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  1. Neil Gaiman Reveals How He Horrified His Daughter In Reading Rainbow Interview

    Are you kidding me, Gaiman? You gave her THAT book?

    The amazing thing about Neil Gaiman is that his work transcends generations. Between his novels for adults and his children's books, there is something Gaiman for people of all ages. So, what better person to be an advocate for a new generation of young readers being introduced to the wonderful world of books through the new, digital Reading Rainbow?

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  2. James Patterson’s New Book Is a Literal Bomb, Must Be Read in 24 Hours Before it Self-Destructs

    Brace yourselves, Dads of America!

    As someone who grew up stuffing Harry Potter books into my eye-holes overnight to avoid anyone spoiling the ending, I (and many other members of my nerdy generation) am no stranger to pressure-filled speed reading. That being said, I don't know if I could handle the stress of James Patterson's upcoming thriller Private Vegas.

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  3. This Is Your Brain On Hogwarts: Researchers Study How Reading Harry Potter Affects Neural Activity

    Most Muggles only use 10% of their brain?

    In research published last Wednesday in PLoS One, scientists from Carnegie Mellon University have revealed they can predict with an impressive 74% accuracy the neural pattern that will be produced by reading specific passages in The Sorcerer's Stone.

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  4. This Little Girl Loves Books SO MUCH. Let’s All Love Books With Her.

    Little girls slayin'

    Holy cow, eight-year-old Madison from Cleveland really loves books. Let her win you over in the first ten seconds and then blow your mind at 1:30 and 2:15. Madison 2016. Madison forever.

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  5. Pizza Hut Has Introduced A BOOK IT Alumni Program For Adults

    MOUNTAIN DEW AND BREADSTICKS ON ME!

    Pizza Hut is celebrating 30 years of their "BOOK IT" program. WHAT? Crazy, I know. But that means those of us who remember it fondly get a free pizza. AND YOU DON'T EVEN HAVE TO READ ANY BOOKS! Wait...I actually liked that part!

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  6. Survey Shows Millennials Read Just As Much Or More Than Older Adults

    Thanks, LeVar!

    FELLOWLENNIALS! Look up from your Twittering and rejoice: the PEW Research Center believes our generation has the same healthy love of reading as our ancestors. Heck, we even use the library!

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  7. Singapore Library Destroying LGBT-Friendly Childrens Books At Homophobe’s Request

    Sir, I believe you are overdue.

    In spite of protests and petitions from over four thousand concerned patrons, the Singapore National Library Board is moving ahead on plans to pulp three picture-books that depict non-traditional families--all at the urging of a single bigot.

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  8. You Only Have Three Hours Left to Prove You’re Not a Horrible Person By Donating to the Reading Rainbow Kickstarter

    Didn't donate? You monster! Do you hate joy?

    The Reading Rainbow Kickstarter has seen some good times: Smashing through its $1 million goal in less than a day, which caused LeVar Burton to break down in tears. Getting some cool Star Trek and Veronica Mars-related rewards. Seth MacFarlane doing a thing you actually like: promising to donate $1 million of his own if the campaign makes it to $5 million, which, oh yeah, it already did. And now you have mere hours left to donate, so get to it!

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  9. Judy Blume Has A Reminder For All Of Us: Read Whatever You Want

    Are you there, God? It's me, the voice of reason.

    The woman who taught me about boobs, boys and periods shared sage words earlier this month on the value of books and the ability of children to "self-censor" themselves when reading mature material. If my third-grade experience of the masturbation scene in Deenie is any indication, the Grand Dame of YA is absolutely right.

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  10. City Shuts Down Free Library Built By Nine-Year-Old

    Someone call Leslie Knope immediately.

    Just look at this picture. Look at this little boy and his little home-made library and the great big potential for learning and imagination it contains.

