This week’s children’s literacy and reading news round-up, brought to you by Jen Robinson’s Book Page and Scrub-a-Dub-Tub, a Reading Tub blog, is now available at the Reading Tub's new blog. This week Terry Doherty has collected plenty of content for you about literacy & reading-related events; raising readers; literacy and reading programs and research; 21st century literacies; grants, sponsorships & donations; and other new resources. There's really too much great stuff for me to even begin to know what to highlight for you.
But I will include one update. Terry mentioned that Gregory K would be making an announcement today about his plans for National Poetry Month (April). That announcement is now up at GottaBook. Greg will be hosting 30 Poets / 30 Days, a month-long celebration of children's poetry (image credit to Gregory K). Click through to see his amazing line-up of poets, each of whom will be sharing a previously unpublished poem at GottaBook. Don't miss it.
Also, since Terry mentioned Donalyn Miller, The Book Whisperer, in the round-up, this seems like a good time to announce that I'm actually mentioned in Donalyn's recently published book: The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child. Isn't that neat? I'm excited about it, anyway. I'm working on a review, but it's taking me a while, because I seriously have about 100 post-it flags marking passages. But let me just tell you that if you are at all interested in encouraging children as readers, most especially if you are a teacher, this is a must-read title. Sarah Mulhern said something at The Reading Zone to the effect that we should find a way to get a copy of this book into every teacher's hands, and I agree. But for now, I'm highly, highly recommending it here. (And, ok, perhaps I'm not objective, because of the whole mentioned in the book thing, but regular readers know that I've been recommending Donalyn's columns since long before there was a book at all.)