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Mighty Dolls, Mighty Good

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What if you took dolls and modeled them after real people rather than characters of fantasy? And what if those real people were women doing awesome things in the world? Wendy Tsao got to work on this concept, up-cycling the popular Bratz dolls (which have received much criticism due to their sexualized appearance), and turning them into real-life heroes like Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel Prize laureate. Tsao wanted to explore whether or not a doll truly does have an impact on…

Thanks For Being Like A Dad

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Anthony Nolan, a police officer in New London, Connecticut, regularly reads books to children in the area. But recently he was injured on the job and took some time out for recovery. And one of those kids that he reads to had something to say about it: “My mom says [you're] hurt. I’m sad because you can’t read to me. I don’t have a dad — only you read to me,” the boy explained. “Thanks [for] being like a dad…

Trading Tales For Trims

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What do you get when you have a kind barber who wants to encourage children to read? You get Iowa barber Courtney Holmes at a community back to school bash where kids get free haircuts in exchange for reading aloud to the barber during the cut. “I just want to support kids reading,” Holmes told a reporter. A grade-level reading coordinator, Caitlin Daniels, was also on hand to help those who struggled to tell the tales. “It’s great,” she said. “All…

Children Aren’t Coloring Books

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A little ballerina, a mere 12-years old, in Bucharest, poses in her pink tutu in the urban streets amidst pigeons and other urban jungle interruptions. She’s been dancing for five years, works hard and is dedicated to the art of dance, and today, she has a belly ache. But, because the show must go on, she uses inner determination to push on. A Romanian photographer, Mihai-Cristian Andrei, captured the beautiful moment as part of a project he calls “Urban Swan.” “She…

Captain America and Star-Lord: Real Life Superheroes

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Chris Pratt, a Seattle Seahawks fan, had a bet going with Chris Evans, a fan of the New England Patriots, over which team would win the Super Bowl. The loser would visit a children’s hospital in the winning team’s city. Pratt held up his end by visiting Christopher’s Haven in Boston dressed in his Star-Lord costume from “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Then the stars decided to head to another hospital, this time in Washington State. Evans, dressed as Captain America,…

The (Haunted) House Of His Dreams

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Twenty-six year-old Jacob Bailey made it his mission to build a haunted house in the parking lot of Southern Hills Hospital. He and a group of volunteers from Molasky Junior High School worked to get the haunted house up and running in time for Halloween—all with the goal of giving visitors a Good scare, and raising money to go towards further Good. All in all, it took eight months and a lot of work to build the haunted house of…

Interview With Author Donna Jo Napoli

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Donna Jo Napoli is a prominent linguist and author of children’s fiction. Donna Jo, who received her B.A. (in Mathematics) and PhD (in Romance Languages) from Harvard University, has taught linguistics at Georgetown University and is currently a professor of linguistics at Swarthmore College. Donna Jo is known for her extensive work on behalf of the deaf community and was named the 2014 recipient of the Linguistics, Language, and the Public Award by the Linguistic Society of America. Anonymous Good…

READ ALL ABOUT IT – HOW ONE DRIVER MADE THE BACK OF THE BUS THE BEST PLACE TO BE

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A school bus driver in Jamestown, North Carolina, wanted to do a good deed for one small boy who was afraid to ride the bus with the big kids.  She approached one of the older kids and asked if she would sit with the boy and read to him on the bus ride.  Soon, the boy’s tears dried up and he was enjoying the ride. Her students call her Ms. Tish, and her reading plan worked so well she decided…