Books - What are the Best Books to Read?

Did you ever wonder what would be the most valuable books to read? Before you read the best books, the first thing you should do is learn media literacy. It's not how much you know or what you think you know, it's the quality of what you know. And if you don't read anything valuable or important, then knowing how to read will not be valuable or important. The same goes for Math. If Reading does not move you forward in life, it may leave you paralyzed in life. Be careful what you choose to read, you have to know what to read and when to read it. It's not the number of books you read or how many books you read, it's the books you read that made a difference.

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How Long Does it Take to Read a Book? If you have a 500 page book, and you read 15 pages a day, it will take around 33 days to read the entire book. How long will it take to read 15 pages? If you can read 100–200 wpm words per minute, and if a page has 250 words, then it will take 1-2 minutes to read each page. So it will take on the average of 20 minutes a day to read 15 pages. Deliberate Learning.

It adds up. If you're reading speed is 100 words a minute, and If you read 10 minutes a day, you will read a 1,000 words in one day, 7,000 words in one week, 30,000 words in one month, and 360,000 words in one year. If you can read 100 words per minute and there is 1,440 minutes in 24 hours a day. 100 x 1,440 = 144,000 words a day. To read one million words would take around 7 days. If there are 10 million words, then it would take 70 days to read BK101 entirely, that's if you were reading non stop. So if you read 12 hours a day, that would be 140 days when reading only 100 wpm. If you read for 1 hour everyday at 100 wpm, it will take 1,680 days or 4-and-a-half -years to read 10 million words. And that is just reading, which is not the same as studying and investigating.

The average person speaks approximately 100 – 130 words per minute. Based on people speaking at an average speed of four to five syllables per second. Most words are two to three syllables long. 

How Long does it take to Write a Book? Writing 250 words a day, and if a page has 250 words, you can write a 500 page book in less then 1.5 years. A fast hand writer can write 250 words in 15 Minutes on average. How Many Pages in a Book is too Many?

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” Toni Morrison (wiki)

What books are the most important? What books are the most influential books of all time? There is not one book that would provide you with all the knowledge and information that you need. There is not one book that would make you intelligent. But there are books that will change you, there are books that will inspire you, and there are books that will enlighten you. And there are books that have not been written yet, so I feel that the best books that were ever written have not yet been written. So start writing.

How Many Books Are There? - Books Published per Country per Year (wiki) - Types of Books?

It's more then just reading things that are valuable and important, you have to understand why certain knowledge and information is valuable and important, and, you have to know how this knowledge and information will benefit you in your life, and, you have to know when will you most likely use this information and knowledge? If you correctly file in your mind what you have learned, then you will have an easier time remembering what you have learned, and, you will also understand more and know when to apply this knowledge in the future. 

Can You Name a Book? ANY Book??? Almost one in four Americans has not read a book in the past year.

Bookmark is a thin marker, commonly made of card, leather, or fabric, used to keep the reader's place in a book and to enable the reader to return to it with ease. Other frequently used materials for bookmarks are paper, metals like silver and brass, silk, wood, cord (sewing), and plastic. Many bookmarks can be clipped on a page with the aid of a page-flap. Bookmark (computers) (wiki).

What if you Printed out all of Basic Knowledge 101 website on Paper

First you would have to estimate how much word space images use and how much space vertical lists use, and the spaces between paragraphs and the space on either side of the page from the left and right indents at 0.75", and if the headers on top and the footer on the bottom of the page measured from the edge of the paper at 0.5", and if you used a 12 pt Arial Font Size and a 8.5 x 11 inch page.

Read the Classics, Read BK101. What would DNA look like when Printed Out on Paper?

200 Pages in BK101 with an estimate of 20,000 words per page. 200 x 20,000 = 4,000,000 words on BK101. To print out 20,000 words for each page it would take 20 pages to print out on paper if you could fit 1,000 words on one page (500 words on one side of the paper and another 500 words on the other side of the paper) (1,000 x 20 = 20,000.). 20 x 200 = 4,000 Pages to Print out BK101 on Paper. (count the words on the Laws Page). If 5 pages cost $1.00 to print on paper, 4,000 / 5 = 800, it would be around $800.00 to print out. And when you consider the value of knowledge and information, then that is a very good price to pay. But of course BK101 is designed for digital devices, that's when you can extract the maximum value.

Born to Read

Pathways that exist before kids learn to read may determine development of brain’s word recognition area. Study finds brain connections key to reading - Language and Thought Connections.

Reading regularly makes you live longer then people who don't read regularly.

Bibliography is the academic study of books as physical, cultural objects. - Why Shakespeare?

Simultaneous Subject Speaking - E-Books

Women With Books in LibraryWhat book would you want to read if you could only have one book? If you could read only one book for the rest of your life, what would it be? What book would be the most valuable book? Or the most influential Book? How about one movie? Or one music album?

I couldn't choose just one book, even the dictionary needs instructions on how to use words and how to use language to communicate effectively and efficiently. Just having one book would be very limited, terribly inadequate, and extremely dangerous. It would have to be a group or a collection of books, movies, music, games, knowledge and information.

