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Give a Third Grader a Book

A&M Writing and Publishing, along with M.C. Tillson, is launching a campaign to get books into the hands of third graders—and keep them there. The program, affectionately known by Ms. Tillson as the “Muffin Project” because of its relationship to

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The Right Words Make a Difference

Nike has used this classic image and slogan since 1988.

If you say “can’t,” but you mean “won’t,” it’s not the same thing. If you say “everybody,” but you mean “some people I know,” that’s different too. The words matter. When words are what you work with, you learn to

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Network Neutrality…at Last

High-speed internet service can now be defined as a utility says the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. With this ruling, high-speed internet service will be under the regulation of the F.C.C. (rather than broadcast and

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Talk, Sing, Read…and Don’t Stop

The First5California campaign ( tells us that it’s never too early to start reading to our children. That’s music to the ears of those of us in the reading business. (First5California also encourages singing and talking to your youngest family

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How Do YOU Learn?

Doodling and learning

Browsing the North Carolina Reading Association website the other day, I stopped to check out Lois Huffman’s post, “Watch and Learn More about Literacy,”where she shares six of her favorite TED talks. I love the talks she chose (and just

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So Far, So Good

My favorite post so far this year (granted, there aren’t that many yet) is by Eric Sim “What Education We Need in 2016” and points out the huge gap in today’s education system between what is taught and what still

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A Present for You!

(Spoiler Alert: It’s a Book!) Every area of life is made better by the ability to read. If you’re reading this, then someone, at some point, helped you learn how. Someone practiced with you, someone read to you, and someone

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Happy Holidays?


It’s hard sometimes to offer greetings of the season with any sort of sincerity. Who am I kidding? It’s hard most of the time. Pick your own bit of news or situation that has you shaking your head. There’s plenty

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Welcome to the Secret on Bald Head Island!

We’re excited to announce the availability of M.C. Tillson’s The Secret on Bald Head Island—the third and final book in the North Carolina Lighthouse Adventures series. A trilogy that started with the Oak Island Lighthouse in Tillson’s The Mystery of

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Books and Booksellers: Independents in the Heartland

A&M attended a great event this past weekend. Accompanied by the proprietress of Grandpa’s Barn (our favorite independent book store) A&M attended the Heartland Fall Forum for independent book sellers in both the Midwest and Great Lakes areas. As a

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California Lighthouse Adventures

Earth’s crammed with heaven…

“Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God,
But only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round and pluck blackberries.”

Elizabeth Barrett Browning