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Here are the top ten articles for the Reading Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!

1. Learning About the World Builds Reading Skills
Catch the young child's interest in the world around her. Make sure that she has access to a variety of reading materials. Building strong readers starts years before a child ever goes to school and enters the classroom. Birth to age 5 is a critical time in your child's intellectual development.

2. The Amelia Series by D. G. Torrens Review
The Amelia Series, books 1-3, are memoirs that chronicle the sad and difficult life of a young woman called Amelia. The books are a look at how difficult life can be for a child who does not grow up in a loving home.

3. Full Full Full of Love Picture Book Review
Too often the media portrays minority families as sad and broken. This book shows a loving, vibrant African-American family that is joyously spending time together. Trish Cooke's book has simple sentence structure with easy-reader words, positive messages, and Paul Howard's glorious illustrations.

4. Dyslexia Resources
Dyslexia is misunderstood problem. The general public people thinks that it has to do with writing letters backwards. That is incorrect. Dyslexia occurs when the brain does not process visual information correctly. Dyslexia is a specific learning disability.

5. Harry the Happy Mouse Activity Book Review
Do you have a young friend who likes to read, color, trace letters, and work paper puzzles? What do I mean by paper puzzles? Those would include mazes, word searches, and crossword puzzles. The "Harry the Happy Mouse Activity Book" has all of these activities, and it would be a perfect present.

6. Giving Books for Gifts
With the emphasis on electronics, the tradition of giving books has gone out of vogue, at least in some parts of the world. Not so in Iceland. Books are considered a precious present for the holidays. How can you make this sweet tradition a part of your family's holiday season?

7. Historical Fiction for Family Read Alouds
Family read alouds are close bonding times that help children develop a love of reading. Reading historical fiction can give children an understanding of our present-day society by seeing what the past was like and how that led to our present times. This article has a list of historical fiction.

8. Harry's Spooky Surprise! Read Aloud Review
Harry's Spooky Surprise, by n. g. k. and illustrated by Janelle Dimmett, is the best book of its type that I have seen in years. I highly recommend this future classic for parents and teachers of young children. The charming prose and glorious pictures show friendship and gratitude in action.

9. Understood Website Review for Reading
In addition to superb resources to help those with learning difficulties and attentional problems, this website has a simulator to help folks understand a bit of the frustration that kids feel when they have to struggle with reading. Visit Understood.org to find thousands of resources for reading!

10. The Gifting 3 Book Series Review
The Gifting, The Awakening, and The Gathering are books in a series written by K. E. Ganshert for the Young Adult market, but they can be enjoyed by adults, too. This series is a page turning adventure in reading. The series has action, a sweet romance, and is filled with the supernatural. WOW!



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