The challenging task of getting children to cherish books

A nice Piece From The Akron Beacon Journal covers educators who toil daily to make reading fun. They use innovative methods to try to instill a love of books in students.

"I love children and have a passion for them, especially for low-income children,'' Wilson said. ``My heart goes out to parents who don't know how to teach their children to read. I believe children should be read to."


Great children's books have the best beginnings

Nice Column by CAROLINE PARR, coordinator of children's services for Central Rappahannock Regional Library on great openings.
She highlights some of the best beginnings of favorite children's books.

"Are you there God? It's me, Margaret. We're moving today. I'm so scared God. I've never lived anywhere but here. Suppose I hate my new school? Suppose everybody there hates me? Please help me God. Don't let New Jersey be too horrible. Thank you."


Toy library gets stamp of approval

A Short Piece on the Reading Toy Library says the toy library based in South-cote, England, has been officially hailed as one of the best childcare initiatives in the country.

The innovative service gives families and people who work with children the chance to borrow sports equipment, games and musical instruments for up to six weeks for a small fee.

It is one of only 17 childcare schemes across the country recognised with a Sure Start Partners in Excellence award from the Department of Education.


J. M. Coetzee says children shun books for TV Has An Article on a a rare interview broadcast on Swedish SVT public service television on Friday with Novelist J. M. Coetzee, winner of this year's Nobel Literature Prize.
Coetzee believes television has replaced books as a source of imagination for many children.
"I did have a sense that there was a certain devotion to the book in the family.

"A lot of children go through a phase of reading in a literally voracious way. It is their primary imaginative activity. Maybe that's an experience which is not so common any more with the presence of television in every home," he said.


Books for children to get national home in the UK

News From The Guardian on The Centre for the Children's Book, which uses its collection of original manuscripts and illustrations to encourage creativity in young people, will announce that it has raised £6m to create a new home in Newcastle upon Tyne.


Filters or not, someone slipped up

Fang-Face writes "There's an article at the American Library Association web site about a nine year-old patron encountering sexually graphic images on a computer in the children's section. The staff seems to have responded poorly. It was reported that a staff member had assured the boy's grandmother the image in question had been removed, but the boy found it again within hours. Raising the spectre that maybe kids are a lot smarter than we give them credit for."


Public libraries in Wisconsin to release circ info

Anonymous Patron writes "Public libraries in Wisconsin will soon be required to release information to parents regarding what kids under the age of 16 have checked out. More here at the
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel"


New edition of Children's Choices annual booklist available

The "Children's Choices for 2003" annotated booklist, the latest in the annual series compiled jointly by International Reading Association (IRA) and Children's Book Council (CBC), is now available. A single copy for personal use may be downloaded for free from IRA. See the site for information on purchasing multiple copies, as well as guidelines for using the list.

Over 700 books published in 2002 were evaluated by approximately 10,000 school children, ages 5-13, across the United States. Votes were tabulated earlier this year, resulting in this list of the 103 top books according to the kids who read them. Annotations were provided by the members of the regional review teams: children's literature specialists, teachers, and librarians.

Lists from previous years are also available on the IRA site. Coming next month: the Young Adults' Choices and the Teachers' Choices lists for 2003.


Truck linings for literacy

Rhino Linings, as in spray-on linings for pickup truck beds, is offering a discount to customers who bring in children's books to donate to local literacy programs. Kind of a cool connection, which will probably generate a lot more PR for the company than, say, giving away keyrings.


Natural Born Readers

Lee Hadden writes "The New Scientist for July 5, 2003, has an interesting article by
Stanislas Dehaene, "Natural Born Readers," pages 30-33.
"Reading presents a real paradox to neurobiologists. It was only
invented a few thousand years ago, so there has not really been enough time
for our brains to evolve specialized ways to do it. How do brain circuits
produced by millions of years of evolution in a world without written words
adapt to the specific challenges of reading? We know we have to learn the
skill- each language or script comes with its own unique patterns and
rules- but how does the brain learn to read?"
Read more about it at the New Scientist, with a subscription.



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