One in five kids "never reads a book at school" in Sweden

Every fifth school pupil in grades 7-9 says that they never read books in school. Among boys the figure is higher, with 25% claiming never to read a book at school, according to research carried out by the National Union of Teachers.

The majority read one to three books per year in school, roughly the same as in their free time.
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Target Launches Unique, Innovative Book Club for Parents and Children

schoenbc writes "Committed to building a nation of young readers, Target today launched its Parent/Child Book Club, an online club with dozens of tools and incentives aimed at getting children and adults to plunge into books together while building an appetite for reading that will last a lifetime. The club also encourages parents and children to create a social extension with reading and include their friends, neighbors, and other family members.
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Link to Target "Ready Sit Read": jsp"


How Curious George Escaped the Nazis

A new book, "The Journey That Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H. A. Rey" (author Louise Bordon Houghton Mifflin), tells of how George's creators, both German-born Jews, fled from Paris by bicycle in June 1940, carrying the manuscript of what would become "Curious George" as Nazis prepared to invade. Story from The New York Times .


U.K. Centre to Explore and Celebrate Children's Books

Anonymous Patron writes "From The Guardian Unlimited: The former children's laureate Quentin Blake is wearing trainers and having 40 winks on colourful cushions in the book den at Seven Stories the £6.5m centre for children's books converted from a Victorian grain store on the bank of the Ouseburn, just down river from the Tyne bridge in Newcastle.

The centre, which collects, explores and celebrates children's books, will be opened on Friday by the current children's laureate, Jacqueline Wilson, and illustrator Nick Sharratt."


Multicultural kids books? Difficult to find

Anonymous Patron writes "In an article from Colorlines ( html),Janine MacBeth claims multicultural children's literature has come a long way, or has it?"


Denmarks Libraries lend more children's books

Denmarks Radio Notes after many years’ decline, libraries are starting to lend more and more children’s books again.

Newly published figures from the Danish National Library Authority show that lending of children’s books rose by 1.5 percent in 2004 against 2003.


The Wal-Mart Children's Library

What company, based in Arkansas, donated close to $3 million dollars for a brand-spanking-new children's library in Rogers?

You're right, it's Wal-Mart...... just don't ask them to purchase any of those objectionable kids books if you know what we mean...

The grand opening and dedication was last Saturday, August 6th (day and date now confirmed by our very observant readers), with clowns, storytellers, singing cowboys, balloons, and lots of happy children. Story from the NorthWest Arkansas News .


Unattended kids raise issues

Here's One from The West County Times, an "At The Library Column" by Julie Winkelstein.
She covers an the old favorite LISNews topic of unattended children and public libraries: Articles and books have been written about it, online discussion forums toss it back and forth, and I have read some heated remarks on both sides. Or maybe I should say all sides, since there are many views and no one solution.
She points out Adding a young child, who may be bored or hungry or tired, can be overwhelming, no matter how much the librarian might want to help. Their behavior can be disruptive to other library users, who certainly have a right to expect to be able to use their library in peace.
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Coalition Formed To Push Parental Control Of Entertainment

Redcardlibrarian writes "A new coalition has been formed, dubbed Pause, Parent, Play, designed to educate parents about taking control of what their kids listen to and watch in the world of entertainment. The coalition is backed by Senators Rick Santorum (R-PA) and Joe Lieberman (D-CT) and encompasses many entertainment companies, including Viacom, the RIAA, Time Warner, NBC Universal, Comcast, Microsoft and the National Cable And Telecommunications Association, among other partners. The campaign aims to "empower parents to choose what their kids watch, hear and play - from TV and movies to video games and music," according to their Web site,

Jon Scieszka's Efforts to Get Boys to Read

gsandler writes "Here
is a USA Today interview with Jon Scieszka
about his new book, Guys Write for GUYS READ. "Whatever the reason, boys don't seem to read as much as — or as well as — girls. Even when they're young, girls read more proficiently, recent national figures show. The problem gets worse as kids get older.
Hoping to "make some noise for boys," popular children's author Jon Scieszka in 2002 began asking teachers, librarians and others to suggest titles of books that "boys really like."
His non-profit literacy initiative began posting them to the quirky GUYS READ Web site. Now Scieszka, co-creator of The Stinky Cheese
Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, has collected 91 humorous stories and illustrations by male authors in a new book, Guys Write for GUYS READ. Book profits benefit the Web site."



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