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Children's Literacy Round-Up: September 24

It was a relatively light week in children's literacy and reading related news, but here are a few articles for you:

  • At KnoxNews.com, Amy Nachtrab, the local Imagination Library coordinator, shares six skills needed to help young children get ready to read. The first is: "Interest in and enjoyment of books, called print motivation." The article contains lots of other detail.
  • Via ABC Online (Australia), "The New South Wales Government has launched a program to help Aboriginal parents teach their children literacy skills. The Early Words program aims to get the whole family to read, sing and talk to children, using kits that include fact sheets, DVDs and a library bag."
  • According to the Mississippi Press, "The Pascagoula Public Library will be participating in a nationally recognized literacy program for preschool children. It introduces children to the Emmy Award-winning PBS KIDS TV series, "Between the Lions," in print format."
  • Incline Village, Nevada (a town that Mheir and I visit frequently, thanks to the generosity of friends who have a house there), is celebrating The Big Read with several upcoming events, including a Reading Relay. Read more in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza.
  • In Cullman County, Alabama, the Rainbow Reading Council is setting up booths to read to kids at local fairs. According to the Cullman Times, "Each night, a different school is participating in the endeavor. Some schools have made the stories more special by having a volunteer dress up as a character from the story."
  • It's also San Joaquin County (California) Reads Week. The Stockton Record has a feature article about a local literacy and book fair held this weekend in Stockton. According to the article, "In a 2006 survey of literacy in the 70 largest U.S. cities, Stockton ranked in 70th place - last - for the second year in a row. The study, called America's Most Literate Cities, was conducted by researchers at Central Connecticut State University. The study's authors sought to determine whether people read by measuring newspaper circulation, library resources, educational attainment and other variables. Stockton's last-place finish prompted a city effort to encourage residents to read - the hopefully named Stockton Reads! 2007 Summer Reading Challenge." I hope it's a hit!

And that's all for this week. Happy reading to all!