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Encyclopedia Brown

…place. And through the pages, I found myself right there with them, solving puzzles while unknowingly falling for something I loved almost as much as playing ball or drawing — reading. The author, Donald Sobol, died July 11. In the story of his passing, Sobol’s son said his dad never…

Wild Night

…at home. Led by author and designer Tracy Hutson of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” we celebrated the work of RIF and our Volunteers of the Year, heard from renowned historian and children’s book critic Leonard Marcus about Sendak’s legacy, and honored our longtime partners at Macy’s. In an experience not…

Reading with Your Child

…to objects on cardboard pages. Guide your child by pointing to the pictures, and say the names of the various objects. By drawing attention to pictures and associating words with both pictures and real-world objects, your child will learn the importance of language. Children learn to love the sound of…

Reading Passport

…and writes in the title of the book, the author's name, the place where most of the story took place, and the date. The child brings the passport to you—the border guard—and you stamp the page to validate that your child has traveled there.

5 Ways to Keep the Magic in Your Nightly Storytime

…don’t read the last page of the story. Instead make up your own ending. If your child asks for the same story again, have them make up a different ending. Each time you read, the story could end happily, tragically, humorously, with a bang, or any other way your family…

Mary Roach

…interview with the best-selling author When I was a kid, we had a copy of the Guinness Book of World Records. It’s one of the first books I remember reading aloud to others. Often they were eating and often I was recounting something disgusting. I couldn’t help it. I was…

Bewitching a Young Reader: It’s Takes a Lot of Character

…in the first 10 pages, then getting her to sit for 20 minutes is a fight that I don’t always win. But if the connection happens (thank you Roald Dahl for Matilda and Pseudonymous Bosch, whoever you are, for The Secret Series) then her entire experience is transformed. The book…

Markus Zusak

…New York Times best-selling author of The Book Thief, Markus Zusak. In a world where everything seemed lost and dark, books brought companionship and warmed the soul in the bestselling novel and soon-to-be movie of The Book Thief. We were lucky enough to ask Markus his thoughts on his popular…

RIF 50th Birthday Toolkit

…Music Award-recipient), notable children’s author Tara Lazar (Normal Norman) and our event emcee Tray Chaney (HBO’s The Wire)! How to Join RIF’s 50th Birthday Party Live Broadcast Tune into RIF’s 50th Birthday Party at 9:15am EST on September 14th through this link: www.rif.org/50 KEY RESOURCES Here are a few places…

Sky High

…RIF friend Reeve Lindbergh, author and daughter of aviator Charles Lindbergh. Nobody Owns the Sky: How the Book Came to Be By Reeve Lindbergh Some time when I was growing up, I’m not exactly sure when, I learned that my father, Charles Lindbergh, was an American hero. In 1927, almost…