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Growing Bookworms Newsletter: September 12

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

JkrROUNDUP The mid-September Children’s Literacy and Reading News Roundup brought to you by Jen Robinson’s Book Page, The Family Bookshelf, and Rasco from RIF is now available at The Family Bookshelf. Over the last few weeks, Terry Doherty, Carol Rasco, and I have collected content for you about literacy & reading-related events; literacy and reading programs and research; and suggestions for growing bookworms (with special thanks to Susan Stephenson, The Book Chook, for sending us several links). Terry has put it all together with style!

Here are a couple of things that I especially enjoyed:

If you’re going to grow bookworms, one of the best ways to do that, of course, is to read aloud to them, and to continue to read aloud to them even after they are old enough to read themselves. That’s why we were so thrilled to see this amazing list of “Readalouds for a “snarky-smart precocious almost-12-year-old” girl” at Bookshelves of Doom. Leila compiled recommendations from various commenters to come up with a wonderful list of titles. Do check it out!

And speaking of reading books with older kids (whether aloud or not), Jen enjoyed this guest post by Stephanie Wilkes at Cheryl Rainfield’s blog. Stephanie, a young adult librarian, proposes that ” while doing the daily duties of a young adult librarian brings teens closer to books, maybe I should change focus for a short time and target the PARENTS.” She’s looking at YA book clubs with parents (with or without teens present), to help ” 1) facilitate discussion amongst teens and adults; 2) allow adults to indulge and learn more about young adult fiction; and 3) open the door for adults to embrace this new generation and to understand their dilemmas.” These sound like good things to us!

I do have one new article to add, that I just came across this morning. A new study, as reported in Time Healthland by Bonnie Rochman, found that:

"What kids watch — and not just how much — matters when it comes to television viewing, according to new research that finds that preschoolers who watch fast-paced shows have far more trouble concentrating than other children.

The research, published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, finds that kids who watched just nine minutes of a “very popular fantastical cartoon about an animated sponge that lives under the sea” (that sounds like code for SpongeBob SquarePants) were “significantly impaired” in tests of executive function — essentially a person's ability to stay on task and not get distracted — compared with children who were assigned either to watch an educational cartoon (in this case, Caillou) or to draw."

And that's all for today. Carol will be back at the end of the month with the next children's literacy and reading news roundup (though I'm sure we'll all be sharing more on Twitter, etc. in the meantime). Thanks for caring about children's literacy!