Psychology | Education

‘Expert’ idiocy on teaching kids to read is beyond comprehension

Elementary schools in New York City are turning back on the failing results of Lucy Calkins’ “balanced literacy” approach that ignores traditional reading lessons.

Advice & Self-Help | Advice & Self-Help

Treasure Trove of the Valuable, Interesting & Fun | Workplace Coach Blog

Those of you know the blog well know that I normally post 3 to 4 interesting articles weekly. That was …

Advice & Self-Help | Advice & Self-Help

A Super Reader Who Gets Through Hundreds of Books a Year Explains How to Read Way More

Economist, blogger, and super reader Tyler Cowen's advice on how to get smarter by reading way more.

News | News

Oregon Suspends Math, Reading Proficiency As Graduation Requirement

Oregon’s Governor Kate Brown (D), quietly signed a bill last month that dropped the requirement that high school students prove...

Entertainment | Entertainment

The Most-Anticipated Upcoming Book Releases | Booklist Queen

Take a look ahead at all the upcoming book releases for 2020. Find out what the most-anticipated upcoming book releases are in the coming months.

Advice & Self-Help | Advice

Resolved to Read More? Try This Simple Hack

Your social media addiction could actually be the key to making a serious dent in your 2020 reading list.

Books | Books

Elena Ferrante’s Next Book Is Coming in English Next Year

“The Lying Life of Adults,” by the Italian novelist who wrote “My Brilliant Friend,” is coming out in June.

Miscellaneous | Interesting Stuff

Reading Makes People Feel Happier and Smarter, According to New Poll | Mental Floss

Reading even just 15 pages a day can make people feel happier, smarter, and more relaxed. Who can argue with that?

Miscellaneous | I Like This

6 Benefits of Reading Every Day | Mental Floss

Committing part of everyday to reading printed books can make you a smarter, kinder, more relaxed individual—and the positive effects can be felt at any age.

Family & Parenting | Kids

Award-Winning Kids Books Every Kid Should Read

These award-winning children's books are the best kids books for anyone looking for the perfect summer reading list.

Family & Parenting | Kids

This Utah Elementary School Has a Book Vending Machine to Foster a Love of Reading

Granger Elementary in West Valley City, Utah, just installed a vending machine that dispenses books instead of potato chips.

Miscellaneous | Interesting

59 Percent Of You Will Share This Article Without Even Reading It

A recent study found that 59 percent of all links shared on social networks aren't actually clicked on at all, implying that people are sharing articles without ever getting past the headlines.

Gaming | Gaming

How a love for Minecraft can blossom into a love for reading | VentureBeat

Millions of kids around the world play Minecraft, and it didn’t take long for adults to notice something: It has educational value. With Microsoft’s MinecraftEdu leading the way, more schools are using Minecraft in classrooms, having their kids experi

Books | Books

22 Classic Novels That Won't Bore You To Death

Fifty Shades versus the book she told you not to worry about.

Books | Books

8 fantasy novels to read while you wait for the next season of Game of Thrones

The latest season of Game of Thrones is coming to an end this weekend, which means that you’re going to need to get your epic fantasy fix somewhere else, possibly until 2019. You could go back and...

Books | Books

The Best Reviewed Books of 2017 (So Far) | Literary Hub

With the year more than half way through, we at Book Marks thought we'd take a look back at the titles that garnered the strongest reviews since January 1st

Books | Books

The best recent crime novels – review roundup | Books | The Guardian

Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips; The Night Visitor by Lucy Atkins; Strange Magic by Syd Moore; Love Like Blood by Mark Billingham; Block 46 by Johana Gustawsson

Books | Books

How real books have trumped ebooks | Books | The Guardian

The digital revolution was expected to kill traditional publishing. But print books are ever more beautifully designed and lovingly cherished

Books | Books

50 Books Recommended by This Year's TED Speakers | Inc.com

The much-buzzed-about conference generated a gargantuan list of intriguing book recommendations.

Books | Books

The 13 best novels of 2016

2016 will go down in history as a year that changed America’s political landscape forever. And it gave us books that grapple with that changing landscape, fiercely and provocatively; books that delve deeply into the American identity and change the way we see it.

