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Children's Literacy and Reading News Roundup: July 15

JkrROUNDUP The July 15th Children's Literacy and Reading News Roundup, brought to you by The Family Bookshelf, Rasco from RIF, and Jen Robinson's Book Page, is now available at The Family Bookshelf. In the past couple of weeks, Terry Doherty, Carol Rasco and I have collected a variety of interesting tidbits about literacy and reading-related events, literacy programs and research, and suggestions for growing bookworms. Terry has pulled it all together into a joyous celebration of reading, perfect for mid-summer (how did it get to be mid-summer so quickly, by the way?).

I especially liked this tidbit:

Latino literacy expert Robert Rueda wishes more Latinos could discover literature when they are young. Many Latino youths don’t see the practical value in reading and never fulfill their potential, according to Mr. Rueda. To prevent that, Riverside County literacy officials are offering a reading program aimed at young Latinos called Un Libro, Mil Mundos, or One Book, a Thousand Worlds. The goal of the program is to spark a passion for reading in Latino students and improve literacy skills by offering books that focus on life matters they can relate to. You can read more in the Riverside Press-Enterprise and become a fan of the Riverside Public Library on Facebook to learn about upcoming Un Libro events.

I had also somehow missed Michelle's excellent post at Reading Rewards about how to pick the best books for your kids. Lots of great suggestions (including the Reading Rewards Book Recommendations tab, which is highly visual). I especially like Michelle's tip to get recommendations from your children's friends. A nice way to promote social reading!

One event that's going on this week that I wanted to add is the Summer Blog Blast Tour, organized by Colleen Mondor from Chasing Ray, featuring a host of author interviews across a variety of blogs. The Summer and Winter Blog Blast Tours are always well-thought-out and varied (much more interesting, I think, than reading about a single author day after day). You can find the master schedule here.

Please do check out the full mid-July children's literacy and reading news roundup at Family Bookshelf. We'll be back at Rasco from RIF at the end of the month with more news. Thanks for reading, and for caring about children's literacy.