Giving needy children the gift of reading

SomeOne writes \"
This article discusses the importance of reading for children, the problem of needy kids needing books and various organizations that are giving free books away.

The organizations are doing good, but libraries should at least get a mention. After all, we do provide access to a virtually unlimited amount of children\'s books at no charge.\"


You never know what is going to click

A cute, heart-warming antidote to articles about Harry Potter protests:

Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg writes about borrowing the video of Bergman\'s The Seventh Seal from the library, at the insistance of his 7-year-old son. As a follow-up, the Jewish lad asks dad to read him the Book of Revelation.


The International Children\'s Digital Library

\"The International Children\'s Digital Library is a place where kids all over the world can find lots of books from many different countries. It\'s a place where kids can read as much as they want without having to pay a lot of money or travel very far to find the books. If you have a computer and access to the Internet, you can see books from places like Croatia, Egypt, Japan, New Zealand, the United States and more!


Children\'s Books Online

SomeOne writes \"(The New York Times is reporting on a new Web site called the International Children\'s Digital Library ( ) which is making children\'s books available for free on the Web. The books, targeting children from ages 3 to 13, reflect several cultures and are available in different languages. (Currently the ICDL site requires a direct Internet connection such as a cable modem or DSL; telephone dial-up connection is expected in 2003.) \"


Teaching Kids To Surf For Themselves

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This One that says it\'s important for parents to spend time with their children when they are surfing the Internet to help them find what they are looking for and read to them if need be -- as well as protect them from inappropriate content. \"Parents should teach their kids about Internet safety and surf the Net with their kids whenever possible,\" says Ms. Voors of the ALA, who is also head of children\'s services at the Allen County, Ind., public library. It\'s like learning to swim, she says. \"Sure, parents teach their kids to swim, but they don\'t let them swim alone.\"


4th Grade Girl Denied Library Books in School

This one comes by way of the Greeley, CO Tribune...

\"As Dorothy McClung sat in her fourth-grade class last week, her principal came in and asked her for the library books she had checked out earlier in the day.
Nine-year-old Dorothy, a student at Platte Valley Elementary School, isn’t allowed to check out books from her school library because her mother didn’t pay the required $40 library fee. Read More.


Kids Know More About Internet Than Books (duh)

Rachel passed us this tidbit about a recent UK poll. My first reaction was that the poll was a little out of touch. A few quotes:

\"Six out of 10 youngsters questioned knew the term \'homepage\' meant the introduction to a website yet only 9% could explain the meaning of a preface in a book.\"
To be honest, I can\'t tell you the difference between a preface, a foreword, and an introduction. How many people on the street can?

\"The results come in a survey of 1,000 seven to 16-year-olds questioned by NOP Research across the UK for MSN.\"
Small sample, large age range. And what does Microsoft have to gain by these results?

\"Youngsters\' reliance on the internet suggests fewer are heading to their local public library to do research. In the poll 25% said the net was their first port of call for help with homework.\"
The statement is probably true, but doesn\'t necessarily follow from the statistic. Just because students go to the Internet first doesn\'t mean they don\'t get to the library eventually.

I\'d really like to see more detailed results and a sample of the survey form on this one. Anybody have more substantial information available?


Picture book museum on <i>Parade</i>

Last Sunday\'s Parade magazine (the newspaper-insert tabloid) had two pages on the new Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. See the museum\'s top picture book recommendations here.

If you have a chance, find the article itself. It has some great information about how to read to a child that would be good to put on a poster or flyer (with copyright permission, of course).


Cheaters prospering on Google?

This Wired News Story came in by Quick Submit this afternoon. It appears that students are using the auction-based Google Answers website to buy homework answers and, in some cases, to attempt to buy entire term papers. Google seems to have a strong policy against this, but abusers sneak through the cracks.
The story includes several other links to recent stories about cheating and the Internet.


Book bonding

Charles Davis passed along This CSMonitor Story that asks, Why aren\'t children forging stronger connections with literature, despite a national emphasis on reading?
There\'s an abundance of good books out there, experts say, but children just don\'t seem to be connecting with them enough. Some blame the grown-ups and the disappearance of children\'s bookstores.



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