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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Just Six Months Until Share a Story 2010

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.

Childrens and Young Adult Bloggers Literary Awards. The panels have been formed and the nominations start next week. This first round of the Cybils process is always exciting as we start sharing some of our favorite books to read with kids. I am once again honored to be part of the panel for Easy Readers and Short Chapter Books.

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.

Last week, I was invited - along with 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.


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Decoding, Deciphering, and Reading: Helping Parents Understand Literacy Vocab

This morning on her Parents and Children Reading Together blog, Cathy Miller has a handy list of literacy terms with family-friendly definitions. 

Some terms, like sight words, you may recognize, but others are a little more technical. That said, they are words you're likely to hear during parent-teacher conferences and see when reading the results of standardized tests for reading. As you read Cathy's list, it becomes clear that some words make the concepts sound harder than they are ... try metacognition for example: thinking about how you think. C'mon.

Cathy is doing a radio show with award-winning author Stacey Kannenberg that will be available on the Get Ready to Learn Mom website. She'll also be continuing her series about ways to help independent readers at Parents and Children Reading Together.

Disclosure notice: Cathy serves as a member of the Reading Tub Board of Directors. She offers counsel and is a sounding board for me in framing literacy programs, building outreach, and educating families about reading with kids.

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