Here are a few children's literacy-related news stories that caught my eye from the past week or so.
- The 2nd Annual Capitol Bookfest will be held in Largo, MD on October 7th. "This one day multi-cultural book festival will feature author readings, panels, writing and publishing workshops, poetry performances, live music, children's storytelling, and exhibitors from the Washington Metropolitan area, celebrating the literary arts and promoting literacy in Prince Georges County." For more information, see this September 21st article about it on BlackNews.com.
- The Campbell River Mirror (British Columbia, Canada) had a September 22nd article about the importance of reading and talking with young children, to improve their long-term literacy. For example, "according to Anne Boyd, manager of Learning Resources and Instructional Support for School District 72, “Parents should talk to their children about everything they do. Toddlers pick up 50 words a day but they have to hear words and use words to build a large vocabulary. It is often too late to fully develop oral language when children enter school.""
- Last week was the fifth annual Raise-A-Reader day in Canada, a country-wide event to promote children's literacy. $93,000 was raised in Montreal alone (according to a September 28th Montreal Gazette article). Local papers were given away for free, in exchange for donations to the program. Donations in Edmonton were up nearly 50% over last year. There has been some concern, however, that the Canadian Prime Minister and his wife are coming at the topic of literacy from very different viewpoints.
- An Essex, UK program is showing kids that "it's cool to be clever."