President Obama Shares a Story – Pass it on

It’s been a bit crazy around here this morning, so I didn’t see the New York Times’ article about President Obama’s speech.  Thankfully, Matt Ferraguto, Director of Communications  for Reach out and Read, made it easy for me to hone in on what (undoubtedly) is my favorite part. Here’s the excerpt he posted on his Facebook page. PRESIDENT OBAMA SPEAKS ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF READING ALOUD TO CHILDREN! In President Obama’s Address last night to the Congress and the Nation, he specifically cited the importance of encouraging parents to read aloud to their children.  Here is the relevant passage: OBAMA: These education policies will open the doors of opportunity for our children, but it is up to us to ensure … Read more

Reading: It Starts with a Story

Once upon a time, in virtual spaces near and far, the Kingdom of Kidlitosphere began chatting about all things related to children’s books. All of the citizens in the Kingdom would talk about books: books they love, books they want to read,  how books inspired them (or not), ideas for books yet to be written. Throughout the year there are formal and informal celebrations with children’s and Young Adult book creators. Wonderful events where authors, illustrators, agents, and publishers share their ideas, their processes, and the story-behind-the-story. Over in the woods, just before you get to the library and schools, is a little village. People more powerful than kings and queens live here. This is where the caregivers live: parents, … Read more

Children’s Literacy Roundup – 23 February

The current edition of the children’s literacy and reading news round-up, is now available at Jen Robinson’s Book Page. As we do each week, Jen and I have been collecting news about literacy and reading, ideas for raising readers, book-ish events, 21st century literacies; and newly discovered resources. We hope that you’ll find something of interest. Last week we celebrated Kids Heart Authors Day, but there are plenty of events on the horizon — Next Monday is Read Across America.  Gail Gauthier is reading her book A Girl, a Boy, and Three Robbers with several kindergarten classes. Do you have plans? Jen has several links to a discussion about Jay Matthews’ column about boosting school’s value without spending any  money … Read more