Diane is quoted at an evening program with Madeline Levine for Bring Me A Book in Hong Kong

March 12, 2015

“The Greatest gift we can give our children is our attention. Reading and talking about a story creates a strong parent-child bond and is the attention children need to thrive.”
Talking with children about the stories they read gives children the words they need to make sense of the world and better understand themselves. What happened in a story is important, but more important is what the story means to a child.

John Dewey, Dr. Seuss & a one room schoolhouse in Armenia Colombia

March 2, 2015

A one room rural schoolhouse in Colombia has much to teach us about the schools children need to be successful learners. Nueva Escuela’s curriculum is predicated on the belief that children learn best by doing, rather than being endlessly drilled for national exams. It is unfortunate and surprising that Escuela Nueva is almost unknown in […]


Diane quoted in South China Morning Press

February 25, 2015

Diane was recently in Hong Kong working with Bring Me A Book, the leading advocate for family literacy in Hong Kong. Here is an excerpt from an article in the  South China Morning Press “Diane Frankenstein, a child literacy expert, guides parents and teachers in the art of conversational reading as an excellent way to […]


Gung Hay Fat Choy

February 19, 2015

While recently working in Hong Kong I learned about a relatively new player in the world of awards for Children books of distinction. The Feng Zikai award, handed out for the first time in 2009, is a biannual awarded aimed at promoting original, quality Chinese children’s books and recognizing the efforts of authors, illustrators and publishers. […]


Why is reading so important?

February 15, 2015

I am continually asked, “Why is reading so important?” Many people believe reading is important for success in school and they are correct. But that reason alone does not adequately speak to the real importance and value that comes from being a reader. We read to know and to understand ourselves and our place in […]


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