From the Mailbox: Teens Making a Difference

I’ve been doing a little literacy spring cleaning of ye olde inbox. In the process,  I came across an email that I had marked as “save to share” from December 2012. [image credit:] Read on and you’ll see why I thought it was worth saving and sharing! Hi, My name is Beverly, and I’m a faculty advisor for the teen chapter of the Midwest Writing Club. I’m writing to you today because my students have been working on improving their reading and essay writing skills. Your page ( was one that my student, Mary, found to include in our resource guide. I thought you would be happy to hear that :] My students also found a couple of other … Read more

UPDATED: Literacy + Kindergarten = From ABCs to Reading Words

Wow! We’re here already! Welcome to the last day of Share a Story – Shape a Future 2013. It has been a wonderful week of exploring the early stages of literacy. Today, we’re celebrating that transition from identifying letters to putting them together to recognizing words and writing them, too! The moment when our kids realize they are really reading all by themselves is magical! I tend to liken it to Christmas morning … and our guests today, do as well. Susan Stephenson reminds us that reading is not just books at the Book Chook; Debbie Alvarez describes the Kindergarten Reader at The Styling Librarian; Mia Wenjen explains the reading and writing connection in her post Invented Spelling and Creating … Read more

Children’s Literacy & Reading News – President’s Day edition

Have you stopped by Jen Robinson’s Book Page to see the mid-February edition of the Children’s Literacy and Reading News Roundup? Wow! For such a short month February is chock full of great stuff for book lovers and bookworms to be! Check it out now on Jen Robinson’s Book Page. It looks like we have plenty to keep that children’s literacy mojo going well into March, too. We’ll kick off the month on March 1 with NEA’s Read Across America Day. It’s an annual event to promote reading that also coincides with Theodor Geisel’s birthday.  Then, on Monday, March 4 we’ll kick off Reading: The First Five Years for this year’s Share a Story – Shape a Future children’s literacy blog … Read more