in education, and the news is not good for boys: they are “significantly more likely” than girls to be less engaged with school and have poor academic achievement. […]

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Tell Your Sons: Listen to the Grammy Winning Audiobook “I am Malala”

Last night’s Grammys were full of interesting performances and surprising wins (Beck, what?). No doubt your sons are familiar with many of the winners. But one Grammy award they might not have focused on deserves their attention: The 2015 Grammy (Children’s Album) was awarded to Neela Vaswani for her narration of I AM MALALA: HOW […]

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Reading Rainbow Kickstarter Campaign

Remember “Reading Rainbow”? That delightful children’s series which encouraged reading, hosted by LeVar Burton and aired on PBS from 1983-2009? Burton has just launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise one million dollars to create an online version to expand the program’s reach. When Reading Rainbow went off the air in 2009 Burton bought the rights […]

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New Report: Time to Focus on Reading

Common Sense Media has recently issued a report on children, teens and reading. While the report found here has some good news about children and reading, some of its findings relating to boys of color are particularly troubling. First, the good news: Reading is still a big part of many children’s lives. Young children read […]

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Quick Study Tips for Tests

As finals and other year end tests approach, pass on to your sons these tips for effective studying: Find a Good Study Spot: Identify a place in your home which will be the designated study spot for tests and quizzes. Make sure it is free from clutter and distraction, and is away from noise and […]

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Black Folks Are Missing From Children’s Books

Celebrated children’s and young adult book author Walter Dean Myers has a great essay asking “Where Are the People of Color in Children’s Books?” in this past Sunday’s New York Times. In his essay, found here, Myers responds to a recent report that only 93 of the 3,200 children’s books published in 2013 were about […]

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Summer Learning, Summer Fun

If school is not out already for your sons, they (and you) are counting down the days until summer vacation begins. As you are locking in their schedules, don’t forget to make time for summer learning. As we’ve noted in previous posts, research indicates that children lose learning skills over the summer, and summer learning […]

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How to Encourage Summer Reading

Want to help your son improve his reading skills over the summer? A good idea, since many children lose ground in reading over the course of the summer and start the new school year with rusty skills which can zap their academic confidence. Here are a few ways to focus on reading this summer: Public […]

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