The mid-January edition of the Children’s Literacy and Reading News Roundup is now available at The Family Bookshelf. Jen Robinson’s Book Page, The Family Bookshelf, and Quietly share in publishing this twice-monthly collection.
Terry has outdone herself this time around, with a host of literacy and reading-related events, news about literacy programs and research, and suggestions for growing bookworms. As Terry said, it's been a busy month already. Here are a few highlights from the roundup (but do click through to read the whole thing):
"Before you know it, Valentines Day will be here. It is SO much bigger than a box of chocolates! In addition to the announcement of the Cybils winners, it is alsoInternational Book Giving Day. The idea is very simple: give a book, leave a book, and/or donate a book. There is lots of info available …
- Visit the International Book Giving Day website to learn more, volunteer, grabsome book plates, or download a free pdf poster.
- Get ideas and cute logos from Susan Stephenson, at the Book Chook blog.
- Follow @bookgivingday or #giveabook on Twitter; or like the page on Facebook."
"As you may remember, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Scholastic pledged 1 MILLION books through its Book Grants program. Last week, more than 100 schools from New York and New Jergey started picking up their books. Each school received between 500 and 10,000 books for their school and classroom libraries to replace lost books."
"We are likely on the proverbial front end of the research, analysis, and discussions regarding kids and screens. Day Nurseries (UK) cites an American Academy of Pediatrics study looking at the effects of screens on children between 3 and 18 months of age. Among the findings are “a range of possible long-term implications upon both mental and physical health,” including developmental delays and autism to a loss of creative thinking and problem solving to obesity. The article is well worth a read."
And here are a couple of additional tidbits from me:
- Our friend Stacey Loscalzo had an article in the print magazine Nashville Parent about turning reluctant readers into bookworms. Stacey shares the full article on her website, and I think you'll find it well worth a look.
- At What Do We Do All Day? there's a nice article from Erica about working on preschoolers' fine motor skills through the use of journals. Erica notes that "Scribbling is also very important for developing pre-writing and pre-reading skills."
- As just announced yesterday by Publisher's Weekly, the National Book Awards will be adding long lists in each category.
I'll be sharing some other links in my Twitter wrapup post tomorrow, and Carol will be back with more literacy and reading news at the end of the month. Thanks for reading, and for caring about children's literacy!
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