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Children's Literacy and Reading News Roundup: March 29

JkrROUNDUP 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; and 21st century literacies. I especially liked this tidbit:

"Guest contributor Dana B offers a personal story and a nice way to help you engage teens with books and still be a parent. In her 5 Minutes for Books post, Dana shares how she guided her pre-teens through books that were too violent or had mature content beyond their age. “Here is the key to my ability to say I don’t forbid, I discuss: I work to know my teenagers. I know their beliefs and opinions, and I trust that they have developed a filter of discernment that will only strengthen as they grow.”"

Terry_readingtubfinal_1 Terry also made an announcement today about changes to our publication schedule for the roundups, explaining:

"As many regular readers know, Jen and I have been publishing literacy-related roundups for several years; first independently, then as a team. We are thrilled that interest in growing bookworms has grown so much and that there are so many voices talking about literacy. With so many avenues for information, studies reaffirming the core elements of learning to read, as well as changes in our own lives, we thought we would take a step back and transition the Roundup to a biweekly feature on Jen Robinson’s Book Page and Scrub-a-Dub-Tub...

We want to keep the content fresh and valuable, and believe that a few tweaks will help us do that. Jen will continue to have her Literacy ‘Lights at Booklights, highlighting parent-related content, as well as her Afternoon Visits. Likewise, if I see something fun, I will post a Daily Blurb. Both Jen and I will continue to post items to the News Between the Roundup widget and are still exploring the best way to get daily feeds of that information to the Book(re)Marks blog, our archive for children’s literacy and reading news, in ways that make sense for visitors."

Terry and I welcome your feedback on this format change, and appreciate your interest in children's literacy.

ReachOutAndRead One additional literacy news tidbit came to me this morning from Matt Ferraguto of Reach Out and Read (an organization that works with pediatricians to give kids books at their well-child visits up through age five). ABC World News just profiled Reach Out and Read's new CEO, Earl Phalen. Here's a quote from the article:

"The real genius of "Reach Out and Read" is that reading takes on the power of a doctor's prescription. "When your doctor says, 'This is good for your child's health,' 99 percent of us will do something," said Phalen, and he has the numbers to back up the claim. "Reach Out and Read" studies have shown that parents who participate in the program are four times more likely to read to their kids, and non-English-speaking parents are 10 times more likely to read to children."

In other news today, Tricia is hosting both the March Carnival of Children's Literature and today's Nonfiction Monday roundup at The Miss Rumphius Effect, as well as her Monday Poetry Stretch. The Carnival, a well-organized roundup of links contributed by participants from all around the Kidlitosphere, is a particular delight, and a wonderful way to start the week. I love that Tricia stuck with a carnival theme all the way through. My contribution is in the section prefaced with: "When you are ready to head home after a fun-filled day, falling into bed comes ONLY after the most important time of the day. What is that you ask? Well time to read, of course!" Lovely!

Booklights And finally, I've put off my usual Monday Booklights post until tomorrow, so that Susan Kusel can share books for Passover today (tonight being the first night of Passover). Pam/MotherReader shared books for Easter (April 4th) last week at Booklights. I'll be up tomorrow with Tip #10 in my Tips for Growing Bookworms series. This week's tip is about letting kids occasionally stay up late reading under the covers.

Happy Pesach! Happy Easter! Happy Monday! Happy March Madness Final Four week (my team, Duke, made it in this year). Happy April Fool's Day and National Poetry Month. There's a lot going on this week... Enjoy.