Children’s Literacy and Reading News Roundup – 20 April

Welcome to the children’s literacy and reading news round-up, brought to you by Jen Robinson’s Book Page and Scrub-a-Dub-Tub, a Reading Tub blog.  Jen is hosting this week’s edition at Jen Robinson’s Book Page.

Jen has packed the roundup with lots of  great stuff … and a boatload of positive ideas! Head over to Jen’s to read more about literacy-related events; raising readers; literacy and reading programs and research; grants & donations; and a few new resources.

There is a lot of great stuff, but I have to say  my favorite piece of news is Maria Salvadore’s analysis of how we figure out what books boys like to read.  You’ll have to read the excerpt over at Jen’s, but I will give you a hint: it involves a thoughtful connection between an adult and a child.

This week marks the first of two National Turnoff Weeks for 2009.  The event started out as Turn Off TV week, but in recognition of the fact that we get as much (if not more) content from other “screen time,” the event has evolved. If you’re looking for ways to have a great non-screen week, then you’ll want to check out  Natasha Worswick’s post about creating a reading garden (also in the Roundup).

Like you, I can’t do my job without a computer, so I can’t cut out all of my screen time. During work, I’m going to try this approach: cut down on the recreational screen time (like Twitter and Facebook).  In the evening, I’ll be hitting that TBR pile.

This week’s Nonfiction Monday event is being hosted at Mommy’s Favorite Children’s Books.

Happy Patriots Day! Have a great week.

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7 responses to “Children’s Literacy and Reading News Roundup – 20 April

  1. At some point, mentioning turn-off week flickered through my mind, but I forgot. Glad that you were on top of it, Terry. And I liked Maria’s article, too.

    Happy Monday!

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  5. I almost forgot about Turn-Off Week. I did pretty well yesterday …I am using Twitter as my newscrawl, but not re-tweeting or adding to the conversations. And I did sneak in a few minutes of sports … I just had to know how the Capitals were doing (they won). I’m going to try to go TV-less tonight.

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