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Children's Literacy and Reading News Roundup: End of January

JkrROUNDUPThe end-of-January children's literacy and reading news roundup, brought to you by Rasco from RIF, The Family Bookshelf, and Jen Robinson's Book Page, is now available at Rasco from RIF. Twice a month, Carol Rasco, Terry Doherty and I bring you news about children's literacy-related events, literacy and reading programs and research, and suggestions for growing bookworms. In this installment, Carol shares a plethora of interesting information. Here are a few highlights:

  • The Petition to the White House for School Libraries reached its target 25,000 signatures yesterday (four days early). But you can still sign, to show your support.
  • The CBC is having a contest. The winner gets a school or library visit from new National Ambassador for Children's Literature, Walter Dean Myers. How cool would that be?
  • Time Magazine recently posted a nice article by John Schnur about How to Unlock Your Child's Academic Potential. Terry, Carol, and I all liked how clear-cut the article is, with simple but important suggestions like "Read, read, read with each child — at least 20 minutes daily." I really hope that this one gets a wide audience.

And one additional tidbit that Carol found today, too late for the roundup, shares their list of Top 10 Libraries for Children. There are some gorgeous libraries on the list, for sure (though how on earth they picked the 10 "best" I can't imagine). 

I'll be back mid-month with the next roundup, and will have lots more for you then. But in the meantime, do click through to read the full end of January roundup at Rasco from RIF.