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


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\".


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.

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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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