Children’s Literacy Round-Up: 9 February

“I’m late, I’m late for a very important date  …” February always leaves me feeling like the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland! My apologies for being so tardy in getting up this week’s news.

Head on over to Jen Robinson’s Book Page for this week’s children’s literacy and reading news round-up.  Jen has put together a phenomenal collection of ideas and resources for encouraging reading and promoting literacy. I hope you’ll read top to bottom, because that’s the best way to see how each of the links in the chain are connected.

Jen has some interesting thoughts on Virginia Heffernan’s article in the New York Times.  The subject is print v. screen reading, which is not new, but her thought process and conclusions may surprise you. What she sees is giving her son exposure to reading, her son apparently sees as mom emailing and texting (i.e., not paying attention to him).   I have to second Jen’s thoughts:  “What irritated me about the article was the author’s apparent displeasure that her son prefers printed books to books on the computer.”

What do you think? Hope you find a good book this week  … in whatever format makes you happiest.

2 responses to “Children’s Literacy Round-Up: 9 February

  1. Thanks for linking, Terry. That point in the NY Times article was especially irritating because it was clear that this family does have books around. Why on earth would you grudge your child a preference for books over screen at all, but why especially when the books were readily available?

  2. You’re welcome. I just feel bad it was so late. I did tweet about it earlier in the day though (nudge, nudge). It’s sort of surprising (sad?) that there haven’t been that many posts about it. It’s always fascinating to see what strikes a nerve with readers.

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