Something that could fit on a Jump-Drive or a Lap Top Computer.

The Dictionary was our defining moment, it changed everything. Being able to accurately define words has made communication a lot faster and a lot more effective. The power of a written language creates enormous potential for all humans on earth. But this knowledge is not shared with everyone, which is why we have communication break down and communication errors all around the world. We need to improve access to knowledge and information. We need to utilize the enormous potential in every human on this planet. A better world is waiting, but it will not wait forever.

The English Dictionary - A New and Updated Version is a Dictionary with Context.
The Holy Bible - Religious Text.
The Encyclopedia.
The Bill of Rights.
The U.S. Constitution.
To Kill a Mockingbird (wiki).
The Book of Elements.
Child Development Books.
How to Read and Write.
Books on Literacy
How to Grow Food.
How to get clean Water.
How to build a Home.
How to create Energy...and a 1,000 more.

“It is the mark of a truly educated man to know what not to read.” - Ezra Taft Benson.

Enter the name of a writer and find writers with similar styles

List of most Expensive Books (not valuable or important, just expensive)

Book Resources - Popular Informative Books - Top 10 Best Books For Inquiring Minds - 25 Greatest Science Books of All Time - The 100 Most Influential Books Ever Written, by Martin Seymour-Smith - The Greatest Books - List of Best Selling Books (wiki) - Lists of Books (wiki) - Classic Books in the Library of Congress - The 100 Best Books of All Time (wiki) - lit.Genius - Good Reads - 100 Best Books - 30 Books to Read - 50 of the Most Influential Books in the last 50 Years - Landers Book Bub - 100 Best Novels - Amazons Picks of Favorite Books - Yale Press - NPR - 2014 Great Reads - Best Books Ever

Children's Books

Children's Literature includes stories, books, magazines, and poems that are made for children. Modern children's literature is classified in two different ways: genre or the intended age of the reader. Children's literature can be traced to stories such as fairy tales that have only been identified as children’s literature in the eighteenth century, and songs, part of a wider oral tradition, that adults shared with children before publishing existed. The development of early children's literature, before printing was invented, is difficult to trace. Even after printing became widespread, many classic "children's" tales were originally created for adults and later adapted for a younger audience. Since the fifteenth century much literature has been aimed specifically at children, often with a moral or religious message. Children's literature has been shaped by religious sources, like Puritan traditions, or by more philosophical and scientific standpoints with the influences of Charles Darwin and John Locke. The late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries are known as the "Golden Age of Children's Literature" because many classic children's books were published then.

Coming-of-age Story is a genre of literature, film, and video that focuses on the growth of a protagonist from youth to adulthood ("coming of age"). Coming-of-age stories tend to emphasize dialogue or internal monologue over action, and are often set in the past. The subjects of coming-of-age stories are typically teenagers. The Bildungsroman is a specific subgenre of coming-of-age story. The plot points of coming of age stories are usually emotional changes within the character(s) in question.

Social Novel is a work of fiction in which a prevailing social problem, such as gender, race, or class prejudice, is dramatized through its effect on the characters of a novel. More specific examples of social problems that are addressed in such works include poverty, conditions in factories and mines, the plight of child labor, violence against women, rising criminality, and epidemics because of over-crowding, and poor sanitation in cities. Terms like thesis novel, propaganda novel, industrial novel, working-class novel and problem novel are also used to describe this type of novel; a recent development in this genre is the young adult problem novel. It is also referred to as the sociological novel. The social protest novel is a form of social novel which places an emphasis on the idea of social change, while the proletarian novel is a political form of the social protest novel which may emphasize revolution. While early examples are found in 18th century England, social novels have been written throughout Europe and the United States.

The Little Prince is a poetic tale, with water color illustrations by the author, in which a pilot stranded in the desert meets a young prince visiting Earth from a tiny asteroid. The story is philosophical and includes social criticism of the adult world. First published in 1943. Translated into 300 languages and dialects, selling nearly two million copies annually, and with year-to-date sales of over 140 million copies worldwide, it has become one of the best-selling books ever published.

When We Were Very Young is a book of poetry by A. A. Milne. It was first published in 1924, and was illustrated by E. H. Shepard.

Now We Are Six is a book of thirty-five children's verses by A. A. Milne, with illustrations by E. H. Shepard. It was first published in 1927 including poems such as "King John's Christmas", "Binker" and "Pinkle Purr". Eleven of the poems in the collection are
accompanied by illustrations featuring Winnie-the-Pooh. These include: "The Charcoal Burner", "Us Two", "The Engineer", "Furry Bear", "Knight-in-armour", "The Friend", "The Morning Walk", "Waiting at the Window", "Forgotten", "In the Dark" and "The End".

Where the Wild Things Are is a 1963 children's picture book. This story of only 338 words focuses on a young boy named Max who, after dressing in his wolf costume, wreaks such havoc through his household that he is sent to bed without his supper. Max's bedroom undergoes a mysterious transformation into a jungle environment, and he winds up sailing to an island inhabited by malicious beasts known as the "Wild Things." After successfully intimidating the creatures, Max is hailed as the king of the Wild Things and enjoys a playful romp with his subjects. However, he starts to feel lonely and decides to return home, to the Wild Things' dismay. Upon returning to his bedroom, Max discovers a hot supper waiting for him.

