Male reading mentors help close the literacy gender gap

Submitted by Mock Turtle on Mon, 12/08/2003 - 19:51

This story from the network reports on father-son book clubs and mentoring/intervention projects that bring average Joes into the classroom to read aloud and lead discussions. Assessment of boys who have participated in these programs indicate that male reading mentors can be an important factor in closing the growing literacy gap between boys and girls. Heather Richmond, a literacy expert at St.

New Papers Hope Free and Brief Will Attract Younger Readers

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 10/14/2003 - 14:23

Steve Fesenmaier writes "Dena Lanier hands out amNew York, a free condensed daily newspaper that made its debut on Friday. New York is the latest market where publishers are trying out a product that is intended to attract readers aged 21 to 34.

NYTimes Has The Story"
They say target audience is readers aged 21 to 34 - a generation that spends far less time reading newspapers than its parents do.

Literacy the focus of Jamaica's Adult Learners Week

Submitted by Blake on Sun, 09/28/2003 - 16:29

Mock Turtle writes "With Adult Learners Week 2003, Jamaica seeks to draw attention to the nation's 20.1 percent illiteracy rate, highlighting the fact that many adults who cannot read are too embarrassed to attend literacy classes. Adult Learners Week, a project of the Jamaican Council for Adult Education (JaCAE), features a variety of events to promote the view that provision of learning opportunities should be a matter of public policy.

Another mammal for literacy

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 09/12/2003 - 16:38

Mock Turtle writes "Here's another example of (ahem) harnessing the power of animals to encourage kids to read: The Black Stallion Literacy Project, the brainchild of Mark Miller, owner of the Arabian Nights dinner/performance attraction in Kissimmee, FL, and Tim Farley, son of the the late Walter Farley (author of the Black Stallion books). First- and fourth-graders receive free books and special visits with the Arabian Nights horses.

Tools for teaching media and information literacy

Submitted by rochelle on Fri, 09/12/2003 - 05:34

Mock Turtle writes "To celebrate International Literacy Day (which was September 8) and the beginning of the United Nations Literacy Decade (2003-2012), Canada's Media Awareness Network web site currently features practical Internet and media literacy resources that public and school libraries can use in their programming.

Celebrate Seuss and Give the Gift of Reading to Underprivileged Children

Submitted by Steven on Wed, 02/26/2003 - 14:10

"Random House Children's Books, in partnership with First Book and the National Education Association (NEA), announced today the launch of a national literacy campaign dedicated to providing children from low-income families with their first, new books. The campaign is taking place in conjunction with the NEA's Read Across America celebration, an annual reading initiative designed to motivate every child in every community to celebrate reading on Dr.