Friday, March 03, 2006

Scrabble Event this Saturday!!!

Hey all,

First and formost - this Saturday is our Scrabble Event at the Urban Well! Fun to be had by all and there are PRIZES! Please come and bring friends.

In Frontier College news, I noticed that their Beat the Street Program has won a Conference Board of Canada award. For more info on Beat the Street, their website is HERE.

And now for a round-up of events and news from the blogosphere!

Big A little a has a post on Children and TV Violence (ie: effects etc...). We've posted previously on the topic HERE also in reference to a post from Big A little a.

Book Moot reminded us that yesterday was Dr. Seus' Birthday (apologies all for the late notice!) They have a really good post on the life of the good Doctor (whose named I learned today was Ted Geisel) and a review of The Boy on Fairfield Street by Kathleen Krull, which is a biography for children on his life.

Carrying on the Freedom to Read Week theme, Read Alert in its March 3 Round-up links to an article of another book which has come under fire from the Censors. The book under fire this time is called The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini and is about children's lives in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, Gail Gauthier over at Original Content has a post about an online initiative called the Spaghetti Book Club where Classes or reading groups take part in the program by reading books, engaging in book talks, writing reviews, discussing reviews etc... (Worth noting that this is not a free service)

Two posts of interest over at KidsLit: 1) Post on the List of Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers and 2) Info on the Golden Kite Awards which are given by the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) for the most outstanding fiction, nonfiction, picturebook text and picturebook illustrations.

Courtesy of Jen over at Jen Robinson's Book page, a post on suggestions for reading with kids. Also courtesy of Jen, I am now subscribing to Google News Alerts for Literacy. One post-worthy piece from my first email from them was a story on Bolivia launching a new literacy intiative with assistance from Cuba. Made me think back to the Summer Leadership Forum in August where Lyndsay and I were informed, time and again, how literate everyone is in Cuba and how they are leaders in literacy rates.

Over at Reading Matters was a post on 1001 Books you must read before you die. Big A little a also posted on this previously HERE and a review can be found HERE.

Couple other short posts of possible interest:

- post HERE on literacy as a civil rights issue (linking to a wiki they are putting up on this issue!)
- post HERE on writing assignments boys will enjoy.
- further one HERE on girls and boys as readers and writers.
- post HERE with some more thoughts on reading and writing.
- and one HERE on setting kids up for success with reading.

And I think that brings me to the end of my entry for today. While you will probably still hear from Lyndsay next week, I will be incommunicado as I am spending the week as a Counsellor with Forum for Young Canadians where (gasp) I won't have access to the Internet. You'll know I survived if I'm posting again in a weeks time.




At 11:06 PM, Anonymous Jen Robinson said...

Hi Louise,

Glad that the Google News Alerts are working out for you. Thanks for mentioning me. Hope you survive your week without internet access ok! -- Jen


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