November Reading Allowed Newsletter

This Holiday Season, We’re Thankful for You!
Reading Allowed would not be where it is without you. We are making a significant impact on the lives of many struggling readers in the Philadelphia area.
Our donors, tutors, and supporters make our very special non-profit organization possible. Thank you so much for your continued support.
Have a warm and wonderful holiday season,
Giving Tuesday is November 30th
A Match Meade in Heaven!
We’re are so thrilled to be working with wonderful students from General George G. Meade School in North Philadelphia. Check out Katie Brindley, our wonderful tutor, and watch Tricia Fussaro, Meade Reading Specialist, talk about why Reading Allowed’s work is so important to them.
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ICYMI – Ameer Baraka + His Journey to Literacy
We interviewed the film and tv star Ameer Baraka and learned about his humble beginnings and how his struggles with reading and undiagnosed dyslexia caused a downward spiral to life on the streets and then to prison. View his inspiring story below.
Some Things Are Worth Repeating
As we’ve mentioned before, Emily Hanford (pictured above) is quite something. She launched a series of articles and podcasts eloquently explaining why the work we are doing at Reading Allowed is so vital. Emily notes:
 “Family income matters, because if a school isn’t teaching a child how to read, there are other options such as paying for tutors or private schools. Race matters, because white children are significantly more likely to go to public schools where more kids are successful with reading; that means when white kids struggle, their reading problems tend to stand out and get attention. And if a child has a reading disability, a white child is much more likely to get special education services.
The downward spiral that can start with early reading problems is a source of profound inequality in our society. This could be prevented if more educators and policymakers understood what cognitive scientists have figured out over the past several decades about what’s going on when kids struggle with reading.”
Supreme Spotlight
by Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court
This is a kind and caring book about the differences that make each of us unique. Feeling different, especially as a kid, can be tough. But in the same way that different types of plants and flowers make a garden more beautiful and enjoyable, different types of people make our world more vibrant and wonderful.
Using her own experience as a child who was diagnosed with diabetes, Justice Sotomayor writes about children with all sorts of challenges—and looks at the special powers those kids have
as well.
Books You’ll Want to Gobble up This Month
by Lisa Wheeler
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In this hilarious holiday tale, a pair of turkey parents admire their son, Turk: “He’s a dancer.””He’s an athlete.” But his brother Runt knows that as the best turkey on the farm, his brother Turk is destined to be dinner. Even though no one ever listens to him, Runt is determined to save his brother.
by Wendy Silvano
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As Thanksgiving Day approaches, Turkey nervously makes a series of costumes, disguising himself as other farm animals in hopes that he can avoid being served as Thanksgiving dinner.
by Melissa Sweet
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This is a picture book about Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, but that’s on the macro level. There is also a wonderful personal story here as Sweet introduces Tony Sarg, a boy who loved puppets and grew up to create them for one of the world’s most famous parades.
by Alice Hemming
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 K – Gr. 3
A confused squirrel overreacts to the falling autumn leaves. Relaxing on a tree branch, Squirrel admires the red, gold, and orange leaves. Suddenly Squirrel screams, “One of my leaves is…MISSING!” Squirrel’s wildly dramatic, misguided, and hyper-possessive reaction to a routine seasonal event becomes a rib-tickling farce.
by Oge Mora
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Everyone in the neighborhood dreams of a taste of Omu’s delicious stew! One by one, they follow their noses toward the scrumptious scent. And one by one, Omu offers a portion of her meal. Soon the pot is empty. Has she been so generous that she has nothing left for herself?
by Phyllis Alsdurf
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Each year, one group of family and friends treks into the woods to set up an outdoor Thanksgiving. This real-life story encourages kids to think about new ways to celebrate the holiday.
by Nikki Grimes
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This thematic poetry collection lends the “attitude of gratitude”relevance beyond Thanksgiving Day. The 16 entries encompass many ways of expressing appreciation, including letters, thoughtful gestures, even sign language.
by Jacqueline Jules
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America is made up of people from many cultures and traditions. While many of them celebrate Thanksgiving, they don’t all do it with turkey and pumpkin pie. Kids from families with different traditions will really adore this warm story about “the right way” to celebrate a classic American holiday.
by P. J. Lynch
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Not everyone aboard the Mayflower was a pilgrim seeking religious freedom. John Howland boarded the ship as a teenage indentured servant. This tale brings the story of the first hard year at Plymouth to life.
Not Just Any Tuesday – It’s Giving Tuesday
Reading Allowed participates in the United Way’s Donor Choice Program. Our Donor Code is 55108
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