I'm a bit late in reporting this, but the end of March children’s literacy and reading news roundup (brought to you by Jen Robinson’s Book Page, Scrub-a-Dub-Tub, a Reading Tub blog, and Rasco from RIF) is now available at Rasco from RIF. Carol Rasco shares some fun literacy news from March, as well as a host of literacy and reading-related events for April, May, and June.
Carol's comments regarding required reading by kids and whether or not their are books that all kids "must" read resonated with me. Like Carol, I agree with Monica Edinger that "anytime I see some sort of urgent recommendation that you MUST or HAVE TO or SHOULD read/view/see/do anything I get grumpy." The trick is to find books that will keep kids interested in reading, and those are going to be different books for different kids. [And for someone who really puts his money where his mouth is when it comes to this philosophy, see Read Aloud Dad's latest post about the Horrible Histories.]
Of course I was also thrilled to see Carol's news about a new Maurice Sendak picture book coming out this fall. And I loved seeing the Little Golden books dress that Carol is coveting for RIF's May gala. If I lived in Boston, perhaps I'd wear it to Reach Out and Read's "Read Romp + Rock" gala on April 8th [more information is available on the event registration website.]
I'll be back next week with more literacy & reading-related events; literacy and reading programs and research; and suggestions for growing bookworms. Thanks for reading!