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Children's Literacy and Reading News Round-Up: March 1

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 collected plenty of content for you about literacy & reading-related events; literacy and reading programs and research; 21st century literacies; and grants, sponsorships & donations.

Here are a few highlights: 

It takes a village 2 Next Monday, Share a Story-Shape a Future 2010 (aka Share a Story 2010, #sas2010 on Twitter) takes center stage. [Don't you love the new button that Susan Stephenson created, in honor of this year's theme?] Terry and I are both heavily involved in the event, so we are taking a hiatus from the round-up. We'll be back on the 15th.

Terry says: "Well, we’re getting closer! The National “Read to Kids” campaign finished second in the education category in’s Ideas for Change in America competition. The Final Round opens today (March 1)  and ends Friday, March 11th at 5pm ET. The top 10 rated ideas (out of 60 finalists) will be presented to members of the Obama Administration and media at an event in DC. If you choose, you can help keep the focus on literacy by voting on this Everybody Wins!  Initiative. The voting link is the same as the first round." Me, I already voted.

Suess3 Tomorrow is Read Across America day (hosted by the NEA in honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday), an annual celebration of children's books and literacy. Terry has a variety of links regarding ideas for celebrating. I'll have some others tomorrow at Booklights.

And in other news today:

LL4 cover Literacy Lava 4, a free pdf for parents and anyone interested in children's literacy, is now available at Susan Stephenson's website. Although I haven't had a chance to look at this issue yet, I'm sure that it will be chock-full of useful ideas for parents and teachers.

Happy Third Birthday to Readergirlz, the fabulous author-run organization that uses books to inspire and motivate teenage girls. This month, Readergirlz will be featuring author Scott Westerfeld. Next month they'll be hosting Operation Teen Book Drop. Here's the scoop:

"It's coming on April 15, Support Teen Literature Day. We're bringing 10,000 books to Native Teens, and more than 100 YA authors around the nation will be leaving their books for surprised readers to find. Wanna Rock the Drop? Find out how at the official Operation TBD page." 

And that's all I have for today. But Terry has lots more food for thought in the full round-up at The Reading Tub.