The Snowy Day is a 1962 children's picture book It features Peter, an African American boy, who explores his neighborhood after the season’s first snowfall. Peter, The Snowy Day's protagonist, wakes up to the season’s first snowfall. In his red snowsuit, he goes outside and makes footprints and trails through the snow. Peter is too young to join a snowball fight with older kids, so he makes a snowman and snow angels and slides down a hill. He returns home with a snowball stashed in his pocket. Before he goes to bed, Peter is sad to discover the snowball has melted. The next day, he wakes up to more falling snow. With a friend, he ventures outside again.

Bedtime Story is a traditional form of storytelling, where a story is told to a child at bedtime to prepare the child for sleep. The bedtime story has long been considered "a definite institution in many families". Reading bedtime stories yields multiple benefits for parents and children alike. The fixed routine of a bedtime story before sleeping can improve the child's brain development, language mastery, and logical thinking skills. The storyteller-listener relationship creates an emotional bond between the parent and the child. Due to "the strength of the imitative instinct" of a child, the parent and the stories that they tell act as a model for the child to follow. Bedtime stories are also useful for teaching the child abstract virtues such as sympathy, unselfishness, and self-control, as most children are said to be "naturally sympathetic when they have experienced or can imagine the feelings of others". Thus, bedtime stories can be used to discuss darker subjects such as death and racism. As the bedtime stories broaden in theme, the child "will broaden in their conception of the lives and feelings of others". Adult versions in the form of audio books help adults fall asleep without finishing the story.

Why are Most of todays Kids Stories dangerous?

Amazon (children's books) - 100 Children’s Books

Prairie Lotus Hardcover – March 3, 2020 - by Linda Sue Park (amazon).
Stargazing Paperback – September 10, 2019 - by Jen Wang (amazon).
Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective Paperback – Illustrated, September 6, 2007 - by Donald J. Sobol (amazon)
Ways to Make Sunshine (A Ryan Hart Story, 1) Hardcover – Illustrated, April 28, 2020 - by Renée Watson (Author), Nina Mata (Illustrator) (amazon).
Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books) Hardcover – Illustrated, January 14, 2014 - by Patricia Hruby Powell (Author), Christian Robinson (Illustrator) (amazon).
The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read Hardcover – Illustrated, January 7, 2020 - by Rita Lorraine Hubbard (Author), Oge Mora (Illustrator) (amazon).
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race - Paperback – December 6, 2016 - by Margot Lee Shetterly (Author) (amazon).
Ada Twist, Scientist (The Questioneers) Hardcover – Picture Book, September 6, 2016 - by Andrea Beaty (Author), David Roberts (Illustrator) (amazon).
A is for Activist Board book – November 19, 2013 - by Innosanto Nagara (Author) (amazon).

Beverly Cleary was an American writer of children's and young adult fiction. One of America's most successful authors, 91 million copies of her books have been sold worldwide since her first book was published in 1950. Some of her best known characters are Ramona Quimby and Beezus Quimby, Henry Huggins and his dog Ribsy, and Ralph S. Mouse. The majority of Cleary's books are set in the Grant Park neighborhood of northeast Portland, Oregon, where she was raised, and she has been credited as one of the first authors of children's literature to figure emotional realism in the narratives of her characters, often children in middle-class families. Cleary won the 1981 National Book Award for Ramona and Her Mother and the 1984 Newbery Medal for Dear Mr. Henshaw. For her lifetime contributions to American literature, she received the National Medal of Arts, recognition as a Library of Congress Living Legend, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal from the Association for Library Service to Children. The Beverly Cleary School, a public school in Portland, was named after her, and several statues of her most famous characters were erected in Grant Park in 1995. Cleary died in 2021 at the age of 104. Beverly Atlee Cleary (née Bunn; April 12, 1916 – March 25, 2021).

Self-Help Books

Self-Help is learning how to develop a new skill or learning how to develop as a person using self-guided improvement techniques. There are many different self-help group programs that exist, each with its own focus, techniques and associated beliefs. There are many different concepts and terms originating in the self-help culture. Your main focus should always be about self directed learning where you are searching for accurate sources of information and seeking guidance from professional sources, as well as, looking for any positive or negative feedback from your social circle that could be of some value.

Self-Help Book is one that is written with the intention to instruct its readers on solving personal problems.

List of Self-Help Books (wiki) - Amazon (Books on Self Help)

Addiction Recovery - Dysfunctional Families - Codependency - Self Intervention

The Power of Now book is intended to be a guide for day-to-day living and stresses the importance of living in the present moment and avoiding thoughts of the past or future.

Seven Habits is a business and self-help book. Be Proactive. Begin with the End in Mind. Envision what you want in the future so you can work and plan towards it. Put First Things First. Think Win-Win. Seek first to understand, then to be Understood. Synergize. Continuous Improvements. Sharpen the Saw.

