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Children's Literacy Round-Up: February 6

Here are some children's literacy-related stories from around the wires.

  • There's a series of nice articles being posted at the First Book Blog describing how First Book Recipient Groups are choosing and distributing books. For example, the Connecticut Children's Museum went to Borders and picked books for "young children being cared for in family childcare homes here in New Haven and who visit the Connecticut Children’s Museum each week for an educational program". And here's a profile of Bess the Book Bus, "focused on spreading enthusiasm for reading within our community (Tampa, FL), schools and families." 
  • This next article made me think of Liz Burns. A local reading council in Elmira, NY " held its annual tea at Elmira College on Sunday to raise awareness of the importance of literacy, and to raise money to help promote local literacy programs." What I like about this literacy council is that they aren't focused on teaching people to read (because other programs do that). Instead, they focus on "programs and speakers designed to spark an early interest in reading and to continue fanning those flames through adulthood." Read more about it here. I would join, if I lived in the Chemung area. They're about the love of reading, and they host teas.
  • Did you know that frequent ear infections may be linked to poor language and literacy skills? That's what it says in this article, anyway. A study conducted in Australia found that "There was a general tendency for children with a history of OM (middle ear infections) to achieve lower scores on phonological awareness skills of alliteration, rhyme and non-word reading, semantic skills of expressive vocabulary and word definitions and reading compared to non-OM children." Something to look out for, anyway.
  • According to this editorial, Uganda now has their "highest number of young people in schools ever in the history of Uganda", as well as rising literacy rates. The article also discusses the many children who still do drop out of school there, and the reasons for this, and emphasizes that "Parents should be made aware that schooling pays off. Children can easily be exploited when they start full-time work prematurely. Better educated people also get better-paid jobs and will more likely get promotions."

And that's all I have for you this week! Happy Reading! And thanks to everyone out there working on getting books into the hands of kids.

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