Thursday, March 23, 2006

But I like Clifford the Red Dog!

Even if the Wilsona School District does not. Book Moot has a post today on the ongoing saga of the boards decision to remove 23 books from school libraries.

Both Chicken Spaghetti and Big A little a take time to review books on two of my favorite topics for kids books: Dragons and Snakes respectively.

Fuse 8 has had a busy couple days of posting. In no particular order:

1. Reported on Publishers Weekly coming out with the list of the top selling children's books of all time - both hardcover and paperback (I've read number 1!).

2. She issued part 6 in her "Hot Men of Children's Literature" series. This time: John Green of Looking for Alaska fame.

3. Reported on a poll in the UK that found that one in three children are not read to before bed.

Over at Book Buds there was a review of Seven Brave Women by Betsy Hearne which is told through the voice of a girl recounting the stories of seven women in her family - covering historical events through the telling of their lives. I may track this one down. On a personal note, in my family we have a "China Dog" that is passed down from mother to daughter and has been for about 150 years. My grandmother gave it to my mother when I was about 16 and gave me the story of how the dog came to Canada - namely the stories of quite a few generations of women in my family. It got me quite interested in geneaology.

Read Alert has an interesting round up today, covering, among other facts, a new fashion which includes wearing books on your head. I'll have to let my reading circle know that we were trendy. We'll have to hurry up and finish our book before we miss the craze!

The Magic of Books has a post this morning linking to two items of interest:

1)Interesting Article about the multiple versions of the Cinderella Story.

2) Link to a site I was previously unaware of called Kids Read. To give a brief synopsis (courtesy of their site):

Kidsreads is the best place on the web for kids to find info about their favorite books, series and authors. Reviews of the newest titles, interviews with the coolest authors and special features on great books are our specialties. And for even more reading fun we have trivia games, word scrambles and awesome contests!

We are a part of The Book Report Network, a group of websites founded in 1996 that share thoughtful book reviews, compelling features, in-depth author profiles and interviews, excerpts of the hottest new releases, literary games and contests, and more with readers every week.

And they also have a useful Coming Soon section which announcing the upcoming children's books!

Finally - in literacy news - a few more stories about the literacy initiative in Bolivia that Cuba is assisting with. See also HERE. We previously posted on this HERE.

Also article in the Fredericton Daily Gleaner about reading aloud.

PUBLICATION: The Daily Gleaner (Fredericton)
DATE: 2006.03.22

Picking the right book key for read-alouds success;

Students of all ages enjoy read-alouds (being read to).

Choosing books and authors that children enjoy is the key and read-alouds have been a big success at Connaught Street School.

During the recess time in September, all students were invited to join Mrs. Dacres and Mme. LeBlanc (the English and French literacy support teachers) out on the playground to hear Dr.Seuss stories.

Clad in their red and white Cat-in-the-Hat hats, with blankets spread out on the playground, these teachers read to a captive audience and played with the special rhymes and rhythm of Dr. Seuss's language.

Reading aloud continued after the cold weather began and students at all levels jumped into Chapter Book Clubs.

Mary Pope Osborne's Magic Tree House books. Dinosaurs Before Dark and Christmas in Camelot or Roald Dahl's George's Marvelous Medicine and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory have been special favorites.

The children's enjoyment reminds us that reading to children even after they have learned to read is important! By reading stories that interest children, but at the same time are above their reading levels, you can stretch children's understanding and keep alive the magic of shared reading.

If you haven't been reading aloud, try it.

The key is to read with drama and excitement and slowly enough so that children can form a mental picture of what is happening in the story.

Using different voices for different characters in the story is sometimes the special hook for many children! Try some non-fictions too.

Dear Parents,

In school, students are asked to read and write in many different genres.

When you have the opportunity to read to your children, choose from a wide variety of material.

When you read aloud, include such things as newspaper articles, poetry, information texts, comic strips, and weather forecasts along with the traditional selections from fiction.

This will help your children become familiar with the many types of texts.




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