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\".


Free Sesame Street video

Pharmaceutical megagiant Pfizer is giving away copies of a Sesame Street video, Sesame Street Goes to the Doctor, ostensibly about why it\'s okay to take some drugs. ;) Send them a request on letterhead to get a free tape.


ALA Announces Award-Winners

ALA has just announced the winners of the Newbery Medal and
the Caldecott Medal, as well as other book awards for children and
young adults.
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.


Mubarak Inaugurates Children\'s Book Fair

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.



Protect the Innocent?

Gerry writes \"Editorial in CSMonitor about society (in general) and libraries (in particular) treatment of children as \"mini-adults\". Just something to chew on...\"
They say Don\'t treat children like mini-adults.



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