Here's this week's children's literacy and reading related news.
- Reading is Fundamental announced the winners of the 2007 Hispanic Community Reading Challenge. "This year, over 21,000 Hispanic children pledged to participate in ¡Leamos Juntos!: Let's Read Together 2007 Hispanic Community Reading Challenge, sponsored by MetLife Foundation. Eight out of more than 50 Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. (RIF), programs were selected as winners of the contest."
- Papa Murphy's Pizza is partnering with Borders Books to support children's literacy, according to a recent press release. "Together, the two will encourage children in the Puget Sound Region to read by offering free pizzas and a chance to win prizes including the highly anticipated new "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" book or a year of free pizzas from Papa Murphy's." I know that there's some controversy over the use of reward programs to motivate kids, but pizza and books sound like a good partnership to me.
- The Guardian has an article about an organization for foster parents. The Fostering Network has been holding workshops in Northern Ireland to help foster parents understand how literacy and numeracy are taught today. According to the article, "only 1% of children in care go on to university." That's a shocking statistic, though it's nice to see efforts being made to turn things around.
- James Earl Jones spoke at the Buffalo Book Fair 2007 about how literacy helped him to conquer a stuttering problem. According to a Buffalo News article, Jones said that “Literacy is about celebrating reading, writing, listening and history”. He also describes his first experience in reading aloud before an audience, in response to a challenge from a teacher.
- CBC Magazine, of the Children's Book Council, has just published a summer reading extravaganza, classified according to picture books, middle readers, and young adults. It's not just a list - there are brief descriptions of all of the books. Thanks to Elaine Magliaro (Wild Rose Reader) for the link.
That's all for this week (perhaps a light week because of the July 4th holiday in the US). Happy reading!