Resources and Ideas RoundUp: February

Posted by Big Universe on Feb 25, 2013 3:55:00 AM

iStock_000014235579Mediumx2“A capacity and taste for reading gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others.”

~ Abraham Lincoln

This month I have felt particularly overwhelmed with news-y articles about literacy, book awards announcements, reading-related events, and social media "discoveries." I deleted many without botherint to read them. If it looked like it had something interesting or some analysis, I spent some time reading.

Some of it turned out to be repetitive (i.e., repackaged news I'd read elsewhere), but most of it had a nugget of information that struck me as new and "good to know." The articles covered questions I'd never know to ask, ideas I'd never considered, and information that help with better informed decision-making and recommendations. I'm hoping you find these articles valuable, too.

levar-burton2Extra Helpings, a free e-Newsletter of the School Library Journal, shared its interview with LeVar Burton. Reading Rainbow has re-launched as an App for the iPad, and will be expanding to other devices and the web, as well. Two ideas really struck me:

  • Reading Rainbow was a television show because that was the "prevailing technology of the day." Today, the technology for "steering kids back in the direction of the written word" is not a TV.
  • Burton has not forgotten his PBS roots. "My dream for our kids is that we become like a PBS for parents in the digital realm."

It is fun to read that article next to Scholastic's latest Kids & Family Reading Report. As you might expect, stats related to eBooks have gone up significantly since the last report, but here is the shining star ...

Eighty percent of kids who read ebooks still read books for fun primarily in print.

If you listen to National Public Radio (NPR), you may have heard Tanya Lombrozo's piece Music, Multivitamins And Other Modern Intelligence Myths. The article presents the findings of a paper published in January that looked at dozens of studies to see what (if anything) can improve a child's intelligence in those early year. The article isn't long, but it garnered a collection of comments that are also worth reading.

This one came from @ReadAloudDad on twitter. Christ tweeted Teri Harman’s tips for reading aloud to children with special needs. The ideas are very do-able and will work at home and in the classroom. I loved that Teri’s reading list has both fiction and nonfiction suggestions.

I'm going to close with a link to Jarrett Krosoczka‘s TED talk. A friend sent me the link, and I am so glad she did. Jarrett's is a powerful personal story, and one that shows how an author visit can make a HUGE impact. A simple “nice cat” comment from author Jack Gantos started an amazing journey. Zoe Toft of Playing by the Book has a collection of TED talks with authors and illustrators related to children’s books that may also be of interest.


Topics: Literacy

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