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Children's Literacy and Reading News Roundup: Mid-April Edition

JkrROUNDUP The mid-April edition of the children’s literacy and reading news round-up, brought to you by Jen Robinson’s Book Page, Scrub-a-Dub-Tub, a Reading Tub blog, and Rasco from RIF is now available at Scrub-a-Dub-Tub. Over the past couple of weeks Terry Doherty, Carol Rasco, and I have collected plenty of content for you about literacy & reading-related events, programs, and research (with some extra help from Susan Stephenson, The Book Chook). See especially Terry's notes on a news release from Reach Out and Read about Joining Forces, an initiative launched by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of the Vice President.

“Joining Forces aims to educate, challenge, and spark action from all sectors of our society — citizens, communities, businesses, non-profits, faith-based institutions, philanthropic organizations, and government — to ensure military families have the support they have earned.”

Reach Out and Read, an official partner of the initiative, will expand to 100 military bases, serving more than 200,000 children and families. It is great to see literacy as a cornerstone piece of this project.

Another regular roundup contributor, Jenny Schwartzberg, sent me one more story this morning. CBS Philly has a report about Dr. Jessica Kahn, who collects and donates books to fill empty school libraries in Philadelphia. Here's my favorite part:

""Every school should have a library. It’s a crime that they don’t,” Kahn said. “Children who read, succeed.” Kahn, who is volunteering her time, found it’s pretty easy to get books. “The thing is, when children are done with books, they’re done with them. And nobody throws away a book,” she said."

Also just in, via @PWKidsBookshelf, UK grocery chain Asda is working with Puffin to put excerpts from Roald Dahl stories on the back of millions of cereal boxes. "The extracts are only a couple of hundreds of words long, but Francesca Dow, the managing director of Penguin's children books, which owns Puffin, said she hoped many would be intrigued enough to track down the whole book after reading the boxes: "The great thing about a cereal box, is that it potentially is reaching millions of households that just don't read any literature outside of school."" See more in this Telegraph article by Harry Wallop.

Terry has tons of other interesting news in the full roundup. Carol Rasco will be back later this month with some reflections for these past 30-odd days and a look forward to next month, and I'll be sharing some more news in early May. Thanks for reading, and for caring about children's literacy.