Children's Literacy and Reading News Round-Up: December 14
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Quick Hits: Booklights, An Upcoming Must-Read Book, and Jon Scieszka

I'd like to share a couple of tidbits with you all this morning:

Booklights First up, I have a new post at Booklights today. It's the fifth entry in my Tips for Growing Bookworms series. This week's tip is about taking children to libraries and bookstores. Timely for the holiday season, but a good practice year-round. I hope that you'll check it out.

Next, many congratulations to Betsy Bird from A Fuse #8 Production, Jules Danielson from Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast and Peter D. Sieruta from Collecting Children's Books on their new book contract. You can find their write-ups here, here, and here. This must-read title, due out from Candlewick in September of 2012, is tentatively titled Wild Things! : The True, Untold Stories Behind the Most Beloved Children’s Books and Their Creators. Very cool!

Third, Meghan Newton from Goodman Media shared a link with me today that I had somehow missed. It's an article by Jon Scieszka from the Huffington Post, musing on the close of his tenure as National Ambassador of Children's Literature. It's classic Scieszka - breezy and fun, but full of concrete tips for helping reluctant readers. This is must-read stuff.


Wishing you all a wonderful week!