Here is some recent children's literacy and reading news from around the wires. September 8th is International Literacy Day, so I expect to have more international literacy news for the next round-up.
- I learned from Meg Ivey at the National Center for Family Literacy that nominations are now being accepted for the Toyota Family Literacy Teacher of the Year Award. "The winner and several finalists are selected annually by the National Center for Family Literacy to honor educators who demonstrate and impact on families through early childhood education, school-based programs, adult literacy and ESL programs, parenting education, library literacy programs and community literacy programs." This year's winner will receive a $7,500 award for his or her program. The NCFL also now has a blog, which I'll be following for further updates.
- Via Terry's September 1st Reading Round-Up at the Reading Tub Blog, I found this Government Innovators Network article by Paul Burgarino (Contra Costa Times). "Pittsburg (CA) is creating a literacy program to encourage the love of reading and cultural knowledge among young and old... The first step toward that goal will start Sept. 1 with the opening of a children's reading area at City Hall. The idea is that toddlers can read while mom and dad pay bills... The city hopes to open several more children's reading centers in banks, health clinics and other places where parents take children during their daily routine". You can find lots of other news in Terry's post, too.
- The Lawrence (Kansas) Journal-World has highlights, in an article by Jesse Fray, from a report by a national anti-crime organization. The article says: "Twenty-five murders and 1,700 aggravated assaults could be prevented in Kansas each year if more children attended a high-quality pre-kindergarten program, according to a report released Monday. And more pre-kindergarten programs in Kansas could increase the state’s high school graduation rate by 10 percent, according to Fight Crime: Invest in Kids (the report)... Kansas Attorney General Steve Six, a member of the group, said he hopes the report will help legislators understand the importance of funding early education programs."
- Siobhan at The Longstockings brought to my attention "this feel good story where a librarian inspired children in Queens, NY to read over 1000 books this summer!" According to Chad Smith of the New York Daily News, "A Queens librarian chopped off her long hair and donated it to charity on Thursday after the kids in her summer reading program won a bet. Sueli Zaquem had wagered that the children couldn't finish twice as many books as they did last year - and said she'd cut off her black tresses if proven wrong."
- School Library Journal has an article by Dodie Owens about the "Guys Read Book Club" being held in a Huntersville, NC detention center. "Originally spearheaded by Elaine Self from the Council for Children’s Rights after her agency’s attorneys returned from a conference with the idea, the get-together is used as an incentive to keep the boys, aged 8-16, on track... Since January 2007, over 1,000 books have been given out to nearly that many boys (some are repeaters that are incarcerated for more than one week)."
- The Guardian's Mortarboard blog has an irresistibly titled post: "How do we fire children's desire to read?" Discussing the Every Child A Reader program, Anthea Lipsett says: "to paraphrase the children's laureate, Michael Rosen, perhaps if the literacy hour hadn't killed off stories and extinguished children's enjoyment of reading, this kind of programme wouldn't be necessary to try and rekindle enthusiasm?" Indeed.
And that's all I could come up with for today. I'll have more next week. Happy reading!