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Mediation through arm wrestling? May 16, 2011

Posted by flashlightblog in Bullying, Interviews, Values.
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Yes. Janice Levy, author of Alley Oops, is interviewed on online radio and talks about bullying.

Obama Proclaims ‘Read Across America Day’ March 6, 2011

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Hidden in the pages of books are extraordinary worlds and characters that can spark creativity and imagination, and unlock the potential that lies within each of our children. Reading is the foundation upon which all other learning is built, and on Read Across America Day, we reaffirm our commitment to supporting America’s next generation of great readers. Cultivation of basic literacy skills can begin early and in the home. It is family who first instills the love of learning in our future leaders by engaging children in good reading habits and making reading a fun and interactive activity. Regardless of language or literacy level, every adult can inspire young people to appreciate the written word early in life. Parents and mentors can help build fundamental skills by reading aloud to children regularly, discussing the story, and encouraging children to ask questions on words or content they do not understand. By passing a passion for literature on to our sons and daughters, we prepare them to be lifelong, successful readers, and we provide them with an essential skill necessary for academic achievement.

–From President Barack Obama’s proclamation marking yesterday as Read Across America Day.

Taking Action Together November 17, 2010

Posted by flashlightblog in Bullying, Values.
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Picture of Children This week is Anti-Bullying Week in the United Kingdom. The motto for this year’s week-long campaign is “Taking Action Together.”

Just in time for Anti-Bullying Week, an annual U.K. event aimed at raising awareness and preventing harassment, a new study reveals that 43 percent of Britain’s 11- to 16-year-olds say they’ve witnessed another student being bullied on the way to school or coming home, with 1 in 10 saying they’ve been victims of bullying themselves this past year. This kind of intimidation could potentially affect as many as 370,000 U.K. kids in this age group, the study says.

–from The School Library Journal. Read the rest of the article here.

Similar statistics have been shown in the US and other countries. Flashlight Press is a devoted to spreading the message that bullying needs to end now, and we believe that education needs to start young. Our books Carla’s Sandwich and Alley Oops contain strong anti-bullying themes and have been selected by the National Center for Youth Issues as Elementary Education Anti-Bullying resources.

Anti-Bullying Week in the UK is a great start, but we believe every week should be anti-bullying week everywhere.

Veterans Day: A Soldier and Children’s Author Celebrates November 11, 2010

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In honor of Veterans Day, we asked Flashlight author and US Army Major Thad Krasnesky to share some of his thoughts on being a children’s author and on serving in the military. This is the first in a series of posts from our authors, illustrators, and other Flashlight folk on the holidays.

"Some people find it odd to reconcile the image of a children’s writer with the image that they have of a soldier. I love being able to create that conflict in people’s minds."

by: Thad Krasnesky

Veterans Day is a wonderful time here at West Point.  Although any holiday celebrating the soldier cannot be far removed from the more serious side of the occupation, it is a much less solemn occasion than Memorial Day.  Veterans Day is a celebration of life and a remembrance of victory.  More importantly for the soldier, it commemorates the end of war.  Although some people think that soldiers long for war, this is simply not the case.  There are violent people in any occupation.  Certainly there are some among the ranks of the soldier.  The true soldier however, the one who practices the profession of arms and is not simply a hired gun, longs for peace.  Douglas Macarthur, a West Point graduate and a leader of character once said, “The soldier, above all other people, prays for peace, for he must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.”  Dwight Eisenhower, another West Point graduate and distinguished leader said, “I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its stupidity.”  Veterans Day remembers that moment in time, when soldiers on both sides of the line in WWI were able to lay down their weapons.  The day that they said, “This many deaths, but no more.” (more…)

Antique Week features Grandpa for Sale August 17, 2010

Posted by flashlightblog in Book News, Grandparents, Interviews, Values.
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An antique shop is the perfect setting for a story about a girl and her grandfather, and Antique Week is a perfect place for a review of that story.

Grandpa for Sale is  a front page feature article in this week’s edition of Antique Week, the top national newspaper of all things antique.  The article includes excerpts from the book, interviews with the authors, and other rave reviews our book has gotten.

For a link to the online copy of the feature, click here.

Grandpa for Sale is Pick of the Week August 10, 2010

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Flashlight’s Grandpa for Sale is featured as Childhoodreading.com’s “Pick of the Week.”   Childhoodreading.com focuses on classic stories for kids with classic illustrations, along with recommendations for modern books with timeless themes.

Check out the full review here.