Here is the recent children's literacy and reading related news:
- According to an article by James Hoffman on the NBA website, the Sacramento Kings put on a reading carnival and "announced that KVIE Public Television is this year’s beneficiary of the George J. Maloof Sr. Community Cup. The Community Cup is a $100,000 donation generated by proceeds from a Kings home preseason game and donated to a local charitable cause. KVIE's Ready To Learn literacy initiative is designed to help parents, caregivers and educators get young children ready for success in school... the Kings players put on a Reading Carnival for nearly 300 kids. Some of the players read out loud to the kids, while others worked with the children on their basketball skills and played other fun games." I am huge fan of seeing sports figures talk to kids about the importance of literacy, and I enjoyed this article (and pictures).
- Via the Cincinnati Enquirer, "A Cincinnati organization is at the forefront of a new initiative to help close the literacy gap for children ages 0-3. Every Child Succeeds is teaming up with The National Center for Family Literacy in Louisville to implement "Literacy Begins at Home," a pilot project with a goal of increasing family literacy through in-home visits." The pilot project will investigate "the prerequisites children age 0-5 need to be readers, skills that predict whether they'll be readers and good readers, interventions that produce results, characteristics of children and the environment that contribute to or inhibit reading", before introducing techniques and recommendations into home visits.
- According to the Albany Times Union, Reading is Fundamental recently spent two full days doing train the trainer workshops for Albany educators, in support of the local chapter of the National Black Child Development Institute. The idea was to help the trainers to help local children develop literacy skills. "Participants learned how to use children's literature to inspire students and illustrate literacy development concepts."
- According to the Daily News Journal, the nonprofit Read to Succeed program in Rutherford County, TN "was recently selected to receive 7,200 books through the sixth annual Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories program. Through the program RTS will be able to distribute 12 free books each to 600 local children from newborns to age 8."
- The Hamilton Mountain News (Ontario) has a feature article about the Brady Brady series of children's books, which are aimed at reluctant boy readers. "Author Mary Shaw developed Brady Brady after an incident with her hockey-obsessed four-year-old son Brady... To encourage Brady to read, Ms. Shaw wrote books that interested her son. She wrote her first book, Brady Brady Gumface, a football story, after Brady stuck gum to his face during a road trip." The article describes an interactive presentation about the books by illustrator Chuck Temple.
- The Rocky Mount (NC) Telegram has a feature story about local library initiatives aimed at helping parents to raise literacy levels in very young children. The article includes some anecdotes about children who love books, and pointers for parents about how to encourage this love of books. For example: "When choosing books, parents should look for ones that have bright, colorful illustrations, rhymes, silly texts and few words, (Paula) Lumb said. Make sure the children are engaged by asking questions, and let them ask questions as well. Most of all, approach story time with enthusiasm."