A Change of Plans for the Reading Festival

This is Book Festival week at Catherine’s school. Except that we haven’t had school for two days. We had two goals for the festival: get students excited about reading and encourage parents to read with their kids at home. Mother Nature has helped us with the “read at home” part, so I won’t complain.  An opportunity is an opportunity, right? Because of the school closings, some of the things we planned won’t happen. Still, they are neat ideas and so I thought I’d share them. Mystery Readers – One day during the week, a Mystery Reader would visit a classroom, share a story with the kids and then talk about how reading is part of what they do. For the … Read more

Changing the Perception

With the kids home from school, it’s been a hit-or-miss kind of workday. Still, I wanted to encourage you to join the conversation about ways we can get more parents involved in reading with their kids. It all started with yesterday’s Literacy and Reading News Round-up and this Denver Post article with a very sobering statistic: fewer than half of American parents read with their children each day. Jen referenced the  it in her link to our Round-up over at Jen Robinson’s Book Page, too. After those posts went up, I added a poll with this question: How can we improve family reading? And Jen posed this question on her Facebook page yesterday: What can be done to change the … Read more

Readers Win, Too

Today is a red-carpet day for children’s and YA literature. Deborah Sloan (The Picnic Basket) calls it the Oscars of Children’s Literature, and I’d have to agree. It’s been an amazing afternoon of online reading as lists and posts about right/wrong guesses, good choices, and missed opportunities  begin to populate the kidlit blogosphere. Rather than repeat what is out there, I’ll point you to two places that have everything you need. Susan Kusel’s not only has a post with 2009 Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz Winners and Honor Books over at Wizards Wireless, she also has a poll where you can vote for the winner you are happiest about. The ALA Awards page at The Horn Book website goes beyond the … Read more