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Why Writing By Hand Beats Typing for Thinking and Learning (opens in a new window)


May 24, 2024

The laborious process of tracing out our thoughts, letter by letter, on the page is becoming a relic of the past in our screen-dominated world, but giving up this slower, more tactile way of expressing ourselves may come at a significant cost, according to a growing body of research that’s uncovering the surprising cognitive benefits of taking pen to paper, or even stylus to iPad — for both children and adults.

2024 Summer Reading: Middle School (opens in a new window)

The Horn Book

May 03, 2024

Need suggestions for beach reading or books to bring to summer camp? Each of our lists — for all age ranges and including fiction, nonfiction, folklore, and poetry — includes thirteen selections (a baker’s dozen!), all published 2023–2024 and ideal for the season. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion.

Get Outside! Outdoor Programming for Tweens and Teens (opens in a new window)

School Library Journal

May 03, 2024

An AZ library has taken teens out the library, into the mountains, and onto the trail through their Get Out programming. The library has offered outdoor events incorporating survival skills, trail safety, kayaking, and camping, as well as horse therapy, outdoor yoga, pickleball, and disc golf—all geared to provide more out-of-doors experiences for tweens and teens still recovering from the mental and physical toll of the ­COVID-19 pandemic.