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Children's Literacy and Reading News Round-Up: November 23

Jpg_book008 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 found the literacy and reading news a bit light, but we still have some tidbits for you about literacy & reading-related events; literacy and reading programs and research; and grants, sponsorships & donations.

Terry_readingtubfinal_1I especially liked the story, suggested by Jenny Schwartzberg, about a program from Argentina called the Storytelling Grandmother's Programme, through which volunteers read to children from underprivileged neighborhoods. I agree with Jenny that programs like this are a great idea.  

ReachOutAndRead Also, I just received word this morning from Matt Ferraguto of Reach Out and Read that:

"Reach Out and Read, the evidence-based early literacy initiative that helps doctors and nurses prepare young children to succeed in school, unveiled its brand-new national website. The new website boasts new literacy materials, new research data on early literacy and reading aloud, and many new ways to get involved. In addition, the website features a new portal specifically designed for parents and educators, containing dozens of book lists for children of all ages, organized by special occasions (first day of school, going to the dentist, getting a new baby brother, etc.) and times of the year (Thanksgiving, Independence Day, and Chanukah). The portal for parents and educators also provides detailed information on the importance of reading aloud, doctor-recommended reading tips, and developmental milestones of early literacy in three languages."

I checked out the new site, and I think that it's a great resource, with reading tips, literacy milestone information, and book recommendations for kids and parents. It's well worth a look.

Booklights I also have a new post up today at Booklights, the third in my Tips for Growing Bookworms series. This week's tip is about choosing books that your children enjoy. I did receive quite a few encouraging responses to last week's tip, about reading the books that your children read (with special thanks to Dawn for writing about the series at Moms Inspire Learning). 

I'll be back next Monday (after leaving the heavy lifting to Terry for way too long) with another children's literacy and reading news roundup here, and some links dedicated to raising readers at Booklights. Wishing you all a happy and safe Thanksgiving!