Here are a few recent children's literacy-related stories that have caught my eye.
- A March 31st article in the Sunderland Echo (UK) describes the use of the motivational force of football to get local kids interested in reading. Football players recommend their favorite books, with the aim of getting reluctant readers more interested in reading.
- An April 2nd story in the Richmond Times-Dispatch by Calvin R. Trice discusses two different programs in which police officers read with children in their districts. One is the Book'Em Foundation (what a great name!), the other the BE a Reader, Cops in School Reading Program. Both are about encouraging kids to read and giving police officers a chance to get to know local kids in a positive way (like the Cops-N-Kids program, which I've written about previously).
- An April 2nd press release describes how "as part of San Francisco's celebration of Week of the Child this week, San Francisco Public Library has launched a program designed to help introduce literacy skills to children as young as a few months old."
Hope that these brighten your day!