Children’s Literacy Round-Up: 26 January

Welcome to this week’s children’s literacy and reading news round-up, brought to you by Jen Robinson’s Book Page and Scrub-a-Dub-Tub, a Reading Tub blog. By all accounts, last week’s Inauguration of President Barak Obama heartened us all ~ for far longer than the event itself.  Even the chilly (or downright cold) weather and continued gloomy economic news couldn’t deter our belief that there is room for hope and that our opportunity to participate in and propel change has arrived. Reading and literacy news last week seemed to reflect that same spirit. Among the items we collected this week you’ll find an array of ideas for helping families raise readers and people with a strong desire to create tools that promote literacy … Read more

I’ll Drink to That

In honor of the Inauguration and President Obama’s national call to service, Starbucks has partnered with the Hands On Network for the Pledge 5 Campaign. In exchange for 5 hours of volunteer service, Starbucks will give you a free Tall (12 oz) brewed coffee. The campaign runs from 21 January 2009 through 25 January 2009. Use the form on the Starbucks page to find an organization in need.  At the Hands On Network you can link to other volunteer aggregators, like  Just plug in your zipcode. You can also type in a keyword. How about literacy? There is a great demand for tutors to help kids (and their parents) with reading.

Amazing Grace

If you read the Washington Post, you already know who Eugene Allen is. Mr. Allen served as a butler at the White House for more than 30 years. He began his career at a time when even in the most powerful building in Washington, he came to work through a separate entrance.  On Tuesday, Mr. Allen, his son and daughter-in-law sat on the dais among the dignitaries. He and his family had “front-row seats” with some of the most powerful people of our time: President and Mrs. Carter, whom he worked for; and many of the people he served: then Vice President George H.W. Bush, General Colin Powell, and countless others, I’m sure. Wil Haygood wrote this article on November … Read more