Critical Linking: June 28, 2014

With the increased recognition that an important part of brain development occurs within the first three years of a child’s life, and that reading to children enhances vocabulary and other important communication skills, the group, which represents 62,000 pediatricians across the country, is asking its members to become powerful advocates for reading aloud, every time a baby visits the doctor.

Librarians, educators, and other reading advocates have been saying this since the dawn of time, but it’s nice to see that the American Academy of Pediatrics is officially making this conversation about reading to babies a regular part of a doctor’s visit.

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Libraries across the United States can now access the entire catalog of ebooks published by Simon & Schuster. The announcement concludes a pilot program the publisher had conducted with twenty library systems.

You should soon be able to borrow Simon & Schuster ebooks from your library. As seems to be the way of things turning now, too, there will be an option for library users to also purchase those ebooks through the library’s ebook portal.

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It’s impossible to predict it in advance, though that’s what we’re about to try to do, because the book of the summer is a surprise by definition.Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows came out in July 2007 and sold through the roof, but it wasn’t the book of the summer because everybody saw it coming. What really makes a book of the summer is when we surprise ourselves. It’s not just about being fascinated by a book. It’s about being fascinated by the fact that we’re fascinated.

Time Magazine is taking a few stabs at what they believe THE book of summer 2014 could be in pro/con style. Hey…here’s some books to pile onto your to-read list.

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