“This week promotes improving literacy for children of all ages. The week demonstrates to youth the importance of reading. It also promotes a variety of media to choose from.”


Literacy is important. Unfortunately, education is not made equally available to everyone in the world. This needs to be rectified. One way, is to encourage the love for literature in all children while reminding them of the privilege reading is.

National Young Readers WEEK begins on Monday of the 2nd Full week in November. This observance was founded by Pizza Hut and the Library of Congress in 1985 to help encourage reading in our youth. It is a time when schools and libraries everywhere amp up their challenge to increase literacy.

The 2nd Tuesday in November is National Young Readers DAY.

ORIGINAL POST by J.M. Northup on Nov 1, 2022: The 2nd Week of November Belongs to Young Readers

Reading isn’t always easy. It is a practiced skill. You have to remember you are exercising your mind just like you do any other aspect of your body. You have to work on it, like you do with basketball (body) or art (mind) or meditation (soul).

Reading is a vital part of development. Reading with your child helps to open communication, evolve imagination, improve vocabulary & language, teach kids about the world while instilling empathy… Literacy is about more than reading. That is why it matters. So, let’s celebrate it!

ORIGINAL POST by J.M. Northup in Feb 27, 2021 : Literacy Is About More Than Reading

“While there were no differences across mediums when students identified the main idea of the text, students recalled key points linked to the main idea and other relevant information better when engaged with print. No differences in reading outcomes or calibration were found for newspaper or book excerpts.”

Reading Across Mediums: Effects of Reading Digital and Print Texts on Comprehension and Calibration

The way we read does affect how we learn and grow. Therefore, it is important to seek balance in all we do. Reading digitally gives us benefits, such as reading speed, availability of data, and even storage. Print (whether books, magazines, or periodicals) gives us a stronger attention span and challenges our long-term critical thinking on the subject matter.

“Both shorter reading times and poorer calibration for digital than for printed texts are consistent with the shallowing hypothesis (Annisette & Lafreniere, 2017) used to explain the comprehension advantages of printed texts. The foundation of this hypothesis was eloquently described by Carr (2011) in this way:

… when we go online, we enter an environment that promotes cursory reading, hurried and distracted thinking, and superficial learning. It’s possible to think deeply while surfing the Net, just as it’s possible to think shallowly while reading a book, but that’s not the type of thinking the technology encourages and rewards (p. 116).

In other words, the shallowing hypothesis is built on the premise that people’s use of digital media, including the Internet, typically involves quick interactions driven by immediate rewards. Over time, such interactions may establish a habit of mind that leads people to process digital texts more shallowly and superficially than printed texts. More generally, this habit of mind may constrain performance of more challenging tasks requiring sustained attention, of which text comprehension is only one example (Annisette & Lafreniere, 2017; see also, Delgado et al., 2018Latini et al., 2019).”

Does reading medium affect processing and integration of textual and pictorial information? A multimedia eye-tracking study
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