The Power of Positive Thinking is a self-help book by Norman Vincent Peale, originally published in 1952. It proposes the method of "Positive Thinking". It basically aims at ensuring that the reader achieves a permanent constructive and optimistic attitude through constant positive influence of his conscious thought (e.g. by using affirmations or visualizations) and consequently achieves a higher satisfaction and quality of life. While early contributors in the positive thinking movement had built on theoretical justifications (like Phineas Parkhurst Quimby, Ralph Waldo Trine, Prentice Mulford), the The Power of Positive Thinking made more use of positive case histories and practical instructions.

17 Verbal Habits of Highly Likable People.

Inspiration 101 (motivational speakers) - Great Speeches

Self Development and Self Help mostly comes from self education. Reading a lot of self help books and going to a bunch of seminars and listening to a lot of motivational speakers will only take you so far. You might pick up some good advice along the way and pick up a few pointers, but you will never have all the pieces. You have to seek and consume valuable knowledge and information on a regular basis, especially knowledge and information that gives you a better understanding of yourself and a better understanding of the world around you. When you're young you always believe that you have learned enough, but as years go by, you will realize that you didn't know shit. So don't ever assume that you know enough, because you never will. All you can do is keep learning and know more than yesterday. Eventually you will know a lot, but more importantly, you will know how much you don't know, which should always give you an endless supply of goals and milestones to reach for. Doing all the right things doesn't always produce all the right things. So don't expect miracles and don't get distracted by mistakes or get discourage by tragedies or setbacks. You are on an amazing journey, enjoy it while you can. Working hard is good, but you also have to work smart and not ignore balance in your life.

Censorship - Book Burning

Challenge Literature defines a challenge to literature as an attempt by a person or group of people to have literature restricted or removed from a public library or school curriculum. Merely objecting to material is not a challenge without the attempt to remove or restrict access to those materials. Censorship Info.

Book Burning is the ritual destruction by fire of books or other written materials, usually carried out in a public context. The burning of books represents an element of censorship and usually proceeds from a cultural, religious, or political opposition to the materials in question. In some cases, the destroyed works are irreplaceable and their burning constitutes a severe loss to cultural heritage. Examples include the burning of books and burying of scholars under China's Qin Dynasty (213–210 BCE), the obliteration of the Library of Baghdad (1258), the destruction of Aztec codices by Itzcoatl (1430s), the burning of Maya codices on the order of bishop Diego de Landa (1562), and Burning of Jaffna Public Library in Sri Lanka (1981). In other cases, such as the Nazi book burnings, copies of the destroyed books survive, but the instance of book burning becomes emblematic of a harsh and oppressive regime which is seeking to censor or silence some aspect of prevailing culture. Book burning can be an act of contempt for the book's contents or author, and the act is intended to draw wider public attention to this opinion. Art destruction is related to book burning, both because it might have similar cultural, religious, or political connotations, and because in various historical cases, books and artworks were destroyed at the same time. In modern times, other forms of media, such as phonograph records, video tapes, and CDs have also been burned, shredded, or crushed. When the burning is widespread and systematic, destruction of books and media can become a significant component of cultural genocide.

Cultural Genocide are acts and measures undertaken to destroy nations' or ethnic groups' culture through spiritual, national, and cultural destruction. Indoctrination.

Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel published in 1953 about a future American society where books are outlawed and "firemen" burn any that are found. Fahrenheit 451 is the temperature at which book paper catches fire, and burns. The lead character, Guy Montag, is a fireman who becomes disillusioned with his role of censoring literature and destroying knowledge, eventually quitting his job and committing himself to the preservation of literary and cultural writings.

Frequently Challenged Books

List of most commonly challenged books in the United States (wiki)
List of books Banned by Governments (wiki)

Dangerous Books - Banned Books Week

Forbidden Bookshelf brings disappeared books back to life so that readers may finally learn what those in power did not want anyone to know.

"With books, as with companions, it is of more consequence to know which to avoid, than which to choose; for good books are as scarce as good companions." Charles  Caleb Colton (wiki)

"That author, however, who has thought more than he has read, read more than he has written, and written more than he published, if he does not command success, has at least deserved it." Charles  Caleb Colton (wiki)

"Many books require no thought from those who read them, and for a very simple reason; they made no such demand upon those who wrote them." Charles Caleb Colton (wiki).

Brave New World is a dystopian novel by British author Aldous Huxley, written in 1931 and published in 1932. Largely set in a futuristic World State, whose citizens are environmentally engineered into an intelligence-based social hierarchy, the novel anticipates huge scientific advancements in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, psychological manipulation and classical conditioning that are combined to make a dystopian society which is challenged by only a single individual: the story's protagonist. Huxley followed this book with a reassessment in essay form, Brave New World Revisited (1958), and with his final novel, Island (1962), the utopian counterpart. The novel is often compared to George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949). In 1999, the Modern Library ranked Brave New World at number 5 on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. In 2003, Robert McCrum, writing for The Observer, included Brave New World chronologically at number 53 in "the top 100 greatest novels of all time", and the novel was listed at number 87 on The Big Read survey by the BBC.

