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These are the footnotes for the brief excerpts from the Introduction to
The Read-Aloud Handbook (Penguin, 2013, 7th edition).

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Footnotes for INTRODUCTION

  1. A Nation at Risk: The Imperative for Educational Reform, National Commission on Excellence in Education, 1983, Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402. online at
  2. This was highly flawed thinking because the Japanese economic bubble burst by 1991, leading to what became known as "the lost decade." The collapse had nothing to do with its schools, but much to do with corporate greed.
  3. Tamar Lewin, "College May Become Unaffordable for Most in U.S." New York Times, December 3, 2008, p. A19
  4. "College Students' Borrowing Hits An All-Time High," National Public Radio—Morning Edition, November 3, 2011.
  5. Michel Winerip, "10 Years of Assessing Students With Scientific Exactitude," New York Times, December 19, 2011, p. A24.
  6. The State of America's Children, 2011 (Washington, DC: Children's Defense Fund, 2011), online at
  7. Michael Winerip, "Off to College, Perfect Score in Hand," New York Times, August 20, 2003.
  8. An allusion to the fictional town of Mudville from Ernest Thayer's poem, "Casey at the Bat," at
  9. Claudia Wallis, "How to Make a Better Student," Time, October 19, 1998, pp. 78–96, plus phone interview.
  10. Since their first attempt in 1956 (Dwight Eisenhower over Adlai Stevenson), the only election miscalculation by U.S. school children was 1992, George H. W. Bush versus Bill Clinton. See also:
  11. Jay Mathews, "Let's Have a 9-Hour School Day," Washington Post,August 16, 2005.
  12. Using weekdays, weekends, and summers, the KIPP charter schools extend the school day by 70 percent. See Caroline Hendrie, "KIPP Looks to Re-create School Success Stories," Education Week, October 30, 2002, p. 6; also Jay Mathews, "Study Finds Big Gains for KIPP Charter Schools Exceed Average," Washington Post, August 11, 2005.
  13. On April 5, 2010, Dick Gordon of American Public Media's radio program The Story interviewed Jim Trelease about the time Abigail Van Buren ("Dear Abby") wrote up his book, selling 120,000 copies in ten days, and then had dinner with him. The show can be heard online at; it is the second interview under "The Woman Behind the Mask," with a play or download option at the bottom of the page. Jim's interview with Gordon about having coffee with long-time Dodger announcer Vin Scully can be found at, near the bottom of the page.
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