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Kanye West provoked criticism recently when he compared reading to eating Brussels sprouts. Gotham via Getty Images

Kanye may not like books, but hip-hop fosters a love of literature

A hip-hop artist and scholar says that while rap stresses the oral tradition, the music is also rife with references to a rich range of literature that spans the globe.
It is not just the number of words that children hear that is important — the quality of the language children hear also matters. (Shutterstock)

How caregivers can help build children’s emerging language skills

Given the clear importance of language skills for lifelong outcomes, it is critical to set children up early for language success.
Parents nurture their child’s development when they tell stories and have conversations with them. FG Trade/E+ Collection via Getty Images

How changing parental beliefs can build stronger vocabulary and math skills for young children

Demonstrating for parents how to talk with their babies and toddlers can improve kids’ vocabulary and math skills, new research finds.
Nearly 80% of high school students struggle to verify the credibility of a source, a 2016 study found. Hill Street Studios/DigitalVision Collection via Getty Images

Librarians help students navigate an age of misinformation – but schools are cutting their numbers

The number of school librarians in the US has dropped about 20% over the past decade, a recent study found. Here are four ways school librarians prepare students for today’s world.

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