The Catcher in the Rye is a novel by J. D. Salinger, partially published in serial form in 1945–1946 and as a novel in 1951. It was originally intended for adults, but is often read by adolescents for its themes of angst and alienation, and as a critique on superficiality in society. It has been translated widely. Around one million copies are sold each year, with total sales of more than 65 million books. The novel's protagonist Holden Caulfield has become an icon for teenage rebellion. The novel also deals with complex issues of innocence, identity, belonging, loss, connection, sex, and depression. The novel was included on Time Magazine's 2005 list of the 100 best English-language novels written since 1923, and it was named by Modern Library and its readers as one of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. In 2003, it was listed at number 15 on the BBC's survey The Big Read. The title of The Catcher in the Rye is a reference to "Comin' Thro the Rye," a Robert Burns poem and a symbol for the main character's longing to preserve the innocence of childhood.

Book Awards

National Book Award are a set of annual U.S. literary awards. At the final National Book Awards Ceremony every November, the National Book Foundation presents the National Book Awards and two lifetime achievement awards to authors. National Book Award for Fiction, winners and finalists. National Book Award for Nonfiction, winners and finalists. National Book Award for Poetry, winners and finalists. National Book Award for Translated Literature, winners and finalists. National Book Award for Young People's Literature, winners and finalists. Finalist is a contestant who reaches the final stages of a competition.

Literary Award is an award presented in recognition of a particularly lauded literary piece or body of work. It is normally presented to an author. There are awards for several forms of writing such as poetry and novels. Many awards are also dedicated to a certain genre of fiction or non-fiction writing (such as science fiction or politics).

Library of Congress Living Legend is someone recognized by the Library of Congress for creative contributions to American life. Those honored include artists, writers, activists, film makers, physicians, entertainers, sports figures, and public servants. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden retired the program in 2018. Libraries

National Book Award for Young People's Literature is one of five annual National Book Awards, which are given by the National Book Foundation (NBF) to recognize outstanding literary work by US citizens. They are awards "by writers to writers". The panelists are five "writers who are known to be doing great work in their genre or field". The category Young People's Literature was established in 1996. From 1969 to 1983, prior to the Foundation, there were some "Children's" categories. The award recognizes one book written by a US citizen and published in the US from December 1 to November 30. The National Book Foundation accepts nominations from publishers until June 15, requires mailing nominated books to the panelists by August 1, and announces five finalists in October. The winner is announced on the day of the final ceremony in November. The award is $10,000 and a bronze sculpture; other finalists get $1000, a medal, and a citation written by the panel. There were 230 books nominated for the 2010 award.

National Book Foundation is an American nonprofit organization established "to raise the cultural appreciation of great writing in America". Established 1989 by National Book Awards, Inc., the foundation is the administrator and sponsor of the National Book Awards, a changing set of literary awards inaugurated 1936 and continuous from 1950. It also organizes and sponsors public and educational programs. The National Book Foundation's Board of Directors comprises representatives of American literary institutions and the book industry. For example, in 2009 the Board included the President of the New York Public Library, the Chief Merchandising Officer of Barnes & Noble, the President/Publisher of Grove/Atlantic, Inc., and others. In 2016, Lisa Lucas became the Foundation's third Executive Director. The National Book Foundation's stated mission is "to celebrate the best literature in America, expand its audience, and to ensure that books have a prominent place in American culture."

American Booksellers Association is a non-profit trade association founded in 1900 that promotes independent bookstores in the United States. ABA's core members are key participants in their communities' local economy and culture, and to assist them ABA creates relevant programs; provides education, information, business products, and services; and engages in public policy and industry advocacy. The Association actively supports and defends free speech and the First Amendment rights of all Americans through the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression. A volunteer board of 10 booksellers governs the Association. ABA is headquartered in White Plains, New York.

Popular Books

Classic Books people like and don't like

Worst Books

Authors Rated Highest

Authors Rated Highest All Time

Authors Rated by Genre

Every School Textbook should be challenged if it's inaccurate, irrelevant or not updated to the current level of knowledge and understanding.

9.8 Million Students from 31,327 US Schools Read over 334 Million Books, during the 2014–2015 school year.

Student Reading Lists should include High Quality books that Provoke Debate and transmit valuable Knowledge.

Most Read Books by High School Students

Most Frequently assigned College Books

Why are school Textbooks so dangerous? The Propaganda of History creates Memory Flaws.

BK101 will soon be one of the most valuable and the most important textbook in the world that fits in your pocket.

Desiderius Erasmus

When Reading a Book, how much reading do you need to do each day in order to Retain and Remember what you're reading? Comprehension and Reading Skills.

