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Children's Literacy Round-Up: December 17

Here are some children's literacy and reading-related news stories from around the wires.

  • In the UK, 545 authors have signed a letter to the Prime Minister, asking him to tackle illiteracy among children. You can read more in this Telegraph article, which says authors involved include Nick Hornby, Ian Rankin, Joanna Trollope, Kate Mosse, Alexander McCall Smith, Sophie Kinsella, Tony Parsons, Andrew Motion, Tracy Chevalier, Lionel Shriver and Jackie Collins. See also the Times article about this initiative.
  • The South China Morning Post has an article about the importance of raising readers. According to the header, "Workshops and support groups are putting the fun into reading for parents and children alike". However, a subscription is required to read the article in full.
  • According to the International Reading Association, "WGBH Boston Video will debut the first season of public television's highly acclaimed children's literacy series Between the Lions on DVD on January 8, 2008. This set contains all 30 episodes from the show's first season." Thanks to Cheryl Rainfield for the link. I've added the International Reading Association blog to my watch list. On a related note, I just heard positive feedback from a friend whose daughter loves the PBS Kids show Word World, and is proud to be spelling words that she learns from the show.
  • According to the Portsmouth Herald News, the Children's Literacy Foundation (CLiF) has just given a Rural Library Sponsorship Award of $2000 worth of children's books to the small public library in Newington, NH. "The Children's Literacy Foundation seeks to "nurture a love of reading and writing among children throughout Vermont and New Hampshire," according to its Web site." I think it's great that organizations like CLiF are out there to help give kids access to more books. Another article about CLiF is available in the Barre Montpelier Times Argus.
  • The Kansas City Star reports on rampant illiteracy among Iraqi refugee children in Syria and Jordan whose displaced parents cannot afford to send them to school. The article adds that "Even refugee children enrolled in school struggle to keep up with unfamiliar Arabic dialects, aid workers said. Being uprooted from their homes in Iraq also diminishes their ability to learn. Most Iraqi children also have witnessed or experienced horrific violence, aid workers said."
  • The Attleboro Sun Chronicle just published a lifestyle piece called: "Read On! 10 Ways to Encourage Your Kids to Read". It's actually written by someone from Country Inns and Suites, and has some commercial material mixed in. But the basic ideas are sound. I've actually stayed at a Country Inns and Suites hotel, and I did take advantage of their book loan program (they have a shelf of books in the lobby that you can borrow, including many kids' books).

That's all for this week. Happy reading! I'll be back after Christmas with another Children's Literacy Round-Up.