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Growing Bookworms Newsletter: August 18

Children's Literacy Round-Up and Booklights Post: August 17

Terry_readingtubfinal_1 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. You'll find in particular some back-to-school resources, a host of event news, and a study that "concludes that there is a direct correlation between a dad’s involvement with his children and school success." Lots of articles worth a look!

Booklights I also have a new post up this morning at Booklights. Inspired by my recent re-read of Return to Gone-Away, and by a wonderful post of Susan's about the joy of reading a great book for the first time, I spent some time thinking about books as old friends. Here's a snippet:

"The re-reading experience, for me, is all about revisiting beloved characters and settings. It's about visiting old friends. It's about a personal connection between me and the particular book. I don't want the opportunity to read these particular books again as if it was the first time (as Susan discussed). Part of what makes these particular books special for me is the incremental appreciation I've built up over dozens of readings."

I hope you'll find time to check out this week's children's literacy roundup and/or my tribute to books as old friends. Wishing you all a great start to the week!