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August 2007 Reading List

Children's Literacy Round-Up: September 4

I've just returned from three back-to-back trips over the past 12 days, and I'm hoping to get the blog back up to speed soon. But I do have the children's literacy and reading-related news from this week. Happy reading!

  • According to the Provo Daily Herald, the Provo library has teamed up with the city and the school district to "promote literacy, broaden the appreciation of reading and foster a sense of community. The program asks that everyone in the city read "Freak the Mighty" by Rodman Philbrick by the end of the year." I hope it's a huge success. My niece loved that book.
  • The Paris News (Texas) has a nice feature article about a Lamar County judge, Chuck Superville, who hosts a read-aloud program at a local library. "“Judge Superville loves books and reading,” said Tracy Hoffart, children's librarian. “It’s his favorite hobby so he comes to the library to share this important interest with the children of our community.”"
  • According to the Meridian Star, "Mississippi’s largest energy company, Entergy, is teaming up with the Foundation for Public Broadcasting in Mississippi (Foundation), Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB), and Mississippi’s public libraries to power up literacy in pre-kindergarten children statewide. The Between the Lions Preschool Literacy Library Project places the scientifically-based reading research curriculum of the seven-time Emmy® Award-winning PBS KIDS series into 17 public libraries this fall, making these libraries a key community tool in teaching pre-kindergarten children ages three to five years old." Thanks to Susan from Chicken Spaghetti for sending me a link to another article about this program.
  • Craig and Marc Kielburger, founders of Free The Children (and friends of a close friend of mine), discuss global issues every week in the Toronto Star. This week, they take on the topic of global literacy, in preparation of next Saturday's International Literacy Day. They note that "The UN estimates that earning potential increases by as much as 10 per cent for every year of schooling. Basic literacy vastly improves a family's quality of life: they are better able to find jobs, prevent diseases and protect their rights and dignity."
  • PBS has a new television show called WordWorld, which (according to the press release) "encourages three- to five-year-old children to become friends with words." Apparently, "WordWorld" playfully brings words to life through a patent-pending methodology that embeds words into the objects they represent." I think I'd have to see it with a preschooler to judge, but I support the idea of making reading fun.
  • According to Business First of Louisville, "Louisville's National Center for Family Literacy and Cincinnati's Every Child Succeeds are joining efforts to improve young children's literacy by boosting literacy for the whole family. The organizations are launching a pilot project called "Literacy Begins at Home," which will use early-language and literacy-development curriculum to improve language development, vocabulary and other literacy skills in children under age 3."

Don't forget International Literacy Day on September 8th!