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  11. Reading Rainbow Kickstarter Breaks $1 Million In A Day, LeVar Burton Breaks Down In Tears [VIDEO]

    Awwwwww

    LeVar Burton blew the internet away yesterday when he published a Kickstarter for a relaunched Reading Rainbow. And then the internet blew LeVar Burton away and gave him $1 million in 11 hours. Grab some tissues and watch his reaction. For the record, it's currently sitting around $1.8 million. Hooray!! (via Geekosystem) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  12. Guys, LeVar Burton Needs Our Help Bringing Reading Rainbow Back [VIDEO]

    Vital Information for Your Everyday Life

    May 28th, 2014: Birds are singing, the sun is shining, and there's a Kickstarter campaign to bring Reading Rainbow back. Its new incarnation won't be the same as it was before Satan reached up from Hell and cancelled it in 2009. Instead of a half-hour TV show, it'll be a series of video field trips and interactive kids books better suited to today's digitally connected world. LeVar Burton explains it all in the vid above, but here are some highlights: Part of the money raised will go toward making the new Reading Rainbow free for cash-strapped schools. That Star Trek pun. A completely accurate representation of what it would be like to meet Burton IRL. And the a special cameo at the end. But you don't have to take my word for it. Watch the whole thing yourself. After all, you don't want to disappoint LeVar Burton, do you? Because we know from Community that that's the worst feeling in the world. (via: Geekosystem) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  13. Europeans Wants To Unravel Our Brains, Solve Reading Problems

    When you misspell a word but still use all the correct letters, most people can figure it out without wasting much time. TEH becomes THE in our minds easily, which is why it's a common typo (and a lame Internet neologism). But how do our brains decode so quickly, especially longer words, like "BIMEZO" or "CUTHERAPA"? Well, it's something the UK wants to get to the bottom of, because the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is funding new research on the mechanisms of reading, which in turn could yield solutions to dyslexia or similar conditions.

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  14. Rising eReader Use Does Not Mean Books Are Dead

    Holiday sales figures are in, and not surprisingly tablets and eReaders were popular gifts this year. Amazon is reporting that Cyber Monday was the best-ever sales day for their Kindle line. A new Pew Research poll shows more people are reading books electronically than ever before, and fewer people are reading physical books now than last year. People reading books electronically doesn't mean printed books are dead. Kindles don't come with the stipulation that, if you own one, you have to burn all your books and vow to never buy one again. You can have both, and, if you're an avid reader, you probably should.

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  15. New Font For Smartphones, Browsers May Offer Help for Dyslexics

    A new font -- now available for free use on smartphones and in web browsers -- may make it easier for people who suffer from dyslexia to communicate digitally. Some recent studies have shown that bottom-heavy fonts -- those in which the letters appear a little thinker at the bottom than they do at the top -- can provide relief for some dyslexic patients by making them less likely to invert letters and words while reading. OpenDyslexic is available on Android phones for download, as well as through the iOS app openWeb, which converts websites in Safari into the easier to read OpenDyslexic.

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  16. How to Turn a Page as Complicatedly as Possible [Video]

    Joseph Herscher faces a pretty difficult issue in the morning, he needs the page of his newspaper turned, but he's way too busy drinking coffee. His free hand is busy holding a string, which sets off a ridiculous Rube Goldberg machine that eventually turns his page. Granted, he probably could've just turned the page with the hand that is holding the string, but if it wasn't holding the string-trigger to the page-turning Rube Goldberg machine, how else would the page get turned?

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  17. Netflix, You Know, for Kids!

    Netflix has started testing a new user interface of programs for kids. The separate children's content section is being designed for kids to use themselves. Select Netflix users have been given access to the new section for testing. On the main Netflix site, users who have the trial section will see a tab labelled "Just for Kids" that allows children to select a program based on the character from that show. By clicking on one of the characters, kids will be taken to a new page that lists the television shows and episodes starring that character, each episode is previewed by looking at a screenshot. This is so kids don't necessarily have to be able to read to find what they are looking for. If all they know is they want to watch Blue's Clues, they'll be able to make that choice by recognizing the puppy's picture.

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  18. Old News of the Day: Comics Help Kids to Love Reading

    Canadian researchers have found that, despite educator worries that comics are "unsuitable reading material... associated with poor quality, cheapness and disposability," young boys who read comics are more likely to read literature in general, and more likely to enjoy reading.

    This should come as news to all the middle school teachers I had who wouldn't let me count Maus or Tintin books on my reading list.

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