Children

Censoring School Books Before They're Bought

It's bad enough when a local politician is trying to designate which books a school should or should not buy, but it's even more frightening when he doesn't even know what he's doing.

From the article:

At the beginning of the school year, as the Dysart Unified School District was preparing to buy more than 1,000 novels for its libraries and classrooms, Rep. Jack Harper, R-Surprise, posted to an online message board a list of books he thought the district was considering buying that he found objectionable.

It turned out that Harper had clicked on the wrong link for Follett Library Resources and viewed books from a general list of inventory available through the company, Follett, rather than a specific list created by the district.

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Quebecers' Have something to learn from bookish Ontario

Quebecers' Have something to learn from bookish Ontario

Two things are discouraging about young Quebecers' reading skills.

The first is the nationwide-reading test whose results came out this week: Quebec's eighth-graders scored "significantly lower" than Canadian students as a whole. (Quebec's English public schools ranked fifth among the provinces. Their counterparts in French schools fared far more poorly than in the previous test in 2007.)

The other thing that's discouraging is that no solution for this problem exists in Quebec.

Secret friends?

Cleveland-based WOIO reports:

AKRON, OH (WOIO) - Akron Police have arrested a man for Child Enticement after he tried to get her name, become "secret friends" with her.

The video of the report embedded below identifies the accused as a staffer from Akron-Summit County Public Library:

Rebel Books

Through the ages, children's books have been used to entertain, educate, socialize and indoctrinate. People often disagree (strongly and loudly), however, about whether a given book is educating or indoctrinating. Brooke spoke with Philip Nel, who co-edited a new anthology called Tales for Little Rebels, a review of radical children's literature from the 20th century.

Story at "On the Media"

Or you can download the MP3

Children’s books: the new value chain is a work-in-progress

It occurred to us about a year ago that the children’s book business was wide open for disruption from new players outside the publishing business. Already, two of the companies we mentioned in a post back then about the new entrants that might be the actual instruments of disruption have linked up with established publishers. That suggests that the legacy publishers and the new ones need some help from each other to deliver profitable children’s book publishing going forward.

Full piece

Making Room for Readers

From The Millions, an excellent article by Steve Himmer:

One recent morning, my almost four year old daughter started crying out of the blue. I asked her what was wrong, and she wailed, “I don’t have a library card!” So with a proud paternal bibliophile’s heart swollen in my chest, I strapped her into her car seat and we set off for the library in search of a library card and — at her request — in search of Tintin books like those I’d told her were my favorite stories at the library when I was young.

We went first to the branch library in our end of town, a small, round building with walls almost entirely of glass. All those windows, and the books behind them, make it look pretty inviting, and we parked our car in the lot and I held my daughter’s hand as she skipped to the door, bubbling over with excitement. Unfortunately, it was closed; I’d known municipal budget cuts had reduced the hours of all library branches, but I’d thought that only meant it was closed on Fridays. Instead, it meant this branch — and all others, apart from the main library downtown — were open only a couple of hours four afternoons through the week. No mornings, no evenings, no weekends. -- Read More

How Do You Say Voldemort in Bangla?

Queens Librarian Brings Back Literary Treasure From Bangladesh

When Queens Library’s Coping Skills Librarian, Selina Sharmin, went to visit her family in Dhaka, Bangladesh, she brought back a treasure: a coveted set of the Harry Potter novels by J.K. Rowling in Bangla. Sharmin is donating the books to the Children’s Library Discovery Center in Jamaica. Queens Library had tried to obtain the popular series from its U.S. suppliers, but was not successful. Sharmin, who comes from Bangladesh, is very committed to serving the Bangladeshi community in Queens. She conducts Storytime for young children in Bangla. She made it her quest to locate the books and bring them back for all the young readers in Queens.

The case for raunchy teen lit

A study warns parents about sex in YA novels, but these books can educate -- and spark a passion for reading

Article at Salon.com:
http://www.salon.com/life/teenagers/index.html?story=/mwt/feature/2011/07/28/ya

Mother wins appeal to have 'poo poo head' book removed from school library

The poo poo hit the fan for Texan Tammy Harris when she realised her son, 6, was suspended from school for saying a phrase that could be found in one of the school's library books.
Mrs Harris filed a complaint with the Brown Elementary School to have a book removed from the library shelves.
The book, 'The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby' contained the phrase 'poo poo head.'

Doctors prescribe regular library visits

Doctors prescribe regular library visits

Children in Kitsap County could get a recommendation to visit their local library at their next well-child checkup.

Kitsap Regional Library is working with health clinics and the nonprofit organization Reach Out and Read to promote early literacy this summer through a program called Libraries Are Doctor-Recommended.

Read more: http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2011/jul/13/doctors-prescribe-regular-library-visits/#ixzz1S5g...

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