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Children's Literacy Round-Up: July 30

I'm afraid that I won't be able to do Sunday visits this week, because of more travel. However, here are some literacy related articles from the news this week that caught my eye. Happy reading!

  • A New Jersey Herald article by Jessica Seda describes a "communitywide read-a-thon in Byram ... aimed at putting books in the hands of children and creating a lifelong love of reading." There are some great activities planned.
  • The Plattsburgh, NY Press Republication had a July 22nd feature article about local resident Alice Sample. Mrs. Sample was recently awarded a New York State Association Champion for Children Member of the Year Award for her extraordinary literacy volunteerism. She particularly works to encourage parents to read to their children, as a means of raising children who enjoy books and reading, and do better in school.
  • According to an article in the Lexington Herald-Leader, the newly crowned Miss Kentucky, Rachelle Phillips is a serious literacy advocate. "She will ... continue her work as a literacy advocate, said Jamie Breeding, executive director of the Miss Kentucky organization. Phillips takes her literacy platform very seriously, as she had to repeat second grade because of a reading problem, she said. Now, as a spokeswoman for the "Reading is Fundamental" program, she encourages people to volunteer as tutors or take their children to reading centers."
  • The San Jose Mercury News (California) had a recent article (reprinted here on the Contra Costa Times website) about a local Mountain View program that helps teach high school kids how to read. The program, called Just Read, pairs students one-on-one with tutors, and starts at ground zero with reading. One of the goals of the program is to keep problem kids out of the juvenile justice system, and get them reading, and into college, instead.
  • And, in another San Jose Mercury News story, Read This! writer Jody Goldberg (a local high school senior) introduces the Literature League. The Literature League is a program by which older teens form reading groups and book clubs with fourth and fifth graders. Books are provided to all participants through fundraising, because "it's hard to love reading when you can't afford books." The program has also evolved into a bit of a mentorship program, although it started out being mostly about the books. The program was started by Anne Chernis, a senior at Los Gatos High School and Katherine DePangher, a freshman at the University of California-Los Angeles.
  • This article in the July 27th Independent discusses how to improve literacy and other academic performance for boys. For example, "Boys' literacy has been developed through daily quiet reading, increasing the number of boy-friendly library books and library lessons."