A Citywide Reading Program Connects Youth Through Literature and Safe Dialogue About Violence As the writer Maya Angelou once said: “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Previous research has found that reading and writing literature can help people express themselves and reduce the stigma and isolation surrounding sensitive subjects and experiences. A new study published in the Journal of Community Psychology from […] Read More More Than Words: Why Poetry is Good for Our Health “Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true: That even as we grieved, we grew That even as we hurt, we hoped That even as we tired, we tried That we’ll forever be tied together, victorious” Amanda Gorman, the 2017 National Youth Poet Laureate, spoke these powerful words at the 2020 presidential inauguration […] Read More How Storytime Builds Resilient, Young Minds Parents likely have a range of feelings (maybe all in the same hour) about being home with their children. While the extra time together is invaluable, it can be stressful to take care of the kids and juggle work along with the overall uncertainty that the pandemic brings. Parents of preschoolers, in particular, may worry […] Read More Reading Fiction May Improve Real-Life Relationships Great literature can transport us to times and places outside our own existence. As we turn each page, the characters and plots become more and more real to us. This experience of being immersed in a good book is more than entertaining; it also may enhance our real lives as social beings. A number of […] Read More One Book Baltimore: Healing a City, Page by Page Author Nic Stone answers student questions about her book, “Dear Martin,” selected for the One Book Baltimore initiative. Want students to love reading? Give them a book they can relate to. “Kids were in it from the first chapter. They didn’t want to do anything else but read,” said Tiarra Leverett, a seventh- and […] Read More Join the neuroaesthetics conversation. Subscribe here.