Making the Most of 20 Minutes: 6 things to do with your child before reading

Many children come home from school with the same homework every night: “Read for 20 minutes.”  Not sure how else to go about the homework assignment, parents simply give their child a book while he sits at the kitchen counter, and after 20 minutes, it’s onto the next thing. This three-part blog series is designed to give parents ideas on how to make those 20 minutes more meaningful, without excessive work or elaborate materials. Read More »


Celebrate Adult Literacy Awareness Day on March 31

March 31, 2016 is the 10th anniversary of the Massachusetts Alliance for Adult Literacy’s (MassAAL) annual Adult Literacy Awareness Day at the Massachusetts State House. At 11 am current students, graduates, and supporters of adult basic education (ABE), ESOL and HiSET programs will converge upon the Massachusetts State House in the Gardner Auditorium to rally and be recognized for their leadership and advocacy efforts. Then they will speak with their elected officials to tell their stories of how the field of ABE has transformed their lives. Read More »


Roll out the red carpet for reading

Book Awards
With awards season still fresh in our minds, it’s hard to forget the deluge of pictures, video clips and front page magazine glossies of actors and the discussions about their fashion choices. After the post-Oscar commentary took over my internet feeds, it got me thinking about those whom I admire and consider celebrities — many of them being renown educators and children’s authors, whose work has helped countless children form a lifelong love of reading and learning. With that in mind, I have imagined categories for which I would love to see trophies awarded to some very deserving authors.

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Apply for the 2016 Mass Literacy Champions Awards

2014 Mass Literacy Champions Group Photo

2014 Mass Literacy Champions

Calling all outstanding literacy providers! Mass Literacy is accepting applications for the 2016 Mass Literacy Champions Awards now through March 31. This awards program recognizes and rewards Massachusetts literacy providers who have made significant contributions to literacy education. Recipients will join the ranks of 70 teachers, volunteers, librarians, and other literacy providers who have been named Mass Literacy Champions since 2003.

Award winners will receive:

  • A $1000 grant for program development
  • A professionally produced video for your organization valued at $1000
  • Statewide recognition as a Mass Literacy Champion
  • Visibility and recognition in the media
  • Publishing opportunities
  • The opportunity to serve as an adviser to Mass Literacy

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Free diversity books for teachers

Multicultural Children' Book Day free poster


Help celebrate diversity in children’s books by adding a free diverse book to your classroom bookshelf or school library. In honor of Multicultural Children’s Book Day (MCCBD) which took place this past January, MCCBD is continuing to honor different cultures by giving teachers a free hardcover diversity children’s or young adult book. Teachers can sign up to receive a free book for their classroom through June 2016 Read More »