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Children's Literacy and Reading News Roundup: End of September Edition

JkrROUNDUP The end of September Children’s Literacy and Reading News Roundup is brought to you by Jen Robinson’s Book Page, The Family Bookshelf, and Rasco from RIF. Over the month of September, Carol Rasco, Terry Doherty, and I have collected content for you about literacy & reading-related events; literacy and reading programs and research; and suggestions for growing bookworms. Carol has this current roundup available at Rasco from RIF

Cybils2011 Carol's roundup starts, appropriately enough, with a reminder to everyone to nominate titles for the 2011 Cybils Awards. I'd also like to second Carol's suggestion that children's literature fans check out the wrap-up posts from KidLitCon 2011, and start thinking about attending KidLitCon 2012, planned for New York City next fall.

Carol also has some important news about children in poverty, and notes the increasing importance of working to get books into those children's hands. On a lighter note, she has some fun information about high-profile virtual author visits, and various suggestions for growing bookworms. Do take a few minutes to head over and read the whole post if you can.

I have one additional link to add. Trevor Cairney at Literacy, families and learning posted an excellent piece last week on Getting Boys and Girls into Chapter Books. The article is aimed at parents wondering when and how to start introducing chapter books to their kids. Trevor offers guidelines, and also some wonderful lists of suggested books, by listening level. And, like one of his commenters, I like that he makes the point that even after kids start listening to chapter books, picture books still have a place in family read-aloud time. 

And that's all for today. I'll be back in a couple of weeks with more children's literacy and reading news. Thanks for reading, and for caring about children's literacy!