Debates - Communicate - Public Forum - List of Public Policy Topics by Country (wiki) - Research - Education Reform

E-Books - Writing Tips - Learn to Read - Documentaries - Life Quotes - Inspiration 101 - Teaching Leadership - Teaching and Learning Methods

Inspirational Books - Books about Leadership 

Graduation Moments: Wisdom and Inspiration from the Best Commencement Speakers Ever (Hardcover) – March, 2004

Great Quotes from Great Leaders (Great Quotes Series) Paperback – March, 1997

The Penguin Book of Historic Speeches (Paperback) – February 1, 1997

The World's Great Speeches: Fourth Enlarged (1999) Edition (Paperback) – September 21, 1999

The Federalist Papers (Signet Classics) Mass Market (Paperback) – April 1, 2003

The Power Of Leadership (Power Series) Hardcover – January 20, 2001

The Power to Transform: Leadership That Brings Learning and Schooling to Life (Hardcover) – March 10, 2006

Words of Wisdom (Paperback) – April 15, 1990

Great Thinkers of the Western World: The Major Ideas and Classic Works of More Than 100 Outstanding Western Philosophers, Physical and Social Scientists, Psychologists, Religious Writers and Theologians (Hardcover)– September 23, 1992

The Greatest Minds and Ideas of All Time (Hardcover) – November 7, 2002

A World of Ideas: A Dictionary of Important Theories, Concepts, Beliefs, and Thinkers (Hardcover) – November 2, 1999

The Saviours of Mankind (Paperback) – October 1, 2001

Leading for a Lifetime: How Defining Moments Shape Leaders of Today and Tomorrow (Paperback) – June 15, 2007

Success Built to Last: Creating a Life that Matters (Paperback) – August 28, 2007

Five Minds for the Future (Paperback) – January 6, 2009

The Logic of Knowledge Bases (Hardcover) – February 19, 2001

The Creative Epiphany: Gifted Minds, Grand Realizations (Paperback) – October 9, 2008

The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything (Paperback) – December 29, 2009

Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative (Paperback) – March 15, 2001

Ignite the Genius Within: Discover Your Full Potential (Hardcover) – Bargain Price, March 19, 2009

How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas, Updated Edition (Paperback) – Sept. 17, 2007

The Story of Philosophy: The Lives and Opinions of the World's Greatest Philosophers Mass Market (Paperback) – Jan. 1, 1991

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature (Paperback) – September 17, 2002

Tibet - Cry of the Snow Lion (DVD)

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance was first published in 1974, is a work of philosophical non-fiction, the first of Robert M. Pirsig's texts in which he explores his Metaphysics of Quality. The book describes, in first person, a 17-day journey on his motorcycle from Minnesota to Northern California by the author (though he is not identified in the book) and his son Chris. They are joined for the first nine days of the trip by close friends John and Sylvia Sutherland, with whom they part ways in
Montana. The trip is punctuated by numerous philosophical discussions, referred to as Chautauquas by the author, on topics including epistemology, ethical emotivism and the philosophy of science. Many of these discussions are tied together by the story of the narrator's own past self, who is referred to in the third person as Phaedrus (after Plato's dialogue). Phaedrus, a teacher of creative and technical writing at a small college, became engrossed in the question of what defines good writing, and what in general defines good, or "Quality". His philosophical investigations eventually drove him insane, and he was subjected
to electroconvulsive therapy which permanently changed his personality. Towards the end of the book, Phaedrus's personality begins to re-emerge and the narrator is reconciled with his past.

Teaching Books

The Teaching Gap: Best Ideas from the World's Teachers for Improving Education in the Classroom (Hardcover) – Sept. 1, 1999

School Leadership That Works: From Research to Results (Paperback) – September, 2005

Teaching with Love & Logic: Taking Control of the Classroom (Paperback) – 1995

The First Days Of School: How To Be An Effective Teacher (Paperback) – July, 2004

Strategies and Models for Teachers: Teaching Content and Thinking Skills (5th Edition) Hardcover – May 1, 2005

Mastering the Techniques of Teaching (Paperback) – 1995

100+ Ideas for Teaching Thinking Skills (Paperback) – May 10, 2007

Teach Like a Champion: 49 Techniques that Put Students on the Path to College (K-12) Paperback – Print + DVD, April 6, 2010

Human Cognitive Abilities: A Survey of Factor-Analytic Studies (Paperback) – January 29, 1993

What Is Intelligence?: Beyond the Flynn Effect (Paperback) – March 23, 2009

Delivering on the Promise: The Education Revolution Perfect (Paperback) – December 15, 2008

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Why Shakespeare? Because Shakespeare expresses ideas and emotions that we still know today and asks questions that are likewise relevant. Because Shakespeare was historically significant. Because Shakespeare manages to eloquently unite centuries of human evolution in a form that has its own unique flair for the slightly archaic yet still resonant. Because, as a figurehead for his time period, Shakespeare provides insight into the past and a starting-point for inquiry into that past. Because Shakespeare helps endow one with an eye for verbal and linguistic beauty that can enliven writing long after the play is finished. And because if you read carefully enough, the works of Shakespeare may still speak to you today.

Why Shakespeare (youtube) - Story Telling - Acting - Philosophy - Poetry

"It does not matter if Shakespeare was the original author, what's in a name?"

How to Study Shakespeare - Absolute Shakespeare

William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English Language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet, and the "Bard of Avon". His extant works, including collaborations, consist of approximately 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, some of uncertain authorship. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright. (26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616).

