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A Garden in Your Pocket

So says an old Chinese proverb about books. In an effort to promote reading and literacy, the Library has launched a new website. It includes resources for teachers, parents and students. According to results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress reading test, 37 percent of American fourth-graders read below the "basic" level. However, when children become good readers in the early grades, they are more likely to become better learners throughout their school years and beyond.

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Visitors to the site will be treated to classic books for readers of all ages that have been digitized for online reading, as well as a list of suggested titles that may be obtained at your local library. Also showcased are book- and author-related webcasts, many from past National Book Festivals.

To bring the Library’s resources into the classroom, read.gov offers lesson plans on poetry, Mark Twain, such classic books as "The Grapes of Wrath" and "To Kill a Mockingbird," and much more.

Also launching is "The Exquisite Corpse," an exclusive online story written and illustrated by a cast of award-winning authors and illustrators. Over the next year, a new chapter will be posted every two weeks. And, according to this blog post, "Exquisite Corpse" fever is catching—from as far away as New Zealand.