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Children's Literacy Round-Up: April 13

Terry_readingtubfinal_1 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. Although Terry called it a slow news week, it seems to me that she's collected plenty of content for you about literacy & reading-related events; raising readers; literacy and reading programs and research; grants, sponsorships & donations; and other new resources.

One article that I just clicked through to read was Laura Walker’s Nine Great Reasons Why Teachers Should Use Twitter. I'm not a teacher, but Terry has been urging me to join the ranks of Twitterers. I've been reluctant, because I feel like I can barely keep up with the blogs that I'm reading, let alone Facebook. Laura makes some good points in Twitter's favor, however, and I of course value Terry's opinion. What do you all think?

Terry also mentioned the start of the SLJ's Battle of the (Kids') Books today. This morning's big news, via Educating Alice, is that judge Jon Scieszka has already knocked out heavy favorite The Graveyard Book in honor of The Trouble Begins at 8. Scieszka says: "The outcome of this match-up might seem like an upset.  But The Trouble Begins at 8 is a clear winner. It is a thoughtful, funny, scholarly piece of writing.  And it just might be the book to rescue one of the funniest American writers ever from the grave of required school reading." In other Battle news, the second Octavian Nothing book advanced, selected by Roger Sutton.

One more piece of book-related news that I'd like to share: Betsy Bird is now into the top 50 in her Top 100 Picture Books results at A Fuse #8 Production. And the first of my nominated titles (I think) is there at #46: good old Scaredy Squirrel. Betsy calls Scaredy Squirrel "the only true 21st century picture book on this list", because the book became in internet phenomenon (with a nice nod to the Cybils, too). I never got a chance to share my full list - I think I'll wait until Betsy's final reveal, and then post my list along with where the books ended up (or not) on the Top 100 list.

Happy reading, all!

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