1362 English Language starts to be used in Law and in Courtrooms where Latin was the norm for years.
1380 John Wycliffe wrote the English translation of the Bible from Latin.
1435 Printing Press was invented.

Shakespeare Quotes Sonnet 18
"Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate: Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer's lease hath all too short a date".

To be, or not to be: that is the question". - (Act III, Scene I).
"Neither a borrower nor a lender be; For loan oft loses both itself and friend, and borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry". - (Act I, Scene III).
"This above all: to thine own self be true". - (Act I, Scene III).
"Though this be madness, yet there is method in 't.". - (Act II, Scene II).
"That it should come to this!". - (Act I, Scene II).
"There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so". - (Act II, Scene II).
"What a piece of work is man! how noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form and moving how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals! ". - (Act II, Scene II).
"The lady doth protest too much, methinks". - (Act III, Scene II).
"In my mind's eye". - (Act I, Scene II).
"A little more than kin, and less than kind". - (Act I, Scene II).
"The play 's the thing wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king". - (Act II, Scene II).
"And it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man". - (Act I, Scene III).
"This is the very ecstasy of love". - (Act II, Scene I).
"Brevity is the soul of wit". - (Act II, Scene II).
"Doubt that the sun doth move, doubt truth to be a liar, but never doubt I love". - (Act II, Scene II).
"Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind". - (Act III, Scene I).
"Do you think I am easier to be played on than a pipe?" - (Act III, Scene II).
"I will speak daggers to her, but use none". - (Act III, Scene II).
"When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions". - (Act IV, Scene V).

As You Like It
"All the world 's a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts" - (Act II, Scene VII).
"Can one desire too much of a good thing?". - (Act IV, Scene I).
"I like this place and willingly could waste my time in it" - (Act II, Scene IV).
"How bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes!" - (Act V, Scene II).
"Blow, blow, thou winter wind! Thou art not so unkind as man's ingratitude".(Act II, Scene VII).
"True is it that we have seen better days". - (Act II, Scene VII).
"For ever and a day". - (Act IV, Scene I).
"The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool". - (Act V, Scene I).

King Richard III
"Now is the winter of our discontent". - (Act I, Scene I).
"A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse!". - (Act V, Scene IV).
"Conscience is but a word that cowards use, devised at first to keep the strong in awe". - (Act V, Scene III).
"So wise so young, they say, do never live long". - (Act III, Scene I).
"Off with his head!" - (Act III, Scene IV).
"An honest tale speeds best, being plainly told". - (Act IV, Scene IV).
"The king's name is a tower of strength". - (Act V, Scene III).
"The world is grown so bad, that wrens make prey where eagles dare not perch". - (Act I, Scene III).

Romeo and Juliet
"O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?". - (Act II, Scene II).
"It is the east, and Juliet is the sun" . - (Act II, Scene II).
"Good Night, Good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow." - (Act II, Scene II).
"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet". - (Act II, Scene II).
"Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast". - (Act II, Scene III).
"Tempt not a desperate man". - (Act V, Scene III).
"For you and I are past our dancing days" . - (Act I, Scene V).
"O! she doth teach the torches to burn bright". - (Act I, Scene V).
"It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night like a rich jewel in an Ethiope's ear" . - (Act I, Scene V).
"See, how she leans her cheek upon her hand! O that I were a glove upon that hand, that I might touch that cheek!". - (Act II, Scene II).
"Not stepping o'er the bounds of modesty". - (Act IV, Scene II).

The Merchant of Venice
"But love is blind, and lovers cannot see".
"If you prick us, do we not bleed? if you tickle us, do we not laugh? if you poison us, do we not die? and if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?". - (Act III, Scene I).
"The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose". - (Act I, Scene III).
"I like not fair terms and a villain's mind". - (Act I, Scene III).

The Merry Wives of Windsor
"Why, then the world 's mine oyster" - (Act II, Scene II).
"This is the short and the long of it". - (Act II, Scene II).
"I cannot tell what the dickens his name is". - (Act III, Scene II).
"As good luck would have it". - (Act III, Scene V).

Measure for Measure
"Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt". - (Act I, Scene IV).
"Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall". - (Act II, Scene I).
"The miserable have no other medicine but only hope". - (Act III, Scene I).

King Henry IV, Part I
"He will give the devil his due". - (Act I, Scene II).
"The better part of valour is discretion". - (Act V, Scene IV).

King Henry IV, Part II
"He hath eaten me out of house and home". - (Act II, Scene I).
"Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown". - (Act III, Scene I).
"A man can die but once". - (Act III, Scene II).
"I do now remember the poor creature, small beer". - (Act II, Scene II).
"We have heard the chimes at midnight". - (Act III, Scene II)

King Henry IV, Part III
"The smallest worm will turn, being trodden on". - (Act II, Scene II).
"Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind; The thief doth fear each bush an officer". - (Act V, Scene VI).

King Henry the Sixth, Part I
"Delays have dangerous ends". - (Act III, Scene II).
"Of all base passions, fear is the most accursed". - (Act V, Scene II).

