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Paying Parents to Read to Their Children Boosts Literacy Skills

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Researchers have found a surprising way to help boost the skills of children with language impairment: Pay their parents to read to them.  A new study tested four techniques to get parents or other caregivers to complete a 15-week literacy intervention for their children with language impairment.  Only one of those techniques – paying parents 50 cents for each reading session – led to children showing significant gains in reading test scores, findings showed.  “We were somewhat stunned to find that paying parents had this strong effect. We didn’t anticipate this,” said Laura Justice, lead author of the study and professor of educational psychology at The Ohio State University.  The other three techniques tried in the study were offering positive feedback to the parents, offering encouragement, and modeling to parents how to read in a way that improved children’s literacy skills.  None of these three was helpful, and offering feedback actually had a slight…

Jim Carrey's Award-Winning Children's Book

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 17, 2013 How Roland Rolls, the first book by actor/artist Jim Carrey, recent winner of the 2013 Gelett-Burgess Children's Book Award, is being released on November 17th as an enhanced e-book, according to John Raatz, project manager for Carrey's Some Kind of Garden Media, publisher of the e-version and the original hardcover.
"We've produced three versions," says Raatz. "The ones for iPad and Nook will include all of the enhancements. A third version for Kindle and other e-readers is a more straightforward edition."   The
Apple-based version can also be read on iPads, iPhones and iPods, and on Apple computers equipped with their new iBook reader running on the recently released OS X Version 10.9 Mavericks operating system.
When Raatz says, "all of the enhancements," he's pointing to, perhaps, one of the most abundantly enhanced e-books for children yet produced. Carrey reads the book, voicing all of the characters and the majority of the sound effects. In addition, Carrey and his daughter, Jane, a singer-songwriter, perform four original, fully-produced songs that relate to the story and characters. There is also a variety of visual effects, movements and incidental characters (voiced by Carrey) that make the book a rollicking rich experience for readers aged four to eight, as well as "their grown-ups!" The songs are also available separately in the iTunes store now and soon through other e-tailers.
Carrey is just finishing work on his latest film, "Dumb and Dumber To," the long anticipated sequel to his iconic "Dumb and Dumber." On his occasional weekend shooting breaks, Carrey attended book signings for How Roland Rolls in New York City, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Toronto, delighting thousands of supportive fans with autographs and photos.
How Roland Rolls, distributed by Perseus Distribution, has received broadly positive reviews and audience acceptance. Carrey, who has appeared in 33 feature length films, is one of the most successful actors in Hollywood. 
For more information on How Roland Rolls, and to order the book, visit www.howrolandrolls.com.

SOURCE Some Kind of Garden Media

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