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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.
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\".
ALA has just announced the winners of the Newbery Medal and
the Caldecott Medal, as well as other book awards for children and
The Newbery goes to A Single Shard, by Linda Sue Park, and the
Caldecott was won by David Wiesner\'s The Three Pigs.
You can read the press release here.
From the Arabic News:
Egypt\'s First Lady Suzanne Mubarak on Thursday stressed that child culture no longer depended solely on books, but on other vehicles of knowledge in today\'s changing world.
The statements came in Mrs. Mubarak\'s word at the inauguration of the 18th Cairo International Children\'s Book Fair. . .
Mrs. Mubarak called on caring for child books and developing them and to focus on scientific books and simplified books that meet the needs of children.