Literacy and Reading News Roundup of New Resources – December 2009

Literacy Reading News RoundupWelcome to the third and final 2009 edition of our monthly Roundup of New Resources. This column was previously part of the Children’s Literacy and Reading News Roundups that Jen Robinson and I put together each Monday.

The RoNR is published during the first week of each month. I am adding categories to complement the sections Jen and I use in the weekly collections.

Places for Parents

Book Bites for Kids – Suzanne Lieurance hosts a weekly Internet radio program (Blog Talk Radio) where she talks with children’s and YA authors about their books, writing for kids, and literacy.

Getting Kids Reading – While culling news for a roundup, I discovered a link to this blog, hosted by Canadian journalist Joyce Grant. It was her post about Acrostics that hooked me, but I’ve been a regular follower ever since. – I discovered thanks to Cathy Puett Miller. She mentioned it in her post about the connection between cuddling and reading with infants and young children (two of my favorite things). Tumblon is, at its core, a parenting site. But raising readers is part of parenting … and Graham Scharf knows draws on his experiences as a father and educator in creating this fabulous resource. Check out his very insightful article about picture books for adults.

Places for Kids

puzzle – The site offers free online jigsaw puzzles. You can select from a 6-piece classic to a 247-piece triangle cut. You can upload your own photos, select from their collection, or try the puzzle of the day. Why puzzles? Well, head over to read my Booklights post about literacy toys to see.

The Book ChookNow that she is back from holiday, Susan Stephenson has returned to her penchant for playing with computer-based toys. In a recent edition, she reviewed a new discovery called Photoshow, and linked us up with some of her other online storytelling tools! Here’s her review of Photoshow …. head on over, she’s sending Kisses out across the Pacific!

For those of us in the Kidlitosphere, Susan Thomsen’s annual Big List of Lists is not new, but it is ALWAYS noteworthy. It is the most comprehensive collection of children’s book lists around. Head over to Chicken Spaghetti to read the 2009 edition, and if you’ve got time for an extra cup of coffee, the 2008 edition!

16 responses to “Literacy and Reading News Roundup of New Resources – December 2009

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  2. Thanks for introducing your readers to Tumblon! Cathy was kind enough to do a podcast interview on building a literacy rich home, which is worth a listen.

    What might be of most interest to your audience is the Honey for a Child’s Heart blog. Gladys Hunt has written the book, in my opinion, on the imaginative use of books in family life. On her blog, she shares nuggets of her 70+ years of wisdom and love for books.

    Thanks again!

  3. Hi,

    Thank you for introducing your readers to my show, Book Bites for Kids, which airs LIVE every weekday afternoon at – I’d just like to let people know the show is not just for parents. It’s also for children’s writers and aspiring children’s book authors and offers them tips for writing, publishing, and marketing their work.

    I’m always looking for children’s book authors and illustrators to interview for the show. Send an email to if interested in being a guest.

    Thanks so much!

    Suzanne Lieurance
    Book Bites for Kids
    from the National Writing for Children Center

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  5. I like Getting Kids Reading blog, too. I’ve just been exploring there. I like the way Joyce cuts to the chase with her information – a very readable style.

    And thanks for mentioning The Book Chook, Terry. I love playing with web 2.0 tools!

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