Encouraging Reading With Dogs...and Cats

Most pets thrive on attention, and kids do too, which is why they make a perfect team for youngsters learning to read. This article is about R.E.A.D. -- Reading Education Assistance Dogs, a division of the mid-Atlantic organization, PAWS for People .

What happens? Kids read to animals. Think about it: Dogs won't laugh if you stutter. They won't correct a mispronounced word. Their loyal attention makes children feel supported as they practice reading. And recently, two cats, including three-legged Luke have been welcomed to join the READ team.

ImaginOn Offers MySpace Class to Parents

The ImaginOn library/mutli-use facility is offering MySpace classes for parents, taught by librarian Matt Gullett.

ImaginOn has its own MySpace account, set up to inform teens how to stay safe. It recommends that teens keep detailed information private, use an alias, avoid online flirting and to trust their gut feelings.

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Pervert in Cary, NC library assaults boy.

mdoneil writes "Some scumbag exposed himself to a child in the Cary, NC library. The temporarily unarrested sex offender touched the boy while he was in the toilet. The Cary library director when interviewed by the local news media about the event made soms stupid comment about freedom to read. The library is not going to make any changes in its security. Parents beware the Cary, NC library tolerates sex offenders in the name of patron privacy."


A child looks at children's books

From CNN: When adults review children's books, they often focus on the simplicity of the language. Or the beauty of the artwork. Or the appropriateness of the subject matter.

A child might be excited by something else -- say, the hygiene habits of a grape. Or the ability of a story about a squirrel and a shark to conform to real life.

And sometimes, to borrow from Art Linkletter, kids say the darndest things.

With that in mind, asked 6-year-old Andrew Oglesby, son of staffer Christy Oglesby, for his take on a handful of recently published children's books. Here are Master Oglesby's edited comments.

Video games -- or books?

From an opinion column:
During the lazy, long, hot days of summer, which activity would you rather see your son or daughter engaged in -- playing a video game or reading a book?

A silly question, right? After all, nearly every parent will say, "Reading a book." But whether that's truly the better activity depends on what book your child is reading. And as I've told readers of this column before, plenty of books designed for today's pre-teens and teenagers undermine the traditional moral values most parents struggle to teach their children.

This time of year, kids of all ages come home with the oft-dreaded Summer Reading List from which they make their choices. Many of the lists are created from the recommended reading lists of the American Library Association. Opinion column continued here.


What boys want: books with action

The Richmond Times Dispatch Says a growing number of action-based books that are getting boys, who tend to be more reluctant to read than girls, turning pages for fun."Because they're still in school and have to read so many books for requirements, it's hard for them to understand that they can read a book for pleasure," said Kelly Kyle, owner of Narnia Children's Books.

Children ditch books and switch on internet

In The United Kingdom children are reading books for pleasure as they ditch the traditional after-school activities in favour of going online, according to a study. The Schools Health Education Unit interviewed nearly 500,000 pupils aged between ten and 15 from across the UK for the study. It showed boys were more likely to play computer games than girls, and a "significant" proportion admitted doing so the night before the survey was carried out. More At

Precocious Child Prodigies - Pros & Cons

search-engines-web writes "They achieve these great things but there's a significant physiological and emotional effect on their lives." Dr Goldberg warns that while some gifted young people simply burn out and drop out, others go on to suffer mental health problems associated with a lack of self-worth if they fail to achieve. Read the full article from the BBC.


CA Students should be able to read book unedited, panel says

East Union High School students should be allowed to read the original version of the controversial autobiography "Kaffir Boy" in a senior English class, a Manteca Unified School District instructional material review committee decided Tuesday.

The committee's recommendation will go before the school board next month, along with an admonishment that the board didn't follow the district's complaint policy when asking the committee to determine if the original edition of the book was appropriate for the English class. An alternative, the author-edited version of the book, contains two paragraphs intentionally altered to make a the original version's depiction of child prostitution less graphic

DK's formula for science success

Pete writes: Publisher Dorling Kindersley's astounding streak of prize winning publications is profiled in this BBC story.

Publisher Dorling Kindersley (DK) appears to be on a winning streak when it comes to the Aventis Junior Prize for science books. The annual award marks the very best in popular science writing for children under the age of 14 - and DK has managed to grab the top prize an unprecedented five times in the last six years. Miriam Farbey is children's publisher at DK and has been responsible for commissioning and publishing all of the winning books. She believes the answer lies in the books' visual-appeal: "DK children's books started in about 1987, and its aim was, and still is, to show you things that other books only tell you."


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