March 2022 Newsletter

There’s Nothing Better Than Getting Letters From Reading Allowed Students such as Jayla!
Please support us so we can continue helping every struggling reader.
Did You Miss Our Recent Open House?
Don’t worry! You can watch it all right here! Simply click the image below.
We would like to extend a special thank you to our special guests Ameer Baraka and Renee Chenault-Fattah for making this virtual event a success.
Stay Tuned For Our Next Speaker Series Guests
Special guests will include Deborah Gordon Klehr, Executive Director of the Education Law Center, and Resha Conroy, Founder, Dyslexia Alliance for Black Children.
These shocking statistics speak for themselves and explain why we are so passionate about the work we are doing at Reading Allowed:
Decades of research have shown us that 95% of students, REGARDLESS OF BACKGROUND, can learn to read proficiently or better with Structured Literacy instruction and yet only 35% of our students and only 18% of Black/African American students are reading proficiently. 
Giving Thanks to These Ladies.
We’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our wonderful friends at the Community Center at Visitation in Kensington. We are so thrilled to partner with such dedicated and compassionate friends. 
It’s March Reading Madness!
Let’s Celebrate Women’s History Month.
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Chelsea Clinton introduces tiny feminists, mini activists, and little kids who are ready to take on the world to thirteen inspirational women who never took no for an answer, and who always, inevitably and without fail, persisted.
By Rebel Girls
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Readers will celebrate the strength of family bonds through the inspiring fairytale-like stories of authors, activists, skiers, dancers, pilots, hikers, humanitarians, entrepreneurs, and more
By Tracey Baptiste
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When fifteen-year-old Claudette Colvin boarded a segregated bus on March 2, 1955, she had no idea she was about to make history. At school she was learning about abolitionists like Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth, which helped inspire her decision to refuse to give up her seat to a white woman, which led to her arrest, which began a crucial chain of events: Rosa Parks’s sit-in nine months later, the organization of the Montgomery bus boycott, and the Supreme Court decision that Alabama’s bus segregation was unconstitutional. Because of Claudette’s brave stand against injustice, history was transformed.
By Hayley Barrett
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Every evening, from the time she was a child, Maria Mitchell stood on her rooftop with her telescope and swept the sky. And then one night she saw something unusual–a comet no one had ever seen before! Miss Mitchell’s extraordinary discovery made her famous the world over and paved the way for her to become America’s first professional female astronomer.
By Laurie Wallmark
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Growing up in Austria, Lamarr acted in plays and explored mechanics before making it big in Hollywood. This book focuses on her creation of a secure torpedo guidance system using “frequency-hopping,” a technology that, though ignored during its initial inception, is found in many personal electronics today.
By Saira Mir 
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The lives of 19 champions for women’s rights and equality are presented through short, inspirational biographies. The variety of featured figures brings home the diversity of Muslim women; different nationalities, races, and ways of practicing faith are on display. Occupations range from author to activist to professional athlete and many others.
By Margot Lee Shetterly
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Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden were four African-American women who lived through the civil rights era, the Space Race, the Cold War, and the movement for gender equality, and whose work forever changed the face of NASA and the country. This group of dedicated female mathematicians used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.
By Jennifer Fosberry
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This colorful picture book follows Isabella as she pretends to be female heroes such as Sally Ride, Rosa Parks, and even her own mother.
By Jess Keating
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Eugenie Clark fell in love with sharks from the first moment she saw them at the aquarium. She couldn’t imagine anything more exciting than studying these graceful creatures. But Eugenie quickly discovered that many people believed sharks to be ugly and scary–and they didn’t think women should be scientists.
By Roda Ahmed
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 This is an empowering account of the childhood of Mae Jemison, the first black woman in space. As a child, Mae dreams big, telling anyone who’ll listen (and even some who won’t) that she wants to be an astronaut. Her white teacher and classmates are cruelly dismissive, but her parents are always encouraging, telling her, “If you believe it and work hard for it, anything is possible.”
By Nikki Grimes
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This biography of California Senator Kamala Harris comes when the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment intersects with the Black Lives Matter Movement. Weaving a fictional story around an account of Harris’ factual biography, Grimes’ picture book makes it easy for readers to identify with the recent Democratic presidential candidate.
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When Pura Belpré came to America from Puerto Rico in 1921, she found work as a bilingual assistant at the New York Public Library. This book tells the story of Pura, a storyteller, and puppeteer who championed bilingual literature.
By Malala Yousafzai
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As a child in Pakistan, Malala made a wish for a magic pencil. She would use it to make everyone happy, to erase the smell of garbage from her city, to sleep an extra hour in the morning. But as she grew older, Malala saw that there were more important things to wish for. She saw a world that needed fixing. And even if she never found a magic pencil, Malala realized that she could still work hard every day to make her wishes come true.
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When young Temple was diagnosed with autism, no one expected her to talk, let alone become one of the most powerful voices in modern science. Yet, the determined visual thinker did just that. Her unique mind allowed her to connect with animals in a special way, helping her invent groundbreaking improvements for farms around the globe!
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