The mid-January 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. Twice each month, Terry Doherty, Carol Rasco and I scour the interwebs and the Twitter stream (along with various newsletters that make their way to our inboxes), in order to bring you news about children's literacy-related events, literacy programs and research, and suggestions for growing bookworms.
In this I Have a Dream edition of the roundup, Terry offers a variety of of tidbits that she hopes will collectively result in reading inspiration. Items range from the winners of the MrsP.com Be A Famous Writer contest to Mr. Schu's book release calendar for children's book. I was especially intrigued by a recent op-ed piece from Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times (also carried in my local paper) about the economic value of good teachers. I think that economic arguments about how great teachers can enhance the life-long earning potential of children ought to play a role in discussions about education policy. There are also a bunch of neat posts under "suggestions for growing bookworms" in this issue. I hope that you'll click through to check them out.
In other news:
- The winners of the 2012 Sydney Taylor Book Awards were announced today.
- World Read Aloud Day is March 7th. Chris Singer at Book Dads has the scoop.
Thanks for reading, and for caring about children's literacy. Wishing you all a wonderful week! Carol will be back at the end of the month with more children's literacy and reading news. And I'll be back tomorrow with some non-book literacy tools that we've been exploring at my house.