Here are the news stories that I noticed this week related to children's literacy, and encouraging the love of books by kids.
- I'm intrigued by what they're doing at Open Books. Here's the about section from the blog: "Open Books (coming spring 2008) is Chicago's first nonprofit literacy bookstore: a funky, fun, colorful, and eccentric used treasure trove of 50,000+ used books on the first floor, with all proceeds funding literacy programs upstairs." They just celebrated their one-year anniversary, and have written about some milestones reached along the way.
- Children's author Wendelin Van Draanen and her husband, Mark Parsons have started a new campaign: Exercise the Right to Read. Wendelin writes at the First Book Blog about the statistics that caused her to want to do something, and says: "So out of our mutual love for fitness and literacy, my husband and I have started a “running for reading” campaign to raise funds for school libraries and First Book. Kids all over the country will collect pledges to “run a marathon” (1 mile a day for 26 days) and “read a marathon” (26 minutes a day for 26 days), earning money for books for their library while also helping kids less fortunate than they by donating 10% to First Book. Meanwhile, my husband and I will be collecting pledges (corporate and private) to run the 2007 ING New York City Marathon, with all money going directly to First Book."
- According to a brief ChronicleHerald announcement, the Nova Scotia government "
- Meanwhile Heritage Elementary School in Denver, CO just celebrated an entire literacy month, according to a story by Carolyn Mustin at YourHub.com. "The month-long celebration began with a visit from award-winning children's book author and illustrator, Janet Stevens," and continued with pajama night, a door-decorating contest, and a read-off to wrap things up.
Happy reading to all!