Here are some recent children's literacy-related stories that have caught my eye:
- A Swiss non-governmental organization has been successful with their publishing arm in bringing books to Rawandan children. You can read more at SwissInfo. Agnès Gyr-Ukunda and her husband started their organization "to create and promote traditional children's stories written in the national language, Kinyarwanda, and to give them "their own proper literature"."
- The Alberta Classroom on Wheels bus (COW) is a government-sponsored program that promotes literacy for pre-schoolers. Children up to age six can board the bus for a full day of literacy-related fun activities. "During the visit, a facilitator models literacy activities and encourages parents to read to their babies and pre-schoolers. The bus provides a friendly comfortable space where parents feel at ease with books and gain confidence in their ability to read to their children." Read more in the Smoky River Express.
- Retired schoolteacher Mary Ellen Taylor of Seaford, Delaware started writing a picture book with her grandchildren, and turned the project into a larger-scale endeavor to promote literacy, art, and family ties. Together, they've published a book called Animal Tracks. You can read the full article at Newszap Delaware.
- The major league lacrosse team the Long Island Lizards has introduced the "Lizards Literacy Lounge" to "cultivate reading awareness among children across Long Island. Throughout the year members of the Lizards staff and players will be visiting schools, hospitals, libraries and other youth centers across Long Island to promote literacy by interacting with the children and reading a book to the group."
- The White House Conference on Global Literacy will be held on September 18th in New York City. "Invitations to the literacy conference targeted first ladies, first spouses and ministers of education from countries with large populations or high illiteracy rates. According to U.S. officials, to date, roughly 25 first ladies and 40 ministers of education have responded that they will attend." Read more here.
- According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh was planning an annual Storywalk event on Saturday, September 9th. "The 7th Annual Storywalk features life-sized dioramas depicting scenes from seven children's books, including "The Baby Goes Beep." Families can stroll along the path and pass through story after story, while readers narrate the books for the audience and encourage responses."