Monday, January 24, 2011

It's National School Choice Week

Though the primary focus of this blog is children's literature and literacy, every once in a while I like to pipe in with a general education topic, hence today's post. It's the first annual National School Choice Week!

As an educator and future parent I am pro-school choice. To quote fellow blogger, Andrew Coulson, "Events are being held all over the country to celebrate the idea that families should be able to easily choose the best schools for their kids, and that schools should have to compete for the privilege of serving them."

Check out the website here and the YouTube video below!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Shelfari and Social Media

These things are already featured in the side bar are of this blog, but I wanted to highlight them in a blog post as well. Shelfari, Twitter and Facebook are all great ways to keep up with what I'm reading, book reviews on quality children's lit and interesting and exciting headlines in the education and library world.

Check out my Shelfari Bookshelf here. I only add books that I would give 3+ stars, these are the best books I've read and each is reviewed. Those books which are great for young children (0-6) are also highlighted with pre-reading skills they help to develop. Beyond young children I've also read and reviewed juvenile and young adult chapter books and non-fiction.

Click on the links in the sidebar to follow my tweets or check out the facebook page for this site!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

For the Teens in Your Life

The Young Adult Library Services Association has released their list of the 2011 Best Fiction for Young Adult Readers. If you are the parent, teacher or mentor of a teenager be sure to check out these great titles!

Also, the sure to check out the 2011 Notable Children's Books!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Great NPR Feature on Vocabulary Development

Closing The Achievement Gap With Baby Talk

Children from low-income families hear significantly fewer words in childhood on average than children from more well-to-do backgrounds. This disparity often effects their ability to learn to read once school starts and in so doing perpetuates the cycle of poverty.

If the value of reading to your children was never clear, I hope this article will help to highlight the importance!

Monday, January 10, 2011

2010 Wilder Award Winner - Tomie DePaola

Reading Rockets, one of my favorite literacy organizations, with a great web presence, posted this video of an interview with children's author Tomie DePaola. You can check out the full page on the Reading Rockets website here, but the video is embedded below!

Book Awards

This year's Caldecott and Newbery Award and Honors books were announced today!

This year's Newbery for children's book writing went to "Moon Over Manifest," written by Clare Vanderpool, published by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, a division of Random House, Inc.

The Caldecott for excellence in children's illustration went to "A Sick Day for Amos McGee" illustrated by Erin E. Stead, written by Philip C. Stead, a Neal Porter Book, published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing.

Another highlight of this year's awards was the Wilder Award, named for Laura Ingalls Wilder, which is awarded to a children's "author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children". This year's honoree was Tomie DePaola, one of my favorite children's authors. If you aren't familiar with his work one of my personal favorites is  the Big Book of Favorite Legends, which includes The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush.

Check out the complete list of American Library Association - Association of Library Services to Children honored books and media for this year here.