King Henry the Sixth, Part II
"The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers". - (Act IV, Scene II).
"Small things make base men proud". - (Act IV, Scene I).
"True nobility is exempt from fear". - (Act IV, Scene I).

King Henry the Sixth, Part III
"Having nothing, nothing can he lose".- (Act III, Scene III).

Taming of the Shrew
"I 'll not budge an inch". - (Induction, Scene I).

Timon of Athens
"We have seen better days". - (Act IV, Scene II).

Julius Caesar
"Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears; I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him". - (Act III, Scene II).
"But, for my own part, it was Greek to me". - (Act I, Scene II).
"A dish fit for the gods". - (Act II, Scene I).
"Cry "Havoc," and let slip the dogs of war". - (Act III, Scene I).
"Et tu, Brute!" - (Act III, Scene I).
"Men at some time are masters of their fates: The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings". - (Act I, Scene II).
"Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more". - (Act III, Scene II).
"Beware the ides of March". - (Act I, Scene II).
"This was the noblest Roman of them all". - (Act V, Scene V).
"When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept: Ambition should be made of sterner stuff". - (Act III, Scene II).
"Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look; He thinks too much: such men are dangerous". (Act I, Scene II).
"For Brutus is an honourable man; So are they all, all honourable men". - (Act III, Scene II).
"As he was valiant, I honor him; but, as he was ambitious, I slew him" . - (Act III, Scene II).
"Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once. Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, it seems to me most strange that men should fear; Seeing that death, a necessary end, will come when it will come". - (Act II, Scene II).

"There 's daggers in men's smiles". - (Act II, Scene III).
"what 's done is done".- (Act III, Scene II).
"I dare do all that may become a man; Who dares do more is none". - (Act I, Scene VII).
"Fair is foul, and foul is fair". - (Act I, Scene I).
"I bear a charmed life". - (Act V, Scene VIII).
"Yet do I fear thy nature; It is too full o' the milk of human kindness." - (Act I, Scene V).
"Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood clean from my hand? No, this my hand will rather the multitudinous seas incarnadine, making the green one red" - (Act II, Scene II).
"Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble." - (Act IV, Scene I).
"Out, damned spot! out, I say!" - (Act V, Scene I)..
"All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand." - (Act V, Scene I).
"When shall we three meet again in thunder, lightning, or in rain? When the hurlyburly 's done,
When the battle 's lost and won". - (Act I, Scene I).
"If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me". - (Act I, Scene III).
"Nothing in his life became him like the leaving it; he died as one that had been studied in his death to throw away the dearest thing he owed, as 't were a careless trifle". - (Act I, Scene IV).
"Look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under 't." - (Act I, Scene V).
"I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself, and falls on the other." - (Act I, Scene VII).
"Is this a dagger which I see before me, The handle toward my hand?" - (Act II, Scene I).
"Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing." - (Act V, Scene V).

King Lear
"How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child!" - (Act I, Scene IV).
"I am a man more sinned against than sinning". - (Act III, Scene II).
"My love's more richer than my tongue". - (Act I, Scene I).
"Nothing will come of nothing." - (Act I, Scene I).
"Have more than thou showest, speak less than thou knowest, lend less than thou owest". - (Act I, Scene IV).
"The worst is not, So long as we can say, 'This is the worst.' " . - (Act IV, Scene I).

"‘T’is neither here nor there." - (Act IV, Scene III).
"I will wear my heart upon my sleeve for daws to peck at". - (Act I, Scene I).
"To mourn a mischief that is past and gone is the next way to draw new mischief on". - (Act I, Scene III).
"The robbed that smiles steals something from the thief". - (Act I, Scene III).

Antony and Cleopatra
"My salad days, when I was green in judgment." - (Act I, Scene V).

"The game is up." - (Act III, Scene III).
"I have not slept one wink.". - (Act III, Scene III).

Twelfth Night
"Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them". - (Act II, Scene V).
"Love sought is good, but giv'n unsought is better" . - (Act III, Scene I).

The Tempest
"We are such stuff as dreams are made on, rounded with a little sleep".

King Henry the Fifth
"Men of few words are the best men" . - (Act III, Scene II).

A Midsummer Night's Dream
"The course of true love never did run smooth". - (Act I, Scene I).
"Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind". - (Act I, Scene I).

Much Ado About Nothing
"Everyone can master a grief but he that has it". - (Act III, Scene II).

Titus Andronicus
"These words are razors to my wounded heart". - (Act I, Scene I).

The Winter's Tale
"What 's gone and what 's past help should be past grief" . - (Act III, Scene II).
"You pay a great deal too dear for what's given freely". - (Act I, Scene I).

Taming of the Shrew
"Out of the jaws of death". - (Act III, Scene IV).
"Thus the whirligig of time brings in his revenges". - (Act V, Scene I).
"For the rain it raineth every day". - (Act V, Scene I).

Troilus and Cressida
"The common curse of mankind, - folly and ignorance". - (Act II, Scene III)

"Nature teaches beasts to know their friends". - (Act II, Scene I).

"Cowards die many times before their deaths, The brave experience death only once."
No Fear Shakespeare - Julius Caesar - Act 2, Scene 2, Page 2.

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