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Get More Out of Reading

Scholastic's "Bookprints"
At Scholastic, we believe that literacy is the pathway to success and to realizing a complete life. Books play an important role in shaping who we are and who we will become. You Are What You Read provides a unique opportunity for readers all over the world to connect with each other through their shared “Bookprints,” as we celebrate the books that bind us together and make us who we are today. View famous people's bookprints, or share your own.

**Goodreads** the largest social network for readers in the world. We have more than 4,100,000 members who have added more than 110,000,000 books to their shelves. A place for casual readers and bona-fide bookworms alike, Goodreads members recommend books, compare what they are reading, keep track of what they've read and would like to read, form book clubs and much more.

**PaperbackSwap** an online used book swapping club. Post the books you're willing to swap with other member, earn credits when you mail your used books to other readers. Request books you'd like, use your credits to order books that other members will send you for FREE!

National D.E.A.R. Day? (April 12)
D.E.A.R. stands for Drop Everything and Read. National D.E.A.R. Day is a special reading celebration to remind and encourage families to make reading together on a daily basis a family priority.

DEAR time

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I am a big proponent of our school's daily silent, sustained reading program, DEAR. Sometimes to the chagrin of my 4th hour class.

Here's the thing, the single most powerful thing that anyone can do to get smarter and improve their prospects in life is to read.

If you think you hate reading, it's probably because it's not easy. But the good news is, the more you do it, the easier you get at it. The easier it gets, the more you're likely to do it. It's an upward spiral. The more you read, the better you get at reading. The better you get at it, the more you'll enjoy it. The more you enjoy it, the more you'll want to do it- and so on.

Bottom line is that students can learn more, expand their vocabulary and improve their performance in all their classes at school just by reading on their own. So find something that you'll enjoy reading. It can be fiction or non-fiction. It can even be a comic book. The more you read, the more you'll learn. Your learning is in your own hands, not your teachers.