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Children's Literacy Round-Up: May 22

Here's the children's literacy and reading news that caught my eye this week:

  • In case you missed it when I mentioned this on Sunday, the second title selected for Al Roker's Book Club for Kids at the Today show is The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan.
  • Reading Rockets Page by Page blog has a nice post by Maria Salvadore about the pleasures of reading aloud.
  • Jumpstart, a national non-profit focused on literacy, just announced their 2007 Read for the Record campaign. According to Literacy News, "(t)he one-day reading event will take place on Thursday, September 20, 2007. The official Campaign book is a limited, custom edition of the Penguin Young Readers Group classic The Story of Ferdinand. People of all ages across America will join Jumpstart's Read for the Record Campaign to address the current early education crisis. Last year, Jumpstart's Read for the Record raised more than $1,000,000 to support the organization's early education work in low-income communities."
  • The Story Coach bus will stay on the streets during summer vacation in Omaha this year. According to a brief news story at, "It's designed to improve literacy by making reading fun for children and teens. Inside, there are colorful murals, hundreds of books, costumes and even props for participants to tell their own stories."
  • A $15,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation will allow the Cumberland, MD YMCA to continue their Families Reading Together program. According to an article in the Cumberland Time, the "Families Reading Together program is designed to promote literacy among the teens and their children. The program is utilized both in the nontraditional classroom at the center and in-home visits."
  • Per a recent press release, "The New York Life Foundation has awarded a two-year $580,000 grant to Save the Children, a leading nonprofit organization helping children and families in need in the United States and in more than 50 countries. The grant will help launch a literacy program at six schools in impoverished communities in the Gulf Coast region."

And that's it for this week. Wishing you all plentiful books as summer reading season approaches.