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What Do You Think of Reading Books as a Punishment?

Submitted by birdie on Fri, 04/06/2018 - 12:29
From an article in The New York Times, a judge imposes juveniles to read from a list of books and report on their reactions.

  • A Virginia judge handed down an unusual sentence last year after five teenagers defaced a historic black schoolhouse with swastikas and the words “white power” and “black power.”

    Instead of spending time in community service, Judge Avelina Jacob decided, the youths should read a book. But not just any book.

  • Librarian explains why she rejected books donated by Melania Trump

    Submitted by birdie on Thu, 09/28/2017 - 17:47
    Via CBS News.

    The Dr. Suess books were rejected by a librarian at the Cambridgeport Elementray School Library in response to President Trump's selection of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education among other factors. What's your opinion on the rejection of the gift?

    UPDATE: FLOTUS office fires back a reply to the rejection of the Dr.

    A Better Way to Get Kids in Libraries: Stop Fining Them

    Submitted by Blake on Mon, 05/08/2017 - 20:51
    Marx is currently on the look-out for some creative ways to not fine kids, but still hold them accountable. One idea he's toying with: put a hold on a child's account until they simply return their overdue materials, no fines involved. Five years ago, Marx granted city-wide amnesty to children with fines, and he says they saw 80,000 kids return to the library over time.

    Once your kids can read easy books, start reading them hard ones, says reading expert Doug Lemov

    Submitted by Blake on Wed, 09/14/2016 - 12:21
    There are multiple benefits to reading kids hard books, he argues. Some are obvious, like exposing them to more complex vocabulary. Some are less so, such as exposing them to more complicated sentences and more elaborate plot lines, which better prepares them for when they encounter those on their own further down the road.
    From Once your kids can read easy books, start reading them hard ones, says reading expert Doug Lemov — Quartz

    The origins of children’s literature - The British Library

    Submitted by Blake on Thu, 08/18/2016 - 10:31
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    By the end of the 18th century, children’s literature was a flourishing, separate and secure part of the publishing industry in Britain. Perhaps as many as 50 children’s books were being printed each year, mostly in London, but also in regional centres such as Edinburgh, York and Newcastle. By today’s standards, these books can seem pretty dry, and they were often very moralising and pious.

    Our (Bare) Book Shelves, Our Selves

    Submitted by Blake on Sun, 12/06/2015 - 08:03

    Although the study did not account for e-books, as they’re not yet available in enough countries, Dr. Evans said in theory they could be just as effective as print books in encouraging literacy.

    “But what about the casual atmosphere of living in a bookish world, and being intrigued to pull something off the shelf to see what it’s like?” she asked. “I think that will depend partly on the seamless integration of our electronic devices in the future.”

    In response to controversy, hundreds pack Mount Horeb library for reading of transgender book

    Submitted by dubuquer on Sat, 12/05/2015 - 21:54

    MOUNT HOREB — In a turnout that stunned organizers, nearly 600 people filled the library here Wednesday night to hear a public reading of a children’s book about a transgender girl, with many in the crowd expressing strong support for a local family with a transgender child.

    From http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/education/in-response-to-controversy-hundreds-pack-mount-horeb-library-for/article_095da109-0caf-534e-9879-3cb4e0c769ee.html