The end of August children's literacy and reading news roundup is now available at Carol Rasco's blog, Quietly. The roundups are twice-monthly collections of links, curated by Terry Doherty from the Reading Tub, Carol Rasco from RIF, and myself. In this installment, Carol actually shares some leftover tidbits from July, as well as a host of new stories. Some highlights:
- "Listen to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s address at the Children’s Defense Fund National Conference in Cincinnati Ohio. In his own words “early childhood programs are a good investment with inflation-adjusted annual rates of return on the funds dedicated to these programs, estimated to reach 10 percent or higher. Very few alternative investments can promise that kind of return.”"
- "A Cash Mob? I must admit I had no idea what a “cash mob” is until I read this story from Publishers Weekly regarding the World’s Only Curious George Store in Harvard Square. I must say, it sounds fun to me; I mean, I love to shop in bookstores, only place I do like to shop! Have you been to a “cash mob”?"
- "A special place to read in the house…yes! We tend to talk more as school starts about special places in the house to read when it is important year round…but given the days in some areas start becoming much cooler after school and looking ahead to winter, it is natural I assume to think now: Do the children have a good place to make reading special? Over a year ago a friend sent me the column from the Thrifty Decor Chick sharing how to make the neatest reading nook I have seen without serious expense. And as the Chick found, she could fit, she loved it too."
This last article, together with some other photos posted by @novalibrarymom last week, actually inspired me to create a formal reading nook for Baby Bookworm. It is still in progress, but I will share pictures when it's ready.
Normally this is where I would share some additional links that have caught my eye this week. However, I've been having computer problems, and am quite behind on my web-based reading. Hopefully I'll be caught up by Friday, and will have some Twitter links to share with you. But not to worry in the meantime, Carol has many more great links in the full roundup.
Thanks for reading, and for caring about children's literacy! We'll be back mid-month with some additional reading-related stories. In the meantime, we'll be sharing the news as we find it @CHRasco, @ReadingTub, and @JensBookPage.