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Children's Literacy Round-Up: May 11

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. This week Terry Doherty and I (mostly Terry, I must admit) have 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.

One thing that I love about these round-ups is that we seem to find new kindred spirit children's literacy evangelists every week. For example:

"The confession of a literacy evangelist: “I admit it. I am obsessed with getting kids to read, and not just read, but I want them hooked on reading like a junkie in an alley.” It may SOUND like you, but those are Kristine’s words (Best Book I Have Not Read)."

Also, one bit of news came in too late to be included in the orignal roundup. Via the Just One More Book!! newsletter:

Just One More Book!! is helping kick off Children's Book Week with a video that offers advice to aspiring readers from some of your favourite authors and illustrators. 

Mark put a twist on the age-old question about advice to aspiring writers and collected insight from Jeanne Birdsall, Diane de Groat, Tony DiTerlizzi, Jane Dyer, Paul Jacobs, Norton Juster, Jarrett Krosoczka, Jeff Mack, David Mazor, David Milgrim, Barry Moser, Lesléa Newman, Shelley Rotner, Ruth Sanderson, Heidi Stemple, Mo Willems and Jane Yolen.  

Also included is a short interview with David Mazor, Founder and Executive Director of Reader to Reader -- a non-profit organization that distributes books to schools and libraries in need.  During the Children's Illustration Show, Reader to Reader honoured author Norton Juster for his generosity and commitment to promoting literacy.

I haven't had a chance to listen yet, but doesn't that sound AMAZING? This is part 20 in Andrea and Mark's Rock Stars of Reading series, which has been a tremendous gift to children's literature fans everywhere.

You can find los of additional literacy and reading related news in the full round-up at Scrub-a-Dub-Tub. Happy reading!