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For years, states have decided the definition of reading and math proficiency with their own sets of standards.

The result? Kansas children often seem to come out ahead of Missouri children in math and reading, when comparing the states' data.

But when this data is normalized across all 50 states, there's a different story.

RELATED: What You Probably Didn't Know About Academic Standards In Kansas And Missouri

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National Literacy Month might have you thinking about your favorite stories on the printed page, but for 32 million adults in the United States, that page is out of reach. 

On Monday's Up to Date, we talk about the causes and challenges of adult illiteracy and what one local group is doing to fix the problem.

Guests:

With winter weather stinging the metro area, now is the perfect time to curl up on the couch and read a good book.

Tuesday on Up to Date, the Book Doctors return with their picks for the best books of 2013. We dive into tales about extreme weather - and we don’t mean what is outside your house right now.

Jeffrey Ann Goudie:

  • Book of Ages by Jill Lepore
  • The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan
  • Mary Coin by Marisa Silver

Kaite Stover:

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A dance hall explosion in 1929: is it murder, or an accident? One woman's journey to find the answers and a family's struggles, suspicions, secrets, and triumphs.

On Tuesday's Up To Date, Daniel Woodrell, known for his best seller, Winter's Bone, joins us to discuss his latest book, A Maid's Version

Then, Book Doctors Mark Luce, Steve Paul, and Grace Suh give us their reviews of the latest on book store shelves.

It’s hard enough to keep your kids away from the Xbox on a normal weekday… it must be even tougher when they’re home for winter vacation.  But technology might just help this time around: perhaps you can even convince your child to turn off the video game and pick up a Kindle...or a Nook… an iPad or even (yes!) paper…and dig deep into a great story.

If you're looking for a really good present for your son, daughter, or other kid in your life, consider the gift of reading.

For those of you who still have some summer vacation remaining, or for those of you who have a bit more free time now that the kids are finally returning to school this week, look no further than the Book Doctors for a few new reading recommendations.

The Book Doctors

Jun 12, 2012

It’s summertime, and with high gas prices, a vacation may be out of reach for your budget.  But no matter what your finances look like, you can definitely afford a trip to your local library.

The Book Doctors

Apr 5, 2012

Looking for something to liven up your bookshelf? Friday on Up to Date, the Book Doctors tell us about some worthwhile reads.

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Kansas City Mayor Sly James delivered his state-of-the-city message yesterday to a crowd at Bartle Hall that included the mayors of five other local communities.

They called it "The Streak." Father and daughter, together, with a book, Dad reading the words. At first, the idea was to read aloud together for 100 consecutive nights.

The Book Doctors: Spring Break Reads

Feb 16, 2012

With March creeping up on us,  it’s time to start stocking up on those spring break reads.  Should you go for a bestseller or a lesser-known work?  Fiction or non-?  Mystery or biography?