Welcome 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
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.
Tumblon.com – I discovered Tumblon.com 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
Jigzone.com – 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.
Now 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!