This week’s children’s literacy and reading news round-up, brought to you by Jen Robinson’s Book Page and Scrub-a-Dub-Tub, a Reading Tub blog, is now available at the Reading Tub. This week Terry Doherty and I have collected plenty of content for you about literacy & reading-related events; raising readers; literacy and reading programs and research; 21st century literacies; grants, sponsorships & donations; and other new resources. Between Father's Day, summer reading news, and the United We Serve program, there is a lot of activity going on around raising readers. Here are just a couple of highlights:
"If you’re on Facebook, consider joining Reading is Revolutionary. To join, you must pledge to read one book to a child on July 25, 2009. Anthony Pischke, the organizer, also promises to try to get a book to a child who has none. Here’s the tagline “Indeed it is fun to read.”"
"In her quest to help raise life-long readers, Amy from Literacy Launchpad is thinking about what she can do to have more of an impact on the reading future of her preschool-aged students. She proposes some potential changes in our school systems that she thinks would help with raising future readers, and asks: “Are there ways you’re working for a change? Ways you’re helping children stay readers for life? Or maybe you just have some ideas of things we can all do to help make a change.” Do head on over and share your thoughts!"
And speaking of raising future readers, I have a post up today at Booklights about The Power of Social Reading. My article was inspired by a recent post from Sarah Mulhern at The Reading Zone. Social Reading, as Sarah coined it, involves "Students reading, recommending, and talking about books", and the positive energy that stems from that. I'm looking for input on whether or not people have observed this, and if anyone has good ideas for harnessing the power of social reading in the classroom. I hope that you'll join in the conversation.
Terry has plenty of other food for thought at The Reading Tub this morning, too. So if you'd like some literacy and reading news with your morning tea, head on over!