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

JkrROUNDUPThe mid-November children's literacy and reading news roundup, brought to you by Terry Doherty, Carol Rasco, and myself, is now available at The Family Bookshelf. The roundups are twice-monthly celebrations of literacy-related events, literacy and reading programs and research, and suggestions for growing bookworms. 

In this week's pre-Thanksgiving installment, Terry has found lots of things to be thankful for:

Warm homes and electricity (Terry lists several links for literacy-related disaster relief efforts after Storm Sandy). 

Cybils2012The Cybils. Terry says: "Today we are officially half-way through Round 1 for the 2012 Children’s and YA Bloggers Literary Awards! If you follow the #Cybils stream or Jen’s Handy-Dandy List of Panelists and Judges, you’ve probably noticed lots of book references."

A host of best-of and book-gift-giving suggestions.

Literacy. Here are two tidbits from an infographic about Literacy in America

  • "Literate individuals tend to keep themselves and their families healthier because they are capable of accessing important information and calculating medication.
  • Literacy is also linked to better communication, which is an important characteristic for all key employees."

And so much more that it's difficult to stop. Please do head on over to Terry's full children's literacy roundup. She has plenty of reading material to peruse over the long holiday weekend next week. 

And, as is my usual habit, I have a few additional tidbits to share with you:

FirstBook.jpgFrom First Book: "Thanks for voting in First Book's 'Ten Books Every Child Should Own' contest! We received over 13,000 votes, with lots of ballots cast for all ten terrific titles. But there can be only one winner, and the people overwhelmingly chose ... "Green Eggs & Ham" by Dr. Seuss!" More details here.

From Scholastic: "... exciting news about Scholastic’s new holiday campaign! For every Storia ebook purchased, Scholastic – partnering with The UPS Store and Toys for Tots – will donate a book to a child in need, especially kids who lost their home libraries in Hurricane Sandy. This holiday literacy drive is part of Scholastic’s global literacy campaign, Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life, an effort to help all children experience the love of reading and owning a book."

Melissa Taylor from Imagination Soup has a new book out: Book Love: Help Your Child Grow from Reluctant to Enthusiastic Reader. I haven't read it yet, but you can read a guest post from Melissa at The Book Chook about why kids don't like to read and what to do about it. Right now the book is only available in digital format (see this page for links to different format - it's a little confusing), but a paperback is coming. 

Speaking of The Book Chook, Susan Stephenson has a new post about Helping Kids Find Books that is well worth a look. And in similar vein, at Everyday Reading, Janssen shares her thoughts on Where to Find Picture Books for Your Child. Both posts are well worth a look. 

And that's all that I have for you today. Carol will be back at the end of the month with more children's literacy and reading news. And of course you can follow us in the meantime @CHRasco, @ReadingTub, and @JensBookPage. Thanks for reading, and for caring about children's literacy. 

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