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Children's Literacy Round-Up: June 8

Terry_readingtubfinal_1 Getting back to normal, after the 48 Hour Book Challenge, I have the regular Monday morning literacy news (it's still just barely morning here in CA). 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 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.

Terry found tons of things that I somehow missed this week (reading 9 books in a weekend will do that). Like this parallel to the Guys Lit Wire books for boys project: Alternatives for Girls, an organization which helps homeless and high-risk girls avoid violence, teen pregnancy and exploitation in favor of positive choices, and is looking for books. I also have a couple of additional tidbits, along with some selections from my 48 hour book challenge reading, at Booklights today.

And, in breaking new, Susan Stephenson's new digital magazine, Literacy Lava, is now available. Here's the short description from The Book Chook: "The combined work of a brilliance of bloggers, Literacy Lava is erupting with great tips for parents, and suggestions for literacy activities to share with kids." It's a PDF that you can download, print, share, etc. As explained in the letter from the editor, Literacy Lava's focus is on low-cost activities parents can do with kids to promote literacy. In addition to Susan from the Book Chook (editor), contributors to Literacy Lava include:

I took a quick peek through this inaugural issue, and it is chock-full of articles about reading aloud, tips for encouraging kids of different age ranges, and gorgeous photos. There's even an activity page. And it's all FREE! Brought to you by people who care enough about children's literacy to spend their time and effort putting something like this together. I'm going to print mine out, and savor it over the next few days.

Wishing you all a reading-filled week!