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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Pittsburgh, Nov. 12, 2014 – Faculty members in Robert Morris University's School of Education and Social Sciences have unveiled a holiday reading list for children and adolescents that parents can access online.

RMU Recommends for the 2014 Holiday Season (http://www.rmu.edu/RMURecommends) is a selection of “Great Holiday Reads and Gifts for Children of All Ages” handpicked by members of the education faculty.

"As the holidays approach, we wanted to offer parents and caregivers some reading and gift suggestions their for little ones," said Carianne Bernadowski, associate professor and coordinator of RMU's Reading Specialist Program. 

The RMU Recommends reading list, which is updated regularly, is divided into five sections based on age – Infant and Toddler, Preschool, Elementary/School Age, Upper Elementary/Middle, and Teens – and includes a number of suggested mobile reading apps appropriate to use in conjunction with traditional literature.

“Through storybook applications, books can be read aloud by the iPad or iPhone technology or by parents and teachers and children can immerse themselves in the story by exploring the multimedia functions. They can play Linus's keyboard, make snow and ice creations like Elsa, or go on one of Reading Rainbow's video field trips,” said Vicki Donne, coordinator of graduate programs in special education at RMU. 

The current Holiday-themed list features both new and old favorites, including various Caldecott Medal winners. Selections include such titles as the modern classic The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg; the multi-award winning Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story by Albert Whitman Prairie; and Nathan Blows Out the Hanukkah Candles by Tami Lehman-Wilzig and Nicole Katzman, whose main character is autistic. The list also includes a few year-round favorites like The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein.

Suggested apps on the holiday list include A Charlie Brown Christmas, an interactive version of the Peanuts classic, and Frozen, which features activities and clips from the record-breaking 2013 film.

“This time of the year we tend to spend more time at home,” said Bernadowski, “and that means more time to snuggle up with a good book. We hope that one of the selections will end up on every parent's shopping list."