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August 4, 2016, 2016: CHOOSE TO USE YOUR POWER!

Uncommon Vocabulary

MONACHOPSIS: The subtle but persistent feeling of being out of place.

Education Statistic

Children growing up in homes with at least 20 books get 3 years more schooling than children from bookless homes, independent of their parents’ education, occupation, and class.

Inspirational Quotes 

“We hardly ever realize that we can cut anything out of our lives, anytime, in the blink of an eye.” Carlos Castaneda

“Anything is one of a million paths. Therefore you must always keep in mind that a path is only a path; if you feel you should not follow it, you must not stay with it under any conditions. But your decision to keep on the path or to leave it must be free of fear or ambition. Look at every path closely and deliberately. Try it as many times as you think necessary. Then ask yourself alone one question… Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good; if it doesn’t, it is of no use. Both paths lead nowhere. One makes you strong; the other weakens you.”
Carlos Castaneda

“You must assume responsibility for being here, in this marvelous world, in this marvelous time. You must learn to make every act count, since you are going to be here for only a short while, in fact, too short for witnessing all the marvels of it.”
Carlos Castaneda

Early Literacy Update

We are so thankful for our first party with a purpose. Shout out to our powerhouse supporter, Ms. Noriega, for throwing her kids a tea party with a purpose this weekend! We are so inspired by the speedy ambition with which she organized this event, and by her crafty creativity! We also LOVE the thought of party-going kids realizing that they have the POWER to change another kid’s life for the better. Thank you so much!
Inspired to create your own adorable party favors? Invite your friends to party with a purpose and their $3 “entry fee” will change the life of a child. We can’t wait to see how you choose to use your power to party with a purpose!

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July 27, 2016: PARTY WITH A PURPOSE!

Uncommon Vocabulary

LIBEROSIS: The desire to care less about things.

Education Statistic

34% of kindergarten students do not have the basic language skills needed to learn how to read.

Inspirational Quotes

“There is some kind of a sweet innocence in being human – in not having to be just happy or just sad – in the nature of being able to be both broken and whole, at the same time.” Joy C. Bell

“I was not designed to be forced. I will breathe after my own fashion. Let us see who is the strongest.” Henry David Thoreau

“People with great passions, people who accomplish great deeds, people who possess strong feelings, even people with great minds and a strong personality, rarely come out of good little boys and girls.”Lev S. Vygotsky

Planning to host a book club, pool party, potluck or cocktail party this summer? You can party with a purpose when every guests’ $3 “entry fee” provides one book and one year of e-literacy instruction to a preschooler living in poverty in NYC.
Your words have power. Why wait? Invite your friends to your upcoming “BEERS FOR BOOKS” event and make story-time possible for the kids who need it most.

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Education Statistic
71% of grandparents say reading is one of their favorite activities and 28% of grandparents volunteer on a regular basis…
Uncommon Vocabulary
SONDER: The realization that each stranger has a life as vivid and complex as your own.
Inspirational Quotes
“Most misunderstandings in the world could be avoided if people would simply take the time to ask, “What else could this mean?” Shannon L. Alder
“I’m not in search of sanctity, sacredness, purity; these things are found after this life; but in this life I search to be completely human: to feel, to give, to take, to laugh, to get lost, to be found, to dance, to love and to lust, to be so human.” C. JoyBell C.
“When you have once seen the glow of happiness on the face of a beloved person, you know that a man can have no vocation but to awaken that light on the faces surrounding him.” Albert Camus
Last week, my grandmother celebrated her 100th Birthday!! This week, my other grandmother sent me an article about “Grandpals”, an organization that unites senior volunteers and preschool students through story-time…So what does this have to do with you?
While you may not have a “grandpal” to read to you, you do have a grandparent, family member, coworker, neighbor or friend with a library full of memories just waiting to be read. We learn as children: “respect your elders”. We don’t learn that if we ask the right questions, our “elders” have a treasure-trove of wild and hilarious and heartbreaking stories just waiting to be shared…not to mention unbelievable first-hand accounts of 100 years of history. To honor the power ofwords this week, honor the untold and unimaginable stories of a “grandpal” in your life.

