Children

Picture book museum on <i>Parade</i>

Last Sunday\'s Parade magazine (the newspaper-insert tabloid) had two pages on the new Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. See the museum\'s top picture book recommendations here.

If you have a chance, find the article itself. It has some great information about how to read to a child that would be good to put on a poster or flyer (with copyright permission, of course). -- Read More

Cheaters prospering on Google?

This Wired News Story came in by Quick Submit this afternoon. It appears that students are using the auction-based Google Answers website to buy homework answers and, in some cases, to attempt to buy entire term papers. Google seems to have a strong policy against this, but abusers sneak through the cracks.
The story includes several other links to recent stories about cheating and the Internet.

Book bonding

Charles Davis passed along This CSMonitor Story that asks, Why aren\'t children forging stronger connections with literature, despite a national emphasis on reading?
There\'s an abundance of good books out there, experts say, but children just don\'t seem to be connecting with them enough. Some blame the grown-ups and the disappearance of children\'s bookstores.

Gilbert school officials concerned about bookmobile access

News From IA that says a second-grader at Gilbert Elementary School visited the Ames Public Library\'s bookmobile and checked out two R-rated movies during school hours this spring. They say the school\'s proposals to control what students could check out did not match the library\'s principle of unrestricted access to library materials. Library staff members are unwilling to prohibit access to books and materials

The decline of small pleasures

Straight Goods has The decline of small pleasures, an interesting look at how much reading children are doing these days. Statscan reported that well-off parents read to their children an average of four minutes a day, although they manage to squeeze in 82 minutes of TV-watching. The books kids are reading illustrate the reformulation of childhood into little more than preparation for “real life,” which has become synonymous with adulthood.

Summer Reading Lists Get Some Hard Looks

Bob Cox showed us This Washington Post Story on growing number
of parents who shudder at the books their children are asked to read -- tomes
they consider unsuitable because the words, structures or themes are simply
too difficult. Fueling the trend, experts say, is a growing emphasis on tougher academic
standards, not to mention some misguided teachers and overzealous parents.
They say Librarians see the trend and don\'t like it.

\"There are these yuppie parents who think: \'Oh my God, my child hasn\'t read
[Louis Sachar\'s] \"Holes\" yet. They are not going to get into a good prep
school and a good college and have a good life,\' which is ludicrous,\" said
Leslie Poyner, assistant professor of reading at the University of New
Mexico.\"

Boy oh toy! It\'s the mobile library

The Sure Start library, called Moby, will deliver the toys to the community centres and most parent and toddler groups.

\"Correne Brown, a senior toy librarian, said: \"Moby is always in demand and has proved to be a very popular service with a large selection of toys and equipment. We are extending the route to Mill Hill and Livesey.\"

Full Story.

Golden age for kid-book art

James Lileks bleats today about art in children\'s books (scroll down to second item).

After complaining about crap from the \'70s or England, he comments, "But there’s been a resurgence in the craft of children’s illustration, and the practitioners are almost entirely female."

The Right Way to Read

Lee Hadden sent over This Newsweek Story on new research that shows preschoolers benefit from instruction in words and sounds. The story says researchers now say the old approach (using preschool as play time) ignores mounting evidence that many preschoolers need explicit instruction in the basics of literacy—the stuff most of us started to learn in first grade, how words fall on a page and the specific sounds and letters that make up words.

Early-literacy advocates say detailed instruction is especially important for the kids in the poorest neighborhoods who have the least exposure to books and sophisticated use of language.

Students Collect Books to Fill Library\'s Nooks

Here\'s An LATimes story on BookEnds, \"nonprofit organization that collects books for schools and youth organizations that either do not have an operating library or have a library so depleted that it cannot adequately provide all of its students with books to read\".

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