Books | Books

These are the top 100 books of the year, according to Google

Google ranked the top books and graphic novels of the year, based on their popularity in the Google Play store.

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

Empathy by the Book: How Fiction Affects Behavior

The mental calisthenics required to live inside a fictional character’s skin foster empathy for the people you meet day-to-day. And, surprisingly, not all types of reading have the same effect.

Books | Books

9 Books That Let You Travel Abroad (Without Leaving Home)

“A promising debut that’s awake to emotional, political, and cultural tensions across time and continents.”

Advice & Self-Help | Empowering Tools for Growth

25 Books for Success, the Rest of the List

Reading about and applying techniques and success strategies are the best ways to discover and stay focused on your life's journey.

Miscellaneous | Resources DrEleanor Uses

The 20 Must-Read Fitness, Health, and Happiness Books of 2014 | Greatist

We found these titles released in the last year inspirational, profound, informative, and straight-up fun!

Books | Chicago Readers

800 Books Will Be Left On The 'L' For Riders During Chicago Ideas Week

Eight hundred books will be available on "L" stations and trains for Ideas Week.

Family & Parenting | Kids

Iowa barber gives haircuts to children in exchange for them reading stories to him

DUBUQUE (AP) | Children who read books to a local barber have received a free haircut as part of a community event in Dubuque to help families prepare for the

News | Interesting Links

The Rise of Phone Reading

It’s not the e-reader that will be driving future books sales, it’s the phone; How publishers are rethinking books for the small screen

Books | Chicago Readers

10 Quintessential Books Set In Chicago

The Windy City is full of characters, from PureWow Chicago, the free daily lifestyle email for women, featuring the best finds in Arts + Culture for women.

Books | Books

7 (Fairly) New Books Every Middle-Aged Person Should Read This Summer

Now that nearly everyone in the world has finished The Goldfinch, we need some other book recommendations to get us through the summer. Huff/Post50 turned to its Facebook community to find out wha

Books | Chicago Readers

10 Books Chicago Librarians Want You To Read

This is the first year the library has put out a "best-of" list geared toward adult readers.

Books | Chicago Readers

The Greatest Ever Chicago Book Tournament

Between now and April, the Reader and its readers will be choosing the greatest book ever written about Chicago.

Books | Books

5 Book and Pizza Pairings - Neatorama

(Pizza photo: Randy Mayor)Pizza is fun to eat and heavy literature is, well, good for you in a way. It's the literary equivalent of broccoli. You should eat it. A nice greasy pizza will help you digest the prose.But which pizza? Martin Cahill of Quick Boo

Books | Chicago Readers

Best bookstores in Chicago for new and used books

Shop the stacks for new and used books, from novels to nonfiction, at these top bookstores in Chicago

Books | Books

OverDrive Review: A Free E-Book Lending Service That Requires Some Patience | Re/code

Why pay for e-books when you can get them from free?

Books | Books

The Best Books For Fall 2014!

Thrillers and memoirs and stories, oh my!...

2014's beach days are numbered. Time to trade in your summery reads for the best new titles this fall has to offer. Below are 27 forthcoming new books, fiction and non-, that we're itching to pick up:

Books | Chicago Readers

Uncharted Books Promotes Literacy in Community

Logan Square's Uncharted Books has been engaging the community through literary and comedic events since January 2012.

Books | Books

Info Graphic Uses Upsetting Book Facts To Get People To Read

Miscellaneous | Chicago Events

Newberry Library Book Fair 2014 and Bughouse Square Debates

The 30th annual Newberry Library Book Fair kicks off tomorrow, Thursday July 24th at noon through Sunday, July 27th.  Chicago’s favorite book sale features more that 120,000 used books in over 70 categories from cookbooks to collectibles–most

Books | Chicago Readers

Chicago Public Library's Top Circulating Books of 2013

New Year's Day is well behind us now, and we've gathered statistics to compile our most popular books of 2013. The rankings reflect the most checkouts and hold requests during calendar year 2013, regardless of when the books were published. Chic