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Children's Literacy Round-Up: April 20

Lots of news about books and literacy out there in the press this week. Here are some highlights:

  • An April 12th article by Kevin Cullen in the Lafayette Courier and Journal Online helps parents to recommend and select books for their kids. Parents, kids, and youth services librarians are all quoted in the article.
  • In an April 12th editorial, the Cay Compass mirrors Education Minister Alden McLaughlin's calls for improvement's in the Cayman Islands' educational system. The editorial includes this statement on the subject: "(t)here is perhaps no more important skill learned in a child’s school years than the ability to read and write well. The fact that this is not happening here in Cayman –– with all its wealth and modernity –– for a significant portion of the indigenous population, is nothing short of travesty."
  • The April 13th Morton Grove (IL) Champion published winning essays from a writing contest run by the local library. The title of the writing contest was "How the Library Changed Your World." The article includes essays written in kindergarten through sixth-grade, 7th through 12th-grade, adult, and senior adult categories. They're fun to read!
  • Per the April 12th Salt Lake Tribune, The National Jr. Honor Society members at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School received a grant from Youth Service America to establish a "Literacy Link". "The funding allowed the school's National Junior Honor Society members to purchase books and record them onto cassette tapes, making audio books for ... a multigenerational day-care facility for senior citizens and preschool children. The school's National Junior Honor Society wanted to give their own reading talents back to the community and improve other children's literacy by finding books that were childhood favorites."
  • In a Whittier (CA) Daily News article, Debbie Pfeiffer Trunnell writes about a new literacy program called Books and Baseball, introduced by local Pony league president Marcos Martinez this season. The idea is to introduce young baseball players to the joy of reading books.
  • An April 15th Greensboro News-Record editorial discusses North Carolina Governor Mike Easley's efforts to boost reading and writing skills among NC middle school kids by placing literacy coaches in schools. The editorial is generally positive about the goals of the Governor's program, but concerned about the $5M pricetag.
  • An April 16th article by Diane McCartney in the Wichita Eagle profiles Leanne Chase and her dog Misha, who have brought the R.E.A.D. (Reading Education Assistance Dogs) program to a local school in Kansas. I have written about this program (but not these participants) previously. The idea is that children who are uncomfortable reading aloud to other people can read aloud to a trained therapy dog instead.