Children’s Literacy and Reading News Roundup – 22 March

Literacy Reading News RoundupWelcome (back) to the weekly roundup of news, analysis, and ideas for raising readers. It’s nice to be back to our regularly scheduled programming … and Jen does not dissapoint! We may not have been publishing, but we were bookmarking, and Jen also had some chock-full Afternoon Visits. Yesterday’s Sunday Afternoon Visit is an excellent companion piece (or prequel – your choice) to today’s roundup at Jen Robinson’s Book Page.

updated to fix Jone’s name. Y gad! what a faux pas.

It’s almost April and you know that that means … National Poetry Month. Jen has the complete rundown this week so you can mark your calendars (and your to-do lists) now. If you think Share a Story was fun, wait ’til You see all the “30 in” activities … 30 Poets, 30 Days (Gotta Book), 30 Poetry Makers (Tricia Stohr-Hunt), poetry postcards (Jone MacCulloch), Poem in Your Pocket, and so much more .

For those in the Washington, DC metro area, you may be interested to know that the Children’s Book Guild of Washington, DC is hosting “Around the World with Sy Montgomery,” winner of the 2010 Nonfiction Award. The family-friendly event is 17 April 2010, at 2:00 P.M. To learn more, visit the Children’s Book Guild website.

Eric Carle and Bill Martin Jen has some fascinating items about young readers and the classroom environment, but I admit that I found Eric Carle’s story about Bill Martin, Jr. incredibly heart-warming and hopeful. This dynamic, prolific author/illustrator team includes a writer who didn’t know how to read until he was 20 and an illustrator who says he had a learning disability. Wow! You just never know how reading will change your life … or when. Stop by Fuse #8 to see the video in Betsy’s Video Sunday post. It is worth every second of those 3 minutes.

Yesterday the Washington Post published the Spring Children’s Issue of Book World. I found it ironic that it is one of the thinnest editions, despite Stephen Lowman’s report that sales of juvenile books grew 6% in 2008 and held steady last year. What I LOVED about this issue, though, were …

Arturo Vargas describes the outcome of a parent-led discussion about promoting reading at home. In Parents Can Set the Evening Agenda (Statesman Journal), Vargas explains how one parent’s story about being “too tired” to make them turn off the television turned into a list of alternative ways to make that happen and get in more family reading time.  I liked the idea of engaging the kids in more of the up-front decision making.

Eric SanvoisinLast but not least, as Jen mentioned yesterday in her Sunday Afternoon Visit, I am building a list of books that are reader-centric. The list is growing by leaps and bounds, thanks to the suggestions from readers … and a visit to my daughter’s school library this morning. As you might expect, I’m heavy on the picture books, so I was thrilled(!) when I found Bookworm Buddies (Pee Wee Scouts series) by Judy Delton and The Ink Drinker by Eric Sanvoisin in the school library this morning.

Anamaria is hosting today’s Nonfiction Monday round-up is at Books Together. Thanks for your interest in reading, literacy, and creating the next generation of bookworms!

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