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Education Statistic
In the U.S., 18% of adults have Level 1 literacy skills, meaning they have the most basic, concrete understanding of simple sentences. While 43% of adults with Level 1 literacy skills live in poverty, only 4% of adults with the highest proficiency live in poverty.
Uncommon Vocabulary
OPIA: (noun): The ambiguous intensity of looking someone in the eye, which can feel simultaneously invasive and vulnerable.
Inspirational Quotes

“You are precisely as big as what you love and precisely as small as what you allow to annoy you.” Robert Anton Wilson

“Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.” Napoleon Hill 

“If you have no critics you’ll likely have no success.” Malcolm X

Early Literacy Update
This September, I’m visiting 50 day cares and ordering almost 4,000 books to ship to each and every child they serve. Last year, we gave every child a Disney Collection of 20 classic stories. This year, we are giving each daycare an assortment of our favorite books so children can swap and share up to 100 different titles! We’re ordering engaging books that young kids will want to read again and again, books that make kids laugh, care, wonder and dream. We know YOU had a favorite bedtime story that you or your parents read hundreds of times. We can’t wait to share YOUR favorite books with the kids we serve. Simply reply to this email with a single book title or a lengthy list of books that parents can read aloud to their children from birth through preschool!
Forward this email to any friends and family interested in sharing a book title or donating a book ($3 donation = 1 book).

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Education Statistic
51% of American students attending public schools (K-12) come from low-income homes.
Uncommon Vocabulary
LIBERTY: (noun) The state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s way of life, behavior, or political views; The power or scope to act as one pleases.
Inspirational Quotes
“We must make the choices that enable us to fulfill the deepest capacities of our real selves.” Thomas Merton
“Begin making choices based on attraction instead of aversion, love instead of fear. Where [you] used to think about what was ‘safe,’ become interested in doing what seems right or fun or meaningful or ripe with possibilities.” Martha Beck
“If you are not doing what you love, you are wasting your time.” Billy Joel
The founding fathers certainly had many virtues, but they also had reputations to uphold and businesses to manage. They were wealthy land owners and businessmen whose enterprises would be more profitable once free from British regulations and taxes. The glorified story of American Independence that is taught in schools (like that of Columbus and Thanksgiving) is very different than the flawed reality.
Before the American Revolution, poor colonists rioted against the socioeconomic inequality that wealthy landowners upheld. During the Revolution, George Washington’s army resented the disparity between well-paid, well-treated officers and their own unlivable wages; They mutinied, and Washington ordered their execution by fellow mutineers. To end the ongoing riots and unrest, the founding fathers diverted this aggression to a common enemy, the British. They preached unity while drafting a Declaration of Independence and Constitution that upheld the wealth and status of the white male elite. Maybe this Independence Day should honor the slow steps we are just now taking to give every American the right to live their life with liberty.



Education Statistic
Inmates have a 16% chance of returning to prison if they receive literacy training, as opposed to 70% who receive no help.
Uncommon Vocabulary
DESIDERIUM: (noun) An ardent desire or longing; especially: a feeling of loss or grief for something lost.
Inspirational Quotes
“It was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” Native American Proverb
“Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered – either by themselves or by others. If not for the Civil War, Lincoln and Grant and Sheridan would not have been discovered, nor have risen into notice.” Mark Twain
“We might understand if we knew what it was [you] dream, what hopes you describe to your children on long winter nights, what visions you burn into their minds, so they will wish for tomorrow. ” Chief Seattle
History of Father’s Day

Words have power! Why blindly follow tradition when you can read up? Sonora Smart Dobb was one of six children raised by a single widowed father. Since Mother’s Day already existed, she was determined to create a day to honor her father. She visited local churches, the YMCA, small business owners and government officials asking for state-wide support. On July 19, 1909, Washington State celebrated the first statewide Father’s Day. The holiday slowly spread until 1924 when President Calvin Coolidge encouraged every state to celebrate. Many men actually refused to celebrate the holiday as it was too sentimental and “feminine”. They believed it was a money-making ploy to increase stationery, florist and gift sales. Maybe you know some dads who agree?



