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Growing Bookworms Newsletter: August 15

Children's Literacy and Reading News Roundup: Mid-August

JkrROUNDUPThe mid-August children's literacy and reading news roundup, brought to you by Terry Doherty, Carol Rasco, and me, is now available at Terry's blog, The Family Bookshelf. Terry has a lot of great links. Some highlights:

And here are a couple of additional tidbits:

  • As previously promised, School Library Journal has made the Fuse #8 Production Top 100 lists of children's fiction and picturebooks available in gorgeous PDF format. Go here and here to request your copies. 
  • I learned from a post by Pernille Ripp at the Nerdy Book Club about the Global Read Aloud project. Participants sign up to read a selected book aloud over a four week period, starting October 1st. This year's choices are “Charlotte’s Web” (for younger readers) and “The One and Only Ivan” (for older middle grade readers). 
  • NPR published the results of their "Top 100 YA novels" poll. It's not really the best novel ever published (and some of them aren't really YA), but rather the novels that voters selected from an NPR-generated list of 235 choices. There are some great books on the list, but also some concerns over a lack of diversity in the selections. 
  • A new study at Oregon State University found that "Young children who are able to pay attention and persist on a task have a 50 percent greater chance of completing college". (via @tashrow)
  • Here are some excellent suggestions from @TrevorHCairney on Getting Young Readers into Chapter Books. Trevor also talks, in another post at Literacy, Families and Learning, about Why Questions are Critical for Children's Learning & Reading.

I've been sharing various other links on Twitter this week @JensBookPage (catching up after a vacation last week). I'll post some of the highligts on Friday. And Carol will be back with more children's literacy and reading news at the end of the month. Thanks for reading, and for caring about children's literacy.