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Forming Opinions

By:  
Tracy Donohue

Posted on: June 14, 2016
A review of an Iowa Reading Research Center tool that helps children form and express opinions about what they are reading.

6 Steps to Help Avoid Summer Reading Slide

By:  
Val Ehlers

Posted on: June 7, 2016
Research shows students often lose reading ability over the summer. Learn how to promote reading for your children to prevent summer reading slide.

Librarian with two children reading

Positive Reading Reinforcement

By:  
Andrew Frisbie

Posted on: May 31, 2016
To develop enthusiasm for and a habit of reading, parents and teachers need to model being a reader, read to their children or students, and encourage reading for different purposes.

Marshalltown battle of the books team

Iowa High School Battle of the Books

By:  
Sue Inhelder
Susan Fritzell

Posted on: May 16, 2016
A breakdown of the April 26, 2016 Battle of the Books competition designed to introduce Iowa high school students to award-winning literature.

Types of Fiction

By:  
Tracy Donohue

Posted on: May 11, 2016
What are the various types of fiction texts available to children, and what are some examples of each type?

Making Inferences

By:  
Tracy Donohue

Posted on: April 28, 2016
An overview of the Iowa Reading Research Center's Making Inferences graphic organizer, a tool to help children organize their thoughts and make inferences.

Infinite Fiction and Series

By:  
Andrew Frisbie

Posted on: April 26, 2016
Book series, also known as infinite fiction, are popular in literature, especially among certain genres. A librarian examines series and their appeal.

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