Education Statistic
11% of children are diagnosed with ADHD, a 42% increase over the last 8 years. Exposure to nature has been proven to reduce rates of ADHD, depression and anxiety – often as effectively as medication.
Uncommon Vocabulary
OCCHIOLISM: (noun) The awareness of the smallness of your perspective.
Inspirational Quotes
“The beauty of the trees, the softness of the air, the fragrance of the grass, speaks to me. The summit of the mountain, the thunder of the sky, the rhythm of the sea, speaks to me. The strength of the fire, the trail of the sun, and the life that never goes away, they speak to me. And my heart soars.” Chief Dan George (1899-1981)
“What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is in the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself at sunset.” Chief Crowfoot (1830-1890)
“How can you buy or sell the sky, the warmth of the land? The idea is strange to us. If we do not own the freshness of the air and the sparkle of the water, how can you buy them? The earth does not belong to man; man belongs to the earth.” Chief Seattle (1780-1866)
Early Literacy Update
Yesterday, we were blown away by the generosity of donors. In just 8 short hours, we raised $1,200 to donate books to 400 children living in the highest poverty neighborhoods in New York City. Thanks to your support, 400 children, raised in NYC’s subsidized housing projects, will begin preschool with the reading skills they need to reach their full potential. We are very grateful for all you have done to help our cause.



Education Statistic
This 600-word deficit between low and high-income preschoolers becomes a 15,000-word deficit by high school, leaving low-income students 4+ years below grade-level.
Uncommon Vocabulary
PSITHURISM: (noun) The sound of the wind through the trees.
Inspirational Quotes
“There’s a point when you have to choose whether to be like everybody else the rest of your life, or to make a virtue of your peculiarities.” Ursula LeGuin
“It seems that a profound, impartial, and absolutely just opinion of our fellow-creatures is utterly unknown. Either we are men, or we are women. Either we are cold, or we are sentimental. Either we are young, or growing old…Such is the manner of our seeing. Such the conditions of our love.” Virginia Woolf
“If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
On June 15, GlobalGiving is matching 50% of all donations to Word Rebel. As an added incentive, I am also personally matching 50% of all donations.
That’s right…
On June 15, your donation is matched 100%. 
Every $15 donation = $30 worth of books for TEN children living in poverty in NYC.
JOIN US: Forward this email to 15 friends, donate $15, provide 10 books on Wednesday, June 15.
Lauren Martin
Executive Director
Word Rebel
We are proud to be a volunteer-run 501(c)(3) non-profit.
100% of every tax-deductible donation is used to donate books.



Educational Statistic
People with average IQs outperform those with the highest IQs 70% of the time. How is this possible? Emotional Intelligence is the missing link: Self-Awareness; Self-Management; Social-Awareness; and Relationship Management are essential for success. In fact, 9 in 10 top-performers have high levels of emotional intelligence.
Uncommon Vocabulary
ALTSCHMERZ: (noun) Weariness with the same old issues that you’ve always had – the same boring flaws and anxieties that you’ve been gnawing on for years.
Inspirational Quotes
“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” Haruki Murakami
“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” Charles WIlliam Eliot
“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.” John Green
We don’t only want to spread the power of words to the young families we serve; We want to remind YOU thatwords have power. We want to encourage YOU to read to reach your full potential. Words teach but they also move, shift and shape. Words have the power to change your perspective on life and yourself. If you want to stay inspired and informed all week, start with our first book suggestion on emotional intelligence: Don’t let your emotions run the show. Read up to improve your relationship with your partner, your family, your friends, and most importantly, yourself. Read forFREE this week only and consider sharing the power of your own words with a product review!

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