November 17, 2017

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ReadWriteThink rocks: with free apps

If it’s been a while since you’ve returned to ReadWriteThink, I urge you to consider a visit today. The quality portal, rich with free resources and sponsored by the International Reading Association (IRA), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the Verizon Foundation has grown even more interactive. So what’s new?  There’s an array […]

Scholastic’s New Report Examines Kids’ Attitudes on Reading

The “Kids & Family Reading Report, 5th Edition” survey from Scholastic launched on January 8 with findings, including what kids are reading for fun, the makings of a frequent reader, and what kids want to read.

#timetoread for National Readathon Day

This January, Penguin Random House will team up with the National Book Foundation, GoodReads, and Mashable to encourage readers across the country to take four dedicated hours to read—for a good cause.

How Puppets Power Literacy at Nashville Public Library

Supporting literacy comes in many forms, and Nashville (TN) Public Library’s puppet troupe, Wishing Chair Productions, are part of a broader early literacy strategy that can be emulated by parents, educators, and other library programs.

No sports at Newsela, but . . .

I first wrote about Newsela nearly a year ago (Newsela: Making News Accessible for Learners).  Across the curriculum, my teachers and students loved it. This morning, founder and CEO Matthew Gross, shared the announcement of the expansion of the news platform that engages readers in news at their own level, with launch of the Newsela Sports […]

Literacy for Incarcerated Teens

Jails, detention centers, and prisons provide a unique opportunity to address young people’s literacy gaps, says one school librarian. Literacy for Incarcerated Teens creates, supports, and develops library services in NYC’s juvenile detention centers.

Going global: a literacy, a process, a call to action (and some resources)

When you are lucky enough to travel and visit with librarians all over the world, you realize the power and the talents of our community. One thing is clear to me: as librarians, we haven’t yet leveraged our true power as global connectors.  Lately I’ve been thinking about our yet-to-be-realized opportunities and how we might […]

Q & A: James Patterson Talks About Upcoming Webcast and How Literacy Saves Lives

Two-time Children’s Choice Book Award nominee James Patterson is a passionate advocate for reading and libraries, but he tells SLJ he was a late-blooming reader who didn’t come into his love for reading until he was 20-years-old. This year, Patterson pairs up with NBA player Dwayne Wade for their second webcast stressing the importance of reading to air April 24.

Unite for Literacy offers free early literacy ebooks

Attention primary and elementary librarians and teachers and parents! Exciting news from Colorado:  The Colorado Library Consortuim (CLiC), Douglas County Libraries and Unite for Literacy, a Colorado-based publisher funded by sponsorships, have partnered to provide access to more than 120 free ebooks for young children. The project site shares that these early literacy titles: are all […]

On metaliteracy and ACRL’s coming standards update

They’re coming and they (will/should) affect us. I hope they affect our seniors, especially those used to using social media thoughtfully, as they meet new librarians and instructors in their college years. The focus of the new ACRL (Association of College & Research Libraries Information Literacy Competency Standards will be metaliteracy, a reframing of the […]

Why Are Zombies So Good for Libraries?

More than just a craze, the interest in zombies points the way towards a new kind of literacy engagement.

Hear Matt de la Peña’s Keynote | SLJ’s Public Library Think Tank

As a self-described nonreader, Matt de la Peña could never have imagined as a kid that books would play an important role in his life. But key encounters with libraries and, more importantly, librarians, who actively sought to engage him, helped open a new world to de la Peña. The author of novels for young adults, including Ball Don’t Lie and Mexican Whiteboy, de la Peña recounted his “path to books” in the closing keynote of SLJ’s Public Library Leadership Think Tank, held April 5 at the New York Public Library.

From Hitchcock to Hunger: David Baldacci on Mysteries, Museums, Writing, and Literacy

SLJ caught up with prolific author and history buff David Baldacci for a candid interview about his new YA book The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers: Day of Doom (Scholastic), his writing inspirations, the importance of museums and libraries, his lifelong passion for literacy, and his belief that literacy is the key to ending poverty in America.

4 Questions for Richard Beach about Literacy and Digital Comics Creation

“There’s a shift towards a more multimodal ways of communicating through digital videos, VoiceThread, and graphic novels/comics that is more appealing and engaging to adolescents who now expect such multimodal ways of learning…”

Comics Generators and Literacy: Edtech and Nontech Insights from Bill Zimmerman

“By encouraging their students to create comic strips, teachers accomplish important goals: they prepare their students for being able to appreciate art more, to gain visual literacy.”

Writing, Words, and Wondering: Language and Literacy | Series Made Simple Fall 2012

Books about foreign languages, genre writing, research, and grammar make up this eclectic group of literacy and language books. There are some strong collections in the bunch that combine snappy writing with fresh perspectives on old subjects.