May 28, 2010

Bookjoy in Action

Jane Gagni, Ph.D. shares a wonderful Bookjoy story:
 “This semester I took my undergrads into a mostly Hispanic fifth grade. Part of what we did was choral reading. I gave the children a choice of which language they wanted to read, and they mostly chose Spanish, which was made even more fun when three of my undergrads also performed the Spanish version.

When we finished I asked, "What was that like?" A girl answered, "It was like living in a dream of music."

Jane is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Literacy at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York. She has published Encountering Children's Literature: An Arts Approach (Ally & Bacon, 2004), and over a dozen literacy-related articles. Her forthcoming book, co-authored with Mary Ann Reilly, is Deepening Literacy Learning: Art and Literature Engagements in K-8 Classrooms (Information Age Publishing, 2010). Jane's website has extensive resources, including several fine bibliographies on children's literature, early literacy, and diversity.

May 20, 2010

Literacy News

We’re catching up on some literacy related news that we didn’t get to last month. Reach Out and Read, the non-profit, national initiative that fosters reading readiness as a crucial element of school success, launched a Spanish-language version  of its website in mid-April. The ROR program already serves Latino children and families, and 86% of programs serve families for whom Spanish is their first language. The new website offers a multitude of resources including reading tips, recommended booklists, (including some of Pat’s books) guide to developmental milestones, and information on how Spanish-speaking families can support or volunteer for ROR in their communities.

May 6, 2010

Movers & Shakers Serving Young People & Teens

We postponed writing about the 2010 Movers and Shakers because of Díapalooza but didn't want any more time to lapse before noting all the creative and forward-thinking librarians on this annual list compiled by Library Journal from field nominations. Congratulations to all the Movers and Shakers 2010!

Many of the names on this year's list are doing marvelous work for children and teens in libraries -- grass roots teen literacy, grant writing to improve services, state-wide preschool literacy, demystifying picture book organization, revolutionary teen programming, and training. We applaud those contributing to a brighter future for libraries and youth.