I don't know what made me flip the calendar and look at the dates ... but we're just under six months away until Share a Story-Shape a Future 2010. Our theme is going to be It Takes a Village to Raise a Reader. I'm already starting to get excited about how the week is shaping up, but for now it's in semi-hibernation. That doesn't mean we haven't been busy; and this is a September I won't soon forget. Here's why ...
We have a new Literacy and Reading Wiki. Over the summer, Susan Stephenson of The Book Chook and I pulled the information from last year's Share a Story-Shape a Future event and started adding new content as we found it. What we now have is a dynamic resource filled with links, videos, and lists of ideas for engaging kids with books, exploring your library, and helping children learn to read.
Several weeks ago, Nesting.com asked me to be its Knowledge Nest expert for Children's Books. Nesting.com is a multifaceted tool designed to help parents manage their busy lives. It is part social network, part reference, tool, and part family organizer. I'll be writing articles related to helping families engage kids (0 to 13) with books.
Susan Thomsen of Chicken Spaghetti - to be a guest blogger for Booklights, the PBS Parents blog that is part of the organization's Raising Readers initiative. Needless to say, I am honored to have the opportunity to "share ideas for helping developing readers; ways to use classroom strategies at home; tips for exploring (or exploiting) the library; and a book recommendation or two."
We hope you have the opportunity to take advantage of these resources. Although they offer different things, they all have a singular purpose: encouraging you to read with your children.