I don't have to much time to comment because of my travel schedule, but here are some items from this week's literacy news that caught my eye:
- I enjoyed this March 21st article by Melanie Hughes in The Morning Call about "a three-year, $3.4 million grant to expand Lehigh Valley Head Start's Early First Reading program, which prepares disadvantaged children for reading success in kindergarten."
- I also found heartening a March 24th article in the Guardian Unlimited about wiping out illiteracy in a region of Scotland. According to the article, a "groundbreaking project spanning a decade and involving almost 60,000 children near Glasgow has seen poor reading ability drop from 28% to 6%."
- I was pleased to see a March 27th article by Robert L. Smith in the Cleveland Plain Dealer about a Cleveland non-profit that "puts a new book in the hands of thousands of youngsters each week, many of them poor and just beginning to read." The program founder is a passionate advocate of reading for children, especially minority children.
- Lovers of children's books will be happy to note this March 28th article at CBC.ca about a new $10,000 children's book award, aimed at picture books written by Canadian authors and illustrators.
- Also pleasing is this March 29th article by Trisha Murphy in the Palatka Daily News about a Rally for Children and Reading in Palatka, Florida. The article includes great quotes from kids who were happy to receive free books.
- I was saddened by this March 28th article by Paula Burba in the Louisville Courier-Journal about the death of Vera Dockery "a Louisville activist who lobbied for decades for children's literacy and pioneered the Reading is Fundamental program in Louisville in 1974."
- However, I cheered up again on reading this March 28th article by Karina Bland in The Arizona Republic about a group that puts "little libraries" in low income preschools.
- And finally, I was inspired to read this article by Erin Kelley-Gedischk in the March 29th Oak Bay News (B.C., Canada). It's about a woman named Kathy Knowles who helped to establish more than 150 children's library programs in Ghana, because "it's her passion."
Have a great weekend! -- Jen