This week, use your words to change a child’s life in NYC: Throw a Party for a Purpose. Share our February 20th NYC “Beers for Books” event and this week’s “Spread the Word” with friends, family, and coworkers via email and social media:

This week’s shocking statistic:

30 years ago, America was the leader in quantity and quality of high school diplomas. Today, our nation is ranked 18th out of 23 industrialized countries. Close the achievement gap BEFORE it starts: www.wordrebel.org

Words to live by:

“The happiness of our life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: Therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.” Marcus Aerelius

“The last, if not the greatest of the human freedoms: to choose their own attitude in any given circumstance.” Bruno Bettelheim

Don’t forget to build your own vocabulary:

OSTRANENIE: Encouraging people to see common things as strange, wild, or unfamiliar; defamiliarizing what is known in order to know it differently or more deeply.


I’ve had the honor to meet yet another day care administrator who shares Word Rebel’s passion for building vocabulary from birth. Here is her story:

There is a boy in my building who I always see on my way to work. He always has a book in his hand. I promised him if he told me the books he liked, I’d buy them for Christmas. He asked for a series. The store had four of the six so I bought them all and he was so excited. He couldn’t believe I actually bought them. He promised me after he read them to give them back so another child could read them.

I did the same with my son, Christopher. He started reading at 2 1/2 years old. The Doctors said since he was Autistic he wouldn’t be able to, but he read voraciously. That gave me the feeling he could do more than the Doctor’s said. He was able to speak to people when he spoke about books. He could read all of the words. If he didn’t know a word, we’d  go back and I’d ask him to look it up in the dictionary and use it in a sentence. He is twenty-one now and has always been successful in school He has a good job and still loves to read.

We need your help to connect our partners to free books year after year. Share our February 20th NYC “Beers for Books” event. Feel good about donating $35 for a 3-hour open bar when all profits go to Word Rebel! Can’t make it? Be with us in spirit:Donate online or throw your own Party for a Purpose.

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READ PETER PAN for FREE  online or in a corner of your local library.

READ GOOD LUCK BEAR for FREE online (simply sign up for wegivebooks.org).

BUILD VOCABULARY: Learn more color words! Point out different objects and invent or look up new and specific words. Don’t use “green” when you can use “sea foam”. Don’t use “purple” when you can use “lilac”.

TEACH ONE THOUSAND WORDS because Preschoolers who know 1,100 words are more likely to graduate from high school on time. Start by teaching a words a day: DOOR, DOT, DROWN, DRAW, DREAM, DRIVE, DROP, DARK, DID

READ FOR A PURPOSE: Ask the questions (common-core aligned) teachers will ask, “How do you know how the character feels throughout the book? Do their feelings change? What words or pictures help you understand their feelings?”

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