Bigger kids striving to get their younger peers to read

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 02/08/2010 - 12:01

Bigger kids striving to get their younger peers to read
The K is for Kids Foundation was started by Karen Clawson as a county-wide spin-off to Laurel Oak Elementary School’s Bring a Book, Bring a Friend Fun’raisers. Parents and supporters of the school would bring books to an event to help stock the school’s media center.

Sunday Night Ponderance

Submitted by AndyW on Sun, 01/24/2010 - 23:14
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What would a transliteracy READ poster look like? Would it be someone holding a laptop? A smartphone or other mobile device? Or seated at a computer? Or a wifi router? Or e-reader? And, more importantly, why haven’t we seen one yet? I want to take a picture of me with my laptop with the banner page of my favorite blogs. That’s my READ poster.

Private Readers, Public Readers

Submitted by birdie on Sun, 01/24/2010 - 14:31

Motoko Rich's essay in the NYTimes "The Book Club With Just One Member", discusses the personal side of reading and how 'sharing' books, via GoodReads, Shelfari, Twitter, Facebook and book groups socializes the previously solitary occupation of reading.

You are invited to read others opinions and post your own about book groups, etc. here on the Arts Beat Blog.

It's Not 'Doomsday for Books' But A Bright Note for the English Language

Submitted by birdie on Sun, 01/17/2010 - 08:47

From the embattled frontline of the Anglo-American books world there seems to be nothing but bad news. Borders has fallen. Waterstone's, once a mighty citadel, is beseiged. Well-known literary agents are scurrying round town in search of life-saving mergers. Advances have hit rock bottom. The celebrity memoir is going the way of the dodo. The ebook is the future. Libraries, comprehensively digitised by Google, have become mausoleums of an ossifying tradition.

New Envoy’s Old Advice for Children: Read More

Submitted by birdie on Tue, 01/05/2010 - 11:21

Profile of 'Bridge to Terabithia' author Katherine Paterson, who is to be appointed the national ambassador for young people's literature today. Story in the New York Times.

She discusses her lonely childhood growing up as the daughter of missionaries in China, and her subsequent travels in Japan. "Books", she said, were "where the friends were."

Bookstore Night in Buenos Aires Encourages Reading

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Mon, 12/21/2009 - 10:19

In Argentina over the weekend, Buenos Aires held its annual Noche de las Librerias — Bookstore Night. The city closes a main avenue, and places sofas and chairs where cars and trucks normally idle. People with books from the many bookstores lining the avenue, lounge in the seating and a festival atmospherel replaces traffic.

Story on Morning Edition

A holiday guide to books for kids

Submitted by Lee Hadden on Wed, 12/16/2009 - 16:34

The Washington Post has an article today by Jay Matthews, "A holiday guide to books for kids" [This is his column for the Local Living section Dec. 17, 2009].

I share this secret only with recluses like myself who lack the imagination to conceive of any gift better than a book. If you are buying for a child — particularly if you are in a last-minute Christmas shopping panic — scan this list compiled by a company called Renaissance Learning.

It is an amazing document. Parents who keep track of what their children are doing in school, particularly in this area, might be vaguely aware of Renaissance Learning and its famous product, Accelerated Reader, the most influential reading program in the country. It was started 23 years ago by Judi Paul and her husband, Terry, after she invented on her kitchen table a quizzing system to motivate their children to read.

Students read books, some assigned but many chosen on their own, and then take computer quizzes, either online or with Accelerated Reader software, to see whether they understood what they read. Students compile points based in part on the difficulty and length of each book and sometimes earn prizes from their schools.