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Children's Literacy Round-Up: August 10

Here are a few children's literacy stories and announcements from the wires. My favorite is the news that Sesame Street is going to be giving extra emphasis to children's literacy this season.

  • Here are some tidbits sent to me by Reading is Fundamental: "RIF has joined with Macy’s to create "Be One for the Books!" which provides new books and literacy resources to underserved children throughout the nation. Last year’s this program raised $1.2 million for the nation’s oldest and largest children’s literacy non-profit organization. With these funds, RIF has also launched a new Multicultural Literacy Campaign to address the reading gap in African American, Native American and Hispanic Communities... RIF has (also) launched a new, free educational website, in English and Spanish, to help parents and caregivers develop the language skills of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. RIF’s Leading to Reading (Semillitas de aprendizaje) is a fun and interactive online resource featuring stories, games, music, and other engaging activities for adults to experience together with young children. Both sites are accessible at Older kids can check out the RIF Reading Planet. Designed for children ages 5 to 12, the RIF Reading Planet features fun literacy-rich games, contests and other activities."
  • According to, "A community health center was recently awarded funds to continue and promote literacy among Tucson youth. The Qwest Foundation donated $10,000 to the El Rio Foundation on July 23 to benefit the community health center’s “Reach Out Read” children’s literacy program."
  • According to an article from USA Today, "Starting Monday, as Sesame Street begins its 38th season on PBS, 26 new episodes will focus on early literacy and language skills. Literacy has always had a starring role, but it will be emphasized even more this year because of a rising gap in literacy and language skills between lower- and middle-income children, says executive producer Carol-Lynn Parente".
  • According to an August 10th press release, "Thanks to the generosity of Verizon's customers who participated in the company's Check Into Literacy program, the Verizon Foundation seeks to award $341,000 to nonprofit organizations in Maryland that support literacy and learning activities